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Director - MFA Graduate Studies Program
Bard College

Date Posted Aug. 29, 2022
Title Director - MFA Graduate Studies Program
University Bard College
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, United States
Department Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Music - General
    Art - General
    Art History
    Fine Arts - General
The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts seeks a Director of Graduate Studies for its low-residency (summer-intensive) MFA program with teaching responsibilities in the Bard College undergraduate college.

Job responsibilities include: 

  • Overseeing all aspects of the MFA's academic program, 
  • Faculty hiring
  • Chairing year-round meetings of the MFA graduate committee, 
  • Ensuring student progress towards degrees
  • Overseeing granting of graduate awards
  • Attending annual admissions information sessions and interviews
  • Overseeing technical and curatorial staff
  • Responding to faculty and student concerns
  • Serving as summer faculty.  

The director will be onsite for the intensive two-month summer session (June/July) to ensure the program's well-being and the fulfillment of its pedagogical goals for students, and will direct winter independent study work and planning in the intervening months, working in collaboration with the MFA Executive Director.

In addition, the candidate will teach two undergraduate courses annually and participate in all other aspects of undergraduate teaching in the Bard College undergraduate Arts Division within one of the following undergraduate programs: Studio Arts, Art History, Film and Electronic Arts, Photography, or Music. Literary writers, poets, and critics with expertise in one or more of the aforementioned disciplines are also encouraged to apply.

Candidates should have a strong and active exhibition or publishing record, college-level teaching experience, experience working in administrative roles in higher education, and be conversant with contemporary discourses in the field. A commitment to teaching graduate students and undergraduates in a liberal arts environment and vision for program development are a must.

Please submit the following on Interfolio by following this link:

  • Cover Letter, including a pedagogical/structural statement for the program
  • CV
  • Personal statement of demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence in the field (up to one page)
  • Contact information for four references (at least two should be academic/admin related)
  • Work Samples: Please submit up to 20 samples that include a description of title/year/size/media. This can include website links to your work. Please note that Interfolio integrated support is available for YouTube and Vimeo to pull your media content (audio and video) into the document reader to be displayed along with the other materials.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

  • Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information.

    Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.

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Contact Information

  • Human Resources
    Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts
    Bard College
    Annandale-on-Hudson, NY


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