The Hartford Art School invites applications for a Tenure Track Assistant/Associate Professor of Printmaking beginning in Fall 2021. The position requires teaching three courses each semester for all levels of students from First Year Foundations Drawing through Sophomore, Junior and Senior-level Printmaking classes. Expectations include actively and regularly engaging in the Printmaking Department and Art School, extracurricular activities, student advising, committee service, program development, as well as producing a record of creative or research activities that meet tenure requirements. The University of Hartford is an open and welcoming community, which values diversity in all its forms. For this reason, the University aspires to have its faculty and staff reflect the rich diversity of its student body and the Hartford region. Candidates committed to working with diverse populations and conversant in multicultural issues are encouraged to apply.
Ultimately, we are searching for an educator who will foster a collaborative environment that will actively engage students in interdisciplinary activities that reach past the walls of the Printshop, into the Art School, the University, the surrounding communities and beyond. Someone who brings a palpable passion for teaching – someone willing to serve as a mentor, team player and leader – will be the best person to see the Printmaking Department into its next era. The Printmaking department offers a BFA within Hartford Art School’s comprehensive undergraduate program, which is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and renowned for rigorous studio-based and academic programs within a liberal arts university setting. Each of our roughly 300 undergraduate students receive personal attention and mentoring from our dedicated faculty in a wide range of programs, including art history, ceramics, illustration, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, integrated media arts, and visual communication design. A highlight of the Printmaking Department is our Hartford Art School Print Workshop that has been running for over 40 years. The annual workshop invites professional artists into our shop to create work with the assistance of a master printer, students, staff and faculty. In addition, our Kaman Print Study Center houses the prints produced during these workshops, alongside a collection of historical and contemporary works on paper. The school also offers low-residency MFA programs in Illustration, Photography and Interdisciplinary Art. Local museums and galleries, including the Wadsworth Athenaeum, the New Britain Museum of American Art and Real Art Ways, support a vibrant artistic community. The Hartford Art School is situated on the residential campus of the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut, conveniently located between Boston and New York City. Students at the University of Hartford find success in a learning environment that both challenges and mentors them. Our academic mission is to engage students in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to thrive in, and contribute to, a pluralistic, complex world. For more information on our school and mission, please visit us at https://www.hartford.edu/art
An MFA in Printmaking (or closely related discipline) at the time of appointment or by August 2021 and a minimum of two years teaching experience at the college level are required. The ideal candidate will also be someone who seeks to create an inclusive and diverse community as an integral part of their pedagogy. A successful applicant will possess an understanding of both contemporary and historical printmaking and have a clear vision for moving the department into the future. The candidate should be able to work in a variety of traditional printmaking media while instructing students in creating a sustainable practice in terms of materials and methods. The Printmaking Program currently creates space for students to deploy a wide range of techniques to create work along a broad spectrum of imagery and content. It is also important that the candidate understand how to operate, maintain and safely utilize all equipment in the printshop. Online teaching experience is a bonus.
The University of Hartford offers the personal attention associated with a small college enhanced by the expertise, breadth and intellectual excitement of a university. Students at the University of Hartford find success in a learning environment that both challenges and mentors them. Our academic mission is to engage students in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to thrive in, and contribute to, a pluralistic, complex world. The full text of our academic mission can be seen at www.hartford.edu. The University of Hartford is located within the greater Hartford area, which is rich in cultural and recreational activities, and is a short drive from metropolitan Boston and New York.
The Hartford Art School is committed to educating the whole artist through rigorous studio-based disciplines in a liberal arts university setting. With an undergraduate enrollment of about 310, students receive unparalleled personal attention from professional artists, designers, and historians in eight diverse studio areas and art history. The Hartford Art school offers BFA programs in art history, ceramics, illustration, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture and visual communication design and low-residency MFA programs in illustration, photography and interdisciplinary art.
Special Instructions to Applicants
The University of Hartford employs full-time faculty who bring significant skills, experience, knowledge and empathy to recruit, inspire, support and retain our diverse student body now and in the future. At least 34% of our undergraduate students are from minority groups who are U.S. citizens, an increasing number of these students are the first in their families to attend college, and all of our students need to be prepared to thrive in and contribute to a diverse society. Candidates for faculty positions should include in their materials a short essay demonstrating that they are conversant with some of the literature on inclusive pedagogy, culturally responsive teaching, and so on, and describing how their teaching practice could meet the needs of the diverse population of students at the University of Hartford, focusing, in particular, on pedagogical approaches that support student success for those who are new to college and/or whose cultural background includes experience with systemic oppression due to race, gender, or other factors. If relevant, candidates should also comment on research, scholarship, or creative activity that will contribute to the diversity, equity and inclusion goals to which the University of Hartford is committed. In addition, since the University is committed to anti-racism, candidates should demonstrate in their statements knowledge of what it means to be anti-racist and, if possible, to provide example of their own anti-racist values and actions. It is recommended that candidates approach this statement thoughtfully and use specific examples to illustrate their diversity statement. A review of applicant diversity statements will precede that of any other application materials. Contact information for three references are required. Letters of recommendation will be requested upon interview. Required Documents: – Diversity Statement – Cover Letter – Curriculum Vitae – Teaching Philosophy – Artist Statement – Link(s) to Portfolio of Personal Work: 15 jpg images with image checklist – Link(s) to Portfolio of Student Work: 15 jpg images completed under the applicant’s direction, with image checklist – Unofficial Transcripts of Highest Degree Optional Documents: – Samples of Scholarly Work/Publications – Samples of Teaching Effectiveness For best consideration, applicants should apply by February 19, 2021.