The Studio Art Department at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time tenure track faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences in Painting and Drawing. Initial appointment to this position will be for a term of 3 years [6 semesters], beginning in fall of 2024 and will carry the rank of Assistant Professor.
The Oberlin Studio Art department offers a creative platform for students who want intensive studio training combined with the intellectual rigor of a liberal arts curriculum. Oberlin artists are
thinking artists, deeply engaged in their intellectual and creative pursuits. Our world-renowned faculty offer courses in painting, drawing, color theory, design, photography (wet and digital), sculpture, installation, performance, media arts (sound, video, interactive/networked art), performance, reproducible media (screenprint, lithography, intaglio, relief, monotype, digital), and all the hybrids in between. Drawing on their parallel liberal arts studies at Oberlin, our students produce work at the forefront of creative fields. Oberlin’s Studio Art curriculum is interdisciplinary in nature, and emphasizes ideas. Even skills-based courses use ideas as prompts, from the political histories of color to the concept of “nature” as it has been defined by landscape painting.
The incumbent will teach the standard teaching load (4.5 courses per year) in the general area of painting and drawing. This person will be the primary continuing professor to provide instruction in painting and drawing at Oberlin, and should have expertise in all the relevant materials and approaches. This includes experience with a wide array of drawing materials as well oil and water-based painting mediums; knowledge about digital imaging processes; and the embrace of expansive definitions of painting and drawing within both specialized and multidisciplinary contexts. The incumbent will also participate in the department’s team-taught capstone sequence; they will necessarily think across dimensions and forms; they must be well-versed in interdisciplinary approaches; and be able to teach advanced mixed-media courses. The Oberlin Studio Art department values intellectual rigor and conceptual depth; as such, this professor will forge new interdisciplinary relationships with departments across campus.
The incumbent will also be expected to engage in sustained scholarly research and/or other creative work appropriate to the position and participate in the full range of faculty responsibilities, including academic advising, departmental engagement, and service on committees.
Oberlin College is committed to the creation and nurturing of a diverse community of individuals through inclusive excellence. Diversity involves recognizing the value of differences and the inclusion of all members of the community including those that experience discrimination or under representation. This is a core value of the organization as we strive for a culturally diverse student body, faculty and staff that reflect the multicultural nature of the nation and our world and bring unique strengths and abilities, which contribute, to our institution. Oberlin College and Conservatory is an equal opportunity employer.
Among the qualifications required for appointment is the MFA degree (in hand). Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching. Successful teaching experience at the college level is desirable. Oberlin College is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. The incumbent will bring understanding of or experience working with underrepresented and diverse academic populations. Oberlin is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service. Oberlin recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran’s status, and/or other protected status as required by applicable law.
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