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Associate Professor of Visual Art
Boston University

Date Posted Aug. 6, 2021
Title Associate Professor of Visual Art
University Boston University
Boston, MA, United States
Department School of Visual Arts
Application Deadline Sep. 15, 2021
Position Start Date Jul. 1, 2022
  • Associate Professor
  • Art - Painting/Drawing
    Art - General
    Fine Arts - General

Associate Professor, Visual Art (non-tenure track), Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Visual Arts.

Associate Professor of Visual Art position description:
Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Visual Arts invites applications for the position of Associate Professor of Visual Art, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2022. The position is non-tenure track with renewable contracts as with all School of Visual Arts faculty lines. This faculty member will lead and further develop a new graduate degree in Visual Narrative. The new MFA degree will start July 1, 2022 with teaching duties starting Fall, 2022. The appointed faculty member will develop the flow of the graduate courses listed below and will likely teach these courses with rotating advanced courses in areas of expertise that include drawing, comics, and/or storyboarding. The candidate is expected to have: a record of publication including authored creative work; five years of teaching; a record on inclusion; and a national or international reputation in the field of comics, graphic novels, or sequential art. Demonstrated experience working with non-fiction narratives and arts-based research, teaching marginalized narratives, and teaching comics from a theoretical standpoint are all important to the program and to Boston University School of Visual Arts. The mission of the School of Visual Arts is to prepare students to think seriously, to see critically, to make intensely, and to act with creative agency in the contemporary world.

Related to this mission and in keeping with the Boston University 2030 Strategic Plan, the faculty member will ideally be able to demonstrate interdisciplinary teaching and/or research and be adept at building connections with other university programs and centers through the teaching of visual narrative. The ability to foster interdepartmental connections will be valuable for teaching the first-year curriculum: In the first year of the MFA students will create non-fiction visual narratives informed by student-chosen university elective study. Programs with which the faculty member may build interdisciplinary connections that foster inclusion and further graduate study in visual narrative include: Boston University Libraries (the fourth largest academic library in New England) and the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, which holds an extensive collection of original comics and illustrations; the Center for Antiracist Research, which includes Faculty Affiliates from across the university and an Office of Narrative, and is to publish The Emancipator with The Boston Globe; the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground located in the same building as the Visual Narrative program and studios; the Boston University Arts Initiative; Boston University Sustainability; and established connections to narrative in medicine on the Boston University Medical campus, among others.

The candidate should have/demonstrate:
Their MFA in a related field;
Five years of experience teaching at the college or university level is preferred, including academic leadership related to curriculum development and work with inclusive pedagogy;
Teaching the theoretical and practical relationship between word and image in visual narrative and the demonstrated ability to teach students to engage critically with the history of the discipline;
Teaching and/or creative work exploring the relationship of comics / graphic novels to telling marginalized stories that help foster an area of inclusion;
Experience working with arts-based research and/or other academic research in relation to producing visual narratives.
Courses to be taught will likely include the following in rotation:

  • Visual Narrative Concept Studio I/II/III (core MFA studio courses)
  • Visual Narrative Thesis Studio
  • Visual Narrative Topics Seminar I / II
  • Visual Narrative Thesis Seminar
  • Related drawing electives

A typical faculty load is 12-15 contact hours per semester depending on the faculty member’s role in the school. Outside lecturers and critics, other faculty members working in comics or visual narrative and in adjacent fields will also work with the faculty member and students.

Please upload in Slideroom: an annotated academic CV; names and contact information for 3 references; sample of creative work; and statement of diversity. Upload to:
No email applications please.

Preference will be given to applications received by September 15, 2021 for first round interviews; Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

The cultural and social diversity of our faculty, staff, and students is vitally important to the distinction and excellence of Boston University, College of Fine Arts and the School of Visual Arts and to the role of visual and cultural research important to this degree. We are especially eager to welcome a colleague who supports our institutional commitment to ensuring that Boston University is inclusive, equitable, diverse, and a place where all constituents can thrive.

Boston University is an AAU institution with a rich tradition dedicated to inclusion and social justice.
We are proud that we were the first American university to award a Ph.D. to a woman and of our record of inclusiveness. The College of Fine Arts includes diversity as one of its core strategic goals. We are dedicated to increasing the participation of all talented students and are committed to the pursuit of excellence in the arts by underrepresented groups at BU and beyond.

  • We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Boston University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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