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Assistant Professor in Book Arts
University of Wisconsin - Madison

Date Posted Jan. 14, 2020
Title Assistant Professor in Book Arts
University University of Wisconsin - Madison More About This Institution...
Madison, WI, United States
Department Art Department
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Aug. 17, 2020
  • Assistant Professor
  • Art - General
    Art Education
    Fine Arts - General
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The University of Wisconsin Art Department is nationally ranked among the top 15 in Overall Fine Arts Programs and #1 in Printmaking by the U.S. News and World Report. The current student population for the department is 200 Undergraduates, 60 Graduates, and 250 Certificate students. The Art Department is committed to teaching in the context of a major research university and a vibrant intellectual community. Its mission is based on the premise that art is the nexus of all the humanities and that creative expression in the visual arts has provided some of the most enduring contributions to society and culture. The Art Department strives to provide both a fertile and challenging environment for aesthetic and critical engagement, and the technical skills necessary for the practice of art in the changing landscape of the twenty-first century. It encourages innovation and cross-disciplinary activity and believes that students should utilize the vast academic resources of the university to inform and deepen their artistic vision.

The Art Department and the University of Wisconsin-Madison are committed to fostering faculty diversity. We encourage applications from potential candidates of all race, class gender, sexuality, ability and nationality, religious and other group identities; and we encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate ability to foster an inclusive work environment and work with students from diverse backgrounds. Candidates who can contribute to these goals are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in these areas.

Principal duties:
The undergraduate and graduate programs offered by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Art Department are among the preeminent programs in the United States. The Department is known nationwide for its rigor, dedicated faculty, and accomplished students and alumni. The Book Arts position will involve teaching multi-level classes in book arts, letterpress, papermaking and printmaking. Candidates must have an excellent working knowledge of hand book binding, letterpress, hand papermaking, and relevant contemporary critical issues. Principal duties include a demonstrated proficiency in multiple area of expertise such as digital print technologies (for example laser cutter, 3D printed type, CNC router, polymer plate making, digital drawing), hand book binding, letterpress, hand papermaking and printmaking. Consideration will be given to candidates who have a background in digital print practices, and the ability to teach across Printmaking disciplines.

The successful candidate will:

  • Teach a load of 2 classes and 1 section of graduate independent study per semester to undergraduate and graduate students from across the Department (Non-Majors, Certificate, Majors: BA, BFA, MA, and MFA) in undergraduate and graduate level courses and special topics in a wide range/variety of Book Arts, Papermaking & Printmaking art practices.
  • Teach new course offerings in artist books, letterpress and papermaking that combine multiple technologies and work across printmaking disciplines of special topics classes to graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Serve on graduate committees with MA and MFA candidates and advise and mentor graduate students within an interdisciplinary Art Department.
  • Provide leadership, mentoring, and guidance to students.
  • Demonstrate an active commitment to the continued growth and development of the undergraduate and graduate program and community.
  • Work collegially in a three-person Printmaking area within a large and vibrant Art Department.
  • Oversee the Book Arts and Papermill studio laboratories and serve and part of a highly ranked printmaking area within the Art Department.
  • Build and maintain an active studio practice of nationally recognized quality, at a level that will meet tenure expectations at a research institution.
  • Have a strong commitment to using a combination of historic and new technologies within the practice of Book Arts, Papermaking & Printmaking.
  • Participate in service activities at the local, state, and national level as well as the University.
  • Meet the teaching, research, and service expectations of the department and university.

The successful candidate should be a practicing artist who will contribute to the intellectual and academic life of the department through Research, Teaching and Service within a vibrant art department of 29 faculty members. The position offers the opportunity to work with the Kohler Art Library artist’s book collection. The desire and ability to interface with all areas of the Art Department is a significant facet of the position. The successful candidate must meet the teaching, research, and service expectations of the department and university.

Candidate must hold an MFA degree in Art with a specialization in Book Arts, or Papermaking or equivalent relevant experience in the field.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks candidates with distinguished exhibition and professional achievements. The ability to engage with a multi-disciplinary Art Department is a significant aspect of the position. Applicants should demonstrate evidence of excellence in teaching, a comprehensive understanding of historical and contemporary art theory and practice excellence in research and productivity in the field. A minimum of two years’ college level teaching is preferred.

The deadline for assuring full consideration is February 18, 2020. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

We welcome your interest in employment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Art Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is committed to teaching art in the context of a major research university and a vibrant intellectual community and offers the following degrees: B.S., B.F.A., M.A., & M.F.A. in Studio Art, B.S. in Art Education, and Certificate in Studio Art.

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  • UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

    We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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Contact Information

  • Peter Saupe
    Art Department
    University of Wisconsin - Madison
    6241 George L Mosse Humanities Building
    455 North Park Street
    Madison, WI 53706
  • 608-262-1959
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