The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Visual Arts Department seeks a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor in Foundations, with a Generalist visual arts background, to be assigned in the Foundations area and other Undergraduate Area of concentration based on the candidate's skills and department needs. We welcome applications from interdisciplinary artists or designers who integrate a digital (screen-based) practice with traditional (studio) methods, in both their creative research and their teaching practice.
The Department of Visual Arts offers B.F.A. degrees with concentrations in Animation, Cinematic Arts, Photography, Print and Intermedia Arts, a B.F.A. in Design, and a B.A. in Visual and Media Arts, and Art History and Museum Studies, as well as an M.F.A. degree in Imaging and Digital Arts. For more information about the Department of Visual Arts, please visit our website at https://art.umbc.edu/.
UMBC Department of Visual Arts Mission:
The Department of Visual Arts carries out UMBC’s mission as a dynamic public research university. Our diverse, internationally acclaimed faculty are committed to guiding future artists and design professionals to think independently, work imaginatively, and implement creative solutions to real-world problems. By providing an environment of collaborative research and interdisciplinary learning, we enable experimentation across media. Our BA, BFA, and MFA curricula equip students to push beyond disciplinary parameters as they move skillfully between technologies, processes, and modes of thinking.
The department seeks to become an international model for art and design programs within a public research university that stresses cross-disciplinary activities. We envision students as agile, flexible thinkers and civically engaged leaders in a rapidly changing world.
Be dynamic, collaborative, collegial, and willing to contribute to the mission of the Department, College, and University.
Teach undergraduate foundation courses in support of the B.A. and B.F.A. art and design areas of emphasis, and graduate students in the Intermedia and Digital Arts (IMDA) MFA program.
Mentor students outside the studio and in independent scholarly and creative activities.
Work collaboratively with other faculty to maintain the studios and develop a consistent curriculum.
Engage in scholarly and creative activities expected at an R1 research institution, including exhibitions, screenings, publications, acquiring external funds, and leading externally funded research projects.
Involve undergraduate and graduate students in research.
Participate in professional, university, and community service.
Have excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
Provide a positive learning environment that supports the needs of diverse students.
Develop vision and capacity for growing the 3D curriculum.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Department Chair and/or Dean.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
Keen interest in developing a forward-thinking Foundation curriculum.
F.A. in Visual Art or Design from an accredited institution or university.
Strong record of creative scholarship or evidence of an active exhibition record.
Broad training in studio foundations with the ability to teach beginning courses, advanced topics, and specialized seminar courses.
Minimum of one to two years teaching experience in studio art at the undergraduate level.
Commitment to the University’s mission and vision of inclusive excellence.
Ability to communicate effectively in an oral and written format.
A commitment to and/or experience in fostering inclusivity. UMBC is committed to inclusive excellence, and the university is especially proud of the diversity of its student body, and we seek to attract an equally diverse applicant pool for this position.
Preferred Qualifications (in addition to the minimum qualifications)
Three years of university-level teaching experience in studio art at the undergraduate level, beyond graduate school teaching.
Experience with analog and digital methods in one or more of the following areas: photography, printmaking, interactivity, video/film, and/or drawing.
Ability to integrate digital tools, including 3D fabrication techniques and software, Adobe Creative Suite, and emerging technologies into the curriculum.
Evidence of equitable considerations, awareness, and practice of curricula development, inclusive practices in educating a diverse student body. Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following: undergraduate mentoring; engagement with programs directed toward diverse and first-generation students; direction and supervision of undergraduate and graduate research.
Experience managing and leading colleagues in Foundations or other areas of concentration.
Application materials should include the following:
Cover Letter stating your interest and qualifications
Research portfolio of creative works, submitted as a link to a website or as a single PDF. PDF is a maximum of 20 pages and no larger than 150mB. For time-based media, submit 3-5 minute excerpts and a link to the full work.
Portfolio of 10-20 students’ works submitted as a link to a website or as a single PDF. PDF is a maximum of 20 pages and no larger than 150mb. For time-based media, submit 3-5 minute excerpts and a link to the full work.
Sample syllabi for one class and teaching materials that describe one to two assignments.
Creative Research Statement addressing your current art practice, your future research interests and how they may fit into the creative culture at UMB
Statement of Teaching Philosophy, (maximum: one page) specifically addressing foundations education.
Diversity Statement (max. 1-page) discussing your demonstrated commitment to fostering inclusivity and diversity in higher education. The statement may answer such questions as: How would you advance UMBC and our department's goal of fostering inclusive excellence? How have you, or would you, engage with programs directed toward diverse and first-generation students? How have you or would you incorporate inclusive practices in educating a diverse student body?
Contact information for three references
Screening of Applications Begins:
Review of application materials will begin January 16, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled. Complete applications received by January 16, 2024, are guaranteed full consideration.
Please note: Only electronic applications submitted through Interfolio will be accepted: https://apply.interfolio.com/137144. Applications should include a letter of interest addressed to the Chair of the Search, Professor Irene Chan, and include all application materials listed above. For questions about the position, please contact Professor Irene Chan (email@example.com).
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