Full-time appointment in Fiber with a focus in Textile Construction, Garment/Fashion, Digital Media, and Project Management Skills. The Fiber Department of the Maryland Institute College of Art invites applications for this full-time faculty position with a multi-year renewable contract in a non-tenure institution beginning Fall 2018.
The college seeks an outstanding and accomplished artist with a strong conceptual and historical understanding of fiber media in a fine arts context with a special interest in relationships between textile construction/garment construction and digital technologies. The studio artist/educator will teach eighteen credits per year (three courses per semester) at an art school nationally known for its dedication to teaching excellence, a rigorous liberal arts curriculum and the importance of the fine arts. The candidate will be capable of teaching all levels of the undergraduate program, be proficient in traditional techniques as well as new approaches to the fiber medium. As faculty member in a Fiber program, the candidate should have a broad understanding of fiber practices and be knowledgeable of contemporary art issues and theory. A specialty in the emerging area of digital fiber-related technologies, smart textiles, digital jacquard weaving, and/or garment making skills will be valued. The candidate should have the ability to integrate theoretical, material, practical and social issues into fiber studio pedagogy.
A proficiency in two or more of the following areas is a requirement of this position: digital fabrication, smart textiles, jacquard weaving and/or garment construction, as well as analog 2-D cloth building techniques and/or 3-D lightweight construction. A facility in translating these techniques into formal expressive language should be integrated into curricula. As a faculty in MICA’s Fiber program, understanding of fiber practice should reflect knowledge of contemporary art issues and theory, and studio pedagogy should integrate material, practical and social issues. A demonstrated ability to organize and oversee group projects and events is essential. The administrative duties, vision and duties of department chair will be assumed on a rotating basis.
Strong record of professional excellence as demonstrated by a portfolio of work and a record of exhibition or equivalent activity
Personal commitment to teaching on a college level using pedagogical approaches that are relevant and responsive to a student body that is rich in diversity across race, ethnicity, gender and class and the intersections of these markers
Proficient in traditional techniques in the fiber medium
A proficiency in two or more of the following areas is a requirement of this position: digital fabrication, smart textiles, jacquard weaving and/or garment construction, as well as analog 2-D cloth building techniques and/or 3-D lightweight construction.
Project management skills — the ability to coordinate community based projects or class-sized collaborative events and/or research
Knowledgeable about contemporary art issues and theory and their relationship to broader social, cultural, economic, scientific and technological forces
Capable of teaching all levels of the undergraduate program
Shows promise or proven ability to enrich the aims for diversity, equity and justice of the Fiber department and the College
Ability to work in a collaborative environment, participating in advising, institutional and departmental committee service and scheduled departmental and student activities
Successful candidate will be required to complete employment and education verifications.
Valued, but not required:
3 years of full-time teaching experience beyond graduate assistantships
A history of performance and/or community-based practice
Involvement in the greater Baltimore community
Some administrative experience will be valued.
Salary: Commensurate with experience and college policy; excellent benefits package.
Apply: The College will review applications as received. Although materials received before January 7, 2018, are best assured of receiving full consideration, the position will remain open until filled. All inquiries, nominations and applications will be held in the strictest confidence.
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Submit online: Two multi-page PDF documents.
The first multi-page PDF document should include letter of application, comprehensive CV, statement of teaching philosophy, artist statement, and names and contact information including address, phone and email for three references.
The second multi-page PDF document should include a portfolio of 20-25 images of professional creative work and 15-20 images of student work, to include descriptions. Links to live URLs may be submitted as well, but will be considered as a secondary source. Any additional media (MOV, MP3, etc.) should be formatted for Apple computers and have representative still image and description information in PDF portfolio document.
Please format PDF documents for screen resolution and viewing. No physical media are requested nor will be returned.
Founded in 1826, MICA is among the top visual arts colleges in the nation. The college enrolls 1,863 undergraduate and 306 graduate students from 48 states and 54 foreign countries, offering programs of study leading to the bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.), master of arts (M.A.), master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degrees, and master of professional studies degrees (M.P.S), as well as post-baccalaureate ...certificate programs and a full slate of credit and noncredit courses for adults, college-bound students, and children. MICA is recognized as an important cultural resource for the Baltimore/Washington region, sponsoring many public and community-outreach programs-including more than 100 exhibitions by students, faculty, and nationally and internationally known artists annually-as well as artists' residencies, film series, lectures, readings, and performances.