Winthrop University, a highly ranked, public, comprehensive university, announces a national search for an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts (Studio Arts). This is a 9-month, full-time, tenure-track appointment in the Department of Fine Arts within the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Salary and rank are dependent upon qualifications. This position requires daily contact with students, faculty, and staff on campus. Additionally, the successful candidate may be expected to occasionally participate in events in the evenings and on weekends. Winthrop enrolls a diverse student body, which closely mirrors the racial and ethnic diversity in the state, and has recently received accolades for its success in graduating students of color.
The ideal candidate will assume a major role in teaching and advising within the department’s B.A. and B.F.A. degree programs, and occasionally teach graduate level courses in the M.F.A. program; will bring a broad perspective informed by active research on contemporary art making with proficiency in traditional printmaking processes and digital art making technologies; and will have a strong technical and theoretical foundation in printmaking, as well as an expansive approach that embraces the changing role of art-making and multiples.
The successful candidate will be teaching courses within the Foundations program and Printmaking (i.e. intaglio, relief, and planographic processes). Additionally, the ideal candidate will demonstrate an ability to work across a variety of visual arts disciplines, and their creative practice and teaching would show an ability to work with and give instruction in a contemporary and/or interdisciplinary approach to art making, incorporating both traditional and contemporary technologies (i.e. laser cutter, CNC router, 3D printing, digital printing, etc.)
Teach 18 contact hours each semester.
Teach courses in Printmaking (traditional, digital, and printmaking in the expanded field)
Teach foundation level courses based on the candidate's qualifications
Occasionally teach graduate-level fine art courses or supervise MFA students
Participate in curriculum development, accreditation, assessment, and program planning.
Effectively advise and mentor fine art majors.
Maintain creative/scholarly activity as demonstrated by an active research profile.
Engage in professional stewardship and academic responsibilities to the department, college, university, discipline, and community, as appropriate.
Assume other responsibilities according to departmental needs and candidate's qualifications.
M.F.A. or equivalent terminal degree.
Demonstrated ability to address 2D, 3D, and 4D foundational media and design principles.
Actively engaged in scholarship, publication, and professional activity.
Evidence of teaching excellence at the post-secondary level.
Ability to teach traditional printmaking processes (intaglio, relief, planographic).
Demonstrated experience with contemporary practices in art making, which employ both digital and traditional skills in printmaking and printmaking the expanded field.
Knowledge of the history, theory, and contemporary fields of printmaking.
Demonstrated interest in incorporating emerging technologies with traditional media.
Demonstrated expertise in teaching related to interdisciplinary and collaborative studies.
Ability or interest in teaching digital media courses.
Willingness to collaborate, communicate, and contribute to the growth of the department.
Minimum of three years of university-level teaching experience working with students at various levels (foundation through graduate).
Research and creative work that explores the intersection of digital and emerging technologies and traditional media and techniques.
Ability to teach digital media courses, coding, installation, sound, performance, emerging technologies (Adobe Creative Suite, 3D fabrication, laser cutter, CNC router).
Exhibition record with regional, national and/or international exposure.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
Experience working with diverse student populations.
Interested individuals are encouraged to submit their credentials as soon as possible for full consideration. Application review will begin on January 30, 2020. Applications received after this start of review may be considered if an acceptable candidate is not identified. Complete applications should be submitted electronically at apply.interfolio.com/70638 and should include:
a cover letter addressing interest in and qualifications for the position
a current curriculum vitae
evidence of teaching excellence: a one-page statement of teaching philosophy and up to 20 images of student work with descriptions for each
a one-page research statement and up to 20 images of professional work with descriptions for each
the names, email and phone numbers of three references familiar with the candidate’s qualifications
transcript and evidence of highest degree achieved (unofficial transcripts acceptable at this stage)
References will not be contacted without the candidate’s approval/consent. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence. Questions about the position and nominations should be directed to Karen Oremus, chair of the search committee: email@example.com.
Winthrop is committed to providing a safe campus community. Winthrop conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.
About the Fine Arts Department The Department of Fine Arts at Winthrop is a creative community that offers a flexible and multidisciplinary approach to Fine Arts. The degree programs include a B.A. in Art Education; a B.A. in Art with a required minor; a B.A. in Art History also with a minor; and a B.F.A. with concentrations in Ceramics, Jewelry/Metals, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. The department has 15 full-time faculty who teach in the studio disciplines, art history, and art education. The studio-based curriculum is enhanced by professional development opportunities where students learn by doing. Examples includes the design, commission, and execution of public art projects; solo and group exhibitions on- and off-campus; collaborative and community-based activities within the Charlotte-metro area; and internships/ workshops.
About the College of Visual and Performing Arts Winthrop University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) is the academic home to approximately 700 undergraduate and graduate students majoring in dance, design, studio arts, music, and theatre. The College currently employs over 55 full-time faculty as well as part-time lecturers, all practicing professionals from the surrounding metropolitan area. Winthrop is one of only 37 universities in the United States and the only public or private institution in South Carolina with all five of its undergraduate and graduate arts programs nationally accredited (NASAD, NAST, NASD, NASM and CIDA). In addition, Winthrop’s arts education programs in art, music, theatre, and dance are accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
Winthrop has partnered for over 30 years with the Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Project, which provides leadership to achieve quality, comprehensive arts education (dance, music, media arts and design, theatre, visual arts and creative writing) for all K-12 students in South Carolina.The ABC Project is cooperatively directed by the South Carolina Arts Commission, the South Carolina Department of Education, and the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Winthrop University. Learn more about ABC project at www.abcprojectsc.com.
For the 25th consecutive year, CVPA has welcomed gifted and talented students in grades 6-8 for an artistic summer filled with music, dance, design, drama and photography to participate in ST-ARTS, guiding students through the process of conceptualizing and creating art. The S.C. State Department of Education has cited Winthrop's summer arts program as a model, and ST-ARTS was a 1993 nominee for the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award for excellence in arts education. Since its inception in 1989, the program has served more than 9,000 middle-school students.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Winthrop University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Winthrop is a public, comprehensive university that is committed to be among the very best institutions of its kind in the nation. Through an educational experience that blends liberal arts, professional programs, global awareness and civic engagement, Winthrop helps students develop the knowledge, skills, and values that enrich their lives and prepare them for all the future holds.
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