Graduate Studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) invites applications for a full-time faculty position to serve as program director of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program at an art and design college nationally known for its dedication to teaching excellence, the high quality of its graduate programs, and its distinction in art education at national and international levels.
MICA recognizes diversity and inclusion as fundamental to its community and central to excellence in an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experiences in teaching, scholarship, professional practice, or service have prepared them to contribute to diversity and excellence at MICA.
The program director is a faculty position with administrative responsibilities on a multi-year renewable contract in a non-tenure institution beginning August 2018.
Graduate Studies at MICA seeks a candidate with significant professional experience in art education to serve as a full-time faculty member and director of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, a Maryland State Approved Program for art teacher certification in grades preK–12.
The MAT program seeks candidates with a global perspective and who are committed to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in the field of art education. Ideal candidates will be open to exploring innovative ways to craft curricula, experiences, and projects that empower students to teach with confidence in Maryland classroom settings and beyond. Successful candidates will synthesize the theoretical and practical dimensions of teaching art and design, including familiarity with new technologies and emerging subject areas that contribute to student engagement. They should have experience developing student-centered programs and pedagogical approaches relevant to students in school systems rich in diversity, and at the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, and class. In addition to demonstrating the ability to develop a strategic vision and set the future direction for this innovative, practice-based MA, the ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to be a significant contributor to the field by continuing MICA’s legacy of leadership in art education at state, national, and international levels.
The director will assume the administrative responsibilities of the graduate program, including the oversight of curriculum, academic programming, program assessment, student advising, budget management, accreditation, and the ongoing development of external partnerships with local schools and school systems. The program director collaborates closely with the Coordinator for Undergraduate Art Education, oversees departmental full-time faculty, their schedules, reviews, annual contracts, and mentoring. The program director hires adjunct faculty as needed. The faculty/program director position is the equivalent of 18 credits per year, or 3 - 4 days per week on campus, split between teaching and administrative roles.
The program director is expected to contribute to the life of Graduate Studies and the College through cross-programmatic collaboration, committee work, graduate admissions, community engagement, and other institution-related duties. All full-time faculty at MICA are expected to pursue research and/or professional engagements that contribute to the educational mission of the College.
The position reports to the Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies and participates in regular graduate program director meetings with other “field-based” programs.
PhD or EdD in Art Education
More than 5-years full-time teaching experience at elementary and/or secondary level or substantial experience in other educational settings (such as museums, etc.)
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and equity in art and design education
Minimum of 5 years of full-time college teaching experience
Demonstrated skills in clinical supervision
Knowledge of current literature for teacher preparation
Knowledge of the way in which digital technologies and contemporary design practices inform teaching and learning in K-12 settings
Studio expertise and/or arts-based research practice
Demonstrated ability to work in collaborative teaching situations including, but not limited to, team teaching, aligned coursework, & teamed project-based learning
Experience with academic program management, faculty mentorship, and/or other administrative responsibilities
Working knowledge of edTPA
Knowledge of current practices in student learning assessment
Excellent communication skills
Demonstrated leadership experience as a contributor or advocate for art education at local, state, national and/or international levels through public presentations or professional publication of art education theory and practice
Valued, but not required:
Demonstrated knowledge of child & adolescent development
Facility and knowledge of maker spaces and their integration in schools and teaching
Community organizing for the arts
Evidence of involvement in innovative program/curriculum design (K-graduate)
Evidence of ability to work with colleagues across institutional disciplinary boundaries
Interest or experience in teaching online, flipped, hybrid, or alternatively scheduled course formats
Active membership in relevant professional association(s)
Salary: Commensurate with experience and college policy; excellent benefits package.
Apply: The College will review applications as received. Although materials received before January 22, 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: One multi-page PDF document.
A multi-page PDF document that includes a cover letter to the application, comprehensive CV, statement of teaching and administrative philosophy, and names and contact information including address, phone and email for three references. Also include three sample syllabi with sample assignments and 10-20 images of student work (together demonstrating teaching excellence); an artist or designer statement with 5-10 images of work. These may be formatted in one or two PDF files.
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 a PDF portfolio document.
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About MAT @ MICA:
As a professional school of art and design situated in the culturally dynamic city of Baltimore, MICA is a rich context for innovating art & design education. MAT at MICA is a supportive educational community committed to learning that is deep, integrative, and transformational. Nationally recognized for its successful approach to preparing leading art education professionals, the MAT program is grounded in the belief that teaching is an art itself and that some of the best teaching emerges through a sustained art and design practice. The vision for MAT at MICA imagines a broad set of purposes for meaningful engagement with art and design. The pedagogy that supports this vision is hands-on and learner-centered; firmly grounded in studio practice and research; and context-sensitive – with a particular interest in interdisciplinarity, equity, and social justice. MICA’s MAT program is nationally recognized for its success in preparing art education professionals who successfully integrate personal artistry with the skill and understanding to direct the art making of others. The MAT program features a 5-year undergraduate BFA/MAT track and a 2-year full-time graduate-level track. All students take national teacher exams (Praxis exams) as part of the program; passing scores, as set by the state of Maryland, are required for completion of the program and degree. Maryland maintains reciprocity with 39 other states, which allows for easy transfer of certification. In addition to studio, art education, art history/criticism, and internship courses, six credits in the teaching of reading are integrated into the program.
MICA's MAT program is nationally recognized for faculty and student publications and its success preparing art education professionals who successfully integrate personal artistry with the skill and understanding to direct the creative explorations of others. In the last two years, MICA and MAT has hosted the Maryland Art Education conference on campus.
About MICA: The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), founded in 1826, is consistently ranked in the very top tier of visual arts colleges in the nation and enrolls approximately 1,800 undergraduate students and 300 graduate students. MICA offers programs of study leading to the BFA, MA, MAT, and MFA degrees, as well as post-baccalaureate certificate programs and a full slate of credit and noncredit courses for adults, college-bound students, and children.
Located in the City of Baltimore, MICA is committed to an expanded understanding of the role of creative citizens in communities and unique approaches to cross-cultural, economic, and political contexts and partnerships. MICA accelerates the knowledge, skills, habits, and work of creative people who are self-reflexive, visionary, and entrepreneurial. MICA is recognized as an important cultural resource for the Baltimore/Washington region, sponsoring many public and community-based programs, including more than 100 exhibitions by students, faculty, and nationally and internationally known artists annually, as well artists’ residencies, film series, lectures, readings, and performances. Visit the College’s website at www.mica.edu.
As part of our ongoing efforts to create a more equitable and inclusive campus community, MICA is committed to diversifying its faculty and is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the equity and excellence of our academic community. People of color, people from underrepresented groups, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are highly encouraged to apply.
MICA is an equal opportunity employer. As an educational institution dedicated to individual development in the visual arts, MICA nurtures, supports, and celebrates diversity in all of its forms including aesthetic, cultural, and philosophical and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, age, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, socio-economic status, and marital status. This requires that the College develop and maintain a diverse community of trustees, administration, staff, faculty, and students; and that diversity is a fundamental philosophic value that informs the content of all of its programs and activities. MICA’s commitment to diversity prepares its graduates to excel professionally and assume leadership roles in a global context.
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.