Professors of the Practice - SMFA: Painting and Drawing, Metals, Photography, and Open Field
December 20, 2017
Higher Education Institution
Tufts University School of Arts and Sciences
SCHOOL OF THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS: Painting and Drawing, Metals, Photography, and Open Field
Professors of the Practice (4)
The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University (SMFA) invites applications for four Professors of the Practice, to start on September 1st, 2018. The Professor of the Practice position at the SMFA is a full-time, ongoing, core faculty position involving research, teaching, and service. We seek four dynamic artist-teachers in Drawing and Painting, Metals, Photography, and an Open Field, with significant records of artistic achievement; strong grounding in the theoretical, historical, and practical aspects of art-making; and exemplary teaching records. While the successful candidate will evince outstanding ability to teach at all skill levels in these specific areas, the artist’s practice may range widely and take a broad view of what constitutes each field.
Professor of the Practice in Drawing and Painting
The Drawing and Painting Department at SMFA at Tufts seeks a dynamic artist with a significant record of achievement, or demonstrated potential of significant achievement, in Drawing and Painting. The Drawing and Painting Department at SMFA at Tufts seeks a dynamic artist with a significant record of achievement, or demonstrated potential of significant achievement. We seek candidates who have fluency with historical and contemporary art discourses and who embrace a wide range of aesthetic approaches.
Professor of the Practice in Metals
The 3D and Performance Department seeks a dynamic artist with a significant record of achievement, or demonstrated potential of significant achievement, in Metals. We seek extraordinary candidates representing a wide spectrum of traditional and experimental approaches to material exploration and art-making who will bring dynamic vision, innovation, and strong leadership to the Metals area. The successful applicant will have demonstrated expertise in three-dimensional fabrication techniques, innovative approaches to interdepartmental collaboration/teaching and the application of emerging technologies to object-making.
Professor of the Practice in Photography
The Media Arts Department at SMFA at Tufts seeks a dynamic artist with a significant record of achievement, or demonstrated potential of significant achievement, in Photography. Solid digital knowledge and the ability to collaborate with other faculty in developing and carrying out the curricular vision of the Media Arts department, especially with respect to the introduction and integration of new technologies and digital facilities into our pedagogy, is required.
Professor of the Practice [open field]
The SMFA welcomes candidates in any area of artistic practice to apply to this open-field position. All candidates who apply for any of the previous three positions will be considered for this one as well. We are open to hiring an artist in any area of studio art, broadly construed. The successful candidate will join the department best matching their research interests and artistic practice.
In a context in which many students work across disciplines and few specialize exclusively in one medium, successful candidates for each of these positions will be expected to engage with students from beginning to graduate level; to participate in a contemporary and global conversation at the advanced undergraduate and graduate levels; and to be conversant in the latest developments in their fields. Candidates also should have a broad understanding of art practice and should be well-versed in theory applicable to a variety of visual art fields.
We are looking for colleagues who combine technical skill with a dynamic and socially responsive pedagogical approach, promote and nurture diversity within our community, and are able to facilitate challenging conversations about urgent and emergent social and political issues. We are especially interested in candidates who demonstrate an array of competencies in the areas of equity and inclusion.
The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University is a renowned art school that has enjoyed a close relationship with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, for 140 years. Located in the heart of Boston on the city’s “Avenue of the Arts,” we offer immersive, multidisciplinary graduate and undergraduate studio arts programs that allow students to find their own paths as artist-citizens.
The SMFA is part of Tufts University, a destination liberal arts and Research 1 institution. Faculty are encouraged to forge interdisciplinary connections across the university in the arts, sciences, and engineering, as well as through the Tisch College of Civic Life. SMFA at Tufts programs include a five-year undergraduate combined degree (BFA + BA/BS), in addition to the BFA, MFA, master of arts in teaching, and two non-academic, studio-only, programs (Diploma and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate).
SMFA at Tufts is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal through their research, teaching, and/or service. We strongly encourage applications from candidates belonging to groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education, including women, ethnic minorities, the differently-abled, and members of the LGBTQIA community.
Candidates for each of the four positions should:
have an MFA or equivalent, with a minimum of three years’ teaching experience at the undergraduate or graduate level;
be interested in teaching and able to teach introductory through graduate level courses and to work collaboratively with faculty in other disciplinary areas to develop cross-media studio courses and seminars;
demonstrate accomplishments as both educators and artists, with work engaged in the theory and practice of the field(s) in which they practice and teach; and
demonstrate extensive critical, theoretical, and art-historical knowledge and engage in interdisciplinary practices that employ new and evolving technologies and/or traditional approaches.
Letter of application, including information about how you will contribute to building an inclusive educational environment;
Contact information for three references (letters will be requested for finalists);
Teaching philosophy, including how diversity and inclusion factors into your teaching;
Required: 20 images of your work with image checklist. Optional: for video or other time-based media work, links to YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, or other media sharing sites; and
For more information about the positions, please contact Clare Saunders, Administrative Assistant to the Dean, at email@example.com or 617-627-0061.
Review of applications will begin on January 8, 2017, and will continue until the positions are filled.
Tufts University, founded in 1852, prioritizes quality teaching, highly competitive basic and applied research, and a commitment to active citizenship locally, regionally and globally. Tufts University also prides itself on creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. Current and prospective employees of the university are expected to have and continuously develop skill in, and disposition for, positively engaging with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students.
Tufts University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff and fostering their success when hired. Members of underrepresented groups are welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. If you are an applicant with a disability who is unable to use our online tools to search and apply for jobs, please contact us by calling Johny Laine in the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) at 617.627.3298 or at Johny.Laine@tufts.edu. Applicants can learn more about requesting reasonable accommodations at http://oeo.tufts.edu.