1. MFA in Art or PhD in Art History, Cultural Studies, or related field. (REQUIRED)
NOTE: The MFA is the terminal degree in Art. However, as listed in the department's criteria below, the department may accept documented equivalency in lieu of a degree when faculty are hired. When making appointments, the following may be considered in lieu of an MFA degree:
2. Demonstrated scholarly excellence and successful college/university teaching. (REQUIRED)
The department seeks individuals who are qualified to teach lecture courses in CRITICAL THEORY AND PRACTICE that integrate visual arts and critical thinking. Currently the following course needs instructors:
CONCEPTS IN VISUAL ART is a 1000-level, large-format lecture course for majors and non-majors. (Two large sections then break down into smaller discussion/studio groups, supported by graduate teaching assistants.) This course introduces students to the Department of Art and provides a context for contemporary art practice from an artist's point of view. The class is not a survey of art, but uses specific examples to illustrate a range of approaches to art making, visual language, concepts, practice, and recent movements in art. This course combines reading, discussion, writing, visiting artists, video screenings and visual assignments. It meets all Lib Ed requirements for Arts/Humanities and Diversity and Social Justice in the U.S.
CRITICAL THEORIES (Writing Intensive Course): Which ideas and critical frameworks, poised between ethics and aesthetics, resonate at this cultural and historical moment? This course aims to involve students in some of the thinking and making that has grown out of the unprecedented challenges we face collectively in the 21st century. The class begins by considering the aesthetic experience: what happens when we encounter art in a meaningful way? How does art act on us? If aesthetic experiences are capable of transforming how we are in the world, do artists have a responsibility to consider how their work engages with urgent questions we all face? From utopian gestures to melancholic manifestos, the readings in this course present a wide range of contemporary engagements with how we are in the world, and why art matters in making sense of our current situation. The course aims to show the rich dialogue between critical theories and conceptually informed studio practices.