School/Unit: School of the Arts
Rank: Assistant Professor
Department: Art Foundation Program
Purpose of Position:
This is a full-time, 9-month tenure-eligible Arts Faculty position based in the Art Foundation Program (AFO) that will be directly affiliated with a fine art department. VCUarts faculty are engaged in a wide range of disciplines, benefiting from both the richness and intellectual diversity of a major university and an environment where faculty research is valued and supported. Faculty are required to have an established research agenda and a clear potential for external funding, as appropriate, and potential for scholarship or creative expression to complement and expand existing expertise in the department. In addition to teaching in AFO, and in an affiliated fine art department, this position will lead the three-dimensional Space Research studio area in AFO, one of the four core studios of the AFO Program; mentor adjunct faculty; develop projects and initiatives; and help steer the Space Research studio area curriculum. In addition, this position will provide significant support to the curricular aspects of AFO and its affiliated department. This position will perform service to the school and department and will work collaboratively with other AFO and VCUarts faculty, students and guest artists. The faculty member will be committed to working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment as a faculty member at VCU.
Teaching responsibilities include teaching courses each semester in the undergraduate Art Foundation Program, including Space Research, and in a fine art department, ranging from the Sophomore to Graduate level. Courses taught may change as demand requires and will be at the discretion of the Director of AFO and the fine art department Chair.
The faculty member's scholarly and creative activity should make a contribution to a body of knowledge within the discipline of art as it relates to the School's curriculum and reflect a high standard of quality of competence while being consistent with and supporting the mission and initiatives of the department, School, and University. The faculty member will be required to have an established research agenda and a clear potential for external funding, as appropriate, and potential for scholarship or creative expression to complement and expand existing expertise in the department. The faculty member must demonstrate an active professional career with the potential for development on a national and/or international level.
Faculty member will serve on departmental, School, and/or University committees as necessary, as well as in a professional capacity in their field, e.g., reviewer, conference organizer, etc.
This position will serve as academic leader of the Space Research studio area in the Art Foundation Program, including mentoring adjunct faculty that teach sections of Space Research; providing constructive feedback to the Director for performance reviews; and participating in departmental meetings focusing on curricular issues related to Space Research and its role in the interdisciplinary Art Foundation Program and connection to the School's art and design departments. Faculty member will be called upon at times to assist with student related activities like show jurying, special events, the reviewing of application portfolios, participation in recruitment and admissions activities, open houses, etc.
-MFA in a fine arts discipline and/or equivalent professional training and experience.
-Teaching experience beyond graduate school.
-Familiarity with contemporary art history and theory.
-Proficiency in teaching a wide range of aesthetic, conceptual, and technical aspects of three-dimensional art.
-Ability to to teach contemporary introductory art and design concepts, techniques, ans skills to first year and design students.
-Active professional practice.
-Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
-Experience teaching in an Art Foundation Program.
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