Assistant Professor of Art Practice: 2D Expanded Media

Portand State University

United States

February 14, 2022

Description

Position Announcement Proposed Start Date 09/16/2022

Rank C - Assistant Professor Working Title Assistant Professor of Art Practice: 2D Expanded Media Position Number D99427 Representation AU - AAUP Faculty Type Tenure Track Fixed Term End Date: Position FTE 1 Term of Service 9 month

Brief Description of PSU/School/Dept

About Art Practice

​​We offer undergraduate (BFA) and graduate (MFA) degrees in contemporary art practice. Art practice is the exploration of art experiences and processes with an emphasis on developing a student's creative vision.

Our Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in art practice provides students with the knowledge and skills designed to prepare them for a fulfilling career as a practicing artist. It's a flexible degree that allows students to design an individual path of study based on their interests and goals. We strive to acquaint students with fundamental concepts while nurturing their own unique vision.

Our faculty are all active makers as well as forward-thinking student-centered educators. Students begin the program by exploring a wide range of ways to engage, communicate and create as an artist. This interdisciplinarity is at the heart of our program. Students also have the opportunity to dive deep into an area of study, including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, social practice, textiles, and time-based arts such as film, video, sound, and performance art. We are also leaders in the field of Art + Social Practice, which focuses on collaborative experiences and interaction between the artist and cultural systems through activism and social engagement. These programs take place in the city, in neighborhoods or connect students with other institutions. One example is KSMoCA, a contemporary art museum in the Martin Luther King Elementary School in northeast Portland.

For more information about the School of Art + Design please visit: https: // www. pdx.edu/art-design/

Position Summary

The College of the Arts (COTA) and The School of Art + Design at Portland State University invite applications for an Assistant Professor of Art Practice with a focus in 2D Expanded Media beginning Fall 2022. This is a tenure-track, 1.0 FTE, 9-month position.

In conjunction with the Art Practice faculty and the School Director, this position will be primarily responsible for developing, coordinating, and maintaining BFA Art Practice coursework relating to 2D processes, ideas and tools in the School of Art + Design. The School of Art + Design seeks candidates who are engaged makers with a strong record of professional practice and research. A successful candidate will demonstrate an expansive view of the field of art practice, a connection to contemporary and emerging practices, and the ability to stay current in the latest methodologies, technologies, and platforms that engage students in productive creative learning. In addition to teaching, the position entails participating in curricular development, playing a leadership role in the Art Practice program, and supporting the program's events and activities.

Art Practice's major population is 41% non-white identified and growing. We seek a candidate with experience teaching diverse student populations and with an interest in decolonizing the study of contemporary art practice.

For more information about the School of Art + Design please visit: https: // www. pdx.edu/art-design/

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Teach 28-credits a year distributed over three 10-week terms, as determined by the Director. A typical teaching load will be 7, 4-credit courses in Art Practice and may include undergraduate to graduate level.
  • Maintain a vibrant creative research practice and a growing national to international audience
  • Collaborate with other Art Practice faculty to oversee the BFA Art Practice program, facilities, adjunct faculty, and curricular development
  • Provide mentoring and advising to a diverse population of students
  • Participate in university and community service.
  • Primary Activity I - Instructional Minimum Qualifications

  • MFA or equivalent terminal degree in contemporary art or closely related field.
  • A vibrant creative research practice and strong professional accomplishments in art field
  • Teaching experience at the university level beyond GTA
  • Ability to design inclusive, experiential learning situations that are centered in contemporary 2-D processes that include – drawing, illustration, painting, and/or photography
  • An interdisciplinary practice and/or an interest in incorporating new and emerging technologies into their creative work and research
  • A record of community outreach activities
  • A proficiency in contemporary art concepts and practice, including curatorial work.
  • Preferred Qualifications

    We are seeking a candidate who identifies with one or more of the following:

  • Experience in storytelling, illustration, narrative formats and/or animation that may use emerging technologies or reintroduce older technologies in interesting ways.
  • A background working in a collaborative educational environment and team- teaching
  • Interest in expanding the definition of 2D media by making new connections with technology, photography or other art media. Use and build on the tools available – from projectors, photo lab, laser cutters, CNC router to large scale and digital fabrication.
  • An interest in curatorial practice, display strategies, installation or extending the classroom experience into the city of Portland.
  • Key Cultural Competencies

  • Creates an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates differences.
  • Functions and communicates effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds.
  • Seeks opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement
  • Adheres to all PSU's policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.
  • Environmental Stewardship

    Contributes to a culture of environmental stewardship, practices resource conservation, and actively works toward achieving long-term sustainability goals.

    Professional Standards of Conduct

    At Portland State University, all employees are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner which maintains a safe, respectful, and productive environment for faculty, students, administrators, and staff. It is the responsibility of every member of the Portland State University community to conduct themselves in accordance with our PSU Professional Standards of Conduct which are available at www. pdx.edu/hr/professional-standards-conduct.

    Total Compensation Range & Benefits Statement

    The starting annual salary rate for this position is $63,873. The starting salary may be negotiable above this range, however it will be dependent upon the knowledge, experience, skills and abilities of the chosen candidate, the budget of the hiring department, and approval from HR. PSU's excellent benefits package includes 95% premium paid healthcare; a generous retirement and vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or dependent at any of the Oregon Public Universities.

    https: // www. pdx.edu/human-resources/psu-total-compensation-calculator

    Additional Information

    To Apply

    Please submit the following:

  • Cover letter that states research interests and qualifications
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy that speaks to how the candidate's commitment to diversity and inclusion informs their teaching
  • 20 images of creative research with descriptions (multipage PDF and URL to website. Place PDF with images in “other 2”)
  • 20 images of recent student work with descriptions (multipage PDF. Place PDF with images in “other 4”)
  • Contact information for three references, including email and phone (letters will be requested for finalists)
  • Visual samples should be combined into a single, multipage PDF and include a URL to a single website.

    Additional Application Instructions (deadlines, etc.)

    Review of applications will begin on February 14, 2022, and will continue until the positions are filled. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

    Does this position require the employee to drive a motor vehicle? No Background Check Required Yes If you have questions

    For further information, please contact the Search Committee Chair, Professor M. Michelle Illuminato at illumin@pdx.edu.

    Posting Close Date

    Projected Close Date for Posting Open Until Finalists Identified Application screening begins 02/14/2022 Will you consider an ABD applicant for this position? Yes If yes, when must the degree be earned? If necessary, would you be willing to sponsor the succcessful applicant for permanent US residence, now or in the future? Yes

    Reference Requests Accept References No

    Minimum Number of References 3 Maximum Number of References Cutoff Date Special Instruction for Reference Provider

    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • What is your highest degree attained?
  • (Open Ended Question)

  • Please name the specific field/discipline in which you received your degree.
  • (Open Ended Question)

  • How did you first find out about this position?
  • PSU Website
  • Indeed.com
  • HERCJobs
  • Urban League of Portland
  • Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber
  • Oregon Employment Department
  • Social Media
  • Person Referral
  • Career Builder
  • Glass Door
  • Other - Please describe in the next Question
  • If you selected Other, please describe.
  • (Open Ended Question)

    Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Other 2 (describe)
  • Other 4 (describe)
  • Link to professional websites, news articles, etc
  • Professional References
  • Optional Documents

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