Full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor, Critical Studies

University of Southern California

United States

January 1, 2022


Full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor, Critical Studies

Apply Roski School of Art and Design Faculty Los Angeles, California

Critical Studies position, USC Gayle Garner Roski School of Art and Design

The USC Gayle Garner Roski School of Art and Design invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment in Critical Studies at the assistant professor level, to start fall 2022. The ideal candidate will hold a PhD in Visual Studies, Performance Studies, Art History, or a related field, with at least two years teaching experience at the university level and a strong, emerging scholarly profile as evidenced by a growing track record of peer- reviewed publications, invited presentations, and other prominent public contributions in art and performance areas. Preference will be shown for candidates with curatorial and/or performance programming experience, as well as demonstrated interest in fostering diversity within Critical Studies curriculum.

Critical Studies at Roski:

Roski's Critical Studies faculty collaborate with colleagues and in our teaching and research and draw students from across USC. Within the school, Critical Studies faculty teach general education courses in the histories and theories of art, design, and visual culture; core courses in the undergraduate and graduate art and design programs; and specialized seminars in the MFA Art and MA Curatorial Practices and the Public Sphere programs. Critical Studies faculty also play a key role in the interdisciplinary Performance Studies Graduate Certificate, a new MA and PhD-level certificate program based at Roski with affiliated faculty from Dramatic Arts and other programs across USC:https: // roski.usc.edu/performance-studies-graduate-certificate; the Performance Studies Graduate Certificate provides a deep and broad education in performance studies, with a focus on embodiment, materiality, and visuality in time-based live and photographic media (from cinema to social media). And, in collaboration with USC's Sol Price School of Public Policy, Critical Studies also offers a dual MA of Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere/ MA of Urban Planning. As well, Critical Studies faculty participate in the interdisciplinary consortium RAP: Race, Arts, and Place at USC, and in various projects with the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries (the largest repository of LGBTQ materials in the world). The USC Pacific Asia Museum and the USC Fisher Museum of Art provide further opportunities for collaboration.

Roski and USC students are diverse, coming from a range of countries, ethnic, and class backgrounds, and sex/gender identifications; as such, experience teaching a diverse body of students will be highly valued as we prepare students to face the challenges of a rapidly changing world. Furthermore, the USC Roski School is at the forefront of art and design and critical studies pedagogy, with evolving programs in which teachers rethink the interface between art and its publics from creative, interpretive, and/or curatorial points of view. Our faculty ask not only how art, design, and exhibitions are made and disseminated; we also continually explore links among art, design, bodies, communities, aesthetics, and politics. Accordingly, candidates must be interested in challenging existing ideas and in developing new models for studio/scholarly/curatorial practice and undergraduate and graduate-level pedagogy, reflecting a deep understanding of expansive modes of contemporary art and design practices and global perspectives.

The ideal candidate will share Roski Critical Studies':

  • commitment to critical race theories and decolonial models of teaching art and design from non-Euro-centric points of view;
  • commitment to social justice and producing scholarship and teaching classes that directly take on pressing societal issues;
  • attention to expansive forms of art and design, and hybrid concepts of curating and performance programming across undergraduate and graduate programs;
  • interest in overlaps between art and performance (including embodied and time-based media);
  • commitment to teaching across disciplines, including performance studies, sexuality studies, critical race studies, art history, design studies, visual studies, and more.
  • USC / Roski History and Locale:

    First founded in 1883, theUSCRoski School of Art and Design is noted for its richly varied and innovative programs that emphasize studio art, design and critical and curatorial studies. The school provides a distinctive environment that allows undergraduate and graduate students to move fluidly across media and disciplines. The Roski School, ranked #1 in Design and #4 in Art programs across the US at www. niche.com, offersBFAand BA undergraduate degrees in Art and Design, as well as three graduate degrees—MFA Art, MFA Design, and MA Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere, as well as (relating to the latter MA), a joint Master of Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere/Master of Urban Planningdegree with theUSCSol Price School of Public Policy, and a Performance Studies Graduate Certificate. Our programs are constructed with powerful areas of overlap, including some shared core courses, and offer students a unique ability to explore histories, theories, and broader definitions of making, curating, research, and teaching.

    USC is one of the nation's leading research universities, boasting a world- class faculty of artists, scholars and researchers; it is unique in housing six major art schools (in addition to Roski: the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance; the School of Dramatic Arts; the School of Cinematic Arts; the School of Architecture; and the Thornton School of Music) as well as thriving humanities, social sciences, sciences, engineering, and medical programs. USC is thoroughly integrated into and is a key part of Los Angeles's cultural offerings. Through its Visions and Voices series, USC brings dozens of world- renowned artists, scholars, ensembles, and collectives from around the globe each academic year to present their work to USC faculty and students, and to the broader Los Angeles community. USC also hosts the Los Angeles Times Book Fair every Spring and the main campus is adjacent to the California African American Museum and not far from the Underground Museum, Self Help Graphics, and many other mainstream and alternative art spaces. The graduate programs are in the thriving downtown Los Angeles Arts District, in proximity to many major galleries, performance venues, and other cultural institutions from SCI Arc (Institute of Architecture), ICA Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Japanese American Museum, to REDCAT and Human Resources performance and art spaces, to Hauser & Wirth and The Box commercial galleries.

    USC strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity employment. Members of historically underrepresented groups, as well as those who have academic experience with diverse student populations are encouraged to apply.

    Applicants should submit the following: 1) a cover letter discussing their professional profile; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) 1-3 sample syllabi of classes taught; and 4) names and contact information of three references. The letter should include the following sections: research/creation (including, if relevant, curatorial and/or performance programming or performing); teaching and pedagogical philosophy; commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals at Roski as specified here: https: // roski.usc.edu/about/roski-diversity-equity-inclusion. More materials may be requested at a later time. All application materials should be uploaded to Faculty Application Manager at time of submission. Application deadline: January 1, 2022. Questions can be addressed to Professor Amelia Jones (ameliaj@usc.edu), Vice Dean of Research, Chair of Critical Studies, and Chair of the search.

    REQ20109893 Posted Date: 11/22/2021 - Thru date - 2022-01-01 Apply

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