The College is committed to building a representative and diverse faculty, administrative staff, and student body. We encourage applications from all qualified persons.
Job Summary/Basic Function:
The Department of Art & Art History at Dickinson College seeks a Professor of 2D Studio Art at the assistant level for a full-time, tenure track appointment starting in the 2021-22 academic year. Please note, this position is currently pending funding and there is a possibility that the search might be postponed. The position has a focus in drawing and painting and will also require the ability to teach additional courses in the area of printmaking or digital process (potentially both depending on the strengths of the successful candidate). Additionally, there is opportunity to develop courses in other areas of interest related to 2D processes. The position will also share in the instruction of Senior and First-Year Seminars, which are taught on rotating schedules among Department faculty. Candidates for this position should have the desire to be part of a liberal arts institution that values teaching, scholarship, and shared service among faculty. The particular model of teaching at Dickinson encourages curricular connection across disciplines, urges students to explore issues related to sustainability, community, and social justice as inherent responsibilities of student learning, and prepares students to lead rich and fulfilling lives of engaged global citizenship, working for the common good. Studio art classes at Dickinson stress skill, process, experimentation, and contextual concerns towards the development of a meaningful creative practice. The search committee is committed to building a faculty that reflects our diverse student population in the major, as well as non-major students who represent a large percentage of our studio art and art history courses. Dickinson College is a highly selective four-year, independent liberal arts college with 2300 students. It is located 20 minutes west of Harrisburg and is a two-hour drive from Baltimore, Washington DC and Philadelphia. The Department of Art & Art History is a combined studio art and art history department with 4 tenured/tenure track and 1 full-time lecturer in studio, and 4 tenured/tenure track faculty and 1 adjunct in art history. Together, the Department fosters a rigorous, critical investigation through active processes of learning in which students connect historical discourse with an engagement of art from multiple perspectives. The Department has excellent studio facilities for teaching and private studios for faculty.
Teaching Responsibilities: Primary responsibilities include teaching a five-course load per academic year, at all levels, to a mix of majors and non-majors. Course load will include drawing and painting, including at least one section of drawing at the intro-level (focus on observational drawing) per academic year. The position requires the ability to offer additional 2D courses beyond drawing and painting, in either printmaking or digital process. These additional courses can be developed by the candidate based on area of strength, and reflective of curricular demand. Additionally, full-time faculty members rotate the responsibility of teaching a senior studio art seminar with students working across a range of mediums within a contemporary context. Additional programmatic responsibilities include participating in critiques of senior studio art majors, sharing the coordination of visiting artists, and advising students. After year-two, there will be service expectations at the all college level, including the advising of majors and undeclared students, and possible committee service. Upon tenure, service responsibilities will also include department chairing expectations (a three-year rotation among all tenured faculty members in the Department of Art & Art History).
Special Instructions to Applicants:
How to Apply: Interested candidates should apply for this position electronically via https://jobs.dickinson.edu. Application deadline is January 31, 2021. Review of applications will begin immediately with the search committee looking to schedule Zoom interviews with top candidates starting as early as mid-Feb.
Candidates should submit via QUEST (online application system) at https://jobs.dickinson.edu; please include: · Letter of application · Curriculum Vitae · Graduate Transcript · Three letters of recommendation · A teaching statement · An artist statement (one page maximum) · 20 digital images that illustrate the candidate's professional practice as an artist. Please submit as either a link to a web portfolio or as a multi-page PDF (Do not send individual images as attachments). All images must be captioned to provide relevant contextual information including media, sizes, dates, etc.
· 20 digital images that illustrate examples of student work. Please submit as either a link to a web portfolio or as a multi-page PDF (Do not send individual images as attachments). All images must be captioned to provide relevant contextual information including course name and level, media, sizes, dates, etc.
· Up to three sample syllabi for undergraduate courses. (The search committee is interested in seeing syllabi that represent a range of courses from intro to advanced levels.)
· Finalists for this position will be asked to submit teaching evaluations as evidence of excellence in the classroom.
Please address your application to:
Todd Arsenault, Associate Prof. of Art
Salary and Benefits:
Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Department: Art and Art History
An MFA degree in studio art at the time of appointment.
Evidence of effective college-level teaching and the ability to create inclusive learning environments for an increasingly diverse student body.
Ability to teach observational drawing and painting at the intro level with an emphasis on perceptual approaches.
The ability to teach advanced drawing and painting, addressing a range of technical and conceptual approaches from historical to contemporary practice.
Proficiency in the formal, perceptual, theoretical, and historical elements of art as related to contemporary practice.
Excellent communication and leadership skills are essential, as are a dedication to collegial collaboration and to serving the department, institution, and professional field.
Internal Number: 5545
About Dickinson College
Known for its innovative curriculum, Dickinson is a highly selective, private liberal-arts college. One of the nation's oldest colleges, and named in honor of a signer of the U.S. Constitution, Dickinson became the first college chartered in the newly recognized United States in September 1783. As of 2020, Dickinson has just under 800 full-time employees - administrators, faculty and staff - and its 144-acre campus is populated by students from 38 U.S. states and territories and 49 foreign countries. More than half of students study abroad through the school's 40 programs in 24 countries on six continents, mainly in noncapital cities. Dickinson is known for its sustainability initiatives and is continually recognized by such groups as the Princeton Review (Green Honor Roll), the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE; Gold rating) and Sierra magazine ("Cool School" and one of America's greenest colleges). Dickinson's stunning campus - featuring beautiful landscaping and buildings made of limestone from Dickinson's own quarry - is located in the heart of the historic central Pennsylvania town of Carlisle, a key marker in Civil War activity. Foun...ded in 1751, Carlisle is a cosmopolitan town of 20,000 people, nestled between mountains that have long been a destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The Appalachian Trail and several mountain lakes are within easy reach of the campus, as is Hershey Park and historic Gettysburg.The town is a transportation hub linked by highway, rail and air to prominent East Coast cities, with driving times that make these cities readily accessible: Harrisburg, 20 minutes; Gettysburg, 30 minutes; Baltimore, 90 minutes; Washington, D.C., two hours; Philadelphia, two hours; New York, three hours; Pittsburgh, four hours. Dickinson takes pride in its campus wellness and professional development programs, offering an array of opportunities to faculty and staff through its Holistic Health Incentive program. Dickinson continues to be recognized both nationally and locally for the college's commitment to a vibrant wellness culture on campus. Dickinson offers a competitive benefits package and retirement plan, plus tuition remission and tuition assistance incentives. The college is committed to building a representative and diverse faculty, administrative staff and student body. We encourage applications from all qualified persons.