Assistant Professor of Fine Arts (Photography & Time-Based Media)
Winthrop University: College of Visual & Performing Arts: Fine Arts
Location: Rock Hill, SC
Open Date: Feb 4, 2019
Winthrop University, a highly ranked, public, comprehensive university, announces a national search for an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts (Photography & Time-Based Media). This is a 9-month, full-time, tenure- track appointment in the Department of Fine Arts within the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Salary and rank are dependent upon qualifications. This position requires daily contact with students, faculty, and staff on campus. Additionally, the successful candidate may be expected to occasionally participate in events in the evenings and on weekends. Winthrop enrolls a diverse student body, which closely mirrors the racial and ethnic diversity in the state, and has recently received accolades for its success in graduating students of color.
The ideal candidate will assume a major role in teaching and advising within the department’s B.A. and B.F.A. degree programs, and occasionally teach graduate level courses in the M.F.A. program. The selected candidate will take on a leadership role to help grow the area of time-based media within the department while teaching a range of established courses in the curriculum, include digital and analog photography, alternative photo processes, digital imaging, videography, audio and animated arts, and professional practices.
- Teach 18 contact hours each semester.
- Expand time-based media practice within the curriculum.
- Occasionally teach upper-level and graduate-level courses.
- Participate in curriculum development, accreditation, assessment, and program planning.
- Effectively advise and mentor fine art majors.
- Maintain creative/scholarly activity as demonstrated by an active research profile.
- Engage in professional stewardship and academic responsibilities to the department, college, university, discipline, and community, as appropriate.
- Assume other responsibilities according to departmental needs and candidate's qualifications.
- M.F.A. or equivalent terminal degree in photography, video, or time-based media.
- Ability to teach digital and analog photography, and videography.
- Proficiency with the Adobe Creative Suite along with professional video and audio applications.
- Understanding of history, theory, and contemporary methods in photography, and video and sound art.
- Demonstrated ability to address 2D, 3D, and 4D foundational media and design principles.
- Actively engaged in scholarship, publication, and professional activity.
- Evidence of effectiveness in teaching.
- Willingness to collaborate, communicate, and contribute to the growth of the department.
- Minimum of two years of university-level teaching experience.
- Knowledge of 3D fabrication, coding, installation, audio, performance, emerging technologies, and social practice.
- Exhibition record with regional, national and/or international exposure.
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
- Experience working with diverse student populations.
Interested individuals are encouraged to submit their credentials as soon as possible for full consideration. Application review will begin on February 25, 2019. Applications received after this start of review may be considered if an acceptable candidate is not identified.
Complete applications should be submitted electronically at apply.interfolio.com/59453 and should include:
- a cover letter addressing interest in and qualifications for the position
- a current curriculum vitae
- evidence of teaching excellence: a one-page statement of teaching philosophy and up to 20 images of student work with descriptions for each
- a one-page research statement and up to 20 images of professional work with descriptions for each
- the names, email and phone numbers of three references familiar with the candidate’s qualifications
- transcript and evidence of highest degree achieved (unofficial transcripts acceptable at this stage).
References will not be contacted without the candidate’s approval/consent. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence. Questions about the position and nominations should be directed to Mark Hamilton, chair of the search committee: [email protected]
About the Fine Arts Department
The Department of Fine Arts at Winthrop is a creative community that offers a flexible and multidisciplinary approach to Fine Arts. The degree programs include a B.A. in Art Education; a B.A. in Art with a required minor; a B.A. in Art History also with a minor; and a B.F.A. with concentrations in Ceramics, Jewelry/Metals, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. The department has 15 full-time faculty who teach in the studio disciplines, art history, and art education. The studio-based curriculum is enhanced by professional development opportunities where students learn by doing. Examples includes the design, commission, and execution of public art projects; solo and group exhibitions on- and off-campus; collaborative and community-based activities within the Charlotte-metro area; and internships/ workshops.
About the College of Visual and Performing Arts
Winthrop University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) is the academic home to over 600 undergraduate students majoring in dance, design, fine arts, music and theatre, and approximately 40 graduate students in four masters program. The College currently has 60 full-time faculty and 50 part-time lecturers, practicing professionals from the surrounding metropolitan area. Winthrop’s academic programs are nationally accredited by NASAD, NAST, NASD, NASM and CIDA. In addition, Winthrop’s arts education programs (art, music, theatre, and dance) are accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
About Winthrop University
Founded in 1886 and located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Winthrop University offers its 6,000-plus undergraduate and graduate students an educational experience that blends liberal arts, professional programs, global awareness, and civic engagement. In its degree-granting Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Visual and Performing Arts, Winthrop embraces only those programs and activities that can be delivered at an exemplary level. Winthrop is well known for its inclusive and supportive campus environment, with University College supporting programs in both academic and student affairs. Winthrop University is achieving national stature as a competitive and distinctive co-educational, public, residential, comprehensive, values-oriented institution. The values of service, excellence, diversity, community, and leadership provide the foundation for the University’s continuing development and shape Winthrop’s continuing success. Numerous national accolades reflect the sustained high quality and value of the Winthrop Experience, including the most recent U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Winthrop as one of the top-10 public comprehensive universities in the South. Winthrop is an active member of the Rock Hill community and is recognized as a key component of the region’s economic resurgence. Approximately 20 minutes from Charlotte, North Carolina, Winthrop has direct access to and is engaged in a broad and expansive regional arts and business community. Winthrop’s beautiful campus encompasses a rich architectural blend of neo-Georgian buildings and is included in the National Register of Historic Places. The attractive recreational and research complex area that surrounds Winthrop Lake is home to Winthrop’s 18 Division I men’s and women’s sports.
Winthrop University is committed to providing a safe campus community. Winthrop conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.
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