Part Time Lecturer in the field of Art and Social Justice: Media Arts Department, SMFA

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Part Time Lecturer in the field of Art and Social Justice: Media Arts Department,
SMFA at Tufts University

Job Description:

The School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) at Tufts University invites candidates to apply for a Part Time Lecturer position in the field of Socially Engaged Art (art and social justice) in the Media Arts Department. We seek candidates that can teach a course titled ‘Socially Engaged Art’ starting January 18th, 2020.

Selected candidates should have a broad understanding of the field and its history and have professional experience with public engagement as evidenced in their art practice.  Demonstrate a contemporary approach to Socially Engaged Art as well as a practice that explores issues of equity and justice within the fields of art. The ability to respond to structures of privilege and power as they relate to those issues.

Examples may include but are not limited to, community-centered practices or socially engaged art; art and social practice; anti-oppressive practice; representation and culture. An emphasis on studio and research-based practice is preferred. We are particularly interested in candidates who have done community organizing, engaging underrepresented communities as well as relevant organizations through their art practice. We actively seek candidates whose experiences demonstrate a commitment to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive learning environment, whose teaching philosophies, or scholarly practice expand and contribute to that commitment and who has a record of working well with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, professional training and aesthetic sensibilities.

The faculty member will be expected to teach one course (undergraduate and graduate level) to majors and non-majors. Tapping into their practice in art and social justice, this faculty member will have the opportunity to collaborate within a network of SMFA and Tufts University colleagues and students including the SMFA and Tufts Art Galleries, Tisch College of Civic Life, The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, and the new department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora (RCD). 

The position requires teaching on Mondays: no service is expected.


  • Candidates should have an MFA in Studio Art or an equivalent degree, and should have at least 3 years of college level teaching experience, preferably at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Experience in university teaching that includes a combination of core studios, seminars and tutorials.
  • At least 3 years of active or creative/professional practice in the field, as demonstrated by a body of work or a record of creative/professional accomplishments.
  • Evidence of community, academic, or professional leadership is required to qualify for this position.
  • Demonstration in successfully implementing Socially Engaged Art projects around issues of social justice, c


All application materials must be submitted via Interfolio at

Please submit:

  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Cover letter summarizing your qualifications, areas of expertise (artistic as well as community organizing), and

interest in the position. 


  • Artist statement.
  • One to three sample syllabi.
  • Names and contact information for two references.
  • Three to five samples of professional work including short descriptions of each. The documentation may include stills, and/or clips of audio/video (Use Vimeo or YouTube links or a PDF with embedded links.) Total length of the three samples not to exceed 20 minutes.

Questions about the position may be directed to Jane Gillooly, chair of the Media Arts department, at [email protected].

Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Tufts University, founded in 1852, prioritizes quality teaching, highly competitive basic and applied research and a commitment to active citizenship locally, regionally and globally. Tufts University also prides itself on creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. Current and prospective employees of the university are expected to have and continuously develop skill in, and disposition for, positively engaging with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students.

Tufts University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff and fostering their success when hired. Members of underrepresented groups are welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. If you are an applicant with a disability who is unable to use our online tools to search and apply for jobs, please contact us by calling Johny Laine in the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) at 617.627.3298 or at [email protected]. Applicants can learn more about requesting reasonable accommodations at




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Posted: 10/4/2019
Application Due: 12/3/2019
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