Assistant Professor of Book Arts and Program Coordinator for the Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Cen...

Oct 10, 2019
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Position Title:Assistant Professor of Book Arts and Program Coordinator for the Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts Campus:Gorham City, State:Gorham, ME Department:Art - PART Bargaining Unit:AFUM Salary Band/Wage Band:XXXXXXXX Work Schedule:academic year Statement of Job:

The University of Southern Maine’s Art Department and the Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts invites applications for an Assistant Professor, tenure-track faculty appointment in the area of Book Arts to begin Fall 2020. We live our USM Service Promise Student Focused Every Day and we are looking for a faculty member who understands that promise and supports our values: Respect & Care, Integrity, Equity and Responsiveness.

Successful candidates for this position will need to demonstrate a connection to the community through knowledge of Book Arts and its role in contemporary visual art and culture, a professional understanding of art related theory and criticism, and an active professional creative practice that includes projects, exhibitions, residencies, and presentations. Teaching experience and the ability to address work across disciplines is also desired, as our students often push disciplinary boundaries.

This position will teach a 2:1:1 (this includes a summer Book Arts course) load of undergraduate level courses in both the BA and BFA programs, advise undergraduate students, and serve on Department and University committees. A fully engaged presence on campus is required as well as a willingness to actively participate in collectively shaping the future of the Art Department.

In addition to teaching, the successful candidate will manage the USM Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts (KCC’83 CBA) by designing and implementing year-round programing including a minimum of 4-5 guest lectures, 2 guest workshops, an annual Book Arts Bazaar, and 5-6 Book Arts exhibitions.

Exceptional communication and leadership skills will be required for interacting with the KCC’83 CBA Advisory Board as well as other institutions when developing collaborations, exhibitions, and projects. The regional Book Arts community is actively involved in the KCC’83 CBA activities and the successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining and creating a supportive and welcoming environment for all of its guests.

We are the University of Everyone – committed to building a culturally diverse team of leaders, faculty and staff. We welcome applicants who are multi-lingual. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

The annual salary for this position is $55,000.



  • MFA or equivalent degree completed by August 2020.
  • Record of teaching experience.
  • Active professional creative practice that includes projects, exhibitions, residencies, and presentations.

Other Information:

The University of Southern Maine provides a highly competitive benefits package that includes: Paid Time Off (Holidays, Vacation, & Sick), Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability Insurance, Tuition Waiver Program for Employee & Dependents, a 403(b) Retirement Plan, and more.

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To Apply:

Materials must be submitted via "Apply for position." You will create an applicant profile and complete an application. You will need to upload a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, a list of the names and contact information for three references, a sample syllabus for one Book Arts course and either a printmaking or design course, a document with the webpage links to view 20 images of your recent work and samples of student work related to Book Arts.

Pursuant to USM’s vision for cultivating an inclusive community, the search committee asks candidates to write a description of how they would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at USM through their teaching, research, and service.

All required materials must be submitted by November 8, 2019.

Appropriate background screening will be conducted for the successful candidate.

The University of Southern Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Office, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

Work Year Calendar:Academic Year (Sept-May) Required Documents:Artwork Samples, Course Syllabi, Cover Letter, CV/Resume, Diversity Statement, References