Assistant Professor of Video
Request/Posting Number 0712615
Classification Title Assistant Professor
Working Title Assistant Professor of Video
Job Class # 620000
Type of Position Faculty
Percent Appointment: 1-100 (For Student Employment and Graduate Assistant Only; state hours per week) 100
Department School of Art - 05620000
Job Category Faculty - Tenure Track
General Summary The Wonsook Kim School of Art at Illinois State University invites applications for a full-time, nine-month tenure-track Assistant Professor of Video to begin August 16, 2020. Responsibilities include teaching three courses per semester, continued engagement in professional research activities, and university service. An MFA or equivalent terminal degree must be completed by the beginning of the appointment. State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The Wonsook Kim School of Art is seeking a candidate with inspiring ideas who demonstrates a strong theoretical knowledge of video art as well as the technical knowledge needed to redesign and run an up-to-date video lab. The successful candidate will be well-versed in a broad range of contemporary art practices and capable of working with undergraduate and graduate students from across disciplines within the Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts. This includes conducting independent studies, serving on graduate thesis committees, and participating in graduate critiques. As the sole video faculty line within the Wonsook Kim School of Art, this position offers a unique opportunity to define the future of the video program that complements current time-based offerings in the College such as graphic design, theater, and drawing.
Studio faculty in the Wonsook Kim School of Art enjoy small class sizes, closely engaging with students to develop fully considered work. Faculty in the Wonsook Kim School of Art are dynamic and professionally-engaged artists and teachers, maintaining active exhibition records. Faculty members shape their own research agendas, following individual definitions of scholarly productivity. Candidates must demonstrate a record of a creative body of work, a broad understanding of the historical and contemporary field of video art and an ability to teach the theoretical and critical aspects of art making.
ISU recognizes that a diverse faculty, staff, and student body enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are especially welcomed to apply. Women, veterans, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+, and people of color are encouraged to apply.
Additional Information: The Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts at Illinois State University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in multicultural environments. We strongly encourage applications from minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. This would include an awareness of the complexities of gender fluidity and marginalized communities. We encourage applicants with a body of innovative work that challenges traditional academic and cultural delineations of artistic production. We emphasize meaningful research and practice through our courses which includes community outreach, social justice, and accessibility.
The Wonsook Kim School of Art is located in the Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts, which also includes the School of Music, the School of Theatre and Dance, and the Program in Arts Technology. Within each of the schools are areas in studio, history, design, and education. The Wonsook Kim School of Art is comprised of 30 full-time tenured/tenure-track faculty members; our student population averages 350 undergraduate majors and approximately 35 graduate students. Collegiality is valued by faculty in the Wonsook Kim School of Art, and studio faculty enjoy a positive relationship with colleagues in graphic design, art history, and art education as well as with the University Galleries of ISU and faculty throughout the university. (https://finearts.illinoisstate.edu/art/)
Founded in 1857 as a teachers' college, Illinois State University is the oldest public university in Illinois with approximately 21,000 students. Our 2019 freshman class is the largest incoming class in 33 years and represents an increasingly diverse and academically talented student body. Committed to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities, ISU is ranked among The Chronicle of Higher Education's "Great Colleges to Work For" (https://news.illinoisstate.edu/2018/07/illinois-state-garners-11-honors-with-great-college-to-work-for/) for the fourth consecutive year. It is the center point of Normal, a town located at the geographical center of the state, approximately two hours from Chicago and St. Louis. Together with its neighboring city, Bloomington, the "twin cities" are Illinois's seventh most populous area with approximately 167,000 combined residents. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems and educational attainment, parts and recreation, health care, job growth, economic opportunity, and low crime. Residents enjoy a vibrant creative and intellectual community in proximity to several major universities and urban centers.
Required Qualifications 1. MFA or equivalent terminal degree must be completed by the beginning of the appointment
2. A strong theoretical knowledge of video art
3. Possess technical knowledge needed to redesign and run an up-to-date video lab
4. Well-versed in a broad range of contemporary art practices
5. Capacity to work with undergraduate and graduate students from across disciplines
6. Must demonstrate a record of a creative body of work
7. Broad understanding of the historical and contemporary field of video art
8. Ability to teach the theoretical and critical aspects of art making
9. State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position.
Necessary Licenses/Certifications/Degrees 1. MFA or equivalent terminal degree must be completed by the beginning of the appointment
Hiring Rate/Range Salary based upon qualifications and experience.
Work Hours Varies
Proposed Starting Date: 08/16/2020
Posting date 10-09-2019
Closing date Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicants Review of applications will begin on Monday, December 2, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.
To assure full consideration, candidates should complete an online faculty employment application and upload the following in a single PDF document (attach as "Other"):
-a letter of application
-one-page statement of teaching philosophy
-up to 10 examples of work (links to video work on Vimeo or other streaming site are accepted)
-up to 10 examples of student work if available
-names and contact information for three references.
Applications will not be considered complete until all documents have been received with the application. Finalists will be asked to forward official transcripts at a later date.
Inquiries can be directed to Cindy Wert at [email protected]
Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. In keeping with that commitment, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to an individual's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, order of protection, gender identity and expression, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, genetic information, unfavorable military discharge, or veteran status.
If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law, you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 438-3383.
If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.
Contact Information Wonsook Kim School of Art
Departmental Homepage https://finearts.illinoisstate.edu/art/
Required Applicant Documents PLEASE NOTE: These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply For This Posting". Other
Optional Applicant Documents
Civil Service Test Not Applicable
Physical Requirements: Must be able to complete the following with or without a reasonable accommodation:
1. Ability to effectively communicate on a daily basis.
2. Ability to conduct or attend meetings in various locations across campus.