Lecturer (Continuing)

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UNT System Overview:

Welcome to the University of North Texas System, or UNT World as we like to call ourselves. UNT World includes the University of North Texas in Denton, the University of North Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. We are the only university system based exclusively in the robust Dallas-Fort Worth region and we are committed to transforming lives and creating economic opportunity through education. Over the past decade, combined UNTS enrollment has grown by more than 25 percent to nearly 44,000 students.

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Lecturer (Continuing)




College of Visual Arts and Design

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Department Summary:


The Foundations Program serves as the gateway and first-year experience to all incoming students and is the core of all undergraduate degree programs in the College of Visual Arts and Design at The University of North Texas (UNT). Coursework in the Foundations Program introduces visual problem solving and critical thinking strategies drawing from history and contemporary culture, and the practice of various art and design forms across disciplines to prepare students for rigorous college courses in visual art, design, art education, and art history. The program has a diverse student body of 500-600 students enrolled across four interdisciplinary Foundations courses. It is served by a Foundations Director, four full-time faculty, two Visual Arts Technicians, and a team of Adjunct Assistant instructors and Graduate Teaching Assistants. Courses are delivered in a “lecture/lab” format, with all students completing regular online coursework and attending smaller weekly in-person studio classes.

College of Visual Arts and Design

Considered one of the leading visual arts and design schools in the nation, UNT’s College of Visual Arts and Design is home to more than 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students in NASAD and CIDA accredited programs including the BA, BFA, MA, and MFA in art education, art history, ceramics, communication design, drawing and painting, fashion design, interaction design, interdisciplinary art and design studies, interior design, metalsmithing and jewelry, new media art, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and user-experience design, with certification offered in art museum education, and a Ph.D. offered in art education. It includes the Department of Art Education, Department of Art History, Department of Design, Foundations Program, Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies Program, and Department of Studio Art.

Faculty are supported by travel, research, and creative project funding from the college and university. Opportunities include those supported by Scholarly and Creative Activity Awards, small grants, and the university’s Institute for the Advancement of the Arts. College faculty enjoy active collaborations with specialized subject matter librarians, opportunities for teaching and research through UNT library special collections, and partnerships with the university’s Center for Learning, Experimentation, Application, and Research.

The UNT Faculty Mentoring Program provides new faculty with support and resources for successful academic careers. UNT is committed to a culture of mentoring excellence in all areas that impact faculty life. Building a network of mentors is foundational to our success and UNT is home to Employee Resource Groups, such as the Black Faculty Network, International Faculty Network, La Colectiva, and the Neurodiversity Professional Network, supported by the university’s Division of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

Offering instruction in Frisco and Dallas as well as at the main Denton campus, the College of Visual Arts and Design also comprises the CVAD Galleries, Texas Fashion Collection, Onstead Institute for Education in the Visual Arts and Design, Gough Design Research Space, and textile and digital fabrication lab facilities that support student work, faculty research, as well as college, university, and broader constituents in recently built and renovated, state-of-the-art facilities.

A nationally and internationally recognized community of faculty provides students with excellent mentors and role models upon which to pattern their careers. The College of Visual Arts and Design is dedicated to creating a climate and curriculum that values, demonstrates, and affirms diversity, equity, and inclusion through its programs and practices. Additional information about the college and university can be found online: cvad.unt.edu and www.unt.edu.

University of North Texas

Established in 1890, University of North Texas is a student-centered public research university with over 40,000 students. A Carnegie-ranked Tier One public research university, and multi-year recipient of the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, UNT is one of the nation’s most diverse universities with more than 10,000 Hispanic students, 6,000 African American students, 3,700 international students, 3,300 Asian/Pacific Islander students, and 500 Indigenous students.

UNT has been designated as both a Minority Serving Institution and Hispanic Serving Institution and stands committed to building upon its foundation of equity, diversity, and inclusion in its pursuit of academic and inclusive excellence. Located in Denton, TX at the northern edge of the

Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, the college and university foster meaningful and socially-responsible partnerships with organizations throughout the DFW area.

As part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Denton provides access to rich cultural offerings and excellent research and professional opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. With 7.5 million people and two international airports, DFW is the fourth-largest metro area in the United States. DFW is racially, ethnically, religiously, and culturally diverse and maintains a long-standing commitment to the arts. The Dallas Arts District is the largest contiguous arts district in the country and includes performing and visual arts institutions including the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, and the Crow Museum of Asian Art. The Fort Worth Cultural District includes the Amon Carter Museum, Kimbell Art Museum, and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Denton is home to two state universities (UNT and Texas Woman’s University) and an active Greater Denton Arts Council, which provides foundational support for Denton’s artists, K-12 students, and other local arts organization and mounts exhibitions and programs at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. Denton is also known for its known for its live music scene, including the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival, among other annual cultural events, such as the Denton Black Film Festival and identity-based organizations with whom UNT partners, such as OUTReach Denton and Dallas Dinner Table.

Position Summary:

The Foundations Program seeks a faculty colleague with a terminal degree in studio art, design, or art education to teach in a full-time lecturer position. The Foundations Lecturer will equip students with a foundational understanding and beginning command of the elements and principles of art and design, diverse media and creative processes, conceptual thinking, and written and verbal communication skills to articulate process, research, and references. They will lead one of the four interdisciplinary Foundations courses by mentoring a team of adjunct instructors and graduate teaching assistants in delivering dynamic and unified instruction across multiple course sections.

Responsibilities include:
•Coordinating the delivery of online and in-person coursework across multiple course sections, and teaching weekly studio classes
•Working with the Foundations Director to facilitate and assess the success of student learning and the success of Adjunct Assistant instructor and graduate student teaching
•Collaborating with Foundations faculty and staff on program-related activities and serving on institutional committees as needed

Minimum Qualifications:

MFA/MDES or its equivalent terminal degree in Studio Art, Design, Art Education, or a closely related field, at least two years of college-level teaching experience, a demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion

Preferred Qualifications:

Three or more years of college-level teaching in diverse media, experience developing innovative curricula, experience working with graduate teaching assistants, active professional engagement in their respective field

Physical Requirements:

Ability to communicate

Security Sensitive:

This is a security sensitive position.

EEO Statement:

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

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Applicants must submit a letter of interest, a statement of teaching philosophy, a CV, a list of three references (name, address, email, and phone numbers), and as Other Document, a link to a professional portfolio (15-20 work samples with image descriptions in a single PDF) and a student portfolio (15-20 work samples with image descriptions in a single PDF). If submitting time-based work, provide link(s) to online video or audio in a PDF and limit work sample to 5 minutes.

Application Deadline: The review of the applications begins on January 31, 2021 and continues until the position is closed.

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Posted: 12/24/2020
Application Due: 3/24/2021
Work Type: Full Time