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Assistant Professor of Studio Art

Wells College
Aurora, NY, US
Closing date
Jul 9, 2021

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Assistant Professor of Studio ArtWells College, Aurora, NY beginning August 16, 2021. We seek a colleague experienced in a variety of media who is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and cross-disciplinary, socially-engaged studio and undergraduate teaching practice.  The successful candidate will bring a vision for the Studio Arts program to attract and retain students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree and building a research-based creative practice.  In addition to teaching courses in different media, the successful candidate will mentor students in research.  Applicants should demonstrate interest in interdisciplinary work; in addition to administering & developing programs in the Visual Arts, the successful candidate will collaborate with colleagues in Art History, Book Arts, & Museum Studies.

Wells College is a private four-year Liberal Arts college located in the Finger Lakes region of New York on the unceded lands of the Cayuga Nation. The mission of Wells College is to educate students to think critically, reason wisely, and act humanely as they cultivate meaningful lives. The Wells experience prepares students to appreciate complexity and difference, to embrace new ways of knowing, to be creative, and to respond ethically to the interdependent worlds to which they belong. Committed to excellence in all areas of its reach, Wells College equips students for lifelong learning and for sharing the privileges of education with others. Recognizing the role of higher education in supporting students from all backgrounds to meet the challenges of the future, Wells College is seeking to diversify its faculty and staff. We strive to embody a culture of belonging that empowers all to thrive. Our student body includes 35% of students identifying as a student of color and 32% who are first-generation college students.


Required Qualifications:

  • MFA in Studio Art
  • Experience in undergraduate teaching
  • Experience in curriculum and program development
  • Ability to mentor upper-level student work in a range of media
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion

    Applications should be submitted online in PDF at and include a cover letter; CV; statements of teaching, scholarship, and diversity; portfolio of 15-20 work samples; and names and contact information for three references.  Copies of course syllabi and samples of student work are welcome but not required.  Complete applications received by May 1 will receive full consideration; however, the posting will remain open until the position has been filled. Offer of employment is contingent on a successful background screening.




    Working at Wells College 

    Wells College is a nationally recognized private coeducational liberal arts college located in Aurora, New York, on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake. It was established in 1868 by Henry Wells, founder of the Wells Fargo and American Express Companies. The College is known as an exceptional value, pairing top quality academic programs with affordable tuition. With a full-time enrollment of about 550 students, Wells boasts small class sizes, an extensive experiential learning program, cross-enrollment with nearby Cornell University and Ithaca College, and a wide range of off-campus study options.

    The rigorous academic environment emphasizes close faculty/student interaction, undergraduate research, off-campus study, internships, and active community service and involvement. Wells offers 17 majors and 39 minors, in addition to individualized programs. Formerly a women’s college, Wells became coeducational in 2005.

    The scenic Finger Lakes region of central New York is an area known for its beauty and high concentration of outstanding colleges and universities. The village of Aurora is centrally located and provides easy access to metropolitan, cultural, and educational centers — 25 minutes from Ithaca; 1 hour from Rochester and Syracuse; 2.5 hours from Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Canada; and 5 hours from New York City.

    Full-time employees are eligible for a wide range of benefits including health and life insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, long-term disability insurance, EAP, course attendance, dependent tuition benefits, 11 paid holidays and vacation, sick and personal time off.

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