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Assistant Professor of Digital Art and Design

Employer
Mount Holyoke College
Location
South Hadley, MA
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The Art Studio Department invites applications for a tenure-track position with a specialization in digital art and design within a broad creative practice. The search committee is interested in reviewing applicants whose interdisciplinary work engages with one or more of the following areas: digital media art, creative coding, physical computing/interaction and performance design, digital fabrication, or other expanded media arts and design-related fields. This artist/practitioner will teach four courses per year from the introductory to the advanced levels.  

Possible courses could include: 

●      Introduction to Digital Art and Design

●      Creative Coding / Computational Art and Design

●      Immersive Interaction Design (potentially including VR/AR and AI)

●      Still and Moving Images / Emerging Digital Practices

●      3D Digital Design and Fabrication (taught at the Fimbel Maker and Innovation Lab)

●      Collaborative Advanced Projects in Arts and Technology

Required qualifications include:  

    Appropriate terminal degree in Digital / Media Arts, Design, Interdisciplinary Computing or other closely related field

    Significant creative and professional record at the national level

    Arts-related computer programming experience (any language, including Max, Processing, Java, scripting/coding for Unity or Unreal) 

    Teaching experience - a minimum of 8 college-level courses or equivalent (beyond teaching assistantships) related to the course list above and significant curricular design experience

We are searching for an innovative and inclusive teacher with a robust creative and research practice and a demonstrated commitment to improving access for women and the underrepresented global majority. Expertise with media lab development and oversight would be an asset. Please address the required qualifications in your cover letter.

The ideal candidate will contribute to the growth and development of interdisciplinary curriculum across the campus, working with students and faculty from, but not limited to, Art Studio, Computer Science, Architecture, Dance, Film Media Theater, Data Science, Music, Creative Writing, and Entrepreneurship. We are searching for a collaborative colleague who will foster innovative emerging creative practices and is interested in participating in our growing Arts and Technology initiative, the Fimbel Maker and Innovation Lab, and new initiatives across the Five College Consortium

Mount Holyoke College strives to create an inclusive environment that promotes engagement in technological and creative projects among our diverse international student population (with students from more than 60 countries). The successful candidate will have a commitment to their own practice as well as teaching at the undergraduate level and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, ability, nationality, and religion. 

How to Apply

Please submit the following materials:

    1. Cover Letter addressing interest and qualifications for this position at Mount Holyoke College

    2. Curriculum Vitae

    3. Teaching Philosophy [1 page] 

    4. Mentoring Diverse Student Body Statement [1 page]. Please include a statement addressing relevant background experience and proposed strategies for mentoring members of a diverse student body.  

    5. Artist Statement [1 page]   

    6. References. Please list three references with contact information. When the candidate is chosen to be interviewed via Zoom, we will contact their references and request recommendation letters. 

    7. Your portfolio website URL: This should be a specific website/portfolio designed to showcase your creative and research work in direct relation to this position (not a link to your public website). Please choose 5-7 projects to highlight and include a text-based description to help us understand the context of each work. The works can be in any medium and you are also encouraged to include documentation of your research (including published papers) at your discretion. Please include an additional section that highlights 7-10 student projects developed under your guidance.

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Mount Holyoke is an undergraduate liberal arts college with 2,200 students and 220 faculty. Over half the faculty are women; one-fourth are persons of color. Mount Holyoke College is located about 90 miles west of Boston in the Connecticut River valley, and is a member of the Five College Consortium consisting of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts.

Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender diverse. The College is committed to providing equal access and opportunity in employment and education to all employees and students. In compliance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status under federal, state or local law. The College does not discriminate on the basis of gender in the recruitment and admission of students to its graduate program.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.

Organization

Mount Holyoke College is a highly selective liberal arts institution with a long tradition of educating women for active engagement in the world. A diverse community of approximately 2000 students (13% international, 17% U.S. women of color), the College is committed to the creation of a powerful learning environment which seamlessly links the curricular and co-curricular dimensions of campus life in a way that affirms identity, builds community and prepares women for leadership in a pluralistic world.mount_holyoke_college1.jpg

Mount Holyoke is located in the beautiful Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts. The College, which has just completed the third year of an ambitious six-year strategic plan, is committed to educating a diverse community of women at the highest level of academic excellence and to fostering the alliance of liberal arts education with purposeful engagement in the world. Mount Holyoke is in a particularly strong position having received the highest numbers of applications in its history. Mount Holyoke is a member of the Five College Consortium (along with Amherst, Hampshire, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst).

mount_holyoke_college2.jpgAs the first of the Seven Sisters—the female equivalent of the once predominantly male Ivy League—Mount Holyoke established higher education for women as a serious endeavor. Our long, distinguished history of educating leaders arises from a powerful combination of:

  • academic excellence in a global learning environment
  • a tight-knit, diverse, and international community
  • a worldwide network of alumnae
  • the conviction that women can and should make a difference in the world.

Reputation
Mount Holyoke College is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review Guide's 2010 edition of its annual guidebook, The Best 371 Colleges. Mount Holyoke rates highly in a number of categories, among them "best classroom experience" (#6), "best college library" (#12), and "dorms like palaces" (#13).

Students
Our 2,200 students hail from 48 states and nearly 70 countries. One in three students is an international citizen or African American, Asian American, Latina, Native American, or multiracial. Sixty-two percent of incoming first-year students were in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.

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Majors

  • 49 departmental and interdepartmental majors
  • Option to design your own major
  • 33 percent of all majors are interdisciplinary
  • Majors of current MHC students: humanities, 32 percent; social sciences, 42 percent; natural and applied sciences, 26 percent

Class Size

  • 15 percent of classes have 10 or fewer students
  • 64 percent have 20 or fewer
  • 82 percent have 25 or fewer

Student-to-Faculty Ratio
9 to 1

After College
Six months after graduation, 86 percent of the class of 2008 were working or in school. Of those students, 16 percent were attending graduate/professional schools of their choice. Typically, 75 percent of MHC graduates enroll in graduate/professional school within ten years.

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