FT/Tenure Track Instructor - Studio Art
COMMITMENT TO EQUITY AND DIVERSITY
With the goal of ensuring the equal educational opportunity of all students, Santa Monica College embraces diversity among students, faculty, staff, and the communities we serve as an integral part of our history, a recognition of the complexity of our present state, and a call to action for a better future. Embracing diversity means that we must intentionally practice equity and respect toward one another, and understand that discrimination and prejudices create and sustain privileges for some while creating and sustaining barriers for others. In order to embrace diversity, we also acknowledge that institutional discrimination and implicit bias exist, and that our goal is to eradicate those vestiges from our system. Our commitment to diversity requires that we strive to eliminate those barriers to equity, and that we act deliberately to create a safe and positive environment where individual and group differences are valued and leveraged for our growth and understanding as an educational community.
To advance the goals of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice for the success of students and employees, we must honor that each individual is unique and that our individual differences contribute to the ability of the college to prepare students on their educational journeys. This requires that we develop and implement policies and procedures, encourage individual and systemic change, continually reflect on our efforts, and hold ourselves accountable for the results of our efforts in accomplishing our goals.
We are invested as a community in cultivating and maintaining a climate where equity and mutual respect are both intrinsic and explicit by valuing individuals and groups from all backgrounds, demographics, and experiences. Individual and group differences can include, but are not limited to the following dimensions: race, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, immigration status, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, religion, creed, military or veteran status, socioeconomic status, and any other basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation. We acknowledge that the concept of inclusion and diversity is ever-evolving, thus we create space to allow our understanding to grow through the periodic review of this statement. In service of these goals, Santa Monica College is committed to fostering an employment environment that offers equal employment opportunity for all and an educational environment that ensures the equal educational opportunity of all students.
The appointment will carry the expectation of leadership and visioning for Studio Art as the Department transitions into a state-of-the-art facility designed to encourage multidisciplinary exploration and promote access to developing technologies. Responsibilities also include coordination of the curriculum to ensure consistency among the various levels of Studio Art along with leadership for the adjunct instructors. The successful candidate must be aware of our diverse student population and deeply committed to working with students from varied personal and academic backgrounds as well as provide a commitment to teaching excellence in a student-centered learning environment. Additionally, we seek a candidate who is dedicated to joining with the department and college to close equity and opportunity gaps for historically underserved students. The candidate will engage in creative and professional development; participate in area, department and college programs and activities, including academic advising.
In recent years, there have been significant changes in the field of Studio Art and Design. Many universities and private art schools have established innovative studio curriculum that offers students a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to media creation, fostering individual exploration and innovative thinking. It is, therefore, imperative that our Studio Art program address these changes with our own curriculum. With a strong focus on the arts and arts-based practices present at every level of our curriculum, the study of aesthetics, critical discernment, and an understanding of global culture are considered core competencies for every student, as is the ability to analyze and critique existing systems, concepts or products.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Teach all levels of Fine Arts Foundation, with an ability to maintain excellence in traditional design principles in both 2D and 3D, focused instruction in hands-on media, visual literacy, as well as introducing new technology/media. Candidates should demonstrate an interest in studio art practices and art theory, including its applied techniques, fabrication techniques and technologies, and an ability to provide leadership within the school's burgeoning Design I (Art 10A), Drawing I (Art 20A) & 3D Design (Art 13) coursework.
Applicant must meet the minimum qualifications of a Studio Art faculty discipline at the college. To review the minimum qualifications for faculty disciplines, refer to Minimum Qualifications for Faculty and Administrators in California Community Colleges, which can be found on the California Chancellor’s Office website at https://www.cccco.edu/-/media/CCCCO-Website/About-Us/Reports/Files/CCCCO_Report_Min_Qualifications-ADA-Final.ashx
- Master’s in fine arts, art, or art history OR Bachelor’s in any of the above AND Master’s in humanities OR the equivalent. (NOTE: “Master’s in fine arts” as used here refers to any master’s degree in the subject matter of fine arts, which is defined to include visual studio arts such as drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, textiles, and metal and jewelry art; and also art education and art therapy. It does not refer to the “Master of Fine Arts” (MFA) degree when that degree is based on specialization in performing arts or dance, film, video, photography, creative writing or other nonplastic arts.)
- Must have evidence of sensitivity to and understanding of the socio-economic, academic, cultural and ethnic diversity within the community college student population, including students for whom English is not their first language, first generation college students, and students with physical and/or learning disabilities as these factors relate to differences in learning styles.
* The Santa Monica Community College District, in its desire to select outstanding faculty members from the largest possible pool of qualified applicants, recognizes the fact that candidates may attain expertise in a discipline through a variety of means. Certain combinations of education, experience and other accomplishments in the field may be judged by the District as equal to the stated minimum qualifications for this position. Candidates who feel they possess such equivalent qualifications are encouraged to apply and provide appropriate documentation of their qualifications.
- Master's of Fine Arts / Fine Art Studio; with teaching experience as the instructor of record at the College/University level, to include the following courses: Design I (Art 10A), Drawing I (Art 20A), & 3D Design (Art 13);
- Focus on equitable pedagogical practices and sensitivity to understanding of the socio-economic, academic, cultural, and ethnic diversity with the community college student population, including students with physical and/or learning disabilities, as these factors relate to differences in learning styles;
- Demonstrated professional leadership experience in Fine Art / Design with an emphasis on teaching the hands-on fundamentals, offering a balance of essential traditional hands-on methods along with visual communication, problem-solving and critical thinking skills;
- Ability to provide leadership in the development of coursework and curriculum addressing emerging digital and computer-controlled fabrication technologies;
- An exhibition record demonstrating professional art practice;
- Demonstrated understanding of contemporary art theory and practice;
- Ability to acknowledge the influence of culture in the classroom and curriculum;
- Ability to be a good partner with other professionals and faculty, and to participate in program and institutional responsibilities;
- Strong verbal and written communication skills, ability to develop proposals for curriculum development and institutional committee work;
- Demonstrated understanding of SLO's (Student Learning Outcomes) and ILO's (Institutional Learning Outcomes) and their role in regard to college goals and master planning;
- Demonstrated ability to lead and oversee the various 3-dimensional studio and classroom spaces;
FT Faculty Application Requirements
A standard application consists of the following:
- Online District Application
- Cover Letter which outlines education and experience relevant to the duties and responsibilities of the position
- A detailed resume of professional level teaching and administrative experience; professional level exhibition record: awards, publications, catalogs, grants, community service.
- Transcripts of all post-secondary educational transcripts
- Two (2) Confidential Letters of Recommendation from persons having first-hand knowledge of the candidate’s professional qualifications and character, including an evaluation of teaching skills and personal studio work.
- Artists Statement (see special instructions)
- Statement of Teaching Philosophy (see special instructions)
- A PDF less than 5MB in size containing no more than 10 examples of your work. Please clearly label your work with title, date, dimensions, and media. If you are submitting examples of time-based media, provide stills and a short description. (see special instructions)
- A PDF less than 5MB in size containing no more than 10 examples of student work. Please clearly label the student work with include the course it was produced for along with title, date, dimensions, and media. If you are submitting examples of time-based media, provide stills and a short description. (see special instructions)
* SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: To successfully add the additional required documentation to your application, please select “add Supplemental Attachment” and then select “OTHER” when uploading the following documents: Artists Statement, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, and your sample work. PLEASE NOTE: The system will not prompt you to upload supplemental attachments ; however they are required. Please refer to the application requirements before submitting your application.
PLEASE NOTE: THE E-MAILS TO YOUR REFERENCE WRITERS REQUESTING CONFIDENTIAL LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION ARE NOT GENERATED UNTIL THE APPLICATION IS COMPLETE. YOU MUST FINISH YOUR APPLICATION AND CLICK SUBMIT FOR THE E-MAILS TO GO OUT. PLEASE KEEP THIS IN MIND AND ALLOW ENOUGH TIME FOR YOUR REFERENCE WRITERS TO RECEIVE THE REQUEST AND SUBMIT THE LETTERS PRIOR TO THE RECRUITMENT DEADLINE. ALSO, THE LINKS IN THE E-MAILS TO YOUR REFERENCE WRITERS WILL NOT WORK IF THEY ARE TRYING TO SEND THE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION FROM OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES. IF THIS IS THE CASE, PLEASE HAVE YOUR REFERENCE WRITER SUBMIT THEIR LETTER DIRECTLY TO THE SANTA MONICA COLLEGE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT AT firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all application materials, including the letters of recommendation, are received prior to the recruitment deadline.
Starting salaries for FT Faculty are based on a combination of experience (step) and educational (group) achievement. Initial placement is within the starting salary range and a minimum of step 5 within the applicable group. Further advancements are based on longevity and educational growth.
FT Faculty Salary Schedule
This advertised salary range is based on the contracted regular semesters (Fall and Spring). Intersessions (Winter and/or Summer), additional teaching load, and/or substitute teaching may result in increased earning potential.
Recent experience working with African American, Latinx, Native American, and other racially minoritized students in the classroom; and a willingness to use culturally responsive instructional practices.
Demonstrated sensitivity to issues of diversity, and ability to motivate and teach community college students of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, sexual orientations, genders, cultures, and learning styles, as well as students with disabilities or varied levels of academic preparation.
Santa Monica College encourages candidates that are equity-minded to apply. SMC is a minority-serving, Hispanic-serving institution. We actively seek to attract candidates from minority groups that value equity, diversity and inclusion. Equity, diversity and inclusion are built into the culture at SMC and are an essential component of the work that we do. SMC is committed to racial and socioeconomic diversity as it is a reflection of our student population and we strive to hire candidates that share this commitment.
Equal Employment Opportunity Disclosure
The Santa Monica Community College District is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity. All qualified applicants for employment, as well as District employees, shall have full and equal access to employment opportunity. No person shall be subjected to unlawful discrimination in any program or activity of the District. The District's Board Policy 3420 (Equal Employment Opportunity) may be accessed at: http://www.smc.edu/ACG/Documents/Board_Policy_Manual/Updated%20Board%20Policies%202017/Board%20Policy%20Chapter%203.pdf
The Santa Monica Community College District, in its desire to select outstanding faculty members from the largest possible pool of qualified applicants, recognizes the fact that candidates may attain expertise in a discipline through a variety of means. Certain combinations of education, experience and other accomplishments in the field may be judged by the District as equal to the stated minimum qualifications for this position. Candidates who feel they possess such equivalent qualifications are encouraged to apply and provide appropriate documentation of their qualifications. For further details regarding equivalency criteria, please download the Equivalency Application Statement Form available at https://jobs.smc.edu/applicants/static/customers/655/EquivalencyStatementPDF.pdf
Conditions of Employment
Appointment is subject to verification of official transcripts, current or previous employment, tuberculosis and fingerprint clearance. Selected candidate must provide identification and work authorization.
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