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Assistant Professor, Foundation Department

Employer
Kansas City Art Institute
Location
Kansas City, Missouri
Salary
$60,858.48 to $64,592.97 Annually
Date posted
Nov 27, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Design & Graphic Arts
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

Assistant Professor - Tenure Track - Foundation Department

Full-Time, 2 Tenure-Track Positions

The Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI), a national leader in visual arts and design education, invites applications for two full-time, tenure-track teaching positions in the Foundation Department beginning August 2024.

 

About the position and KCAI:

Founded in 1885, The Kansas City Art Institute is a four-year private college of art and design offering the BFA degree in studio-focus disciplines, creative writing, and art history. The college is dually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission regionally and by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Centrally located in Kansas City, our campus is positioned between two of the nation’s leading art museums (Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art), creating an incomparable educational experience. Our institution is a thriving creative destination with approximately 700 students working under the guidance of 57 full-time faculty. KCAI is a significant contributor to our region’s creative culture, and this momentum begins for many of our students in the Foundation program.

The Foundation program at KCAI serves over 250 first-year students each year and has been focused on foundational principles and pedagogy for over fifty years. The program devotes 18 credit hours to introductory art and design studio practice during the first year of the undergraduate experience and is led by a faculty of committed practitioners and educators across a broad range of fine art and design-based fields of study. The Foundation program is a core spine of the undergraduate curriculum at KCAI and brings students into broad-based, studio-intensive investigations in perceptual, material, and intellectual studies. The active climate of Foundation is an immersive experience that nurtures student abilities and challenges their preconceived ideas and attitudes towards creativity. It is literally the foundation on which students build decisions about their creative practices, future majors, and diverse professional trajectories.

In the fall semester, our faculty lead students to begin developing a vocabulary that is rooted in visual experience. This includes teaching students how to reason visually, to transcend literalism, link verbal and visual ideas, and to experience the joy of creative expression. The Foundation experience is structured in sections where students work primarily with one instructor throughout the fall semester; this mentor guides students through a sequence of creative challenges that engage the various elements and principles of art and design through material and perceptual investigations. The spring semester is composed of three, five-week workshops that correlate to the themes of perception + observation, visual forces, and form + space. In this structure, students work with up to three different faculty members across the semester.

This is a full-time, tenure track teaching position (3/3 teaching load equivalent) with research and service responsibilities. The ideal candidate will be an interdisciplinary artist or designer with an active creative practice and a collaborative disposition. We are looking for a forward-thinking teacher with a strong interest in and commitment to Foundation education with a preference of at least three years full-time teaching experience. We are looking for a thinker and maker who sees Foundation as a unique educational form for innovative curricula, projects, and learning experiences.

The Foundation Department takes a holistic approach to education that is extradisciplinary and focuses on the growth of our next generation of contributors to visual culture whether it be through design, visual arts, creative writing, sound or social practice. The successful candidate will be knowledgeable and skilled in a variety of creative disciplines outside of their primary area of research, with the capacity to approach fundamental studio issues through diversity of media, creative processes and conceptual development with a focus on first-year pedagogy.

 

 Education and Experience Requirements:

•   M.F.A., M.Des, MArch, or equivalent degree/experience in design, architectural studies, illustration, animation, or studio art

•   Foundation-level college teaching experience

•   Interdisciplinary artist and/or designer with a recognized professional practice and scholarly work

•   Interest in and commitment to Foundation pedagogy through experiential learning and teaching

•   Excellent verbal, written, visual, and spatial skills

•   Capacity to develop innovative projects and curricula

•   Interest in being a part of a vibrant, inclusive, and collaborative community

 

Preferred Experience:

•   Three years or more full-time teaching experience at the Foundation level

•   Experience working with a diverse student community with a range of individual needs and skill sets

•   Record of innovative, inclusive, and empathetic pedagogy 

•   Evidence of productive, collegial collaboration in an academic or professional environment

 

Application deadline and procedures:

Application review will begin on January 14, 2024. For full consideration, application materials should be received by this date. This position is considered open until an offer of employment has been accepted. However, inquiries and applications received after January 14th are not guaranteed consideration.

 

All applications must be submitted in PDF format and include the following:

•   Letter of application

•   Curriculum vitae

•   Statement of teaching philosophy that addresses a commitment to Foundation pedagogy

•   A diversity statement that describes how you have worked and continue to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom and workplace

•   Creative practice / research statement

•   List of three professional references we may contact

•   PDF of 20 examples of current work, including, title, dimension, media and year, or a link to an online portfolio, with up to 10 minutes of video

•   PDF of (or online link to) up to 20 examples of student work, including brief assignment descriptions

 

Kansas City Art Institute is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, gender identity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state or local law.

KCAI provides reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in the job application process. If you have any difficulty using our online system and you need accommodation due to a disability, you may contact the Human Resources Department about your interest in employment. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Kansas City Art Institute’s Human Resource Administrator at hr@kcai.edu .

 

EOE/AA: Minorities/Women/Disabled/

 

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Founded in 1885, The Kansas City Art Institute is a four-year private college of art and design offering the BFA degree in studio-focus disciplines, creative writing, and art history. The college is dually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission regionally and by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Centrally located in Kansas City, our campus is positioned between two of the nation’s leading art museums (Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art), creating an incomparable educational experience. Our institution is a thriving creative destination with approximately 700 students working under the guidance of 57 full-time faculty. KCAI is a significant contributor to our region’s creative culture, and this momentum begins for many of our students in the Foundation program.

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