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Associate or Full Professor in Visual Arts

Bates College
Maine, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Nov 20, 2023

Job Details

The Department of Art and Visual Culture (AVC) at Bates College invites applications for a full-time, tenured position in visual arts, to begin August 1, 2024. We seek an exciting studio artist with strong commitments to creative work, undergraduate teaching and mentorship, and active and inclusive pedagogies. The successful candidate will have demonstrable understanding of current issues, in the history, theory, and criticism of art and visual culture, and sufficient experience to serve as academic department chair. We actively seek candidates with evident expertise in integrating diverse perspectives into their teaching, studio work and institutional leadership. A terminal degree is required, as is strong interest in facilitating curricular transformation. The position carries a standard five-course annual teaching load over three terms, with a one-course reduction for service as chair. We anticipate that the successful candidate will offer at least one course in painting and one in drawing each year. We strongly encourage applications from individuals with marginalized identities and individuals who may have followed non-traditional pathways to higher education.

Bates College is a residential liberal arts college in Lewiston, Maine—a diverse and growing community roughly 45 minutes from the state’s largest city, 2 ½ hour north of Boston, and 4 ½ hours south of Montreal. Faculty scholarship and creative work at Bates are robustly supported by start-up packages, internal grants, and a well-staff external grants office . Community-engaged learning and study abroad are both broadly encouraged and supported; pedagogical development and innovation is further buttressed by a new Center of Inclusive Teaching and Learning .

Education access and racial justice are central to Bates’ history and mission. That work is supported in a variety of ways, including a Schuler Education Foundation Grant to support financial aid for Pell-eligible students, low-incomes, and undocumented students, and a Mellon Foundation Curricular Transformation Grant . More about our faculty’s commitment to equity and inclusion may be found here .

A terminal degree is required.

In addition to a CV, applicants should submit a portfolio of no more than twenty images of recent artistic work. If an additional time-based submission is appropriate, it should not exceed a total maximum run time of five minutes. Please also submit an artist’s statement, a teaching statement which describes several undergraduate courses you might propose, and a statement regarding your capacity for and interest in advancing the goals of diversity and inclusion described above. Please include 10-20 images of student work if available. Letters of recommendation will be solicited from candidates after initial review; please include names and contact information of three references.

Review of applications begins November 17, 2023, and will continue until the position has been filled. Employment is contingent on successful completion of a background check.

Bates College is committed to equal opportunity and to providing an educational and work environment free from discrimination. The college prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and other legally protected statuses in the recruitment and admission of its students, in the administration of its education policies and programs, or in the recruitment of its faculty and staff. Bates College adheres to all applicable state and federal equal opportunity laws and regulations. All college faculty, staff, students, contractors, visitors, and volunteers are responsible for understanding and complying with the Non-Discrimination Policy.

Inquiries concerning the college’s policies, compliance with applicable laws, statutes, and regulations (such as Title VII, Title IX, and ADA/Section 504), and complaints may be directed to the Title IX Officer, Gwen Lexow at 207-786-6445 or


.Bates College

Located in Lewiston, Maine, Bates is internationally recognized as a leading liberal arts college. We are proud to offer a highly personalized education that centers on deep and sustained interactions among students, faculty, and community. We are engaging the forces — intellectual trends, demographic changes, and technology — that are transforming higher education and the world into which our students graduate.

When Bates opened in 1855, it was New England’s first co-ed college. Since then, we have admitted students no matter their nationality, race, religion, sex, or socio-economic status. While this openness was at the core of our founding identity and principles, it has been tested throughout time and requires us to constantly reflect upon and recommit to our mission.

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