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Visiting Assistant Professor - Drawing, Painting, 2D Foundations

Connecticut College
Connecticut, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Apr 5, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Design & Graphic Arts
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of Studio Art at Connecticut College invites applicants for a Full-time, one-year Visiting Assistant Professor in Drawing, Painting, and 2D Foundations from July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023. We seek a dynamic artist and dedicated teacher to join a department that firmly believes in the essential role that creative makers play in liberal arts study and society. This position opening also offers the opportunity to join a campus community that is committed to institutional values of excellence in teaching, advising, and mentoring undergraduates; creating equitable and diverse learning environments; and supporting the mission of the College to put the liberal arts into action.

Candidates should be artist-teachers with recognized professional achievement and knowledge of two dimensional practices–including drawing, color theory, painting, and foundations–and pedagogies. An MFA or equivalent terminal degree in the field is required.

Strong candidates are those who address—in their creative practice and/or in their classroom—power inequities regarding pressing issues such as race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, physical ability, socioeconomic or immigration status, etc. Our department strongly encourages candidates from groups underrepresented in the arts and academia to apply.

Preferred qualifications include:  teaching experience beyond graduate school teaching, especially in a liberal arts context; flexibility to teach a range of 2D area courses; ability to advise and mentor senior art majors through their capstone experience; ability to connect curriculum and co-curricular programming to other units and the interdisciplinary academic “Centers” on campus.

Responsibilities of the position include:

    Teaching 5 courses per year, in consultation with the Art Department, from amongst the following:
      A color theory course All levels of drawing (Art 205: Drawing Foundations; Art 206: Drawing as Practice; Art 310: Advanced Drawing) Art 101: Concepts in Two Dimensions; Art 212: Introduction to Painting, or another proposed course within the 2D area 
    Advising select senior art majors as their faculty mentor in Art 449/450 Senior Studio Individual Studies Advising select art minors Maintaining equipment, supplies and general upkeep of studio classrooms; Working successfully with colleagues and students of diverse backgrounds across campus

Connecticut College is a private, highly selective institution with a demonstrated commitment to outstanding faculty teaching, research, and creative output. We recognize that intellectual vitality and diversity are inseparable. The College seeks creative scholars excited about working in a liberal arts setting, with its strong focus on engaged teaching, participation in shared governance, and active involvement in an institution-wide advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

We value the contributions visitors bring to our community and encourage their active engagement with their departments and all aspects of campus life during the course of their appointment. Visiting faculty are initially participating members of the faculty and voting members in their second and subsequent years; their presence is welcome at all faculty meetings. 

Currently, the College is not sponsoring visas for this position.

Connecticut College requires employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and new employees
must present their COVID-19 vaccination record to Human Resources prior to the first day of
employment. Individuals who have a medical condition or sincerely held religious beliefs that
prevent them from getting the vaccine may confidentially request an exemption through the office
of Human Resources. Additional COVID-19 safety protocols such as participation in weekly testing
will be required of faculty, staff and students who have approved vaccine exemptions.

Salary and benefits are competitive and based on experience. (For additional information on faculty resources, see AA/EEO.

Applications received by Friday, April 22, 2022 will receive full consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. First round Zoom interviews will be scheduled upon review of submitted materials.

To apply, please submit the following materials on Interfolio:

- Cover Letter

- Curriculum vita 

- Artist statement 

- Teaching philosophy

- Contact information for three professional recommenders

- ONE PDF of images and accompanying slide list (or captions) containing the following:

- 20 digital images of professional work (minimum 1920 x 1080px format) 

- 20 digital images of student work (minimum 1920 x 1080px format)

- Accompanying slide list with images listed in numbered order OR captions under each image. For professional work, include title, date, medium, dimensions. For student work, include filename, medium, course title/level, and any additional assignment description you choose. 

Questions may be directed to Chris Barnard, Associate Professor & Chair of Studio Art by emailing Be sure to write 2D Visiting Position in the subject line.

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