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CERCL Fellow in the Humanities and the Arts

Rice University - CERCL
Texas, United States
$49,000.00 - $60,000.00
Posted Date
Apr 8, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Communications, Film & Video
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Full Time
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Please see at the bottom what materials must be submitted to apply. You must attach a CV and a 500-word statement about how you would hope to use the two years of the fellowship at this moment in your career and how you would contribute to Rice’s arts community through teaching and/or production, contact information for three references (should the search committee choose to contact references); please do not request letters or have letters sent in advance of a request from the search committee).

The Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL) seeks a Fellow to serve as a key member of Rice University’s Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts (VADA) for one-year renewable for a second year. CERCL and VADA are excited to review a wide range of cultural practitioners for this fellowship. The first year of the fellowship is the 2022-2023 academic year (although a later start date is possible depending on COVID restrictions, etc.). The fellow will take a leading role in helping to shape and implement arts and culture initiatives that aim to advance social justice and equity and will have the opportunity to help shape the design and implementation of new initiatives that can help advance the arts and culture agenda at Rice and in Houston. The fellowship will entail teaching two courses and conducting research.

Collaboration with faculty and staff from CERCL and VADA as well as the larger Houston community would be expected to further enhance presentation of the arts and represent the way in which the arts serve as tools for and representations of critical thinking, effective communications strategies, and platforms for engaging pressing issues. Applicants should be early career artists and cultural practitioners from a full range of disciplines and media, including but not limited to: studio art, performance, film, sound, new media, movement-based research, installation, and experimental/theoretical writing in aesthetics and politics. A dynamic candidate would find it beneficial to spend two years teaching and working in an artistically vibrant university community.

The fellow’s primary responsibility will be to teach two courses (subject to approval by CERCL, VADA, and the Dean of Humanities) but the fellow may also be invited to consider artistic opportunities, such as curating an exhibit or creating an event with students. There may be opportunities for the fellow to host lectures, and partner with other Rice and community organizations.

In addition to teaching, the fellow would be responsible for campus and community engagement. This includes helping to develop and administer CERCLs “Thinking about Thinking” program, a new initiative meant to highlight attention to pressing social issues across the divisions of the university and demonstrate the various ways they are understood and explored based on disciplinary tools. 

The expected starting salary for this position will be between $49,000 and $60,000 per year, commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

Roles and Duties

  • Teach two courses in the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts
  • Develop CERCLs “Thinking about Thinking’ Initiative
  • Collaborate with local organizations and members of the Rice community on Arts Engagement programs

Qualifications Required

  • Terminal degrees--an M.F.A. or (in certain disciplines) Ph.D.--within five years of the application deadline in an area that relates to Fine or Performing Arts
  • Strong outreach skills
  • Experience with teaching or training
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Outstanding collaborative skills
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Sensitivity to privacy

Qualifications Preferred

  • Experience with teaching in fine arts
  • Experience developing arts engagement projects


Please submit the following materials to Maya Reine at

Submission Materials Parameters

Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Photography, New Media, Installation, etc. – 15-20 digital images

Time-based work: film, video, performance, etc. up to three examples totaling no more than 10 minutes in length provided through an URL. CERCL and VADA encourage those artists and cultural practitioners for whom writing is a fundamental part of their practice to use the following guidelines in their application. We are interested in an expanded range of dynamic written inquiry and have a keen interest in new forms, experimental as well as sound- and research-based modes.

Prose: No more than 20 double-spaced pages--one or several texts, or portions of texts, or a combination. If submitting an excerpt from a longer work, a synopsis may be helpful.

Other Language-based Forms: No more than ten-single-spaced pages of text, with no more than one work per page.

Audio files: No more than 10-minutes total of audio works and samples, provided through an URL.

You are also encouraged to submit an optional 300-word diversity and inclusion statement as part of your application package. As part of your submitted application materials, we encourage all applicants to describe their experiences with encouraging diversity and inclusion in their artistic practice, teaching and/or research in the past and present, and their ability to make future contributions. Any submitted statement should include their potential for supporting the CERCLs commitment to diversity and to furthering equitable practices within the arts as well as their potential to mentor and educate students from backgrounds underrepresented in the candidate’s artistic field.

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.

Current Rice University COVID policies, which include vaccination, face mask, testing, gatherings, occupancy limits, and travel policies can be found here:

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