Term Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
JOB NUMBER: 521721
CLASSIFICATION: Term Assistant Professor (F9)
GRADE: UNAC Grade 30
WORK TYPE: Faculty Full-time, On Campus
ADMINISTRATIVE UNIT: University of Alaska Anchorage
SCHOOL/BUSINESS UNIT: UAA Matanuska Susitna College
CATEGORIES: Arts/Museum, Education/Instructional
Matanuska-Susitna College under the University of Alaska Anchorage College of Arts & Sciences seeks applications for a Term Assistant Professor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Painting/Drawing. We are seeking a visionary individual who will serve a collaborative role in a unique Art Department that is home to art and art history. Teaching responsibilities for this position may include (but are not limited to) introductory and advanced studio courses in drawing and painting, and other related courses based on the candidate’s interests and departmental needs. This is a bipartite (no research requirement) position. The successful candidate must be available to start August 2023.
The position is required to provide service to the Department, the College, the Profession, &/or the University. This service may include curriculum development and service on various committees. This position is expected to provide department coordinator duties during the course of the academic year. Teach a full-time bipartite instructional workload (typically 24 credits per academic year) of lower division (100 & 200 level) fine arts courses to undergraduate college students in a manner consistent with the specific course content guide description. Prepare syllabus consistent with the specific course content guide description. Prepare instruction appropriate to student learning outcomes and class delivery mode, e.g. face-to-face, blended/hyflex, online. Maintain office hours appropriate for the course(s) being taught. Provide timely feedback to students on their learning in order to maximize student success. Submit final grades by established deadline. Participate in university-wide program assessment activities as needed. Create gallery exhibitions from student work and community members.
“Opportunities start here” is more than a slogan at Matanuska-Susitna College (Mat-Su College); it is our mission. Our aim is to transform student aspirations into realities. Matanuska-Susitna College seeks applicants who possess a desire to help students succeed in reaching their goals.
Mat-Su College is an extended campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage. The campus is located on 951 acres in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, the fastest growing region of Alaska. We serve as a major higher education hub for the communities of Wasilla and Palmer. Our student-friendly campus offers small class sizes and state-of-the-art facilities, including paramedic classrooms with a fully equipped ambulance bay, updated science labs, and a 520-seat performing arts theater. The campus has an annual operating budget of nearly $10,000,000 and serves approximately 1,300 students each semester.
Join us and help turn student aspirations into reality!
We are looking for a visionary individual who will serve a collaborative role in a unique Art Department that is home to art and art history. Applicants should have an MFA, Ph.D. (or equivalent terminal degree) and a professional practice and teaching portfolio that combines Painting/Drawing with critical studies in the arts (visual culture, contemporary arts and culture, critical making) and emerging practices.
Teaching responsibilities for this position may include (but are not limited to) introductory and advanced studio courses in drawing and painting, and other related courses based on the candidate’s interests and departmental needs.
Mat-Su College of UAA recognizes and values the diversity of our unique location in Southcentral Alaska, the ancestral homelands of the Dena’ina Athabascan, Ahtna Athabascan, Alutiiq/Sugpiak and Eyak peoples.
We honor diverse experiences and perspectives—including differences in ideas, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, culture, nationality, age, disability, veteran and socioeconomic status—and strive to create welcoming and inclusive learning environments where all are treated with respect
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES:
- Commitment to teaching, participating in community engagement and the shared governance of the college and university, as well as the ability to encourage students to be active partners in the teaching/learning processes.
- Ability to work effectively and collegially with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Ability to assess student learning outcomes and coordinate degree programs.
- Demonstration of effective teaching and mentorship, and commitment to student success.
- Ability to provide a safe learning environment in the classroom.
- Ability to incorporate technology in a face-to-face setting or virtual setting to support student learning.
- Ability to construct effective learning activities for students.
- Attract and retain students interested in art and expansive practices.
- Demonstrated ability to merge theory and practice.
- Strong communication skills.
- Desire, ability, and patience to effectively teach and train novice students.
- Show promise in attracting, mentoring, and retaining students interested in art and expansive practices.
- Demonstrate potential for connecting students with a variety of post-degree options.
- Demonstrate ability to expand/deepen Mat-Su College’s connections with creative industries.
Applicants should have at least three years of experience teaching in higher education.
Experience in art making & new media.
Experience/willingness to deliver teaching via face-to-face, online, and blended formats.
Experience teaching art history courses, including art appreciation and Western Art History I and II.
Preference for applicants with backgrounds in interdisciplinary art making and teaching.
REQUIRED EDUCATION OR TRAINING:
Candidates must possess an MFA studio degree with a specialty in drawing and/or
PhD or terminal degree in art at time of appointment is preferred and may be accepted in lieu of a Master’s Degree.
Applicants should have at least three years of experience teaching in higher education.
Professional practice and teaching portfolio that combines Painting/Drawing with critical studies in the arts (visual culture, contemporary arts and culture, critical making) & emerging practices. Applied experience with a university-level teaching record.
The successful candidate will have a promising record of distinguished scholarship and/or creative work, exhibition, professional project development appropriate to be appointed at the assistant professor level.
This bipartite faculty position is full-time, term-funded, 9-months per year, represented, complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS:
In addition to your online application, please upload the following:
1. Cover Letter*
2. CV or Resume
3. Three professional references (names and contact, email address and phone number)
4. Unofficial Transcripts
5. Sample Syllabus for an introductory (100 or 200 level) fine arts course
6. Teaching Philosophy Statement
7. Diversity Statement
8. 12 images of professional work
9. 12 images of student work
Please attempt to combine some documents listed above into a single file for easier uploading (for example: philosophy & diversity statements and the two sets of images requested).
*Address your cover letter as follows:
Dr. Talis Colberg, Campus Director
8295 E College Drive
Palmer, AK 99645
Application materials should demonstrate proficiency with a broad range of 2D concepts, techniques, and materials. The craft of observation, two dimensional representation, and creative mark-making remain essential and foundational to studio artists and digital makers alike. Preference for applicants with backgrounds in interdisciplinary art making.
The review process for applications will be begin on November 14, 2022.
To ensure consideration, please apply by November 13, 2022 11:55pm Alaska Standard Time
SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Official transcripts will be required at time of hire.
*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.
A successful candidate should be prepared to present a teaching demonstration in front of a mixed audience of faculty, staff and students.
This position is represented by United Academics (UNAC).
This position is term-funded and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University’s discretion.
The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.
UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination
The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.
Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.
If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.
How to Apply
Apply online at careers.alaska.edu/
APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Open until filled
Job Categories: Education. Job Types: Part-Time. Job Tags: arts education, assistant professor, Fine Arts, school, and teaching. States: Alaska.
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