istant Professor in Art Foundations - (tenure-track)

  • Deadline:
    Jan. 1, 2017, midnight
  • Location:
    The College of New Jersey 2000 Pennington Road Ewing, NJ 08628

The Department of Art and Art History at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) invites applications for
a tenure-track assistant professor in Foundation with particular emphasis on 2-Dimensional (2-D) Design and at least one of the following areas: Visual Culture Studies (highly desirable), 3-D Design, 4-D Design, or Photo 1 beginning academic year 2017-2018. This position includes coordination of the Foundation Art Program, and carries a 2-2 teaching load, with responsibilities including teaching, research and service.

The Department seeks an inspiring, knowledgeable and enthusiastic artist committed to the Foundation experience as an essential component of an undergraduate education. The successful candidate will have an MFA or PhD degree, a minimum of three years of college-level teaching experience that includes foundation courses (beyond graduate TA), an active professional and exhibition record, and strong communication skills. The candidate should also have knowledge of current studio practices in the visual arts, including historical and contemporary concepts, criticism, and techniques.

The ideal candidate is expected to work collaboratively with colleagues, help shape the visual arts foundation program, and drive curricular change. Teaching responsibilities will be mostly Foundation-level courses. Expected service will include coordinating duties in the Foundation Program.

Foundation Coordinator Responsibilities
• Coordinating the first-year program by providing guidance, oversight and leadership of the Foundation area in the Department’s Visual Art Program, which consists of Fine Art, Graphic Design, Lens-Based Art, and Art Education students.
• Creating a community for first-year students through co-curricular programming.
• Developing and maintaining a strong curriculum and criteria for assessment across the Foundation courses (i.e., 2-D, 3-D, 4-D, Drawing I, Photo I, and Visual Thinking), and creating a shared database for assignments and student work (for internal and accreditation purposes.)
• Meeting regularly with Foundation course instructors and performing teaching observations to ensure excellence.
• Mentoring and advising first-year students.

Minimum Qualifications
1. MFA or PhD in Visual Arts from an accredited institution completed by the date of appointment.
2. Solid foundation in 2-D design, digital media as it relates to fine art, contemporary visual communication, and critical theory.
3. Expertise in graphic software and digital printing technology relevant to the foundation experience; knowledge of Mac OS and Adobe Creative Suite, After Effects, Premier, HTML and SketchUp
are desirable.
4. Active professional practice and exhibition record commensurate with a highly competitive comprehensive college.
5. Proven record as an excellent teacher with three years of college teaching beyond the graduate assistant level.
6. Excellent organizational, communication, and leadership skills and demonstrated ability in curriculum development.

The Department of Art & Art History and The College of New Jersey
The Department of Art & Art History is committed to providing programs of study that develop a high level of conceptual and technical ability and an understanding of digital media and fine arts methods.
The College offers resources beyond the studio for a broader education in the art and a balance between a demanding course of professional studio study and a comprehensive liberal arts education. TCNJ is a highly selective public institution that has earned national recognition for its commitment to excellence. The College emphasizes the undergraduate residential experience and offers targeted graduate programs. The College’s seven schools offer degrees to nearly 7,000 students. With a 13 to 1 student to faculty ratio, TCNJ seeks to enroll approximately 1,375 entering, full-time freshmen each fall, 95 percent of whom live on campus. To enrich education through diversity, The College of New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College has a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff, and strongly encourages women and members of underrepresented groups to apply.

Application Submission & Contact Information
Please submit a letter of intent (explaining how you meet the qualifications), curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, 20 examples of your own creative work, 20 examples of your students’ work, and the names and contact information of 5 references. Only complete, electronic submissions through SlideRoom will be considered.

Please do not send additional materials (syllabi, publications, teaching evaluations, etc.) unless requested. We accept applications through SlideRoom only:
from October 25 –January 1, 2017 (11:59 p.m. EST). Please direct further inquiries to the Foundations Search Committee at
Employment is contingent upon completion of a successful background check.
To enrich education through diversity The College of New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College has a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff and strongly encourages women and members of underrepresented groups to apply.