Assistant/Associate Professor of Liberal Arts

  • Deadline:
    Jan. 7, 2019, 11:01 a.m.
  • Location:
    Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN

Job Description:
The Liberal Arts Department of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design seeks applicants for a position at the level of Assistant/Associate Professor to begin full-time in August 2019. Successful candidates will have demonstrated expertise in critical and historical approaches to established and emerging digital and interdisciplinary media studies and art and design practices and the ability to draw connections across the liberal arts and studio curricula which may include web and multi-media, photography, filmmaking, installation, fine arts, and community practice.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate knowledge of current and emerging trends in media studies with demonstrated engagement in the cultural, political, and ethical implications of race, gender, sexuality, social class, and social practice. Full-time faculty members are required to teach three courses each semester and participate in committee work and other departmental and college activities required of faculty. MCAD offers renewable, long-term contracts based on a clearly defined peer-review process.

MCAD’s Liberal Arts curriculum has a two-fold purpose: to provide intellectual and historical context for students’ studio educations, and to provide broader cultural, social and philosophical instruction relevant to all students seeking professional careers and responsible citizenship. One-third of the undergraduates’ course load is in Liberal Arts. The curriculum provides foundational instruction in writing and in art and design history. A broad variety of upper level courses fill out art, design, and other histories of the studio majors of the college, while other upper level courses serve to meet the college’s distribution requirements for studies in the humanities and related sciences. The department offers Art History, Creative Writing, and Engaged and Public Arts minors.

Candidate qualifications:
Candidates must have a PhD or MFA in media studies or a related discipline, demonstrated teaching experience (minimum 3 years), and a record of publication, critical writing, curating, and/or scholarship.

MCAD/Twin Cities
Founded in 1886, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit teaching institution located in the Twin Cities. MCAD is an independent, accredited institution with 13 BFA degree programs in Fine Arts, Media Arts, and Design, a BS degree in Entrepreneurial Studies, as well as an established MFA program and online degrees. Dedicated to the creative and professional success of its students, MCAD is also an important participant in the Twin Cities' thriving cultural community. The state of Minnesota has long enjoyed and valued a rich cultural life that is furthered by the generous support of numerous private foundations. Ranked as the 16th largest metropolitan area in the nation, the area hosts 18 Fortune 500 Companies and seven of the largest private companies in the country. In 2014, CBRE rated Minneapolis as the greenest city in the nation. Notable cultural institutions include the Walker Art Center, the Guthrie Theater, the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Weisman Art Museum. In addition, the Twin Cities are well known for the quality of their live theater, musical venues, galleries, art film houses and festivals, as well as a full array of professional sports teams.

MCAD offers a flexible and comprehensive benefit plan including medical, dental and 403(b) pension plans. After six months of service faculty receive free MCAD tuition for themselves, spouse and dependent children, and dependents may be eligible for free tuition at more than 600 colleges nation-wide.

Deadline: Priority will be given to those who respond by January 7, 2019.
To ensure full consideration, complete application materials must be received by January 7, 2019. Preliminary interviews will be conducted via GoToMeeting. A background check will be made prior to employment.
Applications should include:
1. Letter of application stating how experience and credentials fulfill the requirements for this position, a statement regarding Liberal Arts within an art and design context, and description of current research (not to exceed 3 pages)
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Statement of teaching philosophy
4. May include URL of professional website
5. Complete information for three professional references: names, institutional affiliations, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers
6. Salary requirements

Electronic application procedure:
• Submit all materials in a single PDF file in the order as listed above (1-6).
• Limit PDF file to size 10MB or less and title the file as follows:
last name_first name_la_faculty.pdf
• Email complete application file to with applicant’s last name in the subject line
• All correspondence regarding the search will be conducted via email. Please send any inquiries to and include LA Faculty Search in all correspondence.
Only complete applications will be eligible for consideration.