The Department of Visual & Performing Arts (V&PA) at Clark University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Studio Art, in the area of graphic design. The position begins in the fall semester of 2020. At Clark, graphic design is a concentration within the studio art program. The area of specialization in graphic design is open, but candidates must understand graphic design’s educational, commercial, cultural, political, artistic and functional purposes, and be well versed in both analog and digital technologies. Knowledge of graphic design’s history and contemporary practice along with the creative methodology of ‘Design Thinking’ theory is essential. An additional consideration is the ability to contribute to one or more of the college’s interdisciplinary programs and institutes.
The successful candidate will join a collaborative department with six thriving programs: Studio Art; Art History; Music; Screen Studies; Theatre Arts; and Media, Culture and the Arts. These programs represent individual majors within V&PA that offer focused study in specific fields as well as opportunities for interdisciplinary creative research and teaching at the undergraduate level. Studio Art is a BA program with an average of 45 majors and minors across five concentrations: Graphic Design, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. The teaching expectation includes courses in beginning, intermediate, and advanced graphic design, as well as specialty courses in an area of expertise. An MFA in Graphic Design is required by August of 2020 and preference is given to candidates that have at least 2 years of teaching experience (graduate school teaching included).
Clark University is a private, selective institution with a demonstrated commitment to outstanding faculty teaching and research. Tenure-track faculty members normally teach a 2 – 2 load. In addition to providing ongoing support for teaching and research, Clark offers pre-tenured faculty a reduced teaching load in the first year, and a semester’s sabbatical after a successful third-year review. Further information regarding support for faculty research and teaching may be found here: https://www.clarku.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/. Further information about the Department of Visual & Performing Arts may be found here: https://www2.clarku.edu/departments/clarkarts/
Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, professional website URL, a design philosophy statement, a diversity and inclusion statement, a portfolio with 20 sample designs (with the images compiled into one .PDF file and, if applicable, links to video or animation files), and contact information for three references. Use of a dossier service is recommended and please submit all materials to: StudioArtSearch@clarku.edu . Priority will be given to applications received by November 30, 2019. Preliminary interviews will be conducted via Skype, followed by campus visits for finalists. Questions may be addressed to Toby Sisson, Associate Professor and Program Director of Studio Art, at StudioArtSearch@clarku.ed u.
Clark University embraces equal opportunity and affirmative action as core values: we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.
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About Clark University
Founded in 1887, Clark University is a liberal arts-based research university committed to
scholarship and inquiry that addresses social and human imperatives on a global basis. It is the place where Robert Goddard invented the modern rocket, where Sigmund Freud delivered his only lectures in the United States, and where current students stake their claim to the Clark motto, “Challenge Convention, Change Our World,” which is the rallying cry that inspires our community every day.
Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark University educates its undergraduate and graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world, and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort. The University’s engages students in such areas as biology, chemistry, economics, geography, psychology, urban education, management, environmental science and policy, Holocaust and genocide studies, and international development and social change.
Clark University’s pioneering model of higher education, LEEP (Liberation Education and Effective Practice) compels undergraduate students to thrive in authentic world and workplace settings, and prepares them for lives and careers of consequence.