Assistant or Associate Professor/Tenure Track Faculty of FA3D - Fibers

Posting Details

Posting Details

Official Title Assistant or Associate Professor/Tenure Track Faculty of FA3D - Fibers
FLSA Status Exempt
Union Faculty / Librarian
Pay Rate commensurate with experience
Department FA 3D - Fibers
Job Description / Statement of Duties

The Fibers Program of the Fine Arts 3D Department at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design seeks applicants for a tenure track faculty position. The successful candidate will bring a sustained creative practice, a dynamic and inclusive pedagogical approach, and a strong ability to connect the material and conceptual questions at the core of the fibers discipline.

The FA3D Department is comprised of five program areas: ceramics, fibers, glass, jewelry & metalsmithing, and sculpture, and boasts a world-class, recently renovated wood shop. The department seeks energetic faculty members to complement the existing faculty in creating an inclusive and diverse community of learners and makers.

Fine Arts 3D is one of the largest Departments in the College, with 13 full-time faculty, and many highly skilled and dedicated adjunct faculty. Faculty are appointed to the department, though the majority of courses taught are within specific program areas. MassArt is re-evaluating its identity in the face of a need for measurable social justice changes within Academia and institutions in general. We seek faculty to collaborate with us in educating students in deep learning around craft, fine art, and material explorations. We aspire to provide our students with a framework within which to investigate issues of changing values and technologies in keeping with our core mission around equity, inclusion, and social justice.

The Fine Art 3D department supports between 150 and 200 majors annually, and provides elective courses for all of the College’s ~1700 students from freshman to graduate students. The curriculum in the department supports a wide range of student approaches to the media taught and spans the breadth of contemporary practices including fine art, craft, public art, performance, video installation and social practice. Extraordinary facilities in all media allow for in-depth studio experiences for our students. We seek faculty who can teach across media and content, reflecting emergent practices in contemporary art/craft fields.

MassArt seeks to be a leader in increasing diversity within its curriculum and support programs, as well as in its faculty, staff, and student populations. As we aim to promote an inclusive environment, we seek candidates who can contribute to our goals and encourage applicants to apply and to identify their strengths in this area. Successful candidates must have the clear potential or demonstrated ability to work effectively with and benefit a diverse student body.

MassArt is the oldest, and one of two public, state supported, independent colleges of art and design in the country. We are humbled by the responsibility of serving the public, and the broad demographic of students from across the Commonwealth, the region, the nation, and beyond.

Job Description:
The fibers program is run by two full time faculty and a small cohort of specialized adjunct faculty. We seek a colleague who combines breadth of technical skill with deep understanding of the complexities of the fibers discipline as it intersects with contemporary art practice. We seek someone with a dynamic pedagogical approach to nurturing a learning community. We seek someone committed to bringing students into conversation around urgent/emergent questions of social justice and environmental sustainability within the broad arena of textile practice. Technical competencies in several of the following are necessary: weaving, surface design (print and resist), sculptural approaches to fiber, dyeing (synthetic and natural), embellishment, felting, interlacing, basketry, fabric construction, and papermaking. Also valued is the ability to deliver a curriculum that consistently connects material investigation to critical discourse, including theory and history of the fiber medium and emergent challenges to existing narratives therein.

Faculty in fibers, as in the rest of the Fine Arts 3D Department, teach studio courses and seminars, generally split between program requirements and elective courses, with the opportunity to develop new elective courses. It is expected that successful candidates’ workload could also include teaching first-year Studio Foundation Program courses. Committee and Departmental service are required. Ongoing professional development to continue to build cultural literacy and teaching facility is encouraged and supported.

The Faculty will promote the College’s commitment to collegiality by:
• Building effective partnerships with co-workers throughout the College by freely sharing appropriate information and providing assistance when needed.
• Ensuring optimum service to all internal and external partners in response to all requests for service and information.
• Maintaining an environment that is welcoming and inclusive to persons of all backgrounds, nationalities, and roles.

Review of applications will begin on Monday, January 22, 2018 and will continue until filled. Please see special instructions.

Required Minimum Qualifications

1. An MFA OR a Bachelor’s Degree with a substantial record of achievement and significant competency in a fiber-related arts practice
2. A consistent professional record of creative practice (exhibitions, publications, or equivalent for community-based work)
3. Clear potential or demonstrated ability to work effectively with and benefit a diverse student body
4. Experience teaching at the College level
5. Demonstrated ability to teach a range of fibers processes from among the following: weaving, surface design (print and resist), sculptural approaches to fiber, dyeing (synthetic and natural), embellishment, felting, interlacing, basketry, fabric construction, and papermaking
6. Well-versed in fibers history and critical discourse

Other Considerations

1. 3+ years teaching at the College level
2. Capacity to connect fiber discourse to broader cultural and environmental concerns
3. Distributed competency across three dimensional art practices

Job Open Date
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
  • Letter of interest should address all areas above, with particular attention to the candidate’s clear potential or demonstrated ability to work effectively with and benefit a diverse student body
  • Artist statement, letter of interest
  • One page teaching philosophy
  • Comprehensive CV, including a list of courses taught
  • Three sample syllabi of courses taught
  • 20 images of personal work, with image list, uploaded as single PDF
  • 20 images of student work, with image list, uploaded as single PDF

​Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check relative to prior criminal convictions and pending cases, as well as Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) checks relative to prior sexual offenses committed as an adult or juvenile will be conducted on the final candidate prior to an offer of employment.

Requisition Number F00024
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Eligible Applicants All (Internal and External)
Pay Basis Salary
Job Type Full-time

Application Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of Interest
  3. Artist Statement
  4. Teaching Philosophy
  5. Image List of Personal Work
  6. Image List of Student Work
  7. Sample Syllabi #1
  8. Sample Syllabi #2
  9. Sample Syllabi #3
  10. Mini portfolio image page (pdf of 20 personal work)
  11. Mini portfolio image page (pdf of 20 student work)
  12. List of Courses Taught
Optional Documents
  1. URL links to work/videos

Posting Specific Questions

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  2. * Are you a member of the Massachusetts State College Association (MSCA) union?
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