Full-time appointment in the Undergraduate Illustration Department. The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) invites applications for up to two full-time faculty positions, each with a multi-year renewable contract in a non-tenure institution, beginning Fall, 2018.
On behalf of the College, the Illustration Department seeks candidates that are experienced illustrators and educators and are active in both their professional and academic careers. Each appointment is a unique opportunity for an experienced illustration practitioner to work closely with students in MICA’s renowned Illustration Department and with the larger MICA community at a world-class art and design school. Successful candidates will be capable of teaching at all levels of the undergraduate program, and will excel in mentoring students in all aspects of the art and practice of illustration. Chosen candidates will foster and guide students in discovering and developing their individual voices as artists, and finding their place in current and future markets. Candidates should be able to develop syllabi for current and new courses; design diverse assignments; achieve common outcomes for each class; critique student artwork, both individually and in groups; and be able to lecture knowledgeably and eloquently on various illustration topics. Current areas of emphasis in the department include but are not limited to: editorial illustration, lifestyle illustration, book illustration, institutional illustration, advertising illustration, sequential art, concept art, character design and visual development.
Full-time faculty at MICA teach eighteen credits (typically 6 classes) per year at an art and design school nationally known for its dedication to teaching excellence, a rigorous liberal arts curriculum and a commitment to fine arts and design. Each faculty member may be expected to teach one or more classes per year in MICA’s First Year Experience (foundation) program, or in other departments, as appropriate. The interdisciplinary nature of the department and college requires that faculty contribute to all aspects of departmental operations and institutional governance including advising, institutional and departmental committee service, student activities, and coordinating the department exhibitions of student work during the academic year. In addition to teaching, all full-time faculty are expected to pursue professional engagements and research that contribute to the educational mission of the department and college.
Bachelor’s degree - preferably in illustration or a related field
Professional experience in illustration or related specialties
An active creative practice with a significant record of exhibition and/or production
The ability to teach across multiple levels, from introductory to advanced independent work
The ability to communicate skillfully with diverse groups of colleagues, students, and community members
Mastery of traditional and digital illustration media including a basic knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and After Effects
Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following specializations: editorial illustration, reportage illustration, lifestyle illustration, book illustration, institutional illustration, advertising illustration, sequential art, concept art, visual development, character design, or cartooning
Valued, but not required:
Terminal degree: MFA or its equivalent in illustration or a related field
Prior teaching experience at the college level
Promise or proven ability to enrich the goals of MICA’s mission, including diversity, equity, and justice
Organizational leadership experience
Cross-disciplinary skills (in graphic design, animation, painting, game design, photography or other areas)
Experience and ability to teach in both traditional and digital media
Knowledge of art history; particularly the history of illustration
Experience teaching non-Western illustration forms and history
International experience in illustration production and/or education
A demonstrated ability to model and teach effective collaboration skills
Engagement with local communities
Salary: Commensurate with experience and college policy; excellent benefits package.
Apply: The College will review applications as received. Although materials received before January 5, 2018, are best assured of receiving full consideration, the position will remain open until filled. All inquiries, nominations and applications will be held in the strictest confidence.
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Submit online: One multi-page PDF document, containing:
Cover Letter – detailing motivation and highlighting qualifications (1 page)
Statement of teaching philosophy (1 page)
Personal artist statement (1page)
Link(s) to online work samples (please embed urls within the pdf document)
Examples of past student work (if applicable); no more than 12 selected pieces.
Names and contact information for three references
Please format PDF documents for screen resolution and viewing. No physical media are requested, nor will they be returned.
Founded in 1826, MICA is among the top visual arts colleges in the nation. The college enrolls 1,863 undergraduate and 306 graduate students from 48 states and 54 foreign countries, offering programs of study leading to the bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.), master of arts (M.A.), master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degrees, and master of professional studies degrees (M.P.S), as well as post-baccalaureate ...certificate programs and a full slate of credit and noncredit courses for adults, college-bound students, and children. MICA is recognized as an important cultural resource for the Baltimore/Washington region, sponsoring many public and community-outreach programs-including more than 100 exhibitions by students, faculty, and nationally and internationally known artists annually-as well as artists' residencies, film series, lectures, readings, and performances.