The Fine Arts 3D Department at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design seeks applicants for a tenure track faculty position in Jewelry & Metalsmithing. The FA3D Department is comprised of five degree granting areas: Ceramics, Fibers, Glass, Jewelry & Metalsmithing, and Sculpture. The department seeks an energetic faculty member to complement the existing faculty in creating an inclusive and diverse community of learning in both our BFA and MFA programs.
Fine Arts 3D is one of the larger departments at the College, with 12 full-time faculty, and many highly skilled and dedicated adjunct faculty. We seek faculty to collaborate with us to encourage deep learning of craft, fine art, and material explorations. We are dedicated to providing opportunities for all students to investigate issues of changing technologies and values, in keeping with our core mission around equity, inclusion, and social justice.
The Fine Arts 3D Department supports approximately 150 majors annually and provides elective courses for all of the College's approximately 1800 students - from first year to graduate students. The curriculum in the Department supports a wide range of approaches to the media taught and spans the breadth of contemporary practices including fine art, craft, public art, performance, video, installation, and social practice. Traditional and state-of-the-art 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. We believe in creating curricula to support MassArt's existing and increasingly diverse student population.
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 and supportive 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 only two, public, state supported, independent colleges of art and design in the country. We are honored to serve the public and the broad demographic of students from across the Commonwealth, New England, the nation, and beyond. The College is located in the city of Boston, on Huntington Avenue, called "Avenue of the Arts". MassArt's close neighbors are the Museum of Fine Arts, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and The Boston Conservatory. Along with these arts institutions, the Boston area is home to some of the finest colleges, universities, museums, and cultural centers in the country.
Summary of Duties:
The Jewelry and Metalsmithing program is comprised of two full time faculty, many specialized adjunct faculty, and a Studio Manager. We seek a dynamic colleague who combines breadth of technical skills with knowledge of historical and contemporary decorative arts practices.
We seek someone with a compelling pedagogical approach to foster and engage a learning community around cultural issues of adornment and utility. The successful candidate will bring a sustained creative practice, a vigorous and inclusive pedagogy, and a strong ability to connect materials, processes, and conceptual questions at the core of the jewelry and metals discipline.
We seek a candidate with the ability and desire to teach a comprehensive curriculum of materials and techniques and safe practices in fabrication, casting and metal forming. Processes and techniques taught in the area include, but are not limited to: cold connections, patination, soldering, fusing, casting, RTV and rubber mold making, enameling, stone setting, powder coating, fiber techniques in metal, etching, hollow construction, repoussé and chasing, raising, forging, lapidary skills, PUK welding, laser welding, computer aided design and fabrication.
Full time faculty at MassArt are required to teach 24 workload credits per year comprised of studio courses and seminars, major requirements and electives, with the opportunity to develop new elective courses. It is expected that the successful candidates' course load may also include teaching first-year Studio Foundation courses. College governance committee participation and departmental service are required. Ongoing professional development to continue to build cultural literacy and teaching facility is encouraged and supported.
An MFA OR a Bachelor's Degree with a substantial record of achievement and significant competency in a Jewelry & Metalsmithing arts practice.
A consistent professional record of creative practice (exhibitions, publications, or equivalent community-based work).
Experience teaching at the college level.
Clear potential or demonstrated ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with faculty, staff and students.
Clear potential or demonstrated ability to work effectively with and benefit a diverse student body.
Clear potential or demonstrated ability to contribute to the College's ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service.
Demonstrated ability to teach a comprehensive curriculum of materials and techniques with historical and contemporary aspects of the discipline
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
3 years teaching at the College level
Demonstrated capacity to connect jewelry and metals discourse to broader cultural and environmental concerns.
Demonstrated competency to teach jewelry electives and beginning to advanced levels in jewelry and metalsmithing.
Bilingual with English and another language
Salary Information Compensation commensurate with full-time teaching experience, in accordance with the Massachusetts State College Association collective bargaining agreement. Full state employee benefits included.
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
One-page teaching philosophy, which should include the candidate's potential or demonstrated ability to contribute to the College's ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service
Comprehensive CV, including a list of courses taught
Three sample syllabi of courses taught, or planned
20 images of personal work, with image list, uploaded as a single PDF
20 images of student work, with image list, uploaded as a single PDF
Applicants are encouraged to apply by January 6, 2020. The positions will be open until filled.
Please note that MassArt does not provide employment-based visa sponsorship or non-student exchange visitor visa sponsorship for administrators, managers, technical staff, library staff or support staff. All offers of employment are based on appropriate U.S. work authorization.
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. MassArt requires specific written authorization to conduct background checks. Failure to provide such authorization shall preclude your application from receiving further consideration.
About Massachusetts College of Art and Design
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