Full-Time Position, Assistant or Associate Professor of Teaching, Critical Studies in Design
The Roski School of Art and Design at the University of Southern California invites all applications and recommendations, and nominations for a full-time non-tenure-track faculty position in the schoolâs Design program. This position is to be filled immediately.
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We are seeking a candidate with extensive expertise in teaching Critical Studies within an art and design school. The Critical Studies/Design candidate should offer a historical and critical framework through which students can understand the important theories and practices of art, design, and general visual culture, focusing on the twentieth- and twenty-first century. The candidate should be well-versed in dominant cultural, political, and aesthetic concerns of primarily contemporary culture but with attention to global trends in art and design and to globalization and its effects. A key emphasis of all the USC Roski program is learning to read, write, and think critically, and to develop a historical understanding of what it means to be an artist or designer. Additionally, the ideal candidate will be an established art or design practitioner and theorist with professional experience in either field. The candidate should have a minimum of five years of teaching experience, commensurate within a leading school of art and design located within a major research institution. Topics of instruction may include both undergraduate and graduate-level courses.
This program is housed in the Roski School of Art and Design, which offers a range of specializations including Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Photography, Digital Media, Ceramics, Sculpture, Design, Critical Studies, and Curatorial Studies. Designers, artists, and scholars working in all disciplines or areas of study within the field of art and design may apply; however, preference will be based on the needs of the program.
Qualified candidates must hold a terminal degree in a relevant major, preferably a Ph.D. in Critical Studies/Theory or Visual Culture or MFA in Design. Candidates must have demonstrated success in college or university level teaching, and a record of work, publishing, or other related activities in the field that evidence a strong professional profile. Special consideration will be given to candidates from peer institutions. The ideal candidate(s) will have an established reputation among peer designers and scholars, and a strong desire to work in a community of diverse and world-class artists, designers, scholars, and curators at the Roski School and across USC. The position seeks an individual committed to help cultivate the next generation of designers, design thinkers and scholars. In a continuing effort to build a diverse academic community and to provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the Roski school actively encourages applications from women and members of historically under-represented groups.
Founded in 1887, the USC Roski School of Art and Design is noted for its richly varied and innovative programs that emphasize studio art, design and critical and curatorial studies. We encourage candidates that have unusual and diverse practices, including individuals with hybrid or interdisciplinary interests.
The Roski School of Art and Design offers BFA and BA undergraduate degrees in Art and Design. The Roski graduate programs include the MFA Art, MFA Design, the MA in Curatorial Practices and the Public Sphere, and a joint Master of Arts/Master of Planning degree with the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. Our programs are constructed with powerful areas of overlap, and offer students a unique ability to explore broader definitions of making, curating, research and teaching. The successful candidate may be asked to teach on both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The University of Southern California is one of the nationâs leading research universities, boasting a world-class faculty of artists, scholars and researchers. USC is ranked No. 15 nationally by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education survey of more than 1,000 U.S. colleges and universities. USC is one of the worldâs leading private research universities as well as the largest private employer in the city of Los Angeles. The vibrant downtown campus is host to hundreds of events each year in the visual, performing, and other creative arts. Additionally, through its Visions and Voices series, USC brings dozens of world-renowned artists, scholars, ensembles, and collectives from around the globe each academic year to present their work to USC faculty and students, and the broader Los Angeles arts community. USC is the only major research university whose commitment to the arts is expressed in a wide spectrum of six arts schools, as well as two art museums and two classical radio stations. USC includes the world-renowned School of Cinematic Arts, and other top-ranked professional schools and liberal arts departments. Situated adjacent to downtown Los Angeles, the Roski School makes full use of the riches of the Los Angeles art world, its artists, curators, scholars, and institutions. Roski Design was recently named #2 Best Colleges for Design in America by Niche, an online survey of nationally recognized design programs.
All USC students are admitted on a need-blind basis: ability to pay, or a studentâs interest in financial aid, has no bearing on admissions decisions. Roski School graduate students benefit from a very generous program of financial aid appropriate for the individual, including eligibility for teaching assistantships for those intending academic careers, or grants, that meet all or almost all the cost of tuition for every student with financial need. USC undergraduate students benefit from one of the largest financial aid programs in the nation. Grants and scholarships from USCâs own funds total over $275 million annually. USC works with families of undergraduates to meet the full demonstrated financial need for students who satisfy all deadlines and eligibility requirements: more than two-thirds of the USC entering first-year class receives some form of financial assistance.
Instructions to the applicant:
Applicants should submit the following: a cover letter discussing their professional profile, a sample syllabus and a statement about teaching and pedagogical philosophy; a curriculum vitae; and names and contact information of three references. We reserve the right to request additional materials at a later time.
Questions can be addressed to the Chair of Design, Jason Fowler Ellenburg at email@example.com.
USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed and background. The University particularly encourages women, members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply. USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Further information is available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minimum Education: MFA, Ph.D, or other relevant terminal degree
Minimum Experience: 5 years full-time teaching experience. Candidates must be able to show demonstrated success in teaching at the college or university level, in particular at peer institutions, and a record of exhibiting work, publishing, curating, or other related activities in the field that evidence a strong professional profile. The ideal candidate(s) will have an established reputation among peer artists or scholars, and a strong desire to work in a community of diverse and world-class artists, scholars, and curators at the Roski School and across USC.
Application Deadline: August 14, 2019
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