The Department of Art + Art History in the School of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position in Art with a specialization in Photography at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will play a vital role in the department through teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, contribute to governance and development of the Photography/Video Concentration, and continue an active and accelerating record of creative research, professional activity, and evidence of growing national/international visibility. This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2020.
We are seeking a specialist in Photography with the capacity to engage photographic practice across a range of conceptual and material approaches in a Research University, one who demonstrates interest in contributing to an interdisciplinary setting in a community of close faculty-student mentoring. Although the department supports and offers instruction in video, we are not seeking a specialist in this discipline at this time. Low student-faculty ratios allow us to work closely with students encouraging them to develop nuanced work and seek university-wide, or greater, opportunities. Technical tools, history of photography, and contemporary practice play vital roles in our program. Our facilities include newly remodeled B+W darkrooms (gang and advanced), digital facilities featuring the Digital Art Services Lab (DASL), and flex space for studio work.
The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to creative research on a national/international level as is appropriate to one's practice. In the area of teaching, the successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, development of innovative courses and mentoring of students in research, outreach, and professional development. Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and creative, intellectual interests. Candidates will also be expected to participate in departmental and university service to support curricular and program development and advise undergraduate and graduate students in the department.
The Department of Art + Art History has over 170 undergraduate majors, 15 graduate students, and a full-time faculty of 25, along with several specialist adjunct faculty, and a committed team of staff. The department is dedicated to the cultivation of artists and scholars with a wide-ranging understanding of the concepts, aesthetics, techniques, and social functions of contemporary art practices within broader historical and cultural contexts. The Department of Art + Art History offers a BFA in Studio Art, a newly formed BA in Art, a BA in Art History, and an MFA in Studio Art. The department is also committed to enriching the wider university and regional community through a range of courses for non-majors in Studio Art and Art History, and a variety of offerings at UConn's regional campuses across the state, as well as through major public exhibitions and thematic programming in collaboration with other departments and schools across the university. Additional information about the Department of Art + Art History can be found at: http://art.uconn.edu.
Photography/Video in the Department of Art + Art History is a Concentration in addition to five other undergraduate studio art and design concentrations, including Graphic Design, Illustration/Animation, Painting/Drawing, Printmaking, and Sculpture/Ceramics. While courses in each Concentration provide a solid foundation in materials, processes, history, and concepts, emphasis is also placed on interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary studio art embracing both other media and academic coursework as potential influence.
The University of Connecticut is a comprehensive, public, Research I institution. The Storrs campus is located in a beautiful area of Southern New England, with a moderate cost of living and proximity to major cultural, recreational, and urban centers of the Northeast. The University community provides residents with a rich diversity of cultural, artistic, athletic, and historic experiences, and the surrounding area offers affordable quality housing and top schools for faculty and families.
Teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses each year with a 3/2 teaching load, which may include all levels of courses in Photography, Independent Studies, or supervised internships. Graduate level teaching may include studio or seminar courses. Additional duties and responsibilities may include:
Contribute to the evolving future of the undergraduate Photography/Video Concentration within the department through reevaluating current curriculum, innovative new course development, and interdisciplinary approaches to content, practice, and teaching.
Advise students in the Photography/Video Concentration, both academically and professionally.
Assist with facility oversight.
Coordinate with full-time faculty in the Concentration regarding curriculum, events, and visiting artists.
Serve on individual MFA thesis committees and participate in midterm and final group critiques.
Attend faculty meetings and serve on committees as determined by the Photography/Video Area Coordinator or Department Head.
Participate in school and faculty governance.
Contribute to recruitment and outreach activities.
Contribute to other service at department, school, and university levels.
Other duties as assigned.
An earned Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Studio Art with a focus in photography. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.
College-level teaching experience as instructor of record after the M.F.A.
Rigorous commitment to creative research and professional activities, with evidence of potential for future growth and success.
A command of contemporary photography including expertise in analog and digital technologies from an artistic perspective.
Three years of full-time equivalent college-level teaching experience.
A strong working knowledge of the history of photography and an ability to articulate contemporary trends in the visual arts and critical theory.
Capacity to teach several of the following subjects: Advanced Digital Printing; Art and Ecology; B&W, both analog and digital; Bookmaking & Photography Book History; Grant Writing; Large Format; Theories of Contemporary Photography; and Social Activism.
A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.
Ability to be successful in a strong art department situated within a top 25 public university.
The ability to effectively use written and verbal communication.
This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2020. The successful candidate's academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus, though faculty members may also be asked to teach at one of UConn's regional campuses as part of their ordinary workload. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Statement of teaching philosophy (750 word maximum)
2 course syllabi
Contact information for three academic/professional references.
In a single PDF file, titled LastName,FirstName_PhotoVSM, please include:
20 screen resolution images of creative work (one per page), and a link to 20 digital images of student work. (N.B.: if this file exceeds 10MB, it will not upload.)
For best consideration, all application materials must be received by January 5, 2020. The position will remain open until filled. Please contact Charlene Haukom at [email protected], Administrative Assistant for Art + Art History, with any questions. For more information regarding the Department of Art + Art History, please visit the department website at https://art.uconn.edu.
Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 494153)
This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. The diversity of students, faculty, and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University's teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn's ranking as one of the nation's top research universities. UConn's faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural, and diverse community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.
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