The Department of Art at Skidmore College invites applications for a tenure-track, full-time Assistant Professor position in Drawing beginning September 2024. We have historically delivered strong programs in Drawing including Drawing I, II, III and Special Topics in Drawing: Life Drawing, Narrative Drawing, and Comix & Sequential Art. The primary teaching focus of this position is drawing, with likely opportunities to teach painting. Candidates must have an expertise in foundation drawing; experience teaching intermediate and advanced levels is preferable. We desire candidates who foster collaboration across other departmental disciplines and are open to non-traditional approaches. Our facilities include four large studios dedicated to Drawing instruction as well as five additional studios dedicated to Painting, Color Theory, and group critiques/presentations.
We seek a skilled, productive artist with an active exhibition record and expertise in teaching at the undergraduate level (teaching experience beyond the Teaching Assistant level is desirable). The selected candidate will teach nine drawing courses every two academic years, alternating between five courses one year and four courses the next. Additionally, the candidate will mentor students and occasionally teach one course in Skidmoreâ™s First-Year Experience. Other commitments include advising and serving on committees.
The Art Department and College invites candidates who can contribute inclusive teaching to the growing diversity and excellence of the academic community. We especially encourage individuals from underrepresented groups, or who have experience teaching students from diverse backgrounds to apply. All candidates are asked to address Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) matters as part of their application materials (see below).
The application deadline is Tuesday, January 2nd, 2024.
MFA or equivalent degree in Drawing and/or Painting
Active record of recognized professional activity and creative research
Letter of interest, including a description of your approach to teaching a beginning drawing course in an undergraduate liberal arts college
Student Work (20 images, please emphasize drawings)
Portfolio (20 images) of work completed within the past 5 years. Please emphasize drawings. Paintings/mixed-media artworks may also be included
Statement describing teaching philosophy
Statement describing artistic practice
Statement on contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), describing past, present, and future (planned) contributions
Names and contact information of three professional references (letters of recommendation are requested once finalists are chosen)
Pay Ranges: $75-85K
The hiring rate for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:
Prior relevant work or industry experience.
Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
Skidmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college of 2750 students located in Saratoga Springs, NY, 3 hours between Manhattan, Boston, and Montreal, Canada. The college is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The Art Department curriculum emphasizes a fine art perspective developed through skillful practice and nurtured by a rich liberal arts education. The Art Department offers concentrations in Drawing, Ceramics, Communication Design, Digital Media, Fiber Arts, Jewelry and Metals, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. The arts are infused across campus in the Schick Art Gallery, the Schupf Family IdeaLab, the Tang Teaching Museum, and the Entrepreneurial Artist Initiative. For further information about the Art Department and the major, please visit the departmental website: http://www.skidmore.edu/academics/art/
Skidmore College is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive community in which members develop their abilities to live in a complex and interconnected world. Consistent with our educational mission, we recognize ourselves as a community that respects individual identities based on varying sociocultural characteristics such as race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, first language, religious and spiritual tradition, age, ability, socioeconomic status and learning style. We strive to create a socially just world that honors the dignity and worth of each individual, and we seek to build a community centered on mutual respect and openness to ideasâ”one in which individuals value cultural and intellectual diversity and share the responsibility for creating a welcoming, safe and inclusive environment. We recognize that our community is most inclusive when all members participate to their full capacity in the spirited and sometimes challenging conversations that are at the center of the college's educational mission.
Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, dating violence, or stalking, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.
Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result.
Skidmore is a highly selective liberal arts college with a reputation for its creative approaches to just about everything. With its relatively small size and student-faculty ratio, the College is a close-knit academic community. Skidmore is known for its faculty of teacher-scholars devoted to the instruction and mentoring of undergraduates; approximately 2,400 talented men and women from some 47 states and 46 countries.In the universe of selective, private liberal arts colleges, Skidmore's distinctiveness is expressed in the statement that "Creative Thought Matters". This idea reflects not only the historical strength of the College's programs in the fine and performing arts but also the understanding that creativity is required for achievement in any area of human endeavor.The city of Saratoga Springs is widely recognized as one of America's great communities. It is located in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, within a three-to-four-hour drive from New York City, Boston or Montreal. Travel & Leisure calls Saratoga Springs one of "America's Greatest Main Streets" as well as "one of the best college towns in the nation," Money Magazine says it's one of the nation's top 100... places to live, and Princeton Review describes it as a "perfect college town." It's a community rich in history and tradition. Famed mineral waters, a Revolutionary War battlefield, and the nation's oldest thoroughbred racetrack represent portions of that history. Also, it's a community of arts and culture. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) is the summer home to the New York City Ballet, Philadelphia Orchestra, and a performing venue for top rock and jazz musicians.The Skidmore College community awaits your arrival, so if you welcome challenges and are interested in making a difference, come join us!