The Department of Art at Skidmore College invites applications for a tenure-track, full-time Assistant Professor position in Communication or Graphic Design beginning September 2024. Candidates should have a knowledge of a diverse range of approaches in the field of communication or graphic design. Our curriculum has historically emphasized typography, branding, and publication design through traditional and emerging technologies (i.e. interactive and motion design). We seek a skilled designer with a demonstrated record of creative practice and expertise in teaching at the undergraduate level. (Teaching experience beyond the Teaching Assistant level is desirable). As the head of a single-faculty area, the successful candidate will be responsible for developing curriculum and the oversight and management of the design studio. Art faculty teach nine courses over two academic years, alternating between five courses one year and four courses the next. Additionally, faculty mentor students and periodically teach a course in Skidmoreâ™s First-Year Experience. Other commitments include advising students and serving on department and college committees.
The Art Department and College are interested in candidates who can contribute to the growing diversity and excellence of the academic community, particularly through their inclusive teaching. Individuals from underrepresented groups, or who have experience teaching students from diverse backgrounds, are encouraged to apply. All candidates are asked to address Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) matters as part of their application materials (see below).
Review of applications will begin on January 5th, 2024 and continue until the position is filled.
MFA, MDes or equivalent terminal degree in design
Active record of recognized professional activity and creative engagement in design
Fluency in Mac OS, Adobe Creative Suite, and industry-standard print and web design software
Experience teaching design at the college level
A representative sample of syllabi, including detailed descriptions of specific assignments
Letter of interest, including description of approach to teaching printmaking in an undergraduate liberal arts college
Student Work (20 works)
Portfolio of 20 works completed within the past 5 years
Statement describing teaching philosophy, ideally with examples of the methods they employ to foster community in the classroom
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 RATE: $75,000 - $85,000
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 2680 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 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!