Job Opening – Associate Professor (03/2012)

2012 March 13

MA Visual and Critical Studies
California College of the Arts
San Francisco, California

JOB # 2087
March 2012

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is an independent art college with undergraduate programs in architecture, design, fine arts, visual studies, and writing. The college also has graduate programs in architecture, curatorial practice, design, design strategy, fine arts, visual and critical studies and writing. Through these programs, the college has created a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment. Diverse cultural perspectives enrich the CCA community and the college believes that continuing to expand the horizons of the students and faculty is essential to achieving its educational objectives. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,930 full-time students.

REPORTS TO: Chair, Visual & Critical Studies

DEPARTMENT: Humanities & Science /Visual Studies

The Master of Arts Program in Visual and Critical Studies (VCS) is a two-year program that trains students to write professionally about the visual arts and visual culture. VCS also offers a three-year dual-degree option joint with graduate Fine Arts, Design, Curatorial Practice, and Writing. The curriculum provides a foundation in interdisciplinary and culturally diverse frameworks, within which historical, social, and political analyses, as well as formal analyses, are brought to bear on the interpretation of the visual world. The VCS degree encompasses core courses, electives, forums, workshops, and lectures. In their final year, students produce a thesis on a topic of their own research, which they also present in a public symposium and publish in Sightlines, the VCS journal. Throughout their course of study, students encounter professionals from around the world who explore the complexities of the contemporary visual landscape.

California College of the Arts is conducting a search for a ranked non-tenure* Associate Professor of Visual and Critical Studies (VCS) beginning fall 2012. The primary responsibility for this position will be the direction of MA theses for VCS students, assistance with management of the thesis review process, preparation for the annual symposium, and production oversight of the journal Sightlines. Theses may cover a range of topics within visual culture and/or art history; thus, candidates with strong interdisciplinary breadth are very desirable. In addition, the position carries teaching responsibilities within required and elective VCS courses, undergraduate courses in Visual Studies, and/or contemporary art history and theory in the MFA Fine Arts program. In keeping with the college’s commitment to diversity, community engagement, and social justice, we seek candidates who will assist us in diversifying the curriculum in the programs mentioned above to include topics on non-Western, non-dominant, or under-represented arenas of inquiry within the study of visual culture. We value collaboration, intellectual flexibility and creative approaches to scholarship and to teaching.

*Ranked non-tenure faculty appointments carry 3-year renewable terms. Course load is negotiable and not to exceed four courses per academic year. Full benefits (including health benefits, retirement contributions, and eligibility for grants) are included as long as a minimum of three courses per academic year are taught. Ranked non-tenure faculty are voting faculty members and expected to fulfill academic service requirements at both the program- and college-wide levels.

Successful candidates will demonstrate excellence and substantial (6+ years) experience in teaching at the college level. PhD in art history, visual culture, or related field plus significant publication record are required. Must demonstrate significant publication and professional activity as well as leadership ability and team-work experience.

SALARY: Salary commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates should submit the following (preferably via email):
1) PDF #1:
a. Cover letter
b. CV
c. One-page statement of research and writing interests
d. One-page statement of teaching philosophy.

2) PDF #2:
a. Writing sample.

3) The names and contact information of three professional references

Email materials or mail to:

California College of the Arts
Human Resources (Job #2087)
5212 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94618-1487
Fax (510) 594-3681

Applications must be postmarked by March 30, 2012. NOTE: If you wish to be notified of the status of your application for this position, please provide a current email address on your resume or cover letter.

Recommended document file formats are Word or PDF. If there are multiple attachments, we recommend compressing/zipping your files into a zip format file. Documents larger than 10MB, should be submitted on CD and forwarded to CCA as indicated above.

California College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.

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