Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Art (2021-2022)

Responsibilities include a full-time teaching load of three courses in Fall 2021 and two in Spring 2022.  During the year the Visiting Assistant Professor will teach Beginning Drawing, Beginning Sculpture, interdisciplinary Junior/Senior Seminar, and a Special Topics course of their choice, after consultation with the Art faculty. As the sole instructor for Sculpture and Drawing, this person will also maintain the materials and equipment for those studios. Preference will be given to candidates who have some experience in all areas including observational drawing, woodworking, metal fabrication, and non-ferrous foundry work, with secondary skills in hand papermaking and the ability to integrate digital tools with traditional studio work.

We are also searching for a candidate with strong writing skills who is confident analyzing contemporary art. Critical thinking is an integral component of our art curriculum, and the candidate will be expected to assist with departmental reviews for upper-class students in both Studio Art and Art History.

This position comes with a private on-campus faculty office as well as a separate studio space. The Visiting Assistant Professor will also have an opportunity to exhibit their work in a solo exhibition in the Hall Gallery.

Qualifications

  • MFA required
  • Areas of concentration in sculpture preferred
  • Strong organizational and writing skills
  • A strong desire to be an active participant in a small art department.

Application Process

Application materials should all be sent by email and should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae or artistic resume
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Evidence of teaching experience (sample student work, syllabi, and student evaluations, if available)
  • A link to a web site with examples of your art or PDF/jpeg images of up to twenty works with title information included.
  • Contact information for three references. The search committee will contact the references for letters if the candidate moves on from the initial phase of the search.

Applications received by April 1 will be given priority. All materials should be sent to the chair of the search committee: Dr. Elise Smith: Professor of Art History, Sanderson Chair of Arts and Sciences, and Chair of the Art Department: smithel@millsaps.edu.

Employment is contingent upon successful background verification. Millsaps College is a nationally ranked liberal arts college in the capital city of Jackson, Mississippi.  Included in Colleges that Change Lives, Millsaps is committed to academic excellence and pedagogical innovation. Millsaps is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from minorities. For more information about the college and the art department see www.millsaps.edu.

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