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Assistant Professor (Art)

Apply now Department: 3670020030 Art
Job no: 502790
Work type: Academic / Faculty - 9 month
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Arts/Museum

General Description of Position:

The Art Department at Kansas State University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor rank to begin Fall 2018. The successful candidate will primarily teach Digital Techniques in Visual Art, as a part of our Foundation curricula. Digital Techniques is a course, like the technology landscape itself, that is in constant evolution. It requires professional digital skills as well as a deep conceptual understanding of foundation design thinking and problem solving, as well as the ability to adapt to, and anticipate new territory in the field.

The Foundation area teaches first-year undergraduates who will continue their BFA studies in the major, as well as students from outside the department who may be interested in developing their creative skills in the digital realm. The successful candidate will have expertise and teaching experience at the Foundation level and beyond in two or more of the following areas: digital animation, motion graphics, web design and development, or data visualization. Candidates should have an ability to contribute in all ways to the department, including the ability to teach across disciplines, as well as an interest in working within a liberal arts environment and developing collaborative professional relationships across the University. S/he will also be expected to play an active role in the life of the Department and University as a whole.

The Department of Art at Kansas State University’ recognizes the strength that stems from a diversity of perspectives, ideas, backgrounds, approaches, and experiences. We aspire to continue to grow as a place that always welcomes and encourages individuals of all backgrounds to contribute to and be part of K-State culture.

Information about the College/Unit:

Information about the Art Department at Kansas State University can be found here: http://art.ksu.edu/

Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to the Principles of Community.

The Successful Candidate will:

The successful candidate will, along with proficiency in the basic programs of the Adobe Creative Suite, have a working knowledge of modern scripting languages for development on one or more platforms, such as web, mobile, or who have experience and skills related to digital arts and aesthetic design. S/he will have a strong interest in pursuing research/creative activity, and will be expected to demonstrate an evolving body of published research, creative work, and/or conference presentations in a relevant area.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

The position requires an MFA or equivalent in Digital Media, Graphic Design, or a related field, and teaching experience at the college/ university/art school level is preferred. Candidates must be proficient in basic programs of the Adobe Creative Suite. A strong record of professional or academic accomplishment in the applicant’s field of art and/or design is essential. Candidates must also have excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to work well with diverse populations. The successful applicant must meet eligibility requirements to work within the United States.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates who, along with proficiency in the basic design, motion, and editing programs of the Adobe Creative Suite, have a working knowledge of modern scripting languages for one or more platforms such as web and mobile development, or who have experience and skills related to digital arts and aesthetic design.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Teach Digital Techniques in Visual Art at the Foundation level.
  • Prepare students to major in multiple disciplines in the department.
  • Demonstrate and maintain substantial creative accomplishments and professional standing in applicant’s field of art and/or design.
  • Participate in curriculum development.
  • Participate in committee work and other service to the department and college.
  • Possibly teach web design and development, and/or data visualization to upper level students.
  • Full-time faculty on a 9-month appointment teach a load of 5 studio courses per year (2/3 or 3/2): two six-hour studio classes per week in one semester and three six-hour studio classes in the other.
  • Service responsibilities include student advising and mentoring, taking an active role in curriculum development and assessment, and aiding in the management of classroom equipment and resources. 

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Candidates should upload two separate PDF files:

The first PDF should contain letter of interest, CV, and transcripts and should be uploaded under the ‘Resume’ option.

The second PDF should contain your creative portfolio and samples of student work if applicable, and should be uploaded under the ‘Additional Applicant Document’ option. Links to external sites are allowed, but should be checked for accuracy.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

Screening of Applications Begins:

Screening will begin on 02/04/2018 and continue until position is filled.

Salary Range/ Pay Rate:

Salary commensurate with experience.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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