Teaching Professor Vacancy #: 930517 Recruitment Range: Commensurate with Qualifications
The School of Art and Design provides a multidisciplinary approach to art and design that creates opportunities for students to develop creative and critical thinking abilities by thinking through making. The School enrolls more than 500 students in twelve areas across four degrees. The School of Art and Design is the largest BFA Art program in University of North Carolina system and has been continuously accredited by NASAD since 1962. The School has over 40 full-time faculty and is located in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center, a 142,000-square foot facility with specialized equipment, tools, and technology for the School’s disciplines—animation/interactive design, art education, art history, film and video production, ceramics, glass, graphic design, illustration, metal design, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textile design. From computer labs, a digital loom, CNC router, and laser cutters to a wood shop, foundry, letterpress shop, black and white dark room and beyond, the School’s facilities are comprehensive and available to faculty and students think, make, and work across the School’s disciplines.
Within the University of North Carolina system, ECU is the third largest of the state’s 16 degree-granting public institutions. ECU has been named one of the best colleges in the Southeast region by the Princeton Review. ECU’s is committed to maximizing student success, serving the public, and leading regional transformation in the East. The University is located in the city Greenville, NC, on the Tar River, a community of over 90,000. A former tobacco town, Greenville has developed as a cultural center in eastern North Carolina. In addition to extensive arts offerings by the School of Theater and Dance, School of Music, and School of Art and Design and its Gray Gallery, the city boasts the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, Greenville Museum of Art, Magnolia Arts Center, numerous community schools of music and dance, and more. Outdoor amenities include access to the Tar River for boating and kayaking, the expansive River Park North, a greenway system, and more. ECU is located adjacent to the city’s historic downtown—Uptown. Restaurants, coffee shops, brew pubs, retail businesses, and art galleries comprise this thriving district, which regularly hosts community events.
The School takes responsibility for actions and the future which we build and acknowledges the diversity of our community as we work toward a thriving, supportive community that values, acknowledges, and respects our differences and creates opportunities for everyone. To achieve the mission of social justice, we commit to holding ourselves and our leadership accountable for creating an inclusive, diverse community that provides opportunities for underrepresented community members; presenting artists from underrepresented communities in our teaching practice; providing context for the traditional/historical canon, and teaching the work of contemporary artists working in and outside the museum/gallery model; educating ourselves on race and social justice issues to decolonize classroom environments and actively foster compassion, understanding, and appreciation for each other’s differences; increasing the number of invited guest lecturers and exhibitions from diverse communities; supporting the community particularly regarding race, socioeconomic status, and inter-generational poverty; recruiting students and hiring faculty from diverse backgrounds to amplify underrepresented voices, working collaboratively toward shared goals of inclusivity and justice; identifying, locating, critiquing, and challenging factors that have contributed to and perpetuated a disconnect between the predominately white leadership (administration, faculty, and staff) and the more diverse community we serve; and developing a culture in which identifying mistakes is encouraged and welcomed, as well as taking responsibility for mistakes and committing to respectful action in the future.
Carl Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor
East Carolina University‘s School of Art and Design seeks applicants for the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor of Art (Belk Professor). The position is defined broadly within the School of Art and Design. This position will contribute to and teach in the School of Art and Design’s illustration concentration within the BFA in Art. The illustration program is growing and seeks an expert to support the expanding needs of the concentration. Areas of teaching may include but are not limited to beginning to advanced studio courses, and areas based on the applicant’s expertise such as: visual development, motion, comics, children’s books, editorial, packaging, reportage, hand lettering, figure drawing, and/or media and techniques. This position will teach two three-credit courses per semester (four annually), which is a reduced workload based on School of Art and Design standards. The Belk Professor will collaborate with other art faculty (e.g. animation/ interactive design, graphic design, film, textiles, printmaking, and painting/drawing) to enhance student success and contribute to the creative community of the School of Art and Design. The Belk Professor may have the opportunity to teach at the graduate level, as well.
The Belk Professor’s responsibilities also include the communication, creation and application of knowledge to enrich the students, faculty, and reputation of the School of Art and Design. The Belk Professor will continue their professional art and/or design practice; mentor students; engage with other faculty regularly; participate in departmental activities, such as recruiting; engage in opportunities for curricular and course development that reflect their expertise and professional experience; and other activities as appropriate. To accomplish these goals, the Belk Professor has access to a significant budget funded through an endowment.
The Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professorship (Belk Professor) is a five-year, non-tenured, nine-month contract.
Contingent upon availability of funds.
Minimum Qualification (candidates must have):
Terminal degree (MFA, Ph.D., or equivalent) or equivalent professional experience in illustration, animation, game design, painting and drawing, graphic design, or other related field.
Evidence of substantial creative activity and/or research at the national level.
Qualifying degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education
Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in the field of illustration.
Preferred candidates may have one or more of the following:
Evidence of collaboration and/or interdisciplinary projects.
Evidence of creative activity and/or research at the international level.
Interest in multi-cultural and/or cross-disciplinary visual culture.
Evidence of higher education leadership.
Special Instructions to Applicant
To apply, candidates must submit the following materials online at www.jobs.ecu.edu:
Cover letter addressing position description
A statement describing how the applicant would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive community at ECU through their teaching, scholarship, and/or service.
Teaching philosophy and/or artist statement
A link to your personal website that includes: 20 images of personal work and 20 images of student work (if available and applicable)
List of at least three professional references including affiliation, email address, and phone number
Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.
Please be aware that if selected as a candidate of choice, an automatic email will be sent to the individuals entered by the applicant in the References section of the People Admin applicant tracking system. Letters of Recommendation submitted via the applicant tracking system will be verified and considered towards meeting this requirement.
Additional Instructions to Applicant
In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.
Organizational Unit Overview
Applications must be received in the Department of Human Resources by the closing date of 11/12/2021 to be considered. Please submit an online ECU application for vacancy # 930517 to ECU Human Resources at http://www.jobs.ecu.edu.
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