Assistant Professor of Electronic Art, Digital Foundations
Description of Work Unit
The Art & Art History Department curriculum supports majors in Studio Art (BA, BFA and MFA), Art History (BA), and Art Education (BA), as well as an affiliated minor in LEAP. Colorado State University’s Department of Art & Art History supports a wide range of international study opportunities in Italy, South Africa and Semester-at-Sea. Colorado State University has a strong and on-going commitment to equity and increasing diversity amongst students, faculty and staff. Electronic Art courses are housed in a newly completed wing that consists of a computer classroom, two editing bays, an expandable gallery space and lounge. Opportunities exist for curating and hosting electronic artworks from around the U.S. and abroad.
The Department of Art & Art History at Colorado State University seeks applicants for a full-time tenure track position in Electronic Art/ Digital Foundations to begin August 16, 2017. We seek an exceptional artist and educator who will join our team of dynamic, creative professionals in studio art, art history, and art education.
Creative Research – An active exhibition record and participation in on-going research in the form of scholarly publication, residencies, workshops, awards, or lectures is considered part of a well-rounded research portfolio.
Teaching – Teaching duties consist of five studio courses per year (3/2), including digital foundations courses and beginning though advanced undergraduate electronic art courses. In addition, the successful candidate may work closely with independent students and will have the opportunity to develop new or revised course offerings. Involvement with interdisciplinary graduate programming and other teaching within the department is encouraged.
Service – This position requires close collaboration with the Foundations area faculty and Electronic Art faculty in curricular review, studio oversight and maintenance. Additional duties include service on Department, College, and University committees.
Required Job Qualifications
M.F.A. or Ph.D. in New Media/Electronic Art/Art and Technology/Art and Science/Digital Art/Computer Art (or similar degree relating to Electronic Art) at the time of appointment is required. Candidates must show evidence of an evocative and noteworthy artistic career in progress as well as a growing record of excellent teaching at the university level. The successful candidate will demonstrate the breadth and expertise to teach electronic art from introductory to upper-division courses, addressing trends and topics current in the field as well as the flexibility to teach foundations level digital courses. Candidates must additionally demonstrate expertise in at least one of the following art forms: art+code, sound, physical computing, net.art, generative, virtual reality, dome. In addition to their area of specialty, the successful candidate will also be conversant in the historical and contemporary movements within the field of electronic art.
Preferred Job Qualifications
Commitment to a sustained practice of contemporary art utilizing emerging digital/electronic media; excellent writing and speaking skills; a clear vision for the future of electronic art as well as art’s place in academia; a willingness to promote the Colorado State University Art & Art History program; and knowledge of digital facilities and the ability to contribute to their maintenance. The successful candidate will also be able to build relationships with all Art & Art History Department concentrations, and consider methods and techniques for incorporating the digital into the traditional. The successful candidate should have working knowledge of interactive and time-based mediums, as well as foundational web development. The successful candidate should also display a sensitivity to aesthetics, valuing community coding as well as an open-source, pluralist, mentality.
Special Instructions to Applicants
The following documents should be uploaded:
•cover letter (addressed to Prof. Cyane Tornatzky)
•statement of teaching philosophy
•list and contact information for three professional references.
The following documents should be uploaded through Slideroom:
•Applicant portfolio. 20 images/videos of applicant’s artwork/creative research and link to portfolio website.
•Teaching portfolio. 10 to 20 images of student artwork from classes taught by applicant.
The website for Slideroom is https://coloradostateart.slideroom.com/. In lieu of postage and duplication costs, applicants will be charged a Slideroom usage fee. Images and portfolio website will be used to evaluate the quality of studio work; this will be a major factor in determining finalists for the position.
References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
Background Check Policy Statement
Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.
Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Art & Art History Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. The successful candidate will be prepared to inspire, mentor, and advise liberal arts students from many backgrounds, including underrepresented and marginalized groups.
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Job Duty Category Teaching Duty/Responsibility
Teaching duties consist of five studio courses per year (3/2), including digital foundations courses and beginning though advanced undergraduate electronic art courses. In addition, the successful candidate may work closely with independent students and will have the opportunity to develop new or revised course offerings. Involvement with interdisciplinary graduate programming and other teaching within the department is encouraged.