Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts
Full time Tenure Track Position beginning August 16, 2013
Application Deadline: January 25, 2013, or until filled
The Department of Communication Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University is searching for a full-time, tenure track faculty member at the assistant professor level for the academic year beginning August 16, 2013. Applicants should have an MFA or professional equivalent. A national and/or international record in the field of Communication Arts will be taken into consideration and can be used as relevant to establishing professional equivalency. Candidates must demonstrate an interest and expertise in concept art grounded in industrial design or in traditional/digital media and drawing. In addition, candidates must be knowledgeable in contemporary communication arts issues, critical and communication arts theory, the history of communication arts, and professional studio practice at a level commensurate with graduate pedagogy. Faculty members must have an established research agenda and potential for scholarship or creative expression to complement and expand existing expertise in the Department of Communication Arts. If hired at the Associate Professor, the faculty member will be required to have a well-developed scholarly/research portfolio with evidence of multi-disciplinary applications and external funding appropriate to complement and expand existing expertise in the department. All faculty must have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
Communication Arts includes studies in: Drawing, which is the fundamental means to articulate ideas; it is elemental to everything we do; Illustration, which has a rich history that is firmly rooted in drawing, painting, design and print media; and Visual Studies, which encompasses studio, historical, conceptual and theoretical issues that analyze and explore image, media, content and context. (www.vcu.edu/arts/communicationarts/dept).
The School of the Arts is comprised of over 3000 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels and 15 nationally recognized programs in design, visual and performing arts. U.S. News & World Report ranks the School of the Arts as the top public university art school in the nation. Virginia Commonwealth University is an urban university with over 31,000 students located in Richmond, Virginia. Richmond is two hours south of Washington, D.C. and is situated between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Virginia/North Carolina coast. Richmond is the state capital and home to numerous historic sites; it functions as a visual arts, design and performing arts center regionally and nationally.
The candidate will be expected to engage in ongoing professional research, and to actively participate in service to the school, university and community. Send: letter of application, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, and examples of professional and student work, if available. Only electronic applications will be accepted. Digital portfolios should be sent as a link to a professional website and can be in either jpg, pdf or QuickTime format on the website. Please provide names and contact information for three professional references.
Jorge Benitez, Chair
Communication Arts Search Committee
Virginia Commonwealth University
Phone: (804) 828-3658 (main office number)
Application deadline: For full consideration, application deadline is January 25, 2013, or until filled.
Hiring date: August 16, 2013
Salary: Salary is nationally competitive.
Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal employment/affirmative action employer.
Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.