Sculpture + Extended Media | Instructor, Computer Technician

Department of Sculpture + Extended Media
Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts)
Position F28920
Instructor – 9-month Non-Tenure Track – Beginning August 16, 2017
Review of applications: Begins January 15, 2017 and continues until the position is filled.

The Department of Sculpture + Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (arts.vcu.edu) seeks a dynamic individual to manage its extensive computer lab and digital fabrication facilities. The full-time non-tenure track position at the rank of Instructor will support the needs of undergraduate-level teaching, and oversee the instructional and safety needs of the students using the department’s computer lab and digital equipment. The faculty member’s skills and interests will complement and expand the existing expertise of the faculty and staff in the department. Applicants should have college level teaching experience and an MFA or equivalent professional experience, with a fluency in software including Adobe Creative Suite including video, experience operating CNC equipment and 3D modeling (Rhino)/printing. The candidate will help both undergraduate and graduate students problem solve and realize projects. The position includes teaching technical courses at the undergraduate level, based on the particular skills of the successful candidate.

Occupying over 50,000 sq. ft. of studio and shop space, our state-of-the-art facility contains a well-equipped 22 station computer lab with video editing, a 3D laser scanner and ABS 3D printer stations, a 3-axis CNC router, a CNC plasma cutter as well as a wide selection of equipment for the capture and playback of video, still photo and sound. The successful candidate will work in tandem with a dedicated Sculpture Shop Technician to oversee the day-to-day operation and upkeep of these facilities, including purchasing/receiving and managing student workers, and communicating with VCUarts IT to maintain software requirements and the condition of computers.

We pride ourselves on creating a work environment that is both rigorous and collegial. High energy, good humor and experience working with diverse groups are expected.

The comprehensive scope of our technical resources allows for a robust interpretation of contemporary sculptural practice stretching from the constructed to the performative, and offers students an immersive learning experience, ranging from traditional techniques to the most experimental approaches in contemporary art making. The successful candidate’s experience and knowledge should relate to this broad view of sculptural practice, and their own scholarly and creative activity should reflect the highest standard of quality.

More information on the department can be found at http://www.vcu.edu/arts/sculpture/dept/

Located in Richmond, Virginia, VCU is an ethnically and culturally diverse urban institution with an enrollment of over 32,000, including 3000 students in the School of the Arts. VCUarts is the #1 rated public university school of art and design in the country by U.S News & World Report, with the top ranked Sculpture MFA program overall. We are located on the university’s 75-acre Monroe Park campus situated in Richmond’s historic Fan District. The school’s newest facility, the recently renovated Depot Building, houses a state of the art sound studio with motion capture capabilities, a 6,000 sq. ft. interdisciplinary research space and a new student art gallery. The VCU Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), designed by award-winning architect Steven Holl, is poised to open in 2017 and will be dedicated to flexible and responsive exhibitions and performances that examine art, design, and performance from multiple interdisciplinary perspectives (ica.vcu.edu). VCUarts is within walking distance to the Richmond Arts District and the nationally recognized Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is one mile from campus. VCUQatar (qatar.vcu.edu), the university’s first international branch campus, is located in Doha, Qatar and serves students from more than 25 nationalities in design, visual arts, and art history.

Application Process:

Submit the following application materials via VCU eJobs at vcujobs.com:

APPLICATION CHECKLIST:

  • Cover Letter and Statement of Teaching Philosophy (PDF named: first_last_letter_phil.pdf)
  • CV/Resume (PDF named: first_last_cv.pdf)
    • Include 4 references with: address, phone, e-mail and relationship (no letters at this time; (references will not be checked prior to candidates’ approval)
    • Include website link if available
  • Portfolio of your work
    • 20 images (all images within a single PDF named: first_last_images_slide script.pdf)
    • Slide Script
    • For video: upload to http://vimeo.com/ and include link on your slide script – 3 minute maximum.
    • Include your own website link if available

 

Only digital applications submitted via VCU eJobs will be accepted. The Cover Letter and Statement of Teaching Philosophy should be submitted as one PDF in the “Cover Letter/Letter of Application” section in eJobs; the CV/Resume should be submitted as one PDF in the “Curriculum Vitae (CV)” section of eJobs (including references and a link to a professional website if being included); and the Portfolio of your work should be submitted as one PDF in the “Other Document” section in eJobs.

*Please note that VCU eJobs has a file size maximum of 9MB. If you’re portfolio of work will exceed that file size limit, please include either a link to a website on which your professional work is posted, or provide “share” access to a Google Drive folder. If you have questions, see https://support.google.com/drive/answer/2494822?source=gsearch, or contact shopsrch2016@vcu.edu.

Review of applications begins January 15, 2017 and continues until the position is filled.

To read more about VCUarts: http://arts.vcu.edu

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation or disability.

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