Job Opportunity: Fiber Full-time Faculty, Maryland Institute College of Art

Full-time Faculty, Fiber

Fiber Department

Maryland Institute College of Art

Position Description: Full-time, multi-year renewable contract. Position starts Fall, 2011. Fall, 2011. The College seeks an outstanding and accomplished artist with a strong conceptual and historical understanding of fiber media in a fine arts context including current innovations in the Fiber and Experimental Fashion fields. The studio artist/ educator will teach eighteen credits per year (three courses per semester) at an art school nationally known for its dedication to teaching excellence, a rigorous liberal arts curriculum and the importance of the fine arts. The candidate will be capable of teaching all levels of the undergraduate program, be proficient in traditional techniques as well as new approaches to the fiber medium – with a specialty in project management skills. As faculty in a Fiber program, the candidate should have a broad understanding of the fiber practice and be knowledgeable of contemporary art issues and theory. The candidate should have the ability to integrate theoretical, material, practical and social issues into fiber studio pedagogy. Some administrative experience will be valued, and a willingness to potentially serve in the future in a rotating Chair position.

Position Requirements:

  • MFA/MAT degree
  • Minimum 3 years of full-time teaching experience beyond graduate assistantships
  • Strong record of professional excellence as demonstrated by a portfolio of work and exhibition activity
  • Personal commitment to teaching on a college level
  • Proficient in traditional techniques in the fiber medium
  • Project Management Skills – ability to coordinate Community Based Projects or Class-sized collaborative Events
  • Knowledgeable about contemporary art issues and theory
  • Capable of teaching all levels of the undergraduate program
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment, participating in advising, institutional and departmental committee service and scheduled departmental and student activities
  • Successful Candidate will be required to complete Employment and Education Verifications

A proficiency in traditional 2-D cloth building techniques as well as 3-D light weight construction is a requirement of this position and may include: on-loom and off-loom construction, knit, crochet, sewn construction, plaiting, basketry, knotting, netting. A facility in translating these techniques into formal expressive language should be integrated into curricula. A demonstrated ability to organize and oversee group projects and events is essential. Also, as faculty in MICA’s Fiber program, an understanding of fiber practice should reflect knowledge of contemporary art issues and theory and studio pedagogy should integrate material, practical and social issues. Some administrative experience will be valued.

Valued but not required:

  • A history of performance and/or community based practice
  • Involvement in the greater Baltimore community

Additional Information: MICA is an equal opportunity employer. As an education institution dedicated to individual development in the visual arts, MICA nurtures, supports, and celebrates diversity in all of its forms including aesthetic, cultural, philosophical, racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, and socio-economic. This requires that the College develops and maintains a diverse community of trustees, administration, staff, faculty, and students; and that diversity is a fundamental philosophic value that informs the content of all of its programs and activities. MICA’s commitment to diversity prepares its graduates to excel professionally and assume leadership roles in a global context.

MICA is the oldest, independent, fully accredited, four-year art college in the nation. Its approximately 1,800 undergraduate students work toward a BFA Degree in twelve visual arts disciplines and its 220 graduate students are candidates for the MFA Degree in one of six professional programs. The College is conveniently nested within the artistic and educational section of Baltimore known as the Mt. Royal Cultural Center. Washington, D. C. is located 40 minutes to the south and New York City only 2-1/2 hours to the north by train.

Application Instructions:

Submit through SlideRoom website:

  • 20 images of professional work
  • 19 images of students’ work
  • One multi-page pdf document with the following materials:

1. Descriptive list of all images above
2. Letter of application
3. Statement of teaching philosophy
4. Curriculum vita
5. Sample syllabi
6. Names, phone numbers, and email addresses for three references

Media should be formatted for Macintosh computers, and may PDF, JPG, PNG, GIF MOV, WMV, FLV, MP3 files. Links to live URLs may be submitted as well, but will be considered as a secondary source. No slides, prints, CDs etc. please.

For additional information, please visit the MICA website: http://www.mica.edu/About_MICA.html

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