The Department of Art and Art History at Washington and Lee University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in sculpture (broadly defined) beginning July 2019. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about teaching undergraduates in a liberal arts environment with small class sizes and collaborating with faculty within our studio art and art history programs.
We seek applicants who will extend our studio art curriculum in ways that might include, but are not limited to, traditional sculpture methods and materials, digital and expanded media, spatial media/installation, site-specific, socially engaged and collaborative practices. The ideal candidate will contribute to the department’s Staniar Gallery programming and participate in college-wide academic programs and initiatives. Possible interdisciplinary collaborations include Africana Studies, Environmental Studies, Film and Visual Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Middle East and South Asian Studies, the Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Application review begins February 1, 2019 (deadline extended) and continues until the position is filled. We will interview semi-finalists at CAA in New York City and hold campus interviews in Lexington in February and March 2019.
In addition to university committee and advising service obligations, the successful candidate will teach lower and upper level courses, advise studio art senior thesis work, and periodically teach an upper-level seminar in methods of contemporary art practices for studio art majors. The successful candidate will also help to cover departmental foundational requirements by teaching at least one course outside of sculpture in 2D Design, Time-Based Media and/or New Media.
The ideal candidate will maintain an active studio practice and record of exhibition and/or relevant creative scholarship.
The successful candidate will work collegially and productively with others, contribute to the well-being of the department, and participate in the intellectual and artistic life of the University.
About Washington and Lee University:
Washington and Lee is a highly selective, private, liberal arts university with approximately 1800 undergraduates, located in the Shenandoah Valley in Lexington, Virginia. One of the nation’s finest liberal arts colleges, W&L is unique in having accredited pre-professional undergraduate programs in business administration, journalism, and accounting, plus a graduate School of Law. Established in 1749, it is the ninth oldest institution of higher learning in the nation. To learn more, please visit www.wlu.edu.
The University prides itself on fostering close contact with students in the traditional classroom setting and in myriad small-group and individual instructional settings. Undergraduate research is an emphasis on campus, and faculty are encouraged to develop research programs in which undergraduates can be genuine participants and collaborators. W&L offers sabbaticals every fifth year, and all assistant professors are eligible for a pre-tenure leave, typically in their third, fourth or fifth year.
Minimum qualifications: MFA in studio art or equivalent. Two years prior teaching experience at the college level preferred. Evidence of excellence in teaching and an active studio practice and record of exhibition
Applications should include a letter of intent outlining teaching experience and creative practice; a CV; three confidential letters of recommendation; 20 examples of applicant's creative work with image descriptions (submitted as a single PDF); and examples of teaching excellence such as syllabi, student assignments, and examples of student work with image descriptions.
Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all?inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
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Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.
About Washington and Lee University
Washington and Lee University is an independent liberal arts university founded in 1749, named for an early benefactor (George Washington) and an innovative president (Robert E. Lee). The campus is a national historical landmark, the city offers small-town charm, and the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains provide unparalleled surroundings. Students govern themselves in a community based on trust and honor. The faculty of teacher-scholars pursues a student-oriented approach to scholarship and nurtures lifelong relationships with the pupils. The curriculum blends traditional liberal arts and sciences with pre-professional programs in business, journalism and law. W&L prepares graduates for a life of learning, achievement, leadership, service and engaged citizenship in a global society.