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Candidates for this position should have the desire to be part of a liberal arts institution that values teaching, scholarship, and shared service among faculty. The particular model of teaching at Dickinson encourages curricular connection across disciplines, urges students to explore issues related to sustainability, community, and social justice as inherent responsibilities of student learning, and prepares students to lead rich and fulfilling lives of engaged global citizenship, working for the common good. Studio art classes at Dickinson stress skill, process, experimentation, and contextual concerns towards the development of a meaningful creative practice. The search committee is committed to building a faculty that reflects our diverse student population in the major, as well as non-major students who represent a large percentage of our studio art and art history courses.
Dickinson College is a highly selective four-year, independent liberal arts college with 2300 students. It is located 20 minutes west of Harrisburg and is a two-hour drive from Baltimore, Washington DC and Philadelphia. The Department of Art & Art History is a combined studio art and art history department with 4 tenured/tenure track and 1 full-time lecturer in studio, and 4 tenured/tenure track faculty and 1 adjunct in art history. Together, the Department fosters a rigorous, critical investigation through active processes of learning in which students connect historical discourse with an engagement of art from multiple perspectives. The Department has excellent studio facilities for teaching and private studios for faculty.
Primary responsibilities include teaching a five-course load per academic year, at all levels, to a mix of majors and non-majors. Course load will include drawing and painting, including at least one section of drawing at the intro-level (focus on observational drawing) per academic year. The position requires the ability to offer additional 2D courses beyond drawing and painting, in either printmaking or digital process. These additional courses can be developed by the candidate based on area of strength, and reflective of curricular demand. Additionally, full-time faculty members rotate the responsibility of teaching a senior studio art seminar with students working across a range of mediums within a contemporary context. Additional programmatic responsibilities include participating in critiques of senior studio art majors, sharing the coordination of visiting artists, and advising students. After year-two, there will be service expectations at the all college level, including the advising of majors and undeclared students, and possible committee service. Upon tenure, service responsibilities will also include department chairing expectations (a three-year rotation among all tenured faculty members in the Department of Art & Art History).