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School of Visual Art and Design

Open Positions

The School of Visual Art and Design has three open positions for the 2024 - 2025 academic year:

Instructor of Graphic Design and Illustration
Instructor of Studio Art, 3D Sculpture
Professor of Art Education


Instructor of Graphic Design and Illustration

The faculty of the School of Visual Art and Design at the University of South Carolina, Columbia campus, invites applications for a full time, professional-track position at the rank of Instructor to begin August 16, 2024. The position is a 9-month appointment with a teaching load of 8 courses for the academic year. This is an annual appointment that may be renewed contingent upon Dean’s approval, satisfactory performance, departmental needs, and the availability of funding.

Requirements

Applicants must have either an MFA or a PhD degree in graphic design/illustration or closely related field by the start date of employment, with expertise in the discipline of graphic design, in current design technology, as well as the ability to collaborate successfully with faculty, adjunct instructors, and graduate students on curriculum matters. The position duties include a course load of 4/4 with a focus on pedagogy in design education at the beginning and intermediate levels. Research activities are not required.

The successful candidate will be a designer and design educator who demonstrates a record of or the potential to: contribute thoughtfully to the school’s design curriculum; prepare students for success in their application to the BFA concentration in Design and Illustration; engage with discourses of historical and contemporary design, as well as design methods; maintain deep connection to current pedagogical practices; demonstrate strong interest in/commitment to an academic career and coursework that fosters an inclusive, diverse, and accessible experience for all students. The successful candidate will collaborate with design faculty to teach foundational skills in graphic design, including support for an annual student portfolio review for student progression into the Graphic Design and Illustration (GD+I) BFA concentration.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via USC Jobs: https://uscjobs.sc.edu/postings/154075

All application materials must be submitted by January 5, 2024. Inquiries about this position may be directed to the search committee chair Meena Khalili MKHALILI@mailbox.sc.edu

Completed applications will include:

  • A letter of application
  • CV that includes URLs to relevant design artwork and/or design publication, and list of college level courses taught
  • A statement describing the candidate’s commitment to equity and inclusion in teaching and mentoring
  • Sample syllabi developed and taught by the candidate, unless the applicant is seeking to transition from an industry career into academia;
  • At least five samples of student design work (PDF format or URL link) , unless the applicant is seeking to transition from an industry career into academia;
  • Names and contact information for three references; the search committee will request letters from referees of candidates who are selected as finalists. Reference letters must be signed and on letterhead.

At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.

From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, the University of South Carolina system is transforming the lives of South Carolinians through the impact of our eight institutions and 20 locations throughout the state. More than 50,000 students are enrolled at one of eight institutions, including the research campus in Columbia and comprehensive four-year universities in Aiken, Upstate and Beaufort. In addition, our Palmetto College campuses in Salkehatchie, Union, Lancaster and Sumter enable students to earn associate or bachelor’s degrees through a combination of in-person, online or blended learning. All of our system institutions place strong emphasis on service — helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and beyond.

The School of Visual Art and Design employs 37 full-time faculty members who teach classes for approximately 650 majors in four disciplines: art education, art history, media arts, and studio art. The school, which is accredited with NASAD and NCATE, offers BA, BFA, MA, MAT, and MFA degrees. For more information about the School of Visual Art and Design visit our website at http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/art.

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.

 


 

Instructor of Studio Art, 3D Sculpture

The faculty of the School of Visual Art and Design at the University of South Carolina, Columbia campus, invites applications for a full time, professional-track faculty appointment at the rank of Instructor to begin August 16, 2024. This is a 9-month appointment that may be renewed annually contingent upon Dean’s approval, satisfactory performance, departmental needs, and the availability of funding.

Requirements

Applicants must have an MFA degree in studio art, with expertise in sculpture and a variety of 3D materials using multiple tools and applications (e.g., traditional woodworking to found object assemblage, fiber arts, metals such as metalsmithing, welding and/or blacksmithing, and digital fabrication processes), and one year or more of college-level teaching experience by the start date of employment. The position duties include a course load of 4/4 with a focus on pedagogy at the beginning and intermediate levels. Successful applicants will be expected to: contribute thoughtfully to the school’s 3D foundations curriculum; innovate at instruction of nonmajors and majors in studio art; collaborate with faculty across the studio art program on curriculum and studio issues; and sustain a positive working relationship with faculty, staff, administrators, students, and the broader Columbia, South Carolina arts community. Research activities are not required.

The successful candidate will collaborate with studio art faculty on 3D curriculum development, and support delivery of the curriculum across multiple courses in 3-dimensional design. Teaching responsibilities may involve mentoring of graduate student teaching assistants and service on graduate thesis committees. Opportunities exist to collaborate with faculty to develop new courses in 3D studies and sculpture; however, the primary responsibility of the position is to revise, continually develop, and effectively teach foundational courses.

All applicants must submit an online application by January 30, 2024 via USC Jobs: https://uscjobs.sc.edu/postings/158084 

Inquiries about this position may be directed to the search committee chair, Kathleen Robbins ROBBINS@mailbox.sc.edu

A complete application will include the following:

  1. A letter of application
  2. CV that includes URLs to relevant artwork and list of college level courses taught
  3. A statement describing the candidate’s commitment to equity and inclusion in teaching and mentoring
  4. Sample syllabi developed and taught by the candidate
  5. At least fifteen but no more than twenty samples of student work in sculpture / 3D design (PDF format or URL link)
  6. Names and contact information for three references familiar with your academic work history; the search committee will request letters from referees of candidates who are selected as finalists.

At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.

From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, the University of South Carolina system is transforming the lives of South Carolinians through the impact of our eight institutions and 20 locations throughout the state. More than 50,000 students are enrolled at one of eight institutions, including the research campus in Columbia and comprehensive four-year universities in Aiken, Upstate and Beaufort. In addition, our Palmetto College campuses in Salkehatchie, Union, Lancaster and Sumter enable students to earn associate or bachelor’s degrees through a combination of in-person, online or blended learning. All of our system institutions place strong emphasis on service — helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and beyond.

The School of Visual Art and Design employs 37 full-time faculty members who teach classes for approximately 650 majors in four disciplines: art education, art history, media arts, and studio art. The school, which is accredited with NASAD and NCATE, offers BA, BFA, MA, MAT, and MFA degrees. For more information about the School of Visual Art and Design visit our website at http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/art.

The University of South Carolina is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution. Women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender (including transgender), gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDs status, military status, national origin, pregnancy (false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, childbirth, recovery there from or related medical conditions, breastfeeding), race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other bases under federal, state, local law, or regulations.

 


Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Art Education

The faculty of the School of Visual Art and Design in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina, Columbia campus, invites applications for a 9-month, full time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor of Art Education to begin on August 16, 2024.

Applicants must have PhD or EdD in Art Education or Curriculum and Instruction by start date of employment and at least 3 years of part-time or full-time teaching experience in K-12 institutions or community-based contexts. Applicants must also have 1 – 3 years of teaching experience in higher education. The successful candidate will be an active scholar with research expertise in one or more of the following areas: racial justice, community-based art education, research methods and methodologies, critical disability studies, and/or emerging technologies.

The faculty member will teach courses to our BFA, MAT, and MA students in art education, as well as art education courses for non-majors. The teaching load is 2-2 (2 courses per semester). The successful candidate will also have familiarity with developing and delivering online curriculum and will successfully collaborate with art education faculty to launch an online MA program for K-12 art teachers. Expectations will include maintaining a high level of research accomplishment and publication record in peer-reviewed journals, successful procurement of internal and external grants, academic conference presentations, strong and engaged teaching, and university, professional, and local community service.

All applicants must submit an application via USC Jobs: https://uscjobs.sc.edu/postings/154375

All applications must include:

  • A letter of application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research statement (maximum 3 pages)
  • Teaching statement that describes candidate’s teaching philosophy and commitment to
    diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Sample scholarly publications (maximum 3)
  • At least 8 images of personal artwork and at least 8 images of students’ artwork (in a PDF
    format; maximum 20 images)
  • Sample undergraduate and/or graduate course syllabi and course evaluations (maximum 3
    each)
  • The names and contact information of three professional references

The application deadline is December 1, 2023.

At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.

From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, the University of South Carolina system is transforming the lives of South Carolinians through the impact of our eight institutions and 20 locations throughout the state. More than 50,000 students are enrolled at one of eight institutions, including the research campus in Columbia and comprehensive four-year universities in Aiken, Upstate and Beaufort. In addition, our Palmetto College campuses in Salkehatchie, Union, Lancaster and Sumter enable students to earn associate or bachelor’s degrees through a combination of in-person, online or blended learning. All of our system institutions place strong emphasis on service — helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and beyond.

The School of Visual Art and Design employs 37 full-time faculty members who teach classes for approximately 650 majors in four disciplines: art education, art history, media arts, and studio art. The school, which is accredited with NASAD and NCATE, offers BA, BFA, MA, MAT, and MFA degrees. For more information about the School of Visual Art and Design visit our website at http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/art.

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.


How to Apply

All applicants must apply online at USCJobs at https://uscjobs.sc.edu. Applications must include the items indicated above. Reference letters will be requested from your referees by the search committee if you are a finalist. Three letters must be signed and on letterhead.

All materials must be submitted by December 1, 2023. Inquiries about this position may be directed to the search committee chair Dr. Minuette Floyd at floyd@sc.edu.


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