Information & Responsibilities
- Position Category: Academic
- Position Title: Full Time Faculty in the School of Art
- School/Department: School of Art
- Reports To: Dean of Art
- Time: Full-Time
- Appointment: Regular
- Job Posted: 10/16/2023
California Institute of the Arts, Program in Art, seeks applications for two regular, full-time faculty positions. We are seeking one emerging and one mid-career faculty member.
Following from our legacy of conceptual and critical practices, and the important example of the Feminist Art Program, the Program in Art is working to build and sustain a heterogenous, racially, culturally and ideologically diverse group of artists and scholars.
We value pedagogical diversity, rigor, inquiry, experimentation and interdisciplinarity. The School of Art is committed to the following areas of interest including: studio and extended genres, gender and queer theory, politics and history of racialization, postcolonial studies, consideration and critique of media and new technologies, artist-centered approaches to curatorial studies, social and public practice. We are seeking colleagues who wish to contribute to the areas listed above and those who are committed to an expansive artistic studio practice that will flourish in a theoretically informed and generous pedagogical environment. We are particularly interested in artist-practitioners that can trouble Eurocentric conventions of history, theory, and practice.
For this search we are interested in candidates that are eager to explore and share expertise in one or more of the following areas: new technologies; moving image, sound and installation; experimental approaches to drawing and painting; formal and social investigations of textiles; and/or other contemporary methods that can inspire and prepare emerging artists for a sustainable life of creative practice.
Candidates should share the Program’s commitment to diversity and social justice. They will teach across the curriculum from first-year BFA to MFA courses and will rotate teaching assignments such as core Foundation courses, skills-based studio classes, as well as seminars, theory and critique courses. CalArts has a strong pedagogical tradition wherein faculty are encouraged to develop experimental coursework based on their research or professional interests. We are looking for candidates eager to build new coursework that is dynamic and responsive to the needs of the community and who possess the cultural competency to support teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students of varied backgrounds, capabilities, perspectives, social identities, and gender expressions.
Regular faculty member workload involves teaching two courses a semester; mentoring students and conducting independent studies; attending faculty meetings; participating in student reviews and admissions portfolio reviews; attending faculty retreats. Regular faculty members also alternate Program Director duties throughout their appointment and are expected to maintain a professional practice.
Qualified applicants must have promising (for emerging) or significant (for mid-career) professional accomplishments and/or exhibition records. Candidates in early career are preferred to have at least two years teaching at the college level or have comparable experience through activist community engagement, workshop facilitation, and/or other forms of instruction. Candidates in mid-career must have several years of comparable experience.
The Art Program seeks to employ faculty who can engage our diverse communities of learners. Candidates should have experience in building an equitable and diverse artistic environment through teaching, mentoring, practice, life experiences, and service. We welcome candidates committed to supporting undergraduate and graduate students of varied backgrounds, capabilities, perspectives, social identities, and gender expressions. CalArts is an equal-opportunity employer.
CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and exposure necessary for an artist’s growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees in all areas of visual and performing arts.
How to Apply
Deadline for application is Monday, January 8, 2024. Review of Applications will begin on Jan. 2024. For full consideration please apply by that date. Start date is Fall 2024. Please apply via Interfolio: http://apply.interfolio.com/134492
A cover letter that describes your interest in the position, relevant qualifications, and approach to teaching.
A separate statement on past and potential contributions to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice.
A brief proposal for a course that reflects your interests as a practitioner and teacher (250 words)
Two previous syllabi or course descriptions
A current CV
8 to 10 work samples (images description); if time-based please provide a link to video.
Names and contact information for three references
This appointment is for two posts: one emerging and one mid-career faculty member commensurate with experience. Reflecting its experimental mission and commitment to non-hierarchical pedagogy, CalArts does not have a conventional tenure-rank system but offers renewable multi-year contracts, a step-based faculty salary advancement plan (FSAP) and a merit program. Starting salary for emerging rank (1-4 year experience) will be within a range from $64,000 to $70,000 and mid-career (4-7 years) will be $70,000 to $84,000. Compensation also includes full benefits and creative leave.
For more information about FSAP and merit policy at CalArts:
Equity & Diversity
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) seeks to employ faculty who can engage our diverse communities of learners at the highest levels of artistic endeavor and critical thinking. Across the range of practitioners from artists to scholars and librarians, we welcome candidates who possess a demonstrated worldview and cultural competency to support teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students of varied backgrounds, capabilities, perspectives, social identities and gender expressions. CalArts is an equal opportunity employer.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
California Institute of the Arts shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.
CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and exposure necessary for an artist's growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees in all areas of visual and performing arts.