Regis College Assistant Professor of Visual Arts and General Education in Weston, Massachusetts
Assistant Professor of Visual Arts and General Education
Regis College Campus - Weston, MA
The Humanities Department in the School of Arts and Sciences at Regis College is inviting applications for a f ull-time, faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor focusing on social justice and the practice of visual arts beginning in September 2022. This hire is part of the School of Arts and Sciences cluster hire initiative in "Social Justice and Education”.
The cluster hire is part of an intended multi-year phased hiring plan within the School of Arts and Sciences; we seek to build a cohort of teaching scholars who are committed to teaching diverse undergraduate students across a range of majors/the undergraduate core curriculum through their respective fields of specialization. The first phase is focused on our STEM Department, in this second phase of the process, we are focusing on Humanities—specifically Visual Arts—and the Writing Program. Faculty will be expected to use high impact teaching practices; diverse, equitable, and inclusive pedagogical practices; and engage with questions of social justice in their work. This cluster hire initiative contributes to the goals of President Hays's " Commitment to do Better (https://www.regiscollege.edu/about-regis/inclusive-excellence/institutional-action-plan-address-racism) ", which (among other goals) aims to increase the diversity of its faculty and staff, and the diversity and inclusion of its academic curriculum.
The Humanities Department is a multi-disciplinary and highly collaborative department with majors in: Humanities (with various fields of study), English, and Criminal Justice. As well, the Department houses faculty in the following disciplines: History, Music, Religious Studies, Ethics, Spanish Language, Literature, Writing, Digital Humanities, Political Science, and pre-law. Faculty not only support majors within the department, but also teach non-majors who must complete undergraduate core requirements in the Humanities (inclusive of the Fine and Performing Arts), Social Sciences, Literature, Ethical Reasoning, and Religious Studies.
We seek diverse candidates with accomplishments and experience in teaching practice-based courses in photography, drawing, graphic design, and other visual/studio arts to diverse populations of undergraduate students using high impact practices and innovative pedagogy. We are particularly looking for candidates who can operate effectively in a diverse community of students and faculty, and who share our vision of helping students reach their full potential through excellence in teaching and in developing innovative curriculum, expressive arts opportunities, and research experiences for undergraduate students. Anyone hired for this position should be able to place the history and practice of their discipline within broader conversations concerning diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.
As part of the cluster hire in "Social Justice and Education," it is expected that someone hired for this position will actively engage in work related to curriculum, teaching, scholarship, and service in explicit support of the diversity, equity, and inclusion goals of Regis College. Ideal candidates will perform research that helps to engage undergraduate students in that work within the broader context of social justice conversations.
Teach the equivalent of a 4-4 load during the academic year, inclusive of introductory courses in visual arts within their fields of expertise (photography, drawing, graphic design, etc.), as well as classes in art history.
Actively collaborate within the department and across different divisions (Academic Advising, Student Life, etc.) to identify barriers to student success and then constructively address those barriers to promote student success.
Actively collaborate with other faculty in STEM and the Writing Program hired as part of the "Social Justice and Education" cluster to build capacity within the Humanities Department and across the School of Arts and Sciences and help sustain diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
Actively collaborate within the Humanities Department to recruit undergraduate students to the academic majors, revise/update curricula, and otherwise support the department.
Collaborate with the staff of the Fine Arts Center to further connections between the curriculum and the co-curriculum and promote the arts at Regis College.
Advise students within the department/program regarding their progress within the Humanities major, and as appropriate, assist students in finding internships.
Engage in scholarly activity appropriate to the discipline such as publishing; presenting at national, regional, and local conferences; exhibiting creative work; conducting research; and/or grant writing and related activities.
Fulfill all roles and responsibilities associated with a faculty appointment, including teaching, scholarship and service to the Department, Programs, School and Institution.
Other duties as assigned.
Minimum requirements: earned MFA or PhD in any of the following fields: Fine Arts, Photography, Visual Arts, Visual Culture, or Graphic Design.
Ability to, and record of, placing the history and practice of the field within broader conversations and practices concerning diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.
Demonstrated evidence of prior teaching experience at the undergraduate level with expertise in high impact teaching practices.
Demonstrated evidence of an ability to teach in a range of modalities (face to face, asynchronous online, hybrid, synchronous online).
Demonstrated evidence of course and program development experience.
Demonstrated ability to collaborate with colleagues.
Demonstrated familiarity with academic assessment, particularly at the course level.
A record of professional practice, which could include exhibitions, client-based work, or other appropriate equivalent activities, is preferred.
Familiarity with the learning management system Moodle is preferred, but not required.
Commitment to creating an inclusive classroom learning environment in keeping with the University's commitment to inclusive excellence in a diverse educational community.
Working Conditions/Physical Demands
Normal office environment, not subject to extremes in noise, odors, etc.
May spend extended periods at terminal, on telephone, or operating other office machines requiring eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity.
Protecting the Regis Community
At Regis the safety of our campus community is our highest priority. We invite all applicants to review our health and safety protocols at our COVID-19 Updates (https://www.regiscollege.edu/covid-19) page. The most powerful measure we can take is vaccination, and all campus community members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with the exception of certain medical and religious exemptions. New employees without an approved medical or religious exemption are required to have their first vaccine dose by their date of hire. And all new employees will join the campus community in using the CoVerified (https://www.coverified.us/download) app to upload vaccine information, report symptoms, and schedule regular campus COVID tests. We're in this together!
When completing the online application, please provide a letter of interest that includes a sample syllabus of a course that you either taught or developed. The letter of interest (no more than 3 pages) should: address the full scope of the position ; include a statement of your teaching philosophy; provide evidence of high-impact teaching practices; and discuss how you see yourself through your teaching, research, creative work, and service as contributing to Regis’s stated goal of diversity, equity, and inclusion on its campus.