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Collegiate Assistant Professor, Visual Arts Foundations

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, 24061

Job Description

The School of Visual Arts (SOVA) at Virginia Tech ( invites applications for a full-time, academic-year (9-month) Collegiate Assistant Professor position in Foundations, with a start date of August, 2024. SOVA's Foundations program is open to all Virginia Tech students as well as BFA majors in Studio Art, Graphic Design and Creative Technologies. The ideal hire will be qualified to teach all Foundations classes (regardless of area of expertise) including Principles of Drawing, Principles of 2D Art and Design, Principles of 3D Art and Design, Principles of 4D Art and Design, Contemporary Art & Practice, as well as Professional Studio Practices.

Collegiate faculty members have primary duties in curriculum development and instruction at all levels as needed, undergraduate research supervision, GTA supervision, and related scholarly activity. This initial three-year appointment is eligible for indefinite multi-year renewals upon successful review and for promotions to Collegiate Associate Professor and Collegiate Professor. The successful candidate will make significant contributions to the instruction of current Foundations courses, as well as incorporate curriculum enhancements and innovative pedagogy.The ideal candidate will demonstrate a particular commitment to the foundational instruction of first year students and non-majors with an interest in program leadership. Continued development of professional capabilities and participation in impactful creative research activities is expected. SOVA consists of a community of artists whose creative practice has an impact locally, regionally, nationally and/or internationally. The ideal candidate will become a part of this cohort and model active creative practice for our students. The ideal candidate will also participate in school, college, and university service and governance and professional service.

SOVA is housed within the College of Architecture, Arts, and Design (AAD) at Virginia Tech, a comprehensive land grant research university in Blacksburg, Virginia. SOVA has approximately 275 undergraduate majors within four areas (Graphic Design, Creative Technologies, Studio Art, and Art History). The Foundations Program contributes primarily to SOVA majors, but also serves non-majors. A graduate program in Creative Technologies contributes to the Foundations Program with GTAs when needed.

Duties and responsibilities of the position include:
* Teach three courses per semester. Primary teaching duties will be within SOVA's undergraduate Foundations program, however, depending on programmatic needs in area of expertise, opportunities to teach upper-level classes and/or classes for non-majors will arise on occasion.
* Contribute to the health of SOVA's Foundations program by participating in initiatives such as curriculum development, enrollment management, assessment, etc.
* Maintain an up-to-date proficiency with digital and analog tools as they relate to the teaching of foundational visual art and design classes
* Stay abreast of cutting-edge Foundations educational practices, theories, and ethics
* Contribute to an environment inclusive of a diverse range of first-year students at all levels of proficiency in visual arts and design
* Work as part of a team with other faculty and staff to maintain Foundations studios and model best practices for maintaining safe and productive work spaces
* Contribute to student mentoring beyond Foundations including mentorship of undergraduate and graduate capstone projects in area of specialization, as well as graduate students who are teaching Foundations courses
* Contribute to school, college, and university-level service and outreach
* Maintain an active creative research practice
* Travel occasionally to meetings and conferences

The College of Architecture, Arts, and Design at Virginia Tech affirms our collective responsibility to encourage, build, and embrace the polyculturalism of our world. We do this by acknowledging and addressing our past, recognizing our current responsibility, and acting in the interests of building and sustaining communities that are truly safe, supportive, and inclusive for all. Our commitment is to continually and proactively engage in these processes for the benefit of our students, staff, and faculty across the college and the communities around the world we aim to serve.

Required Qualifications

* Terminal degree (MFA, MDes, etc.) in a visual arts discipline by appointment start date
* Prior teaching experience in an undergraduate art or design program
* Demonstrated ability or potential to teach all Foundations courses at the university level in the areas of 2D, 3D, 4D, contemporary art practices and professional practice
* Ability to integrate digital tools, including Adobe Creative Suite and emerging technologies, into a Foundations curriculum that primarily serves students majoring in Studio Art, Graphic Design, and Creative Technologies, alongside non-majors
* Demonstrated consistent and active record of creative research/activity
* Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity

Preferred Qualifications

* Demonstrated ability to teach practice-based studio courses to non-majors
* Demonstrated commitment to academic leadership, including contributions to the leadership within a dynamic Foundations program.
* Demonstrated ability to teach upper-level courses in area of specialization

Application Materials

  • Cover letter demonstrating preparedness for the position based on required and preferred qualifications listed
  • CV
  • Portfolio of candidate's own creative works (may be submitted as a link to website or pdf)
  • Sample of 10-20 students' works
  • 2-3 sample syllabi and teaching materials detailing one or two assignments
  • Recent teaching evaluations
  • Three professional references
  • A one page personal statement of teaching philosophy including the candidate's ideas for supporting an equitable and inclusive educational environment consistent with the Virginia Tech Principles of Community. Specific examples of experiences, activities, and plans will help us identify candidates who can support our college's aim to sustain an equitable climate and extend our University's commitment to inclusive excellence.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Salary range is $65,000 - $75,000 per year

Review Date

March 15, 2024

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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