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Assistant/Associate Professor of Design

Art Academy of Cincinnati

This is a Contract position in Cincinnati, OH posted November 6, 2021.


The Art Academy of Cincinnati (AAC) invites applications for a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor position in Design beginning August 2022.

Job Details
This position requires a teaching load of 18 credits, 6 classes per academic year in the design program and in other areas of the curriculum for which the candidate is both qualified and interested to teach. The candidate will serve as the area coordinator of the design program and direct the vision of the program. This involves overseeing the curriculum, representing the program within the AAC community and the community at large. This position will work directly with the Studio Arts Chair and the Academic and Associate Deans to manage the budget, curriculum, and other non-personnel related concerns of the design program. Other responsibilities include advising, shared committee work, preparing (in consultation with other faculty) the annual budget and approving purchases directly related to the design program, attending weekly Academic Management Team meetings and faculty meetings that support enrollment services by participating in recruiting events and participating in other occasional instructional support. The AAC expects all faculty to maintain a professional practice that supports their teaching and personal, professional growth.
This position is eligible for an excellent health care and insurance benefits package, professional development support, sabbatical, flexible course schedule and a collaborative working environment. This position reports directly to the Academic Dean.

The successful candidate will be a designer with a robust personal and professional practice in the field including a client history, publication record, exhibition practice, studio practice, or a combination of these. Applicants should be proficient in design thinking and alternative design methodologies and possess a transdisciplinary vision for the future of design in both print and digital media.

The successful candidate will have an MFA or MDES in design, or a related area, or professional equivalence and experience in teaching design from introductory to advanced college-level BFA study. Candidates should possess an in-depth understanding of historical and contemporary art/design. Strong leadership, communication skills, and the ability to model the major and advise students are essential as well as be committed to working with diverse student and community populations. The AAC is seeking a candidate who can strategically plan and be a driving force in the evolution of the design major. Knowledge of industry-standard software and output methods is necessary. Proficiency in Adobe CS, and other relevant software is required. Experience with 2D printing processes is highly desirable.
Also Preferred
Experience writing new curricula, advocating for design, advising students, and budgeting
Experience and/or interest in teaching History of Design, Digital Media, First Year Experience
courses or other Studio or Liberal Arts courses.

Program Summary
The AAC’s mission is to create and sustain radical, forward-thinking, contemporary visual artists and designers whose creative contributions make a substantial difference in all the lives they touch. The AAC, established in 1869, is an independent college of art and design. Degrees granted are the Associate of Science in Graphic Design; the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Design, Illustration, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Print Media, Digital Arts Animation and Sculpture; and the Master of Arts in Art Education. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the Art Academy is a charter member of both NASAD and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD). The Art Academy is also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the Greater Cincinnati Collegiate Connection (GC3).

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The AAC is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment and encourages candidates representing diverse backgrounds to apply. The AAC is committed to policies of equal opportunity and non-discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or gender expression, age, or disability, and veteran’s status, as protected by law. This includes all educational programs and activities, admission of students, advertisements, and conditions of employment. This policy is consistent with relevant governmental statutes and regulations, including those pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Before you apply, please have the following ready to upload:
A Letter of Interest describing industry, academic and technical knowledge
20 digital images of personal work
20 digital images of student work or created sample assignments

Curriculum Vita
Teaching Philosophy
Statement on Inclusive Learning
List of three references and contact information, including email, and phone numbers

For full consideration, applications should be submitted by Friday, January 14, 2022.

Type: Full-time, Permanent.