Assistant Professor-Tenure Track-Video Art, Gwen Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University

Major Responsibilities: The Kinetic Imaging program welcomed the first class of students in the fall of 2022. The FSoA Kinetic Imaging area will provide students with artistic and professional skills to succeed in their careers as artists and designers. The Kinetic Imaging curriculum introduces students to essential proficiencies in all facets of professional practice within animation, game art, and video art.

This position encompasses teaching up to three courses per Fall and Spring semesters at all undergraduate levels in the Foundation Art and Kinetic Imaging areas. Successful candidates must be able to teach courses in Video Art that include diverse perspectives of experimental video, real-time media performance, creative coding, single and multi- channel installation, and emerging technologies. Experience in animation and/or game art preferred. Collaboration across mediums is encouraged. Successful candidates must also be able to teach with fluency in theoretical and historical aspects of experimental video art. Candidates should be able to make connections across the Kinetic Imaging curriculum, fostering interdisciplinary studio practice. Candidates are expected to maintain an active research record and participate in contractually appropriate service to the institution.

Required Qualifications: Applicants must hold a Master of Fine Arts degree or international equivalent and have at least three years of college-level teaching experience emphasizing video art and related media. Applicant should have a vibrant professional exhibition record commensurate with years of experience in the field; evidence of creative, professional, and curricular accomplishment in video art or related media is required.

Additional preferred qualifications include:

• Skills in additional areas of kinetic imaging, including animation, illustration, game art, and/or sound art.
• A comprehensive knowledge of appropriate hardware and software
• Knowledge and commitment to health and safety in the arts.
• Proven track record of working well with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.
• Ability to develop and nurture individual student artistic and professional abilities.
• A strong commitment to self-learning to maintain or develop new technical expertise as required by changes to contemporary art and design practice.

The Kinetic Imaging component of the FSoA curriculum introduces students to the process of thinking and working with time-based media related tools in support of art and design practice, while initiating dialog into issues of aesthetic storytelling and diverse contemporary topics. It challenges students to think critically about their work and the

work of others, and to articulate informed ideas in order to advance understanding of a broad variety of methodologies, including contemporary and emerging technologies.

The Gwen Frostic School of Art is one of four units in the College of Fine Arts and is comprised of 300 undergraduate art majors, 20 full-time faculty, 15-20 part- time faculty, and seven staff. The School is NASAD accredited and offers BAs in Art and Art History; BFAs in Art Education and Graphic Design; BFAs with emphasis in Ceramics, Metals/Jewelry, Painting, Photography, Printmedia, and Sculpture. The School encompasses 40,000 sq. ft. of galleries, lecture halls, classrooms, design and art studios in the James W. and Lois I. Richmond Center for Visual Arts, and an additional 88,000 sq. ft. of classrooms and art studios in South Kohrman Hall.