Visiting Assistant Professor in Studio Art, Grand Valley State University

• Visiting Assistant Professor in Studio Art
• Teaching Visual Studies and Foundations
• Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan
• Department of Visual and Media Arts/ College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
• Beginning August 27, 2018

Visual Studies is a studio emphasis area in the Department of Visual and Media Arts at GVSU that uses innovative pedagogies to address rich contexts in contemporary art practice. In Civic Studio, Curatorial Studio and Space Studio students design and implement special contexts and engagements to learn about human experience and power. In Time Studio, Interactive Studio and Image Studio students engage the prevalence of digital media and networks in human experience by making and thinking critically about these media. These six courses make up the core Visual Studies BFA curriculum, one of the BFA studio emphasis areas in the Visual and Media Arts Department. For more information about Visual Studies see: Foundations teaching primarily ART 153: Making and Meaning in Art and Design (a foundation course about contemporary practices). Foundations consists of six courses: Drawing 1 and 2, 2D Design, 3D Design, Color and Design, and Making + Meaning. Teaching capabilities in other foundations and studio areas, including Sculpture, Design, Digital 3D, Digital Studies.

• MFA (or comparable degree) with in-depth practice and knowledge in curatorial and spatial (installations) contexts in the creation and presentation of art.
• Familiarity and facility with theory and writing relevant to Visual Studies, New Media, Foundations, and Contemporary Art and Design.
• Ability to organize and maintain a healthy and safe studio environment and manage site-based projects.
• Successful candidates will be able to workin digital media in relation to other studio and intellectual ways of knowing and working. Visual Studies is organized to operate integrally with other visual and academic methodologies within the department, University, and community.
• Awareness and experience in the formation, presentation and critique of culture.
• Teaching capabilities in other foundations and studio areas.

Teach three courses per semester in a NASAD accredited undergraduate program with approximately 300 majors. Teaching responsibilities will include Visual Studies courses (primarily Curatorial Studio and Space Studio), ART 153 Making and Meaning in Art and Design (a foundation course about contemporary practices), and other courses as needed: Drawing, 2D-3D Design, Sculpture.

$38,000; nine-month, one-year contract, renewable up to three years.

Send an email expressing your interest in the position to Include link(s) to online samples of work and samples of student work. Attach a CV, a list of 3 references, and any other pertinent documents (letter, teaching statement, artist statement). Please include an overview of curatorial and spatial (installation) processes and experiences indicating level of proficiency for each (familiar, competent, expert).

Position is open until filled. Given the tight timeline send your materials asap: applications will be reviewed immediately upon receipt. Send by July 16, 2018 to assure full consideration.

Please direct any questions about the position to Paul Wittenbraker, Professor of Art, coordinator of Visual Studies at

682 majors are enrolled in five programs offering ten different degrees. Located in two buildings on the GVSU campus, the department is equipped with the specialized equipment necessary to complete work in traditional and new media. Students’ efforts in the program are supported by twenty-four, full-time faculty members and a dedicated staff.

Housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Department of Visual and Media Arts is also an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). This association establishes national art and design standards for undergraduate (and graduate) degree programs like ours.