Director, LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting MFA Program
Maryland Institute College of Art
Internal Number: R2391
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Department: L.E. Hoffberger School of Painting, MFA
Division: Academic Affairs
FLSA Status: Full-time faculty position with a multi-year renewable contract in a non-tenure institution
Reports to: Vice Provost for Graduate Studies
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Graduate Studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) invites applications for a full-time faculty position to serve as program director for the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting MFA program at our private art and design college nationally known for the high quality of its graduate programs, its dedication to student learning and teaching excellence, and its distinction in fine art at national and international levels. The program director position, a faculty role with substantial leadership responsibilities, begins August 2023.
MICA recognizes diversity and inclusion as fundamental to its community and central to excellence in graduate art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experiences in professional practice, teaching, research, or service have prepared them to contribute to diversity and excellence at MICA.
Graduate Studies at MICA seeks a high-profile candidate and dedicated educator with significant professional experience in painting to serve as a full-time faculty director and administrator of the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting MFA.
The ideal candidate will have an established practice that demonstrates a critical engagement with painting that includes, but is not limited to, a dedicated practice that is active in the field and critical writing on painting, culture and theory. The ideal candidate will be a painter with a foundation in the history of painting, who is engaged with contemporary issues and has an understanding of the future of the field and its possibilities.Â The ability to develop a vision and set the future direction for this graduate program â unique among residential graduate arts programs for its sustained focus on the practice of painting â is an essential component of the job.
Graduate Studies seeks applicants with a global perspective who are committed to inspiring and preparing the next generation of artists as part of advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in the arts. Ideal candidates will be open to exploring innovative ways to craft curricula, experiences, and research projects that empower our graduate students to envision the future of painting. Candidates should have experience developing student-centered programs, pedagogical approaches, research and material practices relevant to a student, faculty, and community population rich in diversity across race, ethnicity, gender, culture, physical ability and class. They should have an enthusiasm for working in Baltimore and building connections with the dynamic arts scene, spaces, and creative community in the city.
The director provides the academic and administrative leadership of this program of about 28 students. In addition to their role in student mentorship, the director assumes the administrative responsibilities of the graduate program, including the oversight of curriculum, academic programming, student admission, program assessment, budget management, relevant accreditation activities, and strategic partnerships and alliances. The program director hires Artists/Critics-in-Residence, visiting artists, and/or part-time and full-time faculty, depending upon program need and institutional approval. During the academic year, the director will have a presence on campus 3 - 4 days per week, dividing their time between administrative responsibilities and teaching/mentoring graduate students.
The program director is expected to contribute to the life of Graduate Studies and the College through meetings with Graduate Studies colleagues, cross-programmatic collaboration, committee work, community engagement, and other institution-related duties. All full-time faculty at MICA are expected to pursue research and/or professional engagements that contribute to the educational mission of the College. The position reports to the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies.
The following are minimum qualifications for the position:
MFA degree or equivalent professional experience in painting or related field
Distinguished professional career in painting
Experience with academic program management or other administrative responsibilities
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and equity in art and design education
Experience teaching at graduate and/or undergraduate levels or in alternative learning spaces such as residencies, research programs, and community organizations
Demonstrated ability to support professional development of painters or emerging arts practitioners
Evidence of ability to work with colleagues across disciplinary boundaries
Excellent communication skills Â
A proven track record of working collaboratively with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, experiences, education levels and degrees of professional training
Deep or broad experiences in teaching at the college level
Experience with curriculum development and assessment
Demonstrated ease with networking, writing, and presentationÂ
Experience working with English Language Learners and students with varied abilities and cultural backgrounds
Comfort with digital management systems such as Google Workspace and Workday.
Candidate must successfully complete a full background check.
Salary:Â Commensurate with experience and college policy; excellent benefits package.
The College will review applications as received, and the position will remain open until filled. For preferred consideration, upload application materials by November 15, 2022. Applications must be submitted via the MICA website, where applicants will be directed to Slideroom for submission of supporting materials as described below. All inquiries, nominations and applications will be held in the strictest confidence.
Slideroom:Â Applicants will be asked to login or create a login and submit two multi-page PDF documents.
The first multi-page PDF document should include a letter of application, comprehensive CV, statement of teaching philosophy & the studentâs experience in the learning environment you foster, artist statement, and names and contact information including address, phone and email for three references.
The second multi-page PDF document should include a portfolio of 20 examples of professional work sample syllabi from several classes or workshops, and examples of student work relevant to sample syllabi. Links to live URLs may be submitted as well but will be considered as a secondary source. Any additional media (MOV, MP3, etc.) should be formatted for Apple computers and have representative still image and description information in PDF portfolio document.
Please format PDF documents for screen resolution and viewing.Â No physical media are requested nor will be returned.
About the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting
The LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting is a 2-year Master of Fine Arts program allowing serious painters to find their individual voices in dialogue with guest faculty including professional artists and critics working in the field. Unique in its structuring, students develop their skills in speaking and writing about their work within a supportive group setting with peers selected to represent a broad range of approaches to the culture and history of painting today.
About Graduate Studies
Graduate Studies at MICA brings together a vibrant community of graduate students who are pursuing degrees in one of 14Â different graduate programs in a diverse range of creative fields including art, design, education, business, research and scholarship. Part of a dynamic network of specialized programs, each of these graduate programs creates a distinct learning environment for students to advance their practices and contribute to the discourse of their respective fields. Graduate Studies provides opportunities for graduate students across these programs to come together and strengthens connections through a dynamic offering of shared coursework, exhibitions, workshops, lectures, events, and activities. Graduate Studies is committed to achieving greater equity and diversity among our faculty, staff, and students and welcomes applications from people of color, indigenous or First-Nations people, women, and LGBTQ people (including gender non-conforming and transgender people).
Acknowledged nationally as a premier leader in art and design education, the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is deliberately cultivating a new generation of artists â one that is capable of seamlessly integrating innovation, entrepreneurship and creative citizenship with contemporary approaches to art, design and media.
MICA is redefining the role of the artists and designers as creative, solutions-oriented makers and thinkers who will drive social, cultural, and economic advancement for our future.
As the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation, MICA is located in Baltimore, deeply connected to the community. It is a leading contributor to the creative economy regionally and a top producer of nationally and internationally recognized professional artists and designers. Visit the Collegeâs website at www.mica.edu.
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Founded in 1826, MICA is among the top visual arts colleges in the nation. The college enrolls 1,863 undergraduate and 306 graduate students from 48 states and 54 foreign countries, offering programs of study leading to the bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.), master of arts (M.A.), master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degrees, and master of professional studies degrees (M.P.S), as well as post-baccalaureate certificate programs and a full slate of credit and noncredit courses for adults, college-bound students, and children. MICA is recognized as an important cultural resource for the Baltimore/Washington region, sponsoring many public and community-outreach programs-including more than 100 exhibitions by students, faculty, and nationally and internationally known artists annually-as well as artists' residencies, film series, lectures, readings, and performances.