Current Employment Opportunities
The Department of Art at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) is seeking a highly skilled and experienced artist and educator to fill a tenure-track appointment as Coordinator of the Master of Fine Arts program in Painting and Illustration. This position encompasses a significant administrative role, in conjunction with instructional duties. The successful candidate will teach a range of graduate courses integral to the MFA curriculum. Responsibilities include MFA curricular and instructional oversight, recruitment, mentoring and advisement of MFA students, fundraising and grant writing, in conjunction with other duties essential to directing the MFA program. Additional responsibilities may be assigned. The successful candidate must maintain an active program of research/scholarly and/or creative activities as well as build and maintain professional relationships with regional and national artists and arts educators. The successful candidate is expected to participate in appropriate department, university and professional service.
Qualifications: An MFA in Painting or other relevant field at the time of appointment is preferred. An MA in an appropriate area along with significant professional experience shall also merit consideration. The applicant must have at least 2–3 years of college teaching and administrative experience and must demonstrate evidence of at least 5 years of broad, ongoing professional experience in the area of visual arts and significant exposure through publication and/or exhibition. As WCSU is a dynamic, diverse workplace, the proven ability to work effectively with people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures is highly valued, and excellent written and oral communication skills are required.
Salary and Benefits: WCSU offers competitive salaries commensurate with candidates’ experience and a comprehensive benefit package. There are grant opportunities to support research and conference attendance. Additional information can be found on our website at www.wcsu.edu/hr/benefits/
Application Materials: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of creative and teaching philosophy, and a list of 5 references to: firstname.lastname@example.org Reference search #600-143 in the subject line. Do not send portfolios at this time.
The Department of Art (www.wcsu.edu/art) offers the Bachelor of Arts in Art and the MFA in Painting and Illustration within a liberal arts environment. The areas of undergraduate concentration are Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography and Studio Arts; comprised of Painting and Sculpture.
The School of Visual and Performing Arts (SVPA) (www.wcsu.edu/svpa) broke ground on a new $97 million visual and performing arts center in October, 2011. Completion is scheduled for Summer, 2014. Only an hour from New York City, yet located in the scenic foothills of New England’s Berkshires, the school offers a conservatory-level education at the relatively affordable cost of a public university. New York City’s proximity means our students receive the benefit of a faculty of internationally recognized artists, directors, designers, performers, and scholars dedicated to teaching a highly diverse student population.
Review of applications begins February 8, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.