Faculty Positions


Maine College of Art (MECA) invites applications for a part-time Visiting Instructor to teach Radio + Podcasting at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies Graduate Certificate Program at MECA, with duties commencing on or about January 11, 2021. This is a semester long position, with the possibility of renewal. The Spring semester is currently scheduled to end on April 23. We specifically welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply. 


The Visiting Instructor of Radio + Podcasting at Salt will continue Salt’s legacy of graduating ethical, powerful storytellers dedicated to the art of documentary. The successful candidate will teach graduate-level students how to identify, pre-report, and evaluate a possible story; record and conduct successful interviews, use interview tape and other elements to build and shape a story; write and edit, and produce polished work in Pro Tools, the industry standard for audio editing. They will also hold weekly office hours, ensure that students understand the professional requirements of the field, and perform other duties as needed. Salt classes are held primarily on Mondays through Wednesdays; this enables students to report and produce during the remainder of the week. Classes are held in-person with social distancing and masking measures in place. Please see our Covid Policy on the website for additional details. Instructors may hold remote office hours. Some faculty meetings are in-person, but the majority are conducted remotely.

The Visiting Instructor in Radio + Storytelling is contracted by the Dean’s Office and reports to the Director of Salt. This position is contingent upon enrollment. Engaged teaching, a commitment to community, and individualized attention are hallmarks of a MECA education. A passion for teaching is essential, as is technical expertise, knowledge of ProTools and a strong professional portfolio demonstrating both breadth and depth. MECA’s educational philosophy -- which consists of Studio, Agency, Place, Community and Ethics -- is the backbone of all our programs. 


In 1973, high school English teacher Pamela Wood founded Salt in Kennebunk, Maine, as a place to teach students how to become photographers, writers and, most of all, ethical storytellers. Salt evolved into a program offering four tracks: Documentary Radio, Documentary Photography, Short Documentary Film, and Documentary Writing/Creative Non-fiction. On April 8, 2016, the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies became part of Maine College of Art, which now offers a Salt Graduate Certificate in Documentary Studies. MECA is committed to carrying on the 40+ year tradition of Salt’s unique educational experience.


Demonstrated excellence in teaching; an active professional practice; a record of professional accomplishment and publication; evidence of effective service; and a commitment to higher education are essential. The successful candidate will be a dynamic teacher, a creative colleague, and a holistic thinker; they will also demonstrate the ability to work in a collaborative environment.


A baccalaureate is required; a master’s degree or Ph.D is an asset but not a requirement. 


Compensation is $12,000 for teaching one section of Radio and Podcasting and one section of Field Research in the Spring 2021 semester contingent on enrollment. Additional sections are contingent on enrollment. The position is part-time and not benefits-eligible.


Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately, with a priority deadline of December 1, 2020. Applications will be considered on a continuous basis until an appointment is made. Application materials must be sent digitally in a single PDF, not to exceed a 25MB file size. Email the document to employment@meca.edu. Place <FirstName LastName ­: SALT VISITING INSTRUCTOR Search> in the subject line.

The PDF must include:

  1. One-page letter of application which describes how the candidate’s experience is a fit for this position; 
  2. A current CV/resume;
  3. Examples of professional output and if available, student work; and
  4. A list of three references with contact information.


Maine College of Art is an independent college of art and design located in the center of the thriving arts district of Portland, Maine. Established in 1882, the College currently enrolls approximately 500 students, the majority of whom are in the undergraduate program. About 1,200 students take classes through MECA’s Continuing Studies Program annually. MECA’s Joanne Waxman Library is an important resource of art and design oriented books and periodicals for the region. The Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA is a vibrant site for the exhibition of contemporary art.

MECA is characterized by its intimate learning community, its interdisciplinary nature and the breadth of its programs. It confers the degrees of Bachelor of Fine Arts in eleven majors, Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art, Master of Arts in Teaching, and the Salt Graduate Certificate in Documentary Studies. Our goal at MECA is to teach each student how to transform aspirations and values into a creative practice that serves as the foundation for a lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals.

Maine College of Art is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The College’s accreditation status with both agencies was renewed in 2016.

Diversity Statement

Maine College of Art recognizes that diversity is integral to the academic experience and strives to foster an inclusive culture defined by respect, equity and social responsibility. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience working with diverse populations, and supporting an inclusive and equitable community. Maine College of Art does not discriminate on the basis of gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, HIV status, race, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, or military/veteran’s status in its educational programs, admissions policies, employment policies, financial aid, or other College administered programs. Candidates from historically underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.