Associate Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies

Job Description: Associate Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies

Position Summary

Maine College of Art (MECA) seeks a dynamic leader to serve as Associate Dean for Graduate and Professional Studies and to join a committed group of faculty and staff who are passionate about art, education and community.

The Associate Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies will provide visionary leadership for MECA’s graduate, professional and continuing education programs in direct support of institutional initiatives. This is a new position for a high-energy individual who wants to make a significant impact. The successful candidate will develop and oversee delivery of innovative graduate degrees and certificates, non-credit-bearing professional development programming, and online and hybrid learning experiences for non-traditional adult learners. The Associate Dean will support graduate-level and post-bac-level programs, expand credit and non-credit graduate options that meet emerging educational needs, and generate new revenue streams for the College. The candidate will have a demonstrated passion for education, the arts and entrepreneurship, and the power of these experiences to transform lives.

The Associate Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies will collaborate with and motivate their direct reports as well as faculty, staff, students, alumni and community, and will develop and maintain strong external relationships. The Associate Dean reports to the Vice President of Academic Affairs/Dean of the College and is a member of the Dean’s Cabinet.

Currently, MECA offers three graduate-level programs: a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art (MFA), a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and the Salt Graduate Certificate in Documentary Studies. MECA’s Continuing Studies (CS) office offers all-ages open-enrollment programs in the form of weekly classes, weekend classes, winter and summer intensives, international retreats, and youth camps to provide access to professional quality study in the arts and professional development opportunities for the general public. CS also delivers MECA’s Pre-College, a three week residential program for high-school students that allows them to learn from dedicated educators who are also practicing artists and designers.

Responsibilities

  • Growing existing graduate programs; coordinating and supporting the development of new graduate, online, and professional programming
  • Researching and identifying opportunities for program expansion
  • Implementing and evaluating new programs
  • Budget management
  • Preparing proposals, facilitating program accreditation
  • Recruiting and managing full-time and part-time staff and faculty in the areas of graduate and professional studies
  • Mentoring and overseeing faculty in the areas of online, distance and hybrid learning in collaboration with the appropriate colleagues
  • Managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Assessment of programs, evaluation of faculty and staff
  • Data- and research-based decision-making that supports the strategic goals of the College
  • Oversight and development of Pre-College

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to leverage passion
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Demonstrated success leading and orchestrating strategic change
  • Experience in graduate and/or professional programming preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required
  • Ability to create realistic business plans for new initiatives
  • Background in art, design and/or entrepreneurship
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in administration, program implementation, and/or teaching
  • Powerful business acumen
  • Demonstrated knowledge in relevant emerging technologies
  • Experience with accreditation processes and procedures is an asset, but is not necessary

Compensation and Benefits

Salary range $65,000 to $80,000 contingent on experience. A comprehensive benefits package is offered, including health, dental, vacation, sick and retirement benefits.

Application Procedure

Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately and will be accepted until a hire is made. Application materials must be sent digitally in a single PDF, not to exceed a 25MB file size. Please email the document to employment@meca.edu. Place “Associate Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies [LastName FirstName]” in the subject line. The PDF must include (1) an application letter which describes how the candidate’s experience, accomplishments and qualifications intersect with the listed position description; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a diversity statement; (4) any relevant scholarly publications, exhibitions, or other examples of professional achievement (if available; a link to website may be used); and (5) a list of five references with contact information. Finalists must agree to a background check.

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 in 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.

Academic Studies Faculty (SEAD)*

*Sustainable Ecosystems: Art & Design

Job Description: Academic Studies Faculty (SEAD)

Position Summary & Responsibilities

The Assistant/Associate Professor of Environmental Humanities must be an interdisciplinary thinker and educator invested in seeing students develop literacy in the many philosophical, ethical, cultural, political and scientific issues that shape the field of Environmental Humanities. Candidates will demonstrate excellence and innovation in their teaching as well as a genuine interest in actively mentoring art and design students. This position will be responsible for coordinating and developing the newly created Sustainable Ecosystems: Art & Design (SEAD) minor in collaboration with the Chair of Academic Studies, to whom they will report. The SEAD coordinator will be expected to stay abreast of pedagogical developments in the areas of ecology, art and design and develop the SEAD curriculum accordingly. Like all Full faculty at MECA, they will teach a 3/3 course load. Teaching assignments will include the Philosophy course Ecology and Ethics and/or the Art History courses Environmental Justice: Activism & Art, and Art in the Anthropocene. In addition to Environmental Humanities courses, teaching assignments may include other courses addressing philosophy and art history outside the minor. The SEAD coordinator will oversee the development of all SEAD capstone projects, including advising students about their research and when appropriate facilitating collaborations with studio areas. The coordinator will be responsible for working directly with students and faculty to answer questions about the SEAD minor and resolve problems that arise. The SEAD coordinator will also be expected to attend meetings with potential collaborators in the local community for the development of public engagement projects related to the minor as well as the development of future opportunities. Individualized attention and effective teaching are hallmarks of a MECA education; therefore, a genuine engagement in pedagogy with a focus on continually improving learning is required. The SEAD Coordinator will also participate in the Academic Studies program implementation and administration, including curricular development, programmatic evaluation and assessment, and new initiatives.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will hold a terminal degree (PhD) in philosophy, art history or a related field with expertise in Environmental Humanities and will demonstrate a significant record of publishing and engagement in their field. College-level teaching experience in the areas of Philosophy, Critical Theory, and/or Art History is required and an established record of professional accomplishment is desirable. Demonstrated excellence in teaching, current engagement with the profession, and knowledge of contemporary art and design is expected, as is a thorough knowledge of the field of Environmental Humanities. The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills. Evidence of effective academic and community service, particularly regarding curriculum development, is desirable, as is recognition in the field of Environmental Humanities.

Benefits

Compensation ranges from $45,000 to $60,000, based on experience and rank. A comprehensive benefits package is offered, including health, dental, vacation, sick and retirement benefits.

Application Procedure

Applications will be reviewed immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates who submit their materials by February 1, 2019 are assured full consideration. Digital application required. In one PDF file not to exceed 25MB please include: (1) an application letter that describes how the candidate’s experience, accomplishments and qualifications intersect with the position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a teaching philosophy; (4) a diversity statement; (5) two scholarly writing samples; (6) a sample syllabus; and (7) names and contact information of four current references.

Attach the PDF to an email and send to employment@meca.edu. Place “Environmental Humanities Search: [Your Name]” in the Subject line. Applications will be kept confidential until such time as candidates visit campus.

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 in 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.

Adjunct Faculty for Art History Survey

Job Description: Adjunct Faculty for Art History Survey

Position Summary

Maine College of Art (MECA) seeks an adjunct instructor/assistant-professor to teach two sections per semester of the undergraduate-level Art History Survey courses. This art history course is a chronological overview of artworks and art periods. During the first semester the course covers artworks produced from the prehistoric period up to the 15th century Renaissance period. The second semester course explores artworks produced from the Baroque period through the Pop Art period. This course introduces students to the major historical monuments of world art as well as a variety of art forms from different cultures and periods. The course explores how individual artworks express form, style, and cultural meaning, while also introducing students to art historical vocabulary, analysis, and various methods of art historical research. The class features a mix of lectures and student activities. A visit to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts during the Spring semester is an integral part of the class.

Ideally, this hire will begin in the Spring 2019 semester but we are also interested in candidates who may not be available to teach until the Fall 2019 semester. Minimum requirements: MA in Art History and teaching experience. Preferred requirements: PhD in Art History and college-level teaching experience in an art school environment. This is an adjunct position reporting to the Chair of Academic Studies.

Application Procedure

Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately and will be accepted until a hire is made. Application materials must be sent digitally in a single PDF, not to exceed a 25MB file size. Please email the document to employment@meca.edu. Place “AH SURVEY [LastName FirstName]” in the subject line. The PDF must include (1) an application letter which describes how the candidate’s experience, accomplishments and qualifications intersect with the listed position description; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a diversity statement; (4) a teaching philosophy; (5) relevant scholarly publications (if available); (6) a list of four references with contact information, one of which should be a student. Finalists must submit all college transcripts and agree to a background check.

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. Successful candidates will have demonstrated experience in 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.

 

Institution

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.

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. Successful candidates will have demonstrated experience in 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.