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.
POSITION SUMMARY AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
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.
ABOUT THE SALT INSTITUTE FOR DOCUMENTARY STUDIES AT MECA:
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 + BENEFITS:
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 email@example.com. Place <FirstName LastName : SALT VISITING INSTRUCTOR Search> in the subject line.
The PDF must include:
- One-page letter of application which describes how the candidate’s experience is a fit for this position;
- A current CV/resume;
- Examples of professional output and if available, student work; and
- A list of three references with contact information.