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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.