Visiting Lecturer of Radio + Podcasting at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies at MECA

SALT at MECA Visiting Lecturer Description

Maine College of Art (MECA) invites applications for a part-time Visiting Lecturer to teach Radio + Podcasting at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies Graduate Certificate Program at MECA, with duties commencing on or about August 15, 2018. This is a year long position, with the possibility of renewal.

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.

Position Summary and Responsibilities

The Visiting Lecturer of Radio + Podcasting at Salt— along with the Program Chair and Assistant Professor of Radio + Podcasting, a Visiting Lecturer of Short Film + Photo, and an Adjunct Instructor of Writing— 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; carry out 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 and Tuesdays; this enables students to report and produce during the remainder of the week.

The Visiting Lecturer in Radio + Storytelling reports to the Program Chair of Salt.

Engaged teaching, a commitment to community, and individualized attention are hallmarks of a MECA education. A passion for teaching is essential, as is 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.

Qualifications

An record of publishing significant audio work is required. MECA is looking for a “teaching professional” who has experience working as a documentarian and as an educator. A baccalaureate is required; a master’s degree or Ph.D is an asset but not a requirement.

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.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation is $22,000-27,000 for the 2018-2019 academic year. The position is part-time and not benefits-eligible.

Application Procedure

Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately, with a priority deadline of April 26, 2018. 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 LECTURER Search> in the subject line. The PDF must include: (1) a 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.

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 about 500 students, the majority of whom are in the undergraduate program. About 1200 students take classes through MECA Continuing Studies program annually. MECA’s Joanne Waxman Library is an important public 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 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.

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 Institute of Contemporary Art serves a critical regional role in its commitment to presenting contemporary, provocative work by living artists from Maine and around the globe. The Joanne Waxman Library is one of the largest independent libraries in Northern New England.

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.

Institutional Values

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. These principles serve as another catalyst for MECA students, faculty and staff to become the critically engaged citizens upon whom our world depends. MECA seeks to cultivate a learning environment that prepares students to thrive in a diverse and global community by systematically and intentionally designing curricular and co-curricular initiatives that engage and reflect a wide range of perspectives and themes.

MECA welcomes students, faculty and staff of every age, race, class, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, faith, religion, veteran status, mental, and physical ability. We also encourage all members of the MECA community to participate in opportunities which address larger cultural inequalities and inequities and to think critically about their impact on our college community and larger world.