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Assistant Professor

Posting Details

Posting Details

Institution Dakota State University
Working Title Assistant Professor
Posting Number F00055P
Department DSU-Arts & Sciences
Physical Location of Position (City) Madison
Posting Text

Dakota State University (DSU) invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor of Art, effective August 2018. Courses to be taught will be art foundations and survey courses in art history. The occasional upper-division course on the topics of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, or other specialty may also be required. The majority of courses will be taught on campus with the potential of online offerings. The successful candidate will have an MFA in Art, a demonstrated passion for hands-on instruction, and experience teaching both physical and process media in foundation design courses. Preference will be given to candidates with a minimum of two years postgraduate school teaching experience. A collegial dynamic is important, and the candidate should refer in the cover letter to instances where collegiality contributed to successes as a faculty member. DSU is student centered and committed to contributing to the continued success of the university’s undergraduate programs.

The candidate will be a dynamic and passionate artist who will participate in advancing and growing the program and instruct foundational courses necessary for the Digital Arts and Design (DAD) major at DSU. The successful candidate is expected to provide service to the university and department through committee assignments, curriculum development, student advising, recruiting/retention activities, and to demonstrate a commitment to student learning. The ideal candidate is a mentor who aspires to be involved with students and their process, who wants to push their students creatively and who has demonstrated dedication in helping students reach their potential. The ideal candidate will be a practicing artist who teaches from contemporary experience to help motivate students to create innovative constructs.

The successful applicant will join the College of Arts and Sciences and will report directly to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The College of Arts and Sciences offers undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Mathematics Education, Biology and Biology Education, Physical Sciences, Digital Arts and Design, Computer Game Design, English for New Media, English Education and Respiratory Care. The Digital Arts and Design degree program is comprised of four specializations; students may select from: Audio Production, Computer Graphics, Film and Cinematic Arts, or Production Animation. The college also offers multiple minors.

Minimum Qualifications:
MFA in Studio Art, or equivalent
• Practicing Artist
• Desire to teach Art Foundations courses in both traditional/analogue 2D and 3D design
• Experience on department, college and/or university committees
• Two or more years Post-secondary teaching experience in Art History, Art Appreciation and/or Studio courses.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Demonstrated exhibition record /scholarly research
• Experience in Curriculum Development
• Record of successful teaching and advising
• Ability to work collaboratively within the department, college, and university.
• Organizational skills, evidenced by orderly maintenance of student studio space and laboratories and the ability to complete administrative tasks in a timely manner
• Interpersonal skills necessary to help mentor students’ growth both creatively and technically

About Dakota State University
DSU is accredited through the AQIP process of the Higher Learning Commission and, to support its institutional accreditation, the university emphasizes continuous quality improvement in its institutional decision-making processes. Madison is located approximately 50 miles northwest of Sioux Falls in the southern lakes region of the state and provides exceptional access to outdoor activities of all kinds. For more information about DSU, go to

Application Procedure
Applications should include: a cover letter, CV/dossier, teaching philosophy statement, artist statement, copy of transcripts of highest degree earned, three professional references, up to 20 creative/scholarly work examples, and up to 20 examples of student work. Preferential consideration will be given to applications received by 14 November 2017.

Posting Date 10/31/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
First Consideration Date 11/14/2017
Advertised Salary DOQ
Duration of the Term 9 months
If Other, describe duration
Appointment Percent 100
Tenure Status Tenure Track
Proposed Rank Assistant Professor
Work Hours
Typical Hours Worked Per Week 40
Appointment Type Regular
Scope of Search Internal
If internal, define scope of search Current DSU Employees
Department Description and Cultural Expectations
Affirmative Action Statement

Dakota State University is committed to recruitment, hiring and retention of minorities. We urge individuals from underrepresented groups to apply. Applicants with disabilities are invited to identify any necessary accommodations required in the application process. E-Verify, EOE.

Diversity Statement
Contact Information

Dr. Ben Jones

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Transcripts
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Reference List
Optional Documents
  1. Other
  2. Work or Writing Sample