Assistant Professor of Art



Job description

Elon, NC

Elon University invites applications for a tenure-track position in the Department of Art, beginning mid-August, 2020. This position requires someone who brings a broadly integrated and interdisciplinary perspective to the field of Intermedia art, who holds an MFA with teaching experience, as well as a sustained research practice within the field. Evidence of curriculum/program development preferred. Responsibilities will include teaching 6 courses per year. Teaching will include studio, and courses in the Elon Core Curriculum.

Candidates will also be asked to assist in managing digital studios. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of people, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experiences in their cover letter. Elon is a dynamic private, co-educational, comprehensive institution that is a national model for actively engaging faculty and students in teaching and learning in a liberal arts based residential campus. To learn more about Elon, please visit the University web site at

At Elon University we understand Intermedia as a conceptually driven art practice which activates the latent possibilities of time and substance. Intermedia pays tribute to the historical lineage of artistic techniques while remaining firmly committed to the possibilities of the present and the future alike. We seek a candidate who incorporates contemporary practices from a perspective of creative research, who embraces experimental investigations through a broad artistic view and whose work is fluid and post/transdisciplinary, defying established definitions. The candidate should demonstrate an array of skills with an aptitude to acquire more. Some skills may include kinetic and haptic forms, installation, video art, net-art, new media, conceptual art, performance art, game art, coding, 3-D modeling, amongst others. This position will be filled by someone whose work moves between dimensions, materials, skills, and techniques to lead our Intermedia program in a direction conversant with evolving contemporary methodologies and possibilities. Ultimately the person in this position will challenge tradition and embrace new forms of aesthetic thinking, while developing courses which emphasize artistic excellence, active learning, and socially engaged practices. The Art Department at Elon University offers access to a variety of both digital and analog tools which support cross disciplinary approaches and is looking to increase its adjacency to other schools, departments, and disciplines across the University.

How to apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Applications must be received January 1st, 2020 to be assured of consideration. Send letter of application, CV, documentation of both personal and student work, unofficial transcripts, evidence of teaching effectiveness beyond course student evaluation forms, and a recommendation list of 3 people to Michael Fels at [email protected]. Initial interviews will take place in January, with possible follow-up interviews via Skype or the CAA annual conference in Chicago. Elon University is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff and student body and welcomes all applicants.

Elon University is a selective, independent university renowned as a national model for engaged learning, along with excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs. Elon's beautiful and historic campus in central North Carolina is designated as a botanical garden.