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Department of Visual & Dramatic Arts
Assistant Professor: Open Discipline

The Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts at Rice University is seeking to hire at the Assistant Professor rank a full-time, tenure-track artist and art educator with primary interests in any of a range of disciplines: studio, performance, film/video, and other experimental modes, as they relate to contemporary art practices.

A successful candidate will be responsible for teaching four undergraduate courses each academic year (two fall and two spring); engaging and maintaining an active and ambitious program of research and creative scholarship; participating in student advising and mentoring; and serving on department and university committees. The successful candidate will be an actively exhibiting artist with a record of teaching excellence and an ability to collaborate on the administration and coordination of our undergraduate curriculum. Candidates must have an MFA; significant organization, communication, and collaborative skills; and a substantive understanding of the general history, practice, theory, and criticism of contemporary art and design. We are particularly interested in candidates who demonstrate through their teaching, mentorship, and art practice a commitment to the inclusion of historically underrepresented perspectives and who bring multilingual, international and/or cross-cultural perspectives to their work. Candidates whose work emerges from or speaks toward communities of African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinx or Native Americans are especially encouraged to apply.

We are seeking a candidate with broad experience and a familiarity with many levels and avenues of public engagement with art, involvement with theoretical positions and ideas of art and aesthetics, an experimental mind set, and the desire to foster a creative environment in a diverse educational setting. Given that Rice art students are predominately double majors, our program’s curriculum is in dialogue with other disciplines (such as architecture, engineering, and medical humanities) to a degree that might be different from other programs. We are looking for a candidate who can participate in the process of expanding and redefining an arts curriculum in this context. Rice is a small but growing art department in which mentoring of individual advanced students is a core part of a professor’s teaching experience.

Rice University is a liberal arts research university offering a visual arts curriculum in film production, theatre, and the studio arts (printmaking, painting, drawing, sculpture, and digital as well as traditional
photography). Rice is located in Houston, Texas, a culturally diverse metropolitan city with a strong visual and performing arts community. The department enjoys a talented and intellectually curious group of student majors on three academic tracks, along with progressive academic offerings and collaborations with The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Menil Collection, the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston Glassell School of Art (Core Fellow Program), and many alternative art spaces and galleries.

Application deadline is January 15, 2022 with appointment beginning July 1, 2022.

Apply to: http://apply.interfolio.com/98502

To be considered for this position, please send a letter summarizing your interests and qualifications along with a current curriculum vitae, the names with contact information for letters of recommendation should your application status progress to the short list, and brief statements on teaching and research philosophies. We have developed the following parameters for the initial submission of personal work (digital format):

Submission Materials Parameters:

Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Photography, New Media, Installation, etc. – 15-20 digital images
Time -based work: film, video, performance, etc. – up to three examples totaling no more than 10 minutes in length provided through an URL.

We encourage those artists and cultural practitioners for whom writing is a fundamental part of their practice to use the following guidelines in their application. We are interested in an expanded range of dynamic written inquiry and have a keen interest in new forms, experimental as well as sound- and research-based modalities.

Prose: No more than 20 double-spaced pages--one or several texts, or portions of texts, or a combination. If submitting an excerpt from a longer work, a synopsis may be helpful.

Other Language-based Forms: No more than ten-single-spaced pages of text, with no more than one work per page.

Audio files: No more than 10-minutes total of audio works and samples, provided through an URL.



Department of Visual & Dramatic Arts
Lecturer in Contemporary Art: Photography


The Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts at Rice University is seeking to hire a two-year lecturer in residence who is an artist and art educator with primary interests in the field of photography as it relates to contemporary art practices.

A successful candidate will be responsible for teaching six undergraduate courses each academic year (three fall and three spring), as well as participating in student advising and mentoring. The successful candidate will be an actively exhibiting artist with a record of teaching excellence and an ability to collaborate on the administration and coordination of our undergraduate photography curriculum. Candidates must have an MFA; significant organization, communication, and collaborative skills; and a substantive understanding of the general history, practice, theory, and criticism of contemporary art and design. We are particularly interested in candidates who demonstrate through their teaching, mentorship, and art practice a commitment to the inclusion of historically underrepresented perspectives; candidates whose work emerges from or speaks toward communities of African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinx or Native Americans are especially encouraged to apply.

We are seeking a candidate with broad experience and a familiarity with many levels and avenues of public engagement with art, an engagement with theoretical positions and ideas of art and aesthetics, an experimental mindset, and the desire to foster a creative environment in a diverse educational setting. Given that Rice art students are predominately double majors, our photography program’s curriculum is in dialogue with other disciplines (such as architecture, engineering, and medical humanities) to a degree that might be different from other programs. We are looking for a candidate who can participate in the process of expanding and redefining a photography curriculum in this context. Rice is a small but growing art department in which mentoring of individual advanced students is a core part of a professor’s teaching experience.

Rice University is a liberal arts research university offering a visual arts curriculum in film production, theatre, and the studio arts (printmaking, painting, drawing, sculpture, and digital as well as traditional photography). Rice is located in Houston, Texas, a culturally diverse metropolitan city with a strong visual and performing arts community. The department enjoys a talented and intellectually curious group of student majors on three academic tracks, along with progressive academic offerings and collaborations with The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Menil Collection, the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston Glassell School of Art (Core Fellow Program), and many alternative art spaces and galleries.


Application Instructions
To be considered for this position, please send a letter summarizing your interests and qualifications along with a current curriculum vitae, three names with contact information for letters of recommendation should your application status progress to the short list stage, 15-20 samples of personal work and brief statements on teaching and research philosophies.

Submission Materials Parameters
Photography, New Media, Installation, etc.: 15-20 digital images
Time -based work: film, video, performance, etc. – up to three examples totaling no more than 10 minutes in length provided through an URL.

Application deadline is December 18, 2021 with appointment beginning July 1, 2022.
To Apply: https://apply.interfolio.com/97330


Open Date
Oct 17, 2021

Deadline
Dec 18, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time


Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.

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