Job Opportunities

Assistant or Associate Professor of English Composition/Head of Writing
Director of MFA Programs
Assistant Professor in Illustration/Comics
Campus Safety Officer
CE (Community Education) Instructor
CE (Community Education) Support
Adjunct Drawing Instructors
Adjunct Instructors for Art Education


Position Opening for:

Assistant/Association Professor of English Composition/Head of Writing

Memphis College of Art invites applications for the position of Assistant or Associate Professor of English Composition/Head of Writing. We are seeking a dynamic teacher and innovative thinker interested in collaboration with full- and part-time faculty in the revamping of our Foundations (First-Year) Writing courses and the integration of writing, Liberal Arts, and studio art at all levels of the curriculum. 3/3 teaching load. This is a 12-month renewable appointment beginning August 15, 2016.

Responsibilities:
As Head of Writing, the successful candidate will develop, implement, and assess writing curricula; recruit and train part-time writing faculty; work closely with colleagues in the Liberal Arts Division, all studio art areas, and student services, especially our Student Achievement Center personnel; and teach three sections of freshman composition per semester. The successful candidate must participate in student advising and studio critiques, student recruitment, and college committees or other college community service, and maintain scholarly activities consistent with the mission of a professional art school.

Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in English at the time of appointment; Rhetoric and Composition or closely related specialty preferred.
  • At least three years full-time college-level teaching experience preferred, particularly in first-year writing and composition.
  • Knowledge of contemporary writing pedagogy, theory, and practice.
  • Commitment to teaching freshmen in a diverse environment.
  • Experience with developmental writers, ESL, and students with learning disabilities preferred.
  • Interest in visual art and the education of artists desirable.

Compensation:
Salary for the position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  For full consideration, candidates should apply by March 31, 2016. Preliminary interviews will be conducted over Skype. Review of applicants will continue until the position is filled.

Application:

  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Sample syllabus for freshman composition course
  • Three references including address, telephone number, and e-mail address

Electronic applications only.  Send as PDFs with subject line Writing Search to rmiller@mca.edu.

Memphis College of Art is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
MCA’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, containing information regarding campus safety, is available for view on our website at http://mca.edu/about/contact/. A paper copy of the report will be provided on request by contacting Jonathan Welden, jwelden@mca.edu.

Position Opening for:

Director of MFA Programs

Memphis College of Art seeks a creative, innovative individual to serve as the Director of its MFA programs. Candidates must be familiar with current trends in contemporary art and theory, but well versed in the skills, craft and traditions of a variety of media. This is a 12-month renewable appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, with recruiting, administrative and limited teaching responsibilities, beginning August 15, 2015.

The Director will be responsible for the administration of and recruitment for MFA degree programs in Illustration, Metals, Painting/Drawing, Photography and Studio Art with the possibility of further program expansion. The Director is the lead advisor for students in the Studio Art program and the Studio Art Seminar course is the only teaching assignment. The Director also serves on the Dean’s Council with the undergraduate Division Chairs and the Director of Art Education Programs.

The Director will work to develop a comprehensive strategic recruitment and marketing plan; collaborate with Admissions to recruit MFA candidates, establish and maintain all academic requirements in keeping with SACS and NASAD accreditation and ensure adherence; maintain program’s operating budget, oversee program assessment; represent the program at various conferences.

The successful candidate will have a record of effective administrative experience and teaching as well as an active personal practice. An MFA in a visual discipline is required. He or she will have excellent leadership and communication skills and commitment to a strong community and collegiality within the program.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Review of applicants will continue until the position is filled.

Send letter of interest, curriculum vitae, philosophical statement regarding applicant’s approach to leading an MFA program, portfolio of personal work, examples of student work; and three references including address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

Electronic applications only.  Send as PDF’s to: rmiller@mca.edu.

Memphis College of Art is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
MCA’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, containing information regarding campus safety, is available for view on our website at http://mca.edu/about/contact/. A paper copy of the report will be provided on request by contacting Jonathan Welden, jwelden@mca.edu.

Position Opening for:

Assistant Professor in Illustration/Comics

Memphis College of Art seeks an experienced artist/teacher to work within a newly revamped Illustration program with a Comics track. Openness and collaborative spirit are essential.  3/3 teaching load.  Position begins August 15, 2016.

Requirements:

MFA in Illustration required along with proven excellence in both teaching and creative practice. Candidates must demonstrate broad knowledge of the fields of Illustration and Comics, strong drawing skills, familiarity with a variety of media and techniques including digital, and deep knowledge of professional practices.

Also required: college service; student advising; recruiting; and maintaining creative output consistent with the mission of a professional art school. Familiarity with course/program assessment is desirable.

Compensation:

Salary for the position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  For full consideration, candidates should apply by January 15, 2016.  Initial interviews at CAA by appointment only. Review of applicants will continue until the position is filled.

To Apply:

Send:

  • Letter of interest
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Professional portfolio
  • Examples of student work
  • Three references including address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

Electronic applications only.Send as PDF’s with subject line Assistant Professor, Illustration/Comics Search to rmiller@mca.edu.

Memphis College of Art is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
MCA’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, containing information regarding campus safety, is available for view on our website at http://mca.edu/about/contact/. A paper copy of the report will be provided on request by contacting Jonathan Welden, jwelden@mca.edu.

Position Opening for:

Campus Safety Officer

Memphis College of Art seeks an experienced, full-time Campus Safety Officer. Working under the supervision of the Campus Safety Director, the Campus Safety Officer is responsible for performing assigned duties during the day, evening or weekend on any MCA campus as assigned. Qualified candidates should have a proven background in security and be comfortable in a college environment. Law enforcement background is a plus.

Requirements:

  • Meet or exceed the requirements of the State of TN Dept. of Commerce and Insurance
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • High School diploma or equivalency
  • Knowledge of campus policies and city, county and state laws
  • Knowledge of effective methods of investigations
  • Knowledge of geographic area of campus
  • Ability to complete reports relating to an incident
  • Ability to ascertain facts by personal contact, observation and the examination of records
  • Basic knowledge of computer operation
  • Clear criminal background with no felonies

Duties:

  • Foot/mobile patrol through college properties
  • Locking and unlocking of doors
  • Investigate suspected crimes, report findings
  • Investigate incidents involving persons or property; report probably cause of incidents; pursue appropriate course of action
  • Issue citations for parking violations
  • Safety inspections of campus properties
  • Evaluate complaint and emergency-request information to determine response requirements
  • Other duties as assigned

Apply in person at Memphis College of Art, 1930 Poplar Avenue, or send resume and references with a subject of Campus Safety Officer Search to rbatts@mca.edu.

Memphis College of Art is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
MCA’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, containing information regarding campus safety, is available for view on our website at http://mca.edu/about/contact/. A paper copy of the report will be provided on request by contacting Jonathan Welden, jwelden@mca.edu.

Position Opening for:

Community Education Instructor

Part-time temporary position – Employment by contract per semester and contingent upon meeting minimum enrollment

JOB PURPOSE: Primarily responsible for providing visual arts instruction for youth and/or non-degree-seeking adults.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
• Plans, prepares and implements visual arts courses for youth and/or non-degree-seeking adults
• Understands and applies best practices in art education
• Provides a safe environment for students
• Interacts with students, parents and the public on behalf of CE department
• Demonstrates the proper use of facilities, equipment, supplies and resources
• Complies with safe studio practices and EPA/OSHA regulations

OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS:
• Participates in program evaluation
• Reviews and retains student records
• Records student attendance
• Completes required in-person training
• May be required to assist with installation of student exhibitions
• Performs other various duties as may be assigned

REQUIREMENTS:
Knowledge and Experience:
• BFA in visual art (MFA or MAT preferred)
• Background in art and/or art education preferred
• A minimum of 2 years teaching experience or public program experience
• Understands and promotes student learning outcomes in youth development or lifelong
learning
• Current adult and/or pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED certification preferred
• Experience in customer service, communication and working in a team environment
preferred

Physical:
Frequently lifts, carries or otherwise moves and positions objects weighing up to 25 pounds. Typically bends, stoops and crouches on a regular basis. Constantly moves about to coordinate work. Frequently reaches with hands and arms. Frequently communicates, verbally and in writing. Requires ability to talk, hear and see.

Environmental:
While performing the job the employee may be exposed to fumes or odors related to art materials and processes. The noise level is occasionally moderate to loud.

Other:
Must be able to participate in online video-based training. Must pass a national criminal background check.

The above job description is intended to describe the general content, identify the essential job functions, and set forth the requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of job functions or requirements.

COMPENSATION:
• Commensurate with education and experience.

TO APPLY:
• Send cover letter, course proposal, teaching philosophy, resume, and three or more professional references to:

Memphis College of Art
Community Education
1930 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN 38104
commed@mca.edu

• Or apply online at: https://mca.formstack.com/forms/ce_staff_app

Memphis College of Art is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
MCA’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, containing information regarding campus safety, is available for view on our website at http://mca.edu/about/contact/. A paper copy of the report will be provided on request by contacting Jonathan Welden, jwelden@mca.edu.

Position Opening for:

Youth Program Support Staff

Part-time position – Employment hourly on a temporary basis by semester and contingent upon meeting minimum enrollment.
JOB PURPOSE: Primarily responsible for providing support for youth program activities

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
• Assists Community Education Instructors in implementing activities and supervising students
• Assists Community Education Instructors in maintaining facilities, equipment, supplies and other resources
• Independently supervises students during roll call, switching classes, and other transitions
• May be responsible for student arrival and dismissal
• May supervise students at lunch and/or extended care

OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS:
• Provides a safe environment for students
• Interacts with students, parents and the public on behalf of CE department
• Complies with safe studio practices and EPA/OSHA regulations
• Participates in program evaluation
• Reviews and maintains student records
• Records student attendance
• Completes required in-person training
• Performs other various duties as may be assigned
• Considers participants’ needs before own

REQUIREMENTS:
Knowledge and Experience:
• A minimum of one year experience in youth programs
• Background in art/education (undergraduate visual art majors preferred)
• Experience in customer service, communication and working in a team environment
preferred
• Current pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED certification preferred

Physical:
Frequently lifts, carries or otherwise moves and positions objects weighing up to 25 pounds. Typically bends, stoops and crouches on a regular basis. Constantly moves about to coordinate work. Frequently reaches with hands and arms. Frequently communicates, verbally and in writing. Requires ability to talk, hear and see.

Environmental:
While performing the job the employee may be exposed to fumes or odors related to art materials and processes. The noise level is occasionally moderate to loud.

Other:
Minimum age 18. Students must maintain a minimum GPA 3.0. Must pass a national criminal background check. Must be able to participate in online video-based training. Must pass a national criminal background check.

The above job description is intended to describe the general content, identify the essential job functions, and set forth the requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of job functions or requirements.

COMPENSATION:
• Hourly: starts at $8/hour

TO APPLY:
• Request an application at:
Memphis College of Art
Community Education
Gibson Hall, Room 127
commed@mca.edu

• Or apply online at:  https://mca.formstack.com/forms.ce_staff_app

Memphis College of Art is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
MCA’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, containing information regarding campus safety, is available for view on our website at http://mca.edu/about/contact/. A paper copy of the report will be provided on request by contacting Jonathan Welden, jwelden@mca.edu.

Position Opening For:

Adjunct Drawing Instructors

Memphis College of Art seeks adjunct faculty to teach introductory-level and life drawing classes.  Drawing 1 and 2 are part of a rigorous Foundations program and based wholly on traditional drawing from observation.  Knowledge of linear perspective is necessary.  Drawing 1 is focused on line while Drawing 2 deals with value studies in a variety of materials and techniques.

Life Drawing is an upper-level course and involves line and value studies from the nude in a variety of materials and techniques.  The focus of this class is on the structure of the human figure through planar development and the convincing representation of the figure in space.

MFA preferred, BFA required.  Experience teaching is preferred.

Submit (electronically if possible) a CV, 10-20 images of student work (if available), 10-20 images of personal work (emphasizing drawing ability, if possible) to:

Remy Miller
Dean/VPAA
Memphis College of Art
1930 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN  38104
rmiller@mca.edu


Position Opening for:

Adjunct Instructors for Art Education Programs

Requirements: Terminal degree (EdD, or PhD) in either education or art education with a strong background in K-12 art instruction to meet SACSCOC, NCATE and Tennessee State Board of Examiner’s requirements. Candidates must be effective in communication; have strong organizational and writing skills, be willing to work in the evening and possibly in the summer months; and be open to evaluation and critique.

Please send your resume or CV with a subject of Adjunct ArtEd Instructor Search to rmiller@mca.edu in PDF format. Positions may be open as early as the spring semester. Pay is based on MCA pay standard for adjuncts.


The College:

Memphis College of Art, an independent professional art college, is accredited by both the National Association of Schools of Art & Design and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The school is located within a picturesque 342 acre wooded park in Midtown Memphis and is adjacent to the Brooks Museum of Art and the Memphis Zoo.

MCA offers BFA degree programs in Digital Media, Drawing, Graphic Design, Illustration, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture.  Graduate studies include an MFA program in traditional studio practice or an individually tailored interdisciplinary emphasis and education program leading to either an MAT or MAArtEd.

New faculty will join a distinguished body of artists, designers, scholars, and educators who are committed to mentoring the next generation of artists who will be shaping the course of artmaking in the 21st century.

Memphis College of Art is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
AA/EOE

MCA’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, containing information regarding campus safety, is available for view on our website at http://mca.edu/about/contact/. A paper copy of the report will be provided on request by contacting Jonathan Welden, jwelden@mca.edu.