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Assistant Teaching Professor of Art (Foundations Specialist)

Ball State University

Last Updated: 5/26/23

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School of Art

Assistant Teaching Professor of Art (Foundations Specialist)

Ball State University

The School of Art at Ball State University welcomes applications for an Assistant Teaching Professor of Art (Foundations Specialist) to begin August, 2021. This is a non-tenure track, full-time position with the possibility of contract renewal.

Responsibilities include teaching a range of undergraduate courses in studio art foundations. Our program includes Drawing, 2D, 3D, and 4D Foundations. The teaching load for the specialist is four studio courses per semester, in at least two of these areas.

Foundations serves a wide range of studio and applied art disciplines. Ideal candidates will bring innovative pedagogy, with a broad vision of contemporary art and design and an interest in interdisciplinary and collaborative practices. Successful candidates will be fluent in incorporating digital tools into these courses and emphasize formal, technical and conceptual skills. The School of Art values a diverse curriculum which represents and emphasizes voices that have been traditionally excluded from art and design education. Ideal candidates will demonstrate a commitment to these principles and an approach that centers their teaching on inclusion.

The School of Art at Ball State has forty-nine full-time faculty and offers state-of-the-art facilities serving over 600 undergraduate majors as well as a growing graduate program. Programs at the BA, BS, BFA and MFA levels include animation, art education, art history, ceramics, drawing, glass, metals, painting, photography, intermedia, printmaking, sculpture, and visual communication (graphic design).

Housed in the Art and Journalism building, School of Art students enjoy over 57,000 square feet of world-class facilities, a nationally ranked animation program, the Atrium Gallery, and the Glick Center for Glass. Students and faculty work closely with David Owsley Museum of Art on campus, among the finest university art collections in the nation.

Ball State University is accredited by the National Association for Schools of Art and Design.

Minimum Qualifications: Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art, Design or related discipline, by time of appointment; Teaching experience on the college level, with experience in Foundations curriculum.

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge of basic digital skills/experience with Adobe Creative Cloud; Fluency with time-based media; Practicing studio artist or designer with an active exhibition/scholarly record; Involvement with FATE (Foundations in Art: Theory and Education); Teaching experience beyond graduate assistantship.

Apply online at: Required in the “Applicant Documents” section of this application:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. A portfolio of no more than 20 samples of your current professional work and 10 examples of student work (labeled as such) saved as a single PDF (with links to time-based work) under the “Portfolio” document in the Applicant Documents section
  4. A statement on creative practice/research
  5. A teaching philosophy that addresses foundations-level instruction and how you have worked to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in your classroom
  6. A syllabus from a Foundation-level studio art course

Please address the cover letter to Heidi Jensen. The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earned is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through April 15, 2021.

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, approximately 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students enroll each year in diverse academic programs on and off campus. Our students come from all Indiana counties, all 50 states, and 68 countries to pursue knowledge in seven academic colleges offering 190 undergraduate majors, 130 undergraduate minors, 140 graduate programs and 200 study abroad programs.

The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.

The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave. For further information regarding benefits please visit:

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

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Muncie, Indiana, United States
Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball Sta...