Governors State University (University Park, IL) is a minority-majority institution inviting applications for a tenure track position as an Assistant Professor in Printmaking to begin in the Fall 2021 semester. We seek a Printmaker artist-scholar who is committed to enhancing our culture of diversity, equity and inclusion and will complement existing faculty strengths. We seek a candidate who exhibits leadership in curriculum development and innovation. Teaching responsibilities include instructing scaffolded printmaking courses in Relief, Etching, and Serigraphy, within the BFA major and the MFA graduate programs. Additional courses may be taught in the program based on area(s) of expertise. The successful candidate will contribute to our program by designing curriculum and offering courses that include topics such as art appreciation, art history surveys, two- and three-dimensional design, sculpture, drawing, and cross-curriculum courses such as Print on Clay and Textile Printing. The preferred candidate would have ample teaching experience in online course delivery and development. Expertise is also requested with Studio management such as safety, work-flow, ordering supplies, maintaining equipment, and supervising student workers. Specifically, we seek a teacher-scholar with a focus in printmaking as an artistic tool. This person would be able to actively recruit new students to the program, engage in interdisciplinary work with other programs on campus, actively participate in University service, and mentor students to becoming professional artists. The Art and Film Program at Governors State University offers an undergraduate B.F.A. degree and two M.F.A. degrees, one focusing on Studio Art and one in Independent Film and Digital Imaging. Our faculty exhibit nationally, are active members of the Chicagoland arts community, and are dedicated to advancing the teaching, research, and service missions of the university. Governors State University is the only regional public comprehensive university in Chicago’s south suburban area, serving more than 5,500 students annually. Since its founding in 1969, GSU has offered accessible, high-value educational opportunities to a culturally diverse student body of first-generation students, returning adults, and veterans. With the lowest undergraduate tuition in Illinois, GSU offers accredited programs that have earned high praise from national accrediting agencies. In 2014, GSU accepted its inaugural class of first-year students as it transitioned from an upper-division and graduate institution into a regional comprehensive university with a state-of-the-art general education program. New faculty at GSU must demonstrate enthusiasm and ability to work with students at all levels, from first-year to graduate. Through its strategic planning, GSU emphasizes excellence, access, and innovation. Students benefit from the university’s academic quality, range of convenient class times, increasingly numerous hybrid and online offerings, and outstanding educational value. Our innovative lower-division program uses high-impact practices to foster student engagement with ethics, citizenship, and innovative thinking. Every first-year class is taught by a full-time faculty member to ensure that students have a strong foundation for their studies. GSU is a national leader in successful transfer of community college students to universities and is leading through the Kresge-supported Dual Degree Program, with features such as tuition lock-in at GSU for academically eligible community college students who commit to earn an Associate Degree and attend college full-time. GSU offers a wide variety of master’s programs and several applied doctoral degrees in health, counseling fields, and Interdisciplinary Leadership. GSU's 750-acre campus encompasses the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park yet is conveniently located within easy reach of Chicago and surrounding communities with a wealth of cultural and natural attractions. The highly diverse region GSU serves has a number of high-performing schools and engaged communities as well as struggling urban, suburban, and rural communities. GSU serves as a public square, working to foster educational opportunities for all populations. It is the policy of Governors State University, in its role as educator, employer, and purchaser of goods and services, to provide equal opportunity and affirmative action. Discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status is strictly prohibited. Salary and benefits package are commensurate with education and experience.
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