Open position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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The School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a Chair of the Foundations Curriculum. This full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor begins on August 16, 2013.

The ideal candidate will place foundational studies at the center of their pedagogy and research. The position requires a terminal degree in a related field, a personal commitment to foundational studies, administrative experience, and a demonstrated expertise and interest in crossing philosophic and media boundaries. Candidates should possess a demonstrated record of professional accomplishments and be in dialogue with contemporary art and design discourse, particularly as it relates to practice or pedagogy.

In addition to teaching two to three courses per year in programs across the School, the Chair of Foundations coordinates staffing and curriculum planning for a first-year program that serves several distinct majors within Studio Art, Design, Art History, and Art Education. Responsibilities also include supervision of academic advising and major selection processes for first-year students, as well as participation in Faculty governance at the School, College, and University levels.

The Foundations Curriculum at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is committed to providing first-year students with the broadest possible base of theoretical information and practical experience to build a visual and verbal language applicable to all disciplines within the School of Art + Design. We seek an experienced applicant who is prepared to lead faculty from multiple areas in the ongoing process of developing and maintaining a design and drawing curriculum that best serves the School's mission as a comprehensive unit.

About the University of Illinois:
The School of Art and Design is a part of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois, an internationally recognized and historic research and educational institution. The University supports faculty as actively working researchers in the humanities, arts, sciences, and engineering through opportunities for funding and vital cross-disciplinary exchange in the campus' many institutes, centers, and initiatives. These include the Campus Research Board, the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, the Center for Advanced Study, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, and numerous other more specialized hubs.

The arts also play a vital and recognized role in the University's service mission as a State University, as evidenced by the historic examples of the Krannert Art Museum and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, each an international hub for innovative scholarship and public engagement.

The University actively pursues a commitment to diversity through growing support for its numerous area and ethnic studies programs. Faculty and students in the Arts routinely collaborate with these areas in their research and programming; such efforts enjoy support for activities on campus and around the world.

Supported by the nation's third largest research library and abundant technological resources, Illinois provides a rich environment for both traditional and experimental ventures. Champaign-Urbana is located in East Central Illinois, within a short driving distance to Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis. For more information, please visit for the University, for the college, and for the School.

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by November 25, 2012. Please create your candidate profile at and upload the following:
1. Detailed letter of application
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Research statement
4. Statement of teaching philosophy and experience (along with sample syllabi)
5. Names and complete contact information for three references
6. Portfolio of professional/research work (up to 20 total images and/or written publications)
7. Portfolio of your students' work (up to 20 total images)

Please submit items 1-5 combined into a single multi-page (letter size) PDF. Use the naming convention of "lastname_firstname_docs.pdf". Portfolios should each be submitted as single multi-page (letter size) PDFs. Use the naming convention of "lastname_firstname_pw.pdf" for professional/research work and "lastname_firstname_sw.pdf" for student work.

Please direct any inquiries to:
Alan Mette, Professor and Executive Associate Director
School of Art + Design
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
408 East Peabody Drive
Champaign, IL 61820 USA

Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (

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