Create an integrated and immersive educational experience embedding concepts and skills with humanities, sciences, critical & contextual studies in order to foster the development of a holistic and sustained practice.The program is an integrated learning community with faculty from the departments of Art, Design, Film and Interior Architecture along with Humanities & Sciences working together to provide students with research-led, and project-based learning. Faculty drawn from across the visual arts will work as part of a six-member team representing the contemporary context of convergence and complexity. A range of practice and skills will be represented to offer students an experience in which discipline assumptions are exposed, explored, and questioned. The studio module instructors will teach six consecutive five-week modules, drawing on their subject perspectives in relationship to the unit themes. Alongside practice instruction in the studio and technical workshops in the labs, students will engage in critical and contextual studies, starting the contextual process of “situating practice”. Learning outcomes to be addressed include cross-discipline-based knowledge and understanding, applied knowledge and understanding, cognitive skills including evaluation and critical analysis, writing and communication skills, digital literacy, and autonomy, accountability, and working with others. The new program puts the student ‘at the center’ of their own learning. The structure has been developed to allow students to work in a focused and connected way through block learning. The new structure is a simple and flexible model that is responsive to the contemporary context and allows content to change from year to year creating a program that stays current in an ever-changing world. Cornish College of the Arts is a Collective Bargaining institution. Our Faculty CBA can be found on our website and referenced for salary ranges.
Working in collaboration with other module instructors, and consultation with the Interdisciplinary Studio Coordinator and Program Director and H&S Coordinator.
The Visual Arts Foundation Year provides a platform for students to explore and apply cross-disciplinary perspectives and applications to their project research and practice. The Design Foundation Module Instructor will work closely with other module instructors as well as H&S Instructors and Critical Studies Instructors. This role will involve teaching delivery over the 9 month academic year as well as liaison with key studio supervisors. The Module Instructor will participate in the development, planning and organization of the program as a whole, and will serve on committees and groups as determined by the Program Director.
1. To be responsible for the day-to-day teaching of Design component of the Visual Arts Foundation Year and contribute to its strategic and academic development.
2. To be responsible, under the direction of the Program Director, for the assessment of students in their studio module and the development of teaching and learning strategies appropriate to the nature of the study of design.
3. To contribute to the curriculum development of the studio component and ensure the continuous improvement of the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of the program.
4. To deliver a learning experience that offers intellectual, practical and technical experiences related to the design practice.
5. To teach six consecutive modules throughout the year (3 per semester) that respond to the identified unit themes.
6. To ensure that the College’s policies, procedures and regulations in terms of induction, health and safety and conduct are fully met.
7. To implement, monitor and document students’ performance through assessment mechanisms.
8. To contribute to curriculum development, particularly to assist in the planning, updating and development of the cross-disciplinary curriculum.
9. To participate in specified teaching and research/scholarly activities to fulfill academic and professional objectives.
10. To participate in professional development activities, including training events, workshops, seminars and conferences, as recommended by the Program Director.
11. To undertake any such other duties commensurate with the post as determined by the Program Director.
• An MA or MFA degree in design discipline preferred; BFA with equivalent experience considered
• Evidence of a minimum of two years undergraduate teaching experience
• Ability to offer skills and knowledge of current design practice
• A wide-ranging knowledge of analog and digital design skills
• Knowledge of contemporary design practice
• Experience with collaborative curriculum planning
• Experience with assessment processes and feedback mechanisms
• Demonstrated ability to work closely and compatibly with a diverse student body, faculty, staff and other colleagues
• Experience working with project-based learning
• An interest in the exploring intersections across the visual arts, humanities & sciences, and critical and historical studies.
• Experience working in a first-year program
• Experience working in contemporary design practice
• Knowledge of accreditation
• Experience developing socially engaged projects in external context
• Team Leader – problem solver
• Commitment to education and student centered learning
• Able to take initiative and work independently
• Composed – able to deal with unexpected tasks and situations
• Good organization skills
• Open to learning and responsive to change
• Interested in a culture of innovation
• Adaptability, openness, curiosity
• Good interpersonal skills and professionalism
• Listening skills – facilitator
If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit the following documents to email@example.com:
1 Statement of educational philosophy (1 page)
2 Cover Letter
3 Diversity Statement. We would like to know more about your experience with diversity and inclusion, race and equity, and social justice. Please tell us about your experience teaching, engaging and working with diverse communities. (1 page)
4 Current CV/Resume
5 Cornish College Employment Application
6 Visual Presentations (20 minutes) to be made prior to hire addressing the following inquiry followed by a Q&A by panel:
• What would you bring to the new role from your background and experience and how would you help shape the future of the integrated foundation program?
Deadline for applications is January 1st, 2018
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