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ACADEMIC STUDIES FACULTY, SEAD
Assistant/Associate Professor of Environmental Humanities and Coordinator of the minor in Sustainable Ecosystems: Art & Design (SEAD)
POSITION SUMMARY AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Assistant/Associate Professor of Environmental Humanities must be an
interdisciplinary thinker and educator invested in seeing students develop literacy in the
many philosophical, ethical, cultural, political and scientific issues that shape the field of
Environmental Humanities. Candidates will demonstrate excellence and innovation in
their teaching as well as a genuine interest in actively mentoring art and design students.
This position will be responsible for coordinating and developing the newly created
Sustainable Ecosystems: Art & Design (SEAD) minor in collaboration with the Chair of
Academic Studies, to whom they will report. The SEAD coordinator will be expected to
stay abreast of pedagogical developments in the areas of ecology, art and design and
develop the SEAD curriculum accordingly. Like all Full faculty at MECA, they will teach a
3/3 course load. Teaching assignments will include the Philosophy course Ecology and
Ethics and/or the Art History courses Environmental Justice: Activism & Art, and Art in the
Anthropocene. In addition to Environmental Humanities courses, teaching assignments
may include other courses addressing philosophy and art history outside the minor. The
SEAD coordinator will oversee the development of all SEAD capstone projects, including
advising students about their research and when appropriate facilitating collaborations
with studio areas. The coordinator will be responsible for working directly with students
and faculty to answer questions about the SEAD minor and resolve problems that arise.
The SEAD coordinator will also be expected to attend meetings with potential
collaborators in the local community for the development of public engagement projects
related to the minor as well as the development of future opportunities. Individualized
attention and effective teaching are hallmarks of a MECA education; therefore, a genuine
engagement in pedagogy with a focus on continually improving learning is required. The
SEAD Coordinator will also participate in the Academic Studies program implementation
and administration, including curricular development, programmatic evaluation and
assessment, and new initiatives.
Qualifications & Requirements QUALIFICATIONS
The successful candidate will hold a terminal degree (PhD) in philosophy, art history or a
related field with expertise in Environmental Humanities and will demonstrate a
significant record of publishing and engagement in their field. College-level teaching
experience in the areas of Philosophy, Critical Theory, and/or Art History is required and
an established record of professional accomplishment is desirable. Demonstrated
excellence in teaching, current engagement with the profession, and knowledge of
contemporary art and design is expected, as is a thorough knowledge of the field of
Environmental Humanities. The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal
skills. Evidence of effective academic and community service, particularly regarding
curriculum development, is desirable, as is recognition in the field of Environmental
Compensation ranges from $45,000 to $60,000, based on experience and rank. A
comprehensive benefits package is offered, including health, dental, vacation, sick and
Applications will be reviewed immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Candidates who submit their materials by February 1, 2019 are assured full consideration.
Digital application required. In one PDF file not to exceed 25MB please include: (1) an
application letter that describes how the candidate’s experience, accomplishments and
qualifications intersect with the position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a teaching philosophy;
(4) a diversity statement; (5) two scholarly writing samples; (6) a sample syllabus; and (7)
names and contact information of four current references.
Attach the PDF to an email and send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Place “Environmental
Humanities Search: [Your Name]” in the Subject line. Applications will be kept
confidential until such time as candidates visit campus.
Maine College of Art is an independent college of art and design located in the center of
the thriving arts district of Portland, Maine. Established in 1882, the College currently
enrolls approximately 500 students, the majority of whom are in the undergraduate
program. About 1,200 students take classes through MECA’s Continuing Studies
Program annually. MECA’s Joanne Waxman Library is an important resource of art and
design oriented books and periodicals for the region. The Institute of Contemporary Art
at MECA is a vibrant site for the exhibition of contemporary art.
MECA is characterized by its intimate learning community, its interdisciplinary nature and
the breadth of its programs. It confers the degrees of Bachelor of Fine Arts in eleven
majors, Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art, Master of Arts in Teaching, and the Salt
Graduate Certificate in Documentary Studies. Our goal at MECA is to teach each student
how to transform aspirations and values into a creative practice that serves as the
foundation for a lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals.
Maine College of Art is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and
Colleges (NEASC) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
The College’s accreditation status with both agencies was renewed in 2016.