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Maine College of Art, located in Portland, Maine, delivers a demanding and enlivening education in visual art and design within an intimate learning community.  We 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.  Founded in 1882 and fully accredited, MECA educates artists at all stages of their creative careers, offering both the Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degrees as well as a wide range of professional institutes and continuing studies classes for individuals of all ages. The College gallery, the Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA, has been hailed as one of the finest art spaces in the Northeast for the exhibition of leading edge contemporary art.

MECA is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design. Maine College of Art an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual preference, handicap, race, age, color, national or ethnic origin in hiring and employment practices. 

 

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CHAIR OF ACADEMIC STUDIES, MAINE COLLEGE OF ART

Maine College of Art (MECA) invites applications for a full-time Chair of Academic Studies with duties commencing no later than August 1, 2015.


The Chair of Academic Studies has comprehensive responsibility for the program. The chair oversees the previously separate departments of Art History and Liberal Arts and collaborates with all academic programs of the college (BFA, MAT and MFA). The chair provides academic vision and leadership for the program, and collaborates with thirteen undergraduate and two graduate programs. S/he will be a dynamic teacher, effective administrator, creative colleague and holistic thinker. The position requires broad knowledge of visual and cultural studies and demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary student-centric education.

The successful candidate will lead the redesign of the program in concert with faculty, staff, students and administrators, so that academic studies enrich, inform and inspire students’ intellectual development. Individualized attention and engaged pedagogy are hallmarks of a MECA education. Therefore, a genuine interest in curricular experimentation with a focus on continually improving learning is required.


POSITION SUMMARY AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Chair of Academic Studies reports to the Vice President of Academic Affairs/Dean of the College, and oversees all aspects of program implementation and administration. MECA faculty teach a 3/3 course load in undergraduate and/or graduate courses as experience allows.

However, since this is a faculty appointment with significant administrative duties, the Chair receives course releases and an administrative stipend. The Chair is responsible for ongoing curricular development, programmatic evaluation and assessment, new program initiatives and oversight of the Art History and Writing Minors. S/he has budgetary oversight and hires and assesses adjunct faculty as needed.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

+ Ph.D strongly preferred. However, outstanding candidates with an exemplary record of scholarly and/or creative achievement and a graduate degree are welcome to apply.

+ Three to five years of higher education teaching and/or administration.

+ Demonstrated excellence in teaching.

+ A record of professional accomplishment in research, scholarly and/or creative projects as demonstrated by publication, presentation or performance.

+ Evidence of effective service, particularly regarding curriculum development.

+ Proven ability to facilitate and advocate for departmental and institutional goals.

+ Excellent communication and managerial skills.

BENEFITS

Compensation is based on experience and rank of the applicant. The chair has a reduced teaching load to support his/her administrative responsibilities and receives an additional administrative stipend for chairing the department. A comprehensive benefit package is offered, including health, dental, vacation, sick and retirement benefits.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately, with a priority deadline of December 1, 2014. Applications will be considered on a continuous basis until an appointment is made. Application materials must be sent digitally in a single PDF, not to exceed a 25MB file size.

Email the document to employment@meca.edu. Place <FirstName LastName -- Chair of Academic Studies Search> in the subject line. The PDF must include: (1) A letter of application which (a) articulates how the candidate’s experience intersects with the position description and (b) addresses the role of the humanities and sciences in an art and design college; (2) a teaching philosophy; (3) a current CV; (4) and five references, one of which must be from a student. A writing sample, course evaluations (if available) and a representative body of creative/scholarly work may be requested after review of application materials.

Maine College of Art does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in hiring and employment policies and encourages candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply.

INSTITUTION

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 460 students, the majority of whom are in the undergraduate program. About 1200 students take classes through MECA’s Continuing Studies program annually. MECA’s Joanne Waxman Library is an important public 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 and Master of Arts in Teaching. 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 (MECA) invites applications for a full-time year-round Chair of Academic Studies with duties commencing no later than August 1, 2015.

The Chair of Academic Studies has comprehensive responsibility for the program. The chair provides academic vision and leadership for the program, and collaborates with thirteen  undergraduate and two graduate programs. S/he will be a dynamic teacher, effective administrator, creative colleague and holistic thinker. The position requires broad knowledge of visual and cultural studies and demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary student-centric education.

The successful candidate will lead the redesign of the program in concert with faculty, staff, students and administrators, so that academic studies enrich, inform and inspire students’ intellectual development. The chair oversees the previously separate departments of Art History and Liberal Arts and collaborates with all academic programs of the college (BFA, MAT and MFA).

Individualized attention and engaged pedagogy are hallmarks of a MECA education. Therefore, a genuine interest in curricular experimentation with a focus on continually improving learning is required.

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ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR/ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, WORLD HISTORY
MAINE COLLEGE OF ART

Maine College of Art (MECA), located in Portland, Maine, invites applications for adjunct teaching in World History for the academic year 2014-2015. Candidates must have a master’s or doctoral degree in History. Teaching experience at the college level is preferred. The successful candidate will teach both halves of a two-semester world history course, <Diverse Cultures>.

Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately and will be accepted until a hire is made. Application materials must be sent digitally in a single PDF, not to exceed a 25MB file size. Please email the document to employment@meca.edu. Place <[FirstName LastName], Adjunct History> in the subject line. The PDF must include (1) a one-page letter of application, (2) a cv, (3) all college transcripts, and (4) five references.

Maine College of Art does not discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual preference, handicap, race, age, color, national or ethnic origin in hiring and employment practices and encourages candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply.

 

INSTITUTION

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 420 students. In addition, about 1200 students take classes through MECA’s Continuing Studies program annually. MECA’s Joanne Waxman Library is an important public resource of art­ and design­oriented 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, Master of Arts in Teaching, and Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art. MECA employs approximately 100 faculty and staff. The College’s BFA program offers eleven majors and three minors. MECA’s MFA is an innovative two­year low­residency program with approximately thirty students. 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 and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design. 

Assistant Director of Financial Aid
 
The Maine College of Art, a regionally accredited college of approximately 450 undergraduate and graduate students, delivers a demanding and enlivening education in visual art and design within an intimate learning community.  The College seeks an experienced higher education professional to join its staff as the Assistant Director of Financial Aid. 
The assistant director will work to counsel students and families on all aspects of the financial aid process; maintain up-to-date knowledge of federal, state and institutional programs and guidelines; work with the director to assess need and determine award packages; conduct verification of files selected for review; assist in the appeal process; administer Federal Work Study; maintain accurate records; utilize technology to maximize customer service and office functioning; work with the Business Office to ensure reconciliation of student billing; work with the Office of Admissions to ensure attainment of enrollment goals; and represent the Office of Financial Aid in the absence of the director. 
The ideal candidate will demonstrate strong organization and communication skills, a keen attention to detail, an ability to work well under pressure and time constraints, a commitment to customer service, sensitivity to the confidential needs of students and families, and good administrative and computer skills.  A bachelor’s degree and two-to-three years of financial aid experience in a higher education setting is required. Experience working with PowerFAIDs and Jenzabar a plus.  
The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the successful candidate is placed.  Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, resume, and the names of three professional references to: Assistant Director of Financial Aid Search, Maine College of Art, 522 Congress Street, Portland, Maine 04101.  E-mail resumes to employment@meca.edu
 
Maine College of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 
 
INSTITUTION
 
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 440 students. In addition, about 1200 students take classes through MECA’s Continuing Studies program annually. MECA’s Joanne Waxman Library is an important public 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, Master of Arts in Teaching, and Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art. MECA employs approximately 100 faculty and staff. The College’s BFA program offers eleven majors and three minors. MECA’s MFA is an innovative two-­year low­residency program with approximately thirty students. The mission of the college is to educate artists for life: we believe in the transformational power of an arts education to serve as the foundation for a lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals. MECA combines a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum, immersive studio practice, and wealth of professional development opportunities to provide an educational experience that embodies artistic excellence, civic engagement, and creative entrepreneurship. Maine College of Art is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design.