FEATURED JOB: Assistant/Associate Professor Liberal Arts Department, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Liberal Arts

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Assistant/Associate Professor Liberal Arts Department

Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Liberal Arts 

The Liberal Arts Department of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) invites applications for a full-time assistant or associate professor. Enthusiasm for engaging in a curriculum that touches on a wide range of disciplines is required. Candidates must have previous teaching experience in either art history surveys or foundation writing classes or a sufficient background to successfully teach such courses. Special consideration will be given to scholars who focus on any of the following fields: animation, comic art, illustration, filmmaking, film theory or writing for or about the screen, creative writing, or the engaged liberal arts. The successful candidate will be committed to differentiated instruction to reach all learners. The department strongly encourages candidates with an ability to inspire and motivate a diverse student population of artists, designers, and makers and who have demonstrated success meeting the needs of underrepresented student populations and/or engagement with diverse communities to apply.

The position begins August 2020. Full-time faculty are required to teach three courses each semester or equivalent and participate in committee work and other departmental and college activities required of ranked faculty while maintaining an active scholarly agenda. MCAD offers renewable, long-term contracts based on a clearly defined peer-review process. Rank will be commensurate with experience. This position is benefits eligible. This position reports to the chair of the Liberal Arts Department.


  • Three years teaching experience
  • Terminal degree in art history, cultural studies, history, or related liberal arts or arts field
  • Evidence of an active scholarly agenda or engagement and/or critical practice in their field

About MCAD

Founded in 1886, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit teaching institution which educates individuals to be professional artists and designers, creative thinkers, cultural leaders, and engaged global citizens. Located in the Twin Cities, MCAD is an independent, accredited institution with 14 undergraduate degree programs, with BFAs in Fine Arts, Media Arts, Design, and BS in Entrepreneurial Studies, and an established MFA program and two online MA degrees. MCAD also offers five minors anchored in the Liberal Arts, Arts Entrepreneurship, and Fine Arts departments. Dedicated to the creative and professional success of its students, MCAD is also an important participant in the Twin Cities' thriving cultural community. The state of Minnesota has long enjoyed and valued a rich cultural life that is furthered by the generous support of numerous private foundations. Ranked as the 16th largest metropolitan area in the nation, the area hosts 18 Fortune 500 Companies and seven of the largest private companies in the country. In 2014, CBRE rated Minneapolis as the greenest city in the nation. Notable cultural institutions include the Walker Art Center, the Guthrie Theater, the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Weisman Art Museum. In addition, the Twin Cities are well known for the quality of their live theater, musical venues, galleries, art film houses and festivals, as well as a full array of professional sports teams.

MCAD’s community of staff and faculty enjoy a dynamic, creative, and inclusive work environment. MCAD offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes: medical, dental, 403(b) retirement plan, commuter benefits, as well as generous time off plans. In addition, after six months of service, full-time employees and their eligible dependents can receive free tuition at MCAD, as well the potential to receive reduced tuition at more than 600 colleges nationwide. MCAD faculty are represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

The mission of MCAD is to transform the world through creativity and purpose. Support that mission through working at MCAD!

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Deadline: Priority will be given to those who respond by January 6, 2020.

To ensure full consideration, complete application materials must be received by 1/6/20. Preliminary interviews will be conducted via GoToMeeting. A background check will be made prior to employment.

Applications should include:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. A writing sample
  4. A teaching portfolio including teaching philosophy
  5. Complete information for three professional references: names, institutional affiliations, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers
  6. Transcript of degree, showing coursework appropriate to position (copies are acceptable); official transcript required prior to employment.

Electronic application procedure:

  • Submit all materials in a single PDF file in the order as listed above (1-6).
  • Limit PDF file to size 15MB or less and title the file as follows: last name_first name_LA.pdf
  • Email complete application file to position19-31@mcad.edu  with applicant’s last name in the subject line
  • All correspondence regarding the search will be conducted via email. Please send any inquiries to position19-31@mcad.edu and include job Liberal Arts Search in all correspondence
  • Only complete applications will be eligible for consideration.