The Division of Liberal Arts at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) seeks to fill a full time undergraduate faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor in science and/or mathematics beginning August 1, 2020. We are looking for a colleague with a background and undergraduate general education teaching experience in one or more of the STEM fields, including but not limited to astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, earth and environmental sciences, engineering, physics, health sciences, mathematics, statistics, and technology. Candidates interested in joining a vibrant, creative and thoughtful faculty devoted to undergraduate teaching and learning beyond conventional boundaries should apply.
UNCSA is part of the seventeen-campus University of North Carolina system. UNCSA is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, known as the ‘City of Arts and Innovation.’ The city’s four other universities offer ample opportunities for meaningful collaboration. The undergraduate division of UNCSA offers professional training for artists in a four-year program that culminates in a BFA or BM degree. The Division of Liberal Arts (DLA) offers a curriculum that contributes to the cultural and intellectual growth of students majoring in Design & Production, Dance, Filmmaking, Music and Drama.
In the DLA, we offer courses such as Self, Society and Cosmos, Paths to the Present, and Being An Artist Today to provide students with the opportunity to enhance their understanding of themselves and their relation to diverse historical and cultural contexts. Additionally, the core curriculum fosters the habits of mind and communication skills necessary to becoming influential, socially engaged arts professionals. We design courses of special relevance to students of the arts. Our diverse specialties include history, interdisciplinary humanities, foreign languages, literature, media studies, philosophy, psychology and the natural sciences. Along with creative and scholarly (or research) activities, the normal teaching load is 4/4, including (teaching) courses in the core curriculum.
Candidates should refer to the Undergraduate Liberal Arts Bulletin (https://www.uncsa.edu/bulletin/current/undergraduate/la/courses.aspx) and to our current Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 course schedules (https://www.uncsa.edu/mysa/current-students/academics/docs/dla-fall-schedule.pdf and https://www.uncsa.edu/mysa/current-students/academics/docs/dla-spring-schedule.pdf) to get a sense of what we do and do not already offer.
Description of Responsibilities and Duties
Successful candidates will have an enthusiasm for teaching in an arts-oriented environment. They will develop and teach courses on a variety of topics, which could work at the intersection of STEM and other disciplines and, perhaps, crossing boundaries of region and period. They also will have a desire and a willingness to teach courses within our first- and second-year core curricula. We seek colleagues who will enhance our program, rather than candidates from a particular area of expertise.
Successful candidates will undertake responsibilities typical of such a position in an academic setting, including participating in academic advising; evaluating students on a regular basis; submitting grades; attending faculty meetings, retreats and other meetings deemed necessary by the Dean; attending to all duties associated with a full-time faculty appointment as described in the UNCSA Faculty Manual; teaching assigned courses; holding office hours; participating in UNCSA and DLA committees as needed; engaging in the development of new and existing programs; participating in other work-related duties assigned by the Dean.
The qualified candidate will possess a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree, or an equivalent combination of education, teaching, and professional experience. Other required qualifications include: undergraduate-level teaching experience; a record of creative or professional achievement; an ability to work at the intersection of, or across disciplines; excellent interpersonal skills; a demonstrated commitment to divisional and institutional service; an ability to design courses relevant to students of the fine and performing arts.
Preferred qualifications include an understanding of the tools required for success in the performing and visual arts; knowledge of teaching methods applicable to a wide variety of students; a record of exceptional organizational and communication skills; a demonstrated ability to establish collegial relationships with faculty and staff.
Departmental Instructions to Candidates
Please visit our website (www.uncsa.edu) to learn more about our school. For full consideration of the position please upload a curriculum vitae, a list of three references, and in the document listed as “other” please include, as a single document: a letter of intent, a teaching statement, a list of courses you have taught, a list of courses you propose to teach, and a description of how the proposed courses would enhance our program. The application deadline is January 3, 2020.
Internal Number: 020200
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts provides gifted emerging artists with the experience, knowledge, and skills needed to excel in their disciplines and in their lives, and it serves and enriches the cultural and economic prosperity of the people of North Carolina and the nation. UNCSA is the state’s unique professional school for the performing, visual, and moving image arts, training students at the high school, undergraduate, and master’s levels for professional careers in the arts.