Visiting Assistant Professor

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Position type: Full-Time 9-Month, Time-Limited
Department: 020300 - Art
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

Vacancy for a time-limited, 9-month visiting assistant professor position to teach art/emerging media.

Salary Grade:  UC

For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The Department of Art at Mississippi State University is accepting applications for a full-time, Visiting Assistant Professor, in Emerging Media. We are seeking a candidate with diverse skills that bridge emerging interest in students studying Graphic Design, Photography, and Fine Art. This position is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience at a Research 1 institution with the potential for application to a tenure track of the same position in the future.

Area of Specialization:

Art - Emerging Media

Anticipated Appointment Date:

August 16, 2024

Tenure Track Status:

Non-Tenure Track

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The primary responsibilities of the position will include teaching 4 courses per semester. These courses may include introductory and advanced courses in the areas of Graphic Design and Photography with the potential to develop elective coursework specific to expertise.

Minimum Qualifications:

- M.F.A. or equivalent terminal degree with an emphasis in:
• Data Visualization, Graphic Design, Interactive Media,
• Video, Animation, Digital Fabrication, Experimental Media
• Sound Design, Digital Photography, Design, Video & Motion Graphics, VR,
related fields.
- Evidence of teaching experience and/or teaching potential.
- Excellent communication and organizational skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

Strong understanding of emerging media as it pertains to graphic design theory and practice as well as the ability to teach courses in emerging media as appropriate for Photography and Fine Art.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Technical proficiency with current digital media applications including Adobe Creative Suite on the Macintosh OS X platform.
- Excellent personal and collaborative skills.
- Ability to inspire students and colleagues to perform at a high level.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Minimal physical effort.

Instructions for Applying:

All applicants must apply online at and attach a cover letter, current resume or curriculum vitae, and complete contact information for at least three professional references.

File 1: Cover letter; current curriculum vita; artist statement; a one-page statement of teaching philosophy; and complete contact information for at least three professional references.
File 2: PDF containing twenty images of applicant’s work clearly labeled with media, size, year.
File 3: PDF containing twenty images of student work clearly labeled with the name, of course, the work was made for, media, size, year.

The review of applications will begin on May 1, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled.

Any communication about this position should be sent to Critz Campbell, Head, Department of Art, P.O. Box 5182, Mississippi State, Mississippi, 39762,

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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