Artist-in-residence, permanent non-tenure track , documentary production/nonfiction arts
The John. B Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative (MDOCS) at Skidmore College seeks candidates for a half-time Artist-in-Residence in any area of documentary production or the nonfiction arts. The appointment is expected to begin September 1, 2024.
We welcome candidates who are emerging or established professionals with an innovative and impactful body of work in one or more areas of documentary production and/or nonfiction art, and who are well-positioned to maintain and grow these professional activities while teaching a 50% course load (an average of 9 credits per year, which may be loaded onto one semester per year).
Either a graduate degree (MA, MFA or PhD) OR an equivalent level of professional accomplishment are required for the position, as is evidence of past successes in teaching and mentoring, whether in collegiate or non-traditional settings. Because this position carries a salary equivalent of 50% of a full-time Artist-in-Residence (along with a full benefits package) this position is most appropriate for individuals with an active professional practice (and income source) within their field of specialization.
The MDOCS staff of 4.5 supports a broad and innovative program, unique among small liberal arts colleges, that delivers a multidisciplinary slate of courses taught by full- and part-time faculty, stretching well beyond filmmaking to include audio documentary, multidisciplinary and exhibition-based nonfiction, oral history, multimodal research, and community collaboration. MDOCS also hosts 3 non-credit program areas: the summer Storytellersâ™ Institute (an artist residency for students and visiting documentarians), the DOClab (a production studio and pedagogical support initiative that embeds nonfiction media-making in courses across disciplines and across the college) and our Mellon-funded Co-creation Initiative (which funds and supports collaborations between campus and community organizations that center on nonfiction projects). Its sibling program, the Media and Film Studies minor, is also notable for its interdisciplinarity, drawing courses from numerous other departments across the liberal arts and fine arts disciplines, and offering courses in screenwriting, sound, oral history, and 16mm film. The successful applicant's approach and strengths will resonate with the existing programs and strengths at Skidmore, while expanding upon them. Applicants should address how their intellectual orientation and potential course offerings might dovetail with and/or help to expand MDOCSâ™s current areas of activity and strength.
We affirm that diverse perspectives are essential for the integrity and excellence of higher education. We welcome candidates from underrepresented groups in the discipline as well as individuals who have experience with diverse populations who can contribute to the excellence of the academic community through their creative work, teaching, and/or service. Enthusiasm for teaching, mentoring, and advising a diverse population of students is essential. We invite you to discuss any aspects of your candidacy that are relevant to this in your application materials. Due date for applications is January 2, 2024.
Applicants should submit the following materials:
Cover letter that clearly describes the applicantâ™s area of professional focus and proposed course offerings, as well as offering any necessary context on the professional activities detailed in their CV and portfolio.
Portfolio of recent work
For time-based media - links to two samples totaling no more than 10min.
For work represented through stills â“ links to 10-15 images, accompanied by captions if relevant
For written work â“ no more than 10 pages.
Please include full production credits, and specific media production proficiencies if relevant
Teaching Statement including experience and philosophy regarding working with diverse student populations and/or commitments to fostering diverse and inclusive communities
Names and contact information for 3 references. At least one of these should be prepared to address the applicantâ™s teaching and mentoring.
Salary range for this position: $32-34k
The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:
Prior relevant work or industry experience.
Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship
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Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result.
Skidmore is a highly selective liberal arts college with a reputation for its creative approaches to just about everything. With its relatively small size and student-faculty ratio, the College is a close-knit academic community. Skidmore is known for its faculty of teacher-scholars devoted to the instruction and mentoring of undergraduates; approximately 2,400 talented men and women from some 47 states and 46 countries.In the universe of selective, private liberal arts colleges, Skidmore's distinctiveness is expressed in the statement that "Creative Thought Matters". This idea reflects not only the historical strength of the College's programs in the fine and performing arts but also the understanding that creativity is required for achievement in any area of human endeavor.The city of Saratoga Springs is widely recognized as one of America's great communities. It is located in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, within a three-to-four-hour drive from New York City, Boston or Montreal. Travel & Leisure calls Saratoga Springs one of "America's Greatest Main Streets" as well as "one of the best college towns in the nation," Money Magazine says it's one of the nation's top 100... places to live, and Princeton Review describes it as a "perfect college town." It's a community rich in history and tradition. Famed mineral waters, a Revolutionary War battlefield, and the nation's oldest thoroughbred racetrack represent portions of that history. Also, it's a community of arts and culture. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) is the summer home to the New York City Ballet, Philadelphia Orchestra, and a performing venue for top rock and jazz musicians.The Skidmore College community awaits your arrival, so if you welcome challenges and are interested in making a difference, come join us!