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Visiting Faculty in Visual Studies/Making and Meaning

Job no: 494224
Work type: FAC - Visiting Faculty - 1st Year - Academic Year
Location: Allendale
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Summary: The Department of Visual and Media Arts at Grand Valley State University, located in Allendale, MI ( invites applicants for a Visiting Faculty position in Visual Studies, Making and Meaning, and additional courses in the Department of Visual and Media Arts including Introduction to Art. Visual Studies is one of the BFA studio emphasis areas within the Studio Art Major. Making and Meaning is a foundations course about contemporary practices in Art and Design. This is a nine-month appointment, with the possibility of renewal up to three years. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates from underrepresented groups, and from candidates who have interest and/or experience in working with diverse student and community populations. This is one of three open positions teaching Art that can be applied for using the same process. The other positions are: Introduction to Art and Foundations/Studio Art.

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Masters in Fine Arts (MFA-or comparable degree) with knowledge and ability to teach the foundations course Making+Meaning and two or more of the six studio courses in Visual Studies:
    • Time Studio: Art, Video, Sound, Action
    • Curatorial Studio: Art, Exhibitions, Events
    • Space Studio: Art, Installation, Environment, Site
    • Image Studio: Art, Production, Meaning, Display
    • Civic Studio: Art in Public
    • Interactive Studio: Art, Interface, Collaboration
  • Ability to organize and maintain a healthy, safe, and productive studio learning environment
  • Work with digital media in relation to other studio and intellectual ways of knowing
  • Ability to implement student learning using visual and digital resources
  • Ability to produce high-quality public programs and materials
  • Experience in, demonstrated understanding of, or interest in social justice education and/or initiatives, and/or inclusion, diversity, and/or intercultural training
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, such as the ability to interact with others with respect and empathy

Preferred Qualifications and Education:  

  • Candidates with multiple areas of skill and knowledge preferred
  • Experience teaching contemporary, contextual, digital practices in art
  • Experience managing public cultural productions
  • Engagement with theory and writing in Contemporary Art and Design, Digital Media/Culture, and Art and Foundations pedagogy


  • Teach four courses per semester in a NASAD accredited undergraduate program. Teaching responsibilities will include studio courses in Visual Studies, multiple sections of Making+Meaning, and other courses in Foundations, Studio Art, or Introduction to Art.
  • Visual Studies at GVSU is a studio emphasis area in the Department of Visual and Media Arts that uses innovative pedagogies to address rich contexts in contemporary art practice. In Time Studio, Interactive Studio and Image Studio students engage the prevalence of digital media and networks in human experience by making and thinking critically about these media. In Civic Studio, Curatorial Studio and Space Studio students design and implement special contexts and engagements to learn about human experience and power. Visual Studies operates integrally with other visual and academic methodologies within the Department, University, and Community. For more information about Visual Studies at GVSU see:


The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The university offers an excellent comprehensive package that includes health plans, life insurance, retirement, sick/leave disability, tuition waiver, adoption resources, wellness coaching, and free access to campus fitness facilities. Family and child care options on and off-campus are also available. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit Visiting Faculty Benefits - Benefits and Wellness - Grand Valley State University (

Department/College: The Department of Visual and Media Arts seeks to uphold the values of a liberal education while providing intensive engagement in the production and examination of the visual and media arts. The department is located in the Allendale campus and has 38 full-time faculty and 627 majors. 20% of the students reported being from an underrepresented minority (African American or Black, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Asian, Hispanic or Latinx, Two or more races, International, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander). 33% of the department majors have reported being a first -generation college student.

The department offers NASAD-accredited undergraduate degrees in Art History (BA), Art Education (BA/BS), Film and Video Production (BA/BS), Photography (BA/BS), and Studio Art (BA/BS/BFA). The BFA in Studio Art degree has emphases in Ceramics, Graphic Design, Illustration, Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Visual Studies. The VMA also offers minors in Art History, Photography, and Studio Art. Numerous VMA courses also serve non-majors and Grand Valley’s General Education program.

The department is well-equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for digital and physical media, including computer labs, digital fabrication labs, digital printing labs, animation labs, a film studio, a woodshop, a metal shop, a print shop, studios for painting and ceramics, and a darkroom. Further information about the department is available at

Home to VMA, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is the largest college at Grand Valley, offering over 50 bachelor degrees and a growing number of advanced degrees in the natural and mathematical sciences, the fine arts and humanities, and the social sciences. CLAS is a student-centered and diverse learning community that engages in critical inquiry, extending knowledge to enrich and enliven individual and public life. Our faculty are active teacher-scholars committed to equitable, inclusive, career-connected, and community-engaged liberal arts and sciences education. There are many opportunities for collaboration within CLAS and across a broad group of partners on and off campus. We are interested in attracting a cohort of new faculty committed to these core values as we seek to foster a community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive together.

Campus/University:  Grand Valley University (GVSU) is a public comprehensive institution located in West Michigan with campuses in Allendale, downtown Grand Rapids, and Holland, plus centers in Detroit, Muskegon and Traverse City. The University attracts more than 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students with high quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities, and has been nationally recognized for innovativeness and its contribution to students’ social mobility. The greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area has a population of around one million people, is affordable, and offers rich cultural amenities. Grand Valley is located within easy driving distance of Chicago, Detroit, Lake Michigan beaches, and many other superb summer and winter recreational venues. Information can be found at Community Resources - Human Resources - Grand Valley State University ( Grand Valley is highly rated for safety, sustainability, and veteran and LGBTQ friendliness, and is committed to supporting employees and their families in work-life balance.

How to Apply: Please use this online form to submit your application. A complete application must include: (1) a letter of application addressing qualifications and your motivation to teach at GVSU, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) statement on commitment to inclusive excellence that includes a summary of ongoing and anticipated activities to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity in your teaching, (4) contact information of three professional references, and (5) graduate transcripts (unofficial issued to students are acceptable to apply). Grand Valley State University has a diverse student body and we encourage applications from individuals with a commitment to mentoring students underrepresented demographics in the sciences. Apply through this form at online on the VMA website. The online application will allow applicants to attach these documents electronically. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts. If you need assistance, call the Department of Visual and Media Arts at 616-331-3486. Email questions about the position to: Paul Wittenbraker, Chair, Department of Visual and Media Arts

Application Deadline:  The review process will begin on June 15, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. The posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

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