Employment at Syracuse Florence

Painting Instructor – Position Opening

Syracuse University in Florence is seeking painting professors to teach one or more of the following studio arts courses:

ARI261 Painting Studio I (3 credits)

Figurative and nonfigurative painting in oils as the basis for study of color and form. Materials and approaches. Inspired by the rich European painting traditions and their influences today, this is a highly-structured course designed for students wishing to concentrate on a technical foundation in observational oil painting. You will be taken systematically through the fundamental principles and elements of painting including chiaroscuro, placement and composition, brushwork, color and texture. There will be practical demonstrations of all the technical information, including canvas stretching, gesso grounds, painting mediums, and the use of brushes. The second half of the semester will involve a project involving complex issues in painting. Instruction will be supplemented with slides of old master, modern and contemporary works.  The course meets twice per week for three hours each section, a total of six hours each week.

ARI361 Painting Studio II (3 credits)

Continued studio development of ideas objects, self-critical attitude, and approach to painting. For centuries artists, writers and intellectuals have been coming to Florence to learn from its rich artistic heritage as well as explore the city’s evolving and stimulating present. Studying in Florence today links you with this great tradition, raising questions and issues about art and creativity that can be both inspiring and challenging. This course asks the student to reflect upon this experience while learning to work through these questions as part of an artistic practice. We will look at the canon of painting and the process of representation from critical, formal and technical points of view, working with various traditional and experimental approaches as integral elements of the painting process. After a series of structured technical and conceptual exercises, students will develop a long term project that may take the form of painting or mixed media. Creative thinking and decision making will be stressed as well as an awareness of the contemporary dialogue in painting.   This course meets at the same time in shared studio space as ARI 400, below; these two concurrent courses meet twice per week for three hours each section, a total of six hours each week.

ARI400.1 Advanced Painting (3 credits)

For centuries artists, writers and intellectuals have been coming to Florence to learn from its rich artistic heritage as well as explore the city’s evolving and stimulating present. Studying in Florence today links you with this great tradition, raising questions and issues about art and creativity that can be both inspiring and challenging. This course asks the student to reflect upon this experience while learning to work through these questions as part of an artistic practice. We will look at the canon of painting and the process of representation from critical, formal and technical points of view, working with various traditional and experimental approaches as integral elements of the painting process. After a series of structured technical and conceptual exercises, students will develop a long term project that may take the form of painting or mixed media. Creative thinking and decision making will be stressed as well as an awareness of the contemporary dialogue in painting.  This course meets in shared space with and at the same time as AR1 361, above; these two concurrent courses meet twice per week for three hours each section, a total of six hours each week.

Qualifications:

M.F.A with a concentration in painting or equivalent. Experience teaching for an American College or University preferred.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Preparation and maintenance of studio space and supplies therein.
  • Training students in safety protocols for use of paints, chemicals, products, and materials and ensuring all safety and security protocols in class are followed
  • Maintaining regularly scheduled hours for consultation immediately before or after the courses and responding to students’ emails.
  • Presenting instruction based on the competencies and performance levels of the course and enrolled students.
  • Organizing and conducting studio-based critique of student work and evaluating student work in a timely manner
  • Meeting on time at all designated class periods for the duration of the class.
  • Submitting completed mid-semester progress reports and final grades according to University regulations.
  • Working with and adapting an existing syllabus
  • Creating local site visits pertinent to the course and to work conducted therein in consultation with the Field Experience Office.
  • Providing officially sanctioned forms for student evaluations.
  • Building a positive rapport with students and other faculty.
  • Following and respecting SUF policies

Length of contract :

One academic year, from September 1 2019 to May 15 2020.

How to Apply :

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV to Bob Vallier, Assistant Director for Teaching and Learning, at rvallier@syr.edu  Deadline for applications is MAY 15.