Brief Description of Duties:

 The Department of Art and Art History at Mary Baldwin University seeks an Adjunct Faculty Member to teach four undergraduate in-seat (in-person) courses per academic year with the option to teach a fifth on-line course. The current list of courses scheduled for this fall 2022 follow. Please note the day and times (either arth100 or arth206 could be moved to online) with two courses remaining in-seat:

ARTH 100: ART IN GENERAL CULTURE (A) An introduction to the visual arts, both in theory and in practice. It will provide an overview of the principal visual arts including their aesthetic qualities, structural forms, and historical roles. We will examine art across time and place through media and thematic connections, with an emphasis on global and contemporary art. By becoming acquainted with the formal appearance of artworks, interpreting the underlying content, and recognizing what these elements reveal about the cultures and artists that produced them, students will gain a broad understanding and general appreciation for visual art of all kinds. Credits: 3 / on TR 02:50 pm 04:05 pm

ARTH 101: WESTERN ART: PREHIST TO GOTHIC (A) Introductory slide-lecture survey course orients students to the elements and principles of art, modes of expression, and thematic content. The visual arts of the ancient world, prehistory through the Medieval era, are considered in an historical context. Major monuments illustrate the influence of culture, social and religious organizations, and the events of history. ARTH 101 and ARTH 102 may be taken in any sequence or in part. Credits: 3 / on TR 09:25 am 10:40 am

ARTH 206: HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY (A) A survey of the history and evolution of still photography from its beginnings in the early nineteenth century to the end of the 20th century. Although photography developed from evolving technological and technical processes, the “nature” of the medium has been subject to debate ever since its inception in 1839. The course will examine the use of photography for aesthetic, documentary, and “scientific” purposes, stylistic shifts by major proponents of the medium, and interpretations of subject matter based on social and cultural concerns at specific moments in history. Recommended background:

ARTH 102 Credits: 3 Recommended: ARTH 102 / on TR 01:25 pm 02:40 pm

Tentative Spring Semester 2023

ARTH 102: WESTERN ART: RENAISS TO MODERN (A) Introductory slide-lecture survey course orients the student to the elements and principles of art, modes of expression, and thematic content. The visual arts of the Renaissance through Modern era (14th through 20th century) are considered in a historical context. Major monuments illustrate the influence of culture, social and religious organizations, and the events of history.  ARTH 101 and ARTH 102 may be taken in any sequence or in part. Credits: 3

ARTH 302: MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART (W) A study of the development of Modern, Postmodern, and Contemporary art and artists, covering the time period from the end of the nineteenth century to the end of the twentieth century in both Europe and America. The course follows a chronological trajectory, uncovering the evolution of influences, themes, media, traditions, and contradictions within a historical, social, political, and technological context. Topics to be covered will include Impressionism & PostImpressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Expressionism, the Bauhaus & de Stihl, Dada & Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Pop Art, Conceptual Art, Performance Art, Environmental Art, Feminist Art, and New Media Art. Credits: 3

Faculty are required to organize their classes within the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS). In-seat art history classes at MBU are anchored in the Canvas platform. MBU asks that, at a minimum, the course syllabus and grading employ the LMS.

Preference is placed on candidates with a terminal degree in art history. Candidates with the “…master’s degree in the teaching discipline or master’s degree with a concentration in the teaching discipline (minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline)…” will also be considered (SAC COC Standard 6.2a).

Required Application Materials & Application Instructions

  • A cover letter – (showcasing your teaching and research)
  • A current CV
  • Deliver to:

jsconyers@marybaldwin.edu, Chair, Dept. of Art and Art History / MBU / 540-887-7390

Additional courses in the current rotation follow (new courses can be proposed):

ARTH 205: 19TH-CENTURY ART (O) A study of the visual arts of nineteenth-century Europe from approximately 1780 to 1880, with a special focus on France, England, and Spain. From the revolutionary and turbulent art at the beginning of the century—Neoclassicism and Romanticism—to the fin-de-siècle works of Post-Impressionism and Symbolism at the close, this course will explore the interplay between art and history in a period legendary for political propaganda, sublime darkness, shocking realism, and the roots of modernism. Recommended background: ARTH 102 Credits: 3 Recommended: ARTH 102. (taught every other fall)

ARTH 201: ARTS OF ASIA: INDIA,CHINA,JAPAN (H) An introduction to the art and architecture of India, China, and Japan. Covering nearly 4,000 years of art and history produced by a massive area of the world—Southeast and East Asia—the course will present the main lines of development of these cultures and their arts. Emphasis will be placed on recognition and identification of major works of art, including sculpture, ceramics, painting, and architecture, and associated styles with each period/dynasty. A focus on religion and regional philosophy will be a strong component as well. Credits: 3 (taught every other spring)

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