Cornell College
  • 25-Sep-2019 (CST)
  • Mt Vernon, IA, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Cornell College is seeking a broadly trained studio artist with an expertise in Digital Practices and a secondary focus in Painting, Drawing, and/or 2-Dimensional Design.  Responsibilities will include teaching an array of courses from introductory to advanced in digital art in addition to courses in painting, drawing, and/or design.  An ideal candidate will have strengths in at least several of these areas: digital photography, video art, sound art, animation, new media/transmedia arts, interactive media, installation/performance art, socially engaged art, and/or other forms of digital art-making.  The successful candidate will also assist with mentoring upper-level student thesis projects.  The candidate will have a primary role in developing and designing the new digital art curriculum and digital art lab including space, equipment, and programs.  Expectations also include overseeing appropriate studio facilities.  An MFA in studio art or another appropriate field is required.  The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring students.  The appointment will be at the Assistant Professor level and begin in the fall of 2020.


About Cornell College

Cornell College, a deeply student-focused selective liberal arts college, is distinguished by its One Course At A Time curriculum, a philosophy which allows students more opportunities for off-campus study, full-time internships, and research blocks. Academic immersion and unparalleled flexibility, thanks to the One Course Calendar, attract an ambitious student body from nearly all 50 US states and territories and many foreign countries. External endorsements include selection as one of the Colleges That Change Lives, a U.S. News Top 100 liberal arts college, and a Fiske Guide to Colleges Best Buy. Founded in 1853, Cornell's picturesque hilltop campus contains a mix of historic and modern facilities, ranging from the majestic King Chapel to the newly constructed Russell Science Center. It is located in Mount Vernon, Iowa, an urban fringe community recognized by Frommer's as one of "America's Coolest Small Towns" and located in the heart of the ICR Iowa region.

Cornell College is committed to fostering a faculty and staff community that reflects its diverse student body.  We encourage applications from candidates who share our vision for a campus that embraces differing backgrounds, viewpoints, and identities.  We believe in the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion that serve to enrich and strengthen our campus community.


Application Process

Interested applicants should submit the following application materials:

  • Letter of Application/Cover Letter
  • Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Teaching Statement - describing teaching interests, experience, and philosophy, including examples of individual commitment to diversity in the classroom/campus community
  • Research/Artist Statement
  • 20 Images of Personal Artwork with descriptions (uploaded as a PDF, JPEG, or PowerPoint slideshow or a link to a website including artwork)
  • 20 Images of Student Artwork with descriptions (uploaded as a PDF, JPEG, or PowerPoint slideshow or a link to a website including student artwork)
  • Contact List of Three (3) Professional References
  • Graduate Transcripts (Unofficial copies are acceptable. Official transcripts are needed prior to employment).

Letters of Recommendation will be requested from finalists.


The deadline for ensuring consideration is Dec. 16, 2019.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

For more information about the Department of Art and Art History, please visit the website at

Direct questions to Susannah Biondo-Gemmell, Chair Department of Art and Art History


Cornell is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  Cornell complies with Iowa's smoke-free air act. Cornell utilizes E-Verify and requires the satisfactory completion of a background check.

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