ACADEMY OF VISUAL ARTS
Established in 2005, the Academy of Visual Arts (AVA) is the first creative tertiary institution of its kind in Hong Kong, offering a comprehensive range of subject specialisms in Studio & Media Arts, Craft & Design, and Visual Arts Studies. The Academy offers programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It is located on two sites - the Communication and Visual Arts Building in Kowloon Tong and the nearby Kai Tak Campus in Kwun Tong, which also houses AVA’s Centre for Research and Development in Visual Arts.
The Academy of Visual Arts offers professional creative degrees that focus on intensive practice-led work in the visual arts. It emphasises creativity, versatility, and intelligent articulation, thus enabling its graduates to enter professional, studio-based careers in such fields as studio arts, design, and/or craft after earning the degree. Our students have the opportunity to develop technical competencies, informed aesthetic judgment, and an understanding of the context in which contemporary work is created, rooted in the ever-shifting cultural climate of creative production in the studio.
To strengthen our team and consolidate our existing subject range, AVA now invites applications from candidates with outstanding achievement in teaching and scholarly work, and with substantial professional experience for the following position tenable in September 2017.
The appointee will teach undergraduate and/or postgraduate courses in lens-based media and its history as well as research practice for the visual arts. He/She should have a high level of operational skills in handling lens-based media, a broad knowledge of lens-based media and its technologies, the contemporary arts and familiarity with the global trends. He/She will also play a leadership role to develop undergraduate and postgraduate curricula and advise research postgraduate students and contribute to enhancing the professional networking of the Academy. Conceptual strengths, contextual sensibilities, and a multidisciplinary orientation are considered a must and should be documented within the portfolio.
The appointee will teach and coordinate undergraduate and/or postgraduate instruction in the field of lens-based media, with photography - analogue and digital - as the major focus. The Photography post at AVA is positioned within our Media Arts cluster that further includes the areas of Video/Sound and Interactive Arts. Proactive collaborations with those areas in studio teaching and beyond is expected.
Applicants should have a firm knowledge of photography and its technologies, the contemporary visual arts and familiarity with the broader creative issues and contemporary trends in the field. Conceptual strengths, contextual sensibilities, and a multidisciplinary orientation are considered a must and should be documented within his/her portfolio of professional and/or academic research.
A high level of operational skills is expected as the appointee will also play a leadership role in the development of undergraduate and postgraduate curricula, and advise research postgraduate students and contribute to enhancing the professional networking of the Academy.
Applicants should hold a Master’s or doctoral degree in a relevant discipline, have accumulated academic teaching experience, and have established a strong record in professional practice and research in these and/or other related areas. Additionally they should have good knowledge of the contemporary visual arts scene in Hong Kong and the region, and familiarity with the broader issues and trends in the educational field. Applicants should also be able to link visual arts education with other professional disciplines, and to facilitate visual arts education in a university environment.
Initial appointment will be made on a fixed-term contract of three years. Re-appointment thereafter is subject to mutual agreement and availability of funding. Remuneration package includes retirement/gratuity benefits, annual leave, medical and dental scheme, housing assistance and relocation allowance wherever appropriate.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Applicants are invited to write in response to the requirements and provide an updated curriculum vitae and/or fill in the application form which is obtainable by downloading from http://pers.hkbu.edu.hk/applicationforms. Completed application form should be sent to the Personnel Office, Hong Kong Baptist University, AAB903, Level 9, Academic and Administration Building, 15 Baptist University Road, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please quote PR number on all correspondence. Applicants are requested to send in samples of publications, preferably three best ones out of their most recent publications/works, statements of teaching and research interest and recent teaching evaluation results. Applicants not invited for interview 4 months after the closing date may consider their applications unsuccessful. All application materials including publication samples, scholarly/ creative works will not be returned after the completion of the recruitment exercise unless upon request. Details of the University’s Personal Information Collection Statement can be found at http://pers.hkbu.edu.hk/pics.
The University reserves the right not to make an appointment for the post advertised, and the appointment will be made according to the terms and conditions then applicable at the time of offer.
Closing date: 8 April 2017 or until the position is filled
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