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Pratt Institute’s Foundation Department invites applications for a one year (with possible renewal for a 2nd year) Foundation Fellowship in Art + Science for the 22/23 academic year, beginning August 29, 2022. This Fellowship is a full-time non-tenure track faculty appointment in support of our ongoing commitment to the Foundations Lab, a space that supports exploratory study informed by the natural world and strengthens connections across Pratt Institute through interdisciplinary engagement in the first year of study and beyond.

The Foundations Lab, which officially opened Spring 2020, houses a wide spectrum of natural objects for students to explore at their own pace, ranging from insects, mammal and bird skeletons, marine environments, architectural, geometric and built forms, rocks, minerals, pigments, and plants. Additionally, the Foundations Lab seeks to function as a hub to connect art and science and facilitate meaningful connections between notable guest artists, designers, scholars, and the various departments at Pratt.

Located on Pratt’s historic 25-acre campus in the culturally diverse neighborhood of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, Pratt is an internationally recognized school of architecture, art, design, and information science, which draws students from diverse cultural and geographic backgrounds. We are committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in our curriculum as well as in the ranks of our faculty, students and staff and seek applicants who can contribute to the furtherance of these goals.

Pratt Institute provides the creative leaders of tomorrow the knowledge and experience to make a better world. A top-ranked college with opportunities in art, design, architecture, liberal arts and sciences, and information studies, Pratt offers nearly 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The Institute’s impact expands beyond its 25-acre residential campus in Brooklyn to cutting-edge facilities throughout the borough, a landmark building and public gallery in Manhattan, as well as an extension campus, PrattMWP College of Art and Design in Utica, New York. Since its founding in 1887, Pratt has prioritized diversity and inclusion, welcoming students from all walks of life while developing and sustaining pathways to more equitable workplaces and careers. Today, Pratt and its exceptional faculty pride themselves on being academically excellent as well as adaptable to both n-person and online learning. Pratt students are part of a collaborative, interdisciplinary, research- and inquiry-based education that prepares them for success in creative fields and professional practice, with the goal of contributing to a fairer, more sustainable world.

The Foundation Department seeks an experienced and visionary fellow to help strategize and implement long-term programmatic goals in relationship to the Foundations Lab collection. The Foundation Fellow will teach a 2/1 load in Foundation (courses include: Light, Color and Design; Space, Form and Process; Time and Movement; and Visualization and Representation), as a means to bring the collection to life through the department’s current curriculum. The successful candidate will lead by example on issues of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion and will align the lab’s mission with the Institute’s commitment to fostering an interdisciplinary curriculum that promotes collaborative and creative strategies for design thinking by providing students with unparalleled training facilities.

The Foundations Lab Faculty Fellow will work successfully with the Chair of Foundation and department faculty, the Foundation Operations Manager, and the Foundations Lab Advisory board to guide the vision and management of all works in the collection. Reporting to the Chair of Foundation, the Foundations Lab Faculty Fellow will be a member of the Foundation leadership team, planning our strategic priorities to implement programming for the lab, in the context of overall department objectives.

Additional responsibilities include:

• Contribute to the intellectual and physical oversight and intentional growth of an approximately 2,000+ object collection.
• Provide vision for, oversee and organize the Foundations Lab Art + Science Series; a lecture and workshop series bringing together outside artists, designers and scholars to engage with the Foundations Lab and our students.
• Teach one- two Foundation course(s) per semester that merge the Foundations Lab Collection / Mission with the Foundation curriculum.
• In conjunction with the Foundation Operations Manager develop and maintain a number of operational documents, including but not limited to: emergency response procedures, cataloging manual, accessions and deaccessions forms, and collections insurance documents.
• Advise the SciArt club (undergraduate student organization tied to the Foundations Lab).

Qualifications:

Education: MFA / MA / MSLIS degree or equivalent, with a specialization in art, design, architecture, and/or tech-related field.

Experience: Three (3) years of teaching experience and professional expertise in art, design, or architecture. Experience in an educational institution, non-profit institution or other educational environment, with a strong track record of managerial and/or curatorial experience. Must have experience working with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.

Preferred Experience: Experience with collections management and visionary programming. Background and track record of research in science or the natural world.

Skills:

• Strong analytical, communication, and organizational skills
• Ability to communicate effectively with all constituents of the Foundations Lab, including but not limited to donors, administrators, faculty, technicians, staff, and students
• Knowledge of best practices in art handling, conservation, shop safety and environmental health hazards, including emergency procedures
• Expertise with collections systems and digital cataloging

Application Instructions:

To apply, visit https://apptrkr.com/2882536

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