Part-Time Assistant Adjunct Professor of Book Art, Fall 2020
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COURSE TITLE: Contemporary Hand Papermaking DEPARTMENT: Book Art Program, Art & Visual Culture
The Book Art Program offers a broad set of classes for both undergraduate and graduate students. Graduate students can enroll in the MFA in Book Art. Undergraduate students can pursue a Book Art Minor or an individualized major. Students have access to a wide range of equipment in our studios, including Vandercook, platen and hand presses, an etching press, a polymer platemaker and a Risograph. The Book Art bindery has tools for hand bookbinding such as drymount presses, a Kwikprint, board shears, standing press and many nipping presses, sewing frames, etc. Papermaking is being added as a new part of the curriculum. The Book Art Program is housed in the department of Art and Visual Culture.
Course Description: Traditional European hand papermaking, including fiber preparation, sheet forming, and drying/finishing methods. Techniques in non-Western papermaking with a focus on Asian papermaking. Students will explore conceptual approaches to contemporary papermaking in 2-D and 3-D forms. Reading on the history of papermaking, field trips.
Compensation: This class is a two-credit class; the compensation is $4355 for a candidate with a terminal degree. Adjunct compensation is governed by a Collective Bargaining Agreement and increases with seniority at Mills College.
Strong knowledge of Western hand papermaking; knowledge of Asian and other non-Western papermaking preferred. Willingness to support the development of papermaking space on campus, including working with other departments and the campus farm.
Ability to teach long blocks of time on selected Saturdays (dates and times tbd)
MFA in Book Art preferred.
One or more years of classroom teaching experience preferred.
This is a part-time, exempt position. The compensation includes state-mandated benefits including Social Security, State Disability Insurance, Workers' Compensation Insurance, Unemployment Insurance and Sick Day accrual. Employees also receive free admission to campus events, use of the pool, fitness center, and tennis courts.
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