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Assistant/Associate Professor, Biomedical Art

The Cleveland Institute of Art is accepting nominations and applications for a Biomedical Art faculty member in the Institute’s Department of Biomedical Art. The Department is committed to providing the student with a solid foundation in the basic natural and medical science, new media theory, and applied and fine art intersections of Art, Science, and Technology. Students develop conceptual and technical skills in traditional and digitally integrated media.

The curriculum emphasizes: research & knowledge, levels of accuracy and visual communication, values of concept development and educational media, information design and theory, problem solving & critical thinking, cumulative technical skills and proficiency, innovative integration of both digital 2D/3D media and interactivity, and strong professional and presentation/oratory skills. The importance of collaborations, interdisciplinary research, and professional projects are integral to curricular goals and objectives. The Department of Biomedical Art supports a BFA program of study.

The Cleveland Institute of Art is seeking a qualified individual to help expand the current department faculty and fill a full-time permanent Assistant/Associate Professor position with a focus on natural science art, media theory, and technology.


· Minimum of Masters degree from accredited University or College of Arts, Sciences, and/or Technology.

· Record of professional activity, exhibitions, lectures, and published work.

· Administrative & leadership skills are essential; quality driven & experienced in project management, and strong ability to communicate within an interdisciplinary environment.

· Teaching experience at an institution of higher learning preferred.

· Ability to convey technical & conceptual information at different levels for students.

· Good organizational skills of both written and verbal lectures, research, and broad communications.

· Flexibility in communication style for different majors and faculty collaborations.

· Strong research and knowledge in natural sciences, art, media, and technology.

· Demonstrated technical proficiency in digital media with an emphasis on: 2D image development, knowledge of 3D imaging and integration into time-based media, web & interactive media, and aptitude to learn innovative technologies.

· A demonstrated knowledge in visual problem solving, research methods, science, art, and new media theory, technology, and professional experience in both client driven and fine art driven fields.

The Cleveland Institute of Art is a comprehensive school of art and design located in Cleveland’s culturally rich district of University Circle. As one of sixteen majors, the Department of Biomedical Art has developed strong curricular collaborations across the Institute’s departments and with surrounding institutions such as academics at Case Western Reserve University in Departments of Biology, Anatomy, Cognitive Science, etc. The ability to work with clinicians and professional medical illustrators at the Cleveland Clinic (an internationally known hospital and research facility) is also possible. The available resources of the immediate institutions are significant and range from superlative collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History with a collection of skeletons of 3,000 humans and 1,000 primates, and the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, to the Allen Medical Library with a broad medical rare book collection that includes early editions of Vesalius and Albinus.

All full-time ranked faculty members participate in departmental and school-wide committees, curriculum development, advising of students, and assessment of programs.

Applications should include:

· Curriculum vitae.

· Portfolio of professional work (CD-ROM, DVD, & Website). No more than 20 examples demonstrating a broad depth of media & skills.

· Statement of philosophy on teaching.

· Vision statement as to the future direction of Art, Science, Technology, and the education of students involved in the contemporary evolution of the field of Biomedical Art (formerly Medical and Scientific Illustration, as it is nationally recognized.)

· Examples of student work (if applicable).

· Names and contact information of 3 references.

· SASE for return of materials.

Please mail all application materials:

Biomedical Art Search
Attn: Tanya Lee Shadle
The Cleveland Institute of Art

11141 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106

Position begins August 2008. The department’s review of candidates’ credentials is scheduled to begin January 15, 2008 and will continue until the position is filled. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The Institute offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. Academic transcripts and background check authorizations will be required for finalists. Rank and compensation are commensurate with experience and qualifications.

For further information please contact Tanya Lee Shadle at

The Cleveland Institute of Art is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
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