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posted by CAA — Nov 03, 2017

  

Anne Mahady-Kneller discusses Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist edited by Richard J. Powell. Read the full review at caa.reviews.

Zeynep Kezer reviews Architecture and the Late Ottoman Historical Imaginary: Reconfiguring the Architectural Past in a Modernizing Empire by Ahmet A. Ersoy. Read the full review at caa.reviews.

Ellen Shortell reads Villard de Honnecourt: Architecte du XIIIe siècle by Jean Wirth. Read the full review at caa.reviews.

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Refining Hiring Standards for Part-Time Faculty

posted by CAA — Nov 02, 2017

Students and faculty protest at Ithaca College, 2016. Image courtesy Tompkins County Workers’ Center.

CAA is committed to supporting all professionals in the field.  This especially pertains to those who are applying for and working as part-time faculty members.  For more than twenty years, CAA has been setting standards for hiring part-time faculty.

CAA’s current guidelines are published here and copied below. We want to hear from members about how these might be updated and strengthened.

Hunter O’Hanian
College Art Association
Executive  Director and Chief Executive Officer

CAA Guidelines for Part-Time Professional Employment

Part-time employees play a critical role within the art world, specifically in academia, museums, galleries, and other arts institutions. They help meet curricular demands, offer expertise in specialized areas, and/or provide leadership in institutional programming.

Part-time faculty may be referred to with the following terms: adjunct, temporary, lecturer, graduate assistant, and teaching assistant. The terminology and its implications may vary from institution to institution, with the designation “part-time” or “temporary” serving as the most general and therefore consistent names. While this standard is primarily concerned with addressing the conditions of fully credentialed and professionalized part-time or short-term employees who are not simultaneously graduate students, this guideline may be relevant to those employed in conjunction with their graduate studies.

Part-time/temporary faculty and other part-time/temporary employees may be understood to be of several types: Part-time/temporary employees who would prefer full-time positions, part-time/temporary employees with no other employment, part-time employees who teach/work in addition to other full-time employment, and part-time/temporary employees who are retirees. Additionally, some institutions have paid, professional visitors that are not ongoing, full-time employees and also are not recurring, part-time employees. With this in mind, it is acknowledged that there is no singular reason one seeks part-time employment, and while each person may have individual reasons and needs, CAA encourages institutions to chart a path of continual improvements and aspire to provide the best possible working conditions for all part-time/temporary professionals, especially given the increasing reliance on such professionals.

Among key areas of concern are: equitable compensation; employment stability; access to employee benefits, including health care; access to professional development; and safe and adequate working conditions.

Within academia, these areas of concern may be assessed and addressed by comparing part-time faculty roles against full-time tenured/tenure-track faculty roles. Where similar work is performed and similar institutional expectations are held, equitable compensation and resources should exist. Where the treatment of employees in full- and part-time categories is dissimilar, the differences in expectations/compensation and the reasons for those differences should be articulated to both groups.

Institutions that regularly have visiting or guest faculty or curators should define how such roles are similar and different from other full-time and part-time employee roles. If the visiting appointment has responsibilities most similar to a comparable full-time position, the compensation should resemble such a full-time position.

Certain rights and responsibilities should be consistent regardless of one’s employment category. For example, academic freedom should provide the same protections for all. So too should workers’ compensation and other applicable laws that offer employee safeguards.

Working Conditions for Part-Time Employees

Given the great range of mission and expectations in institutions, it is essential that institutions define the roles of part-time employees and provide them with this information as well as information on their workplaces.

  1. The following written information should be provided by the institution at the time of employment.
    • Institutions with a significant number of part-time employees may wish to create and use a part-time employee handbook.
    • Statement on the institutional/departmental mission or philosophy
    • A full description of the part-time position, including a definition of the role and duties (in the case of faculty, this would include class title, description, size, contact hours, advising responsibilities, and any other responsibilities)
    • Description of teaching facilities, office facilities, and support services
    • In the case of art and design faculty, description of and access to studio facilities or teaching and for personal, professional development
    • Description of financial support and resources available for performing the work and for personal, professional development
    • Information on evaluation and promotion procedures
    • Information on employment security
    • Information on institutional governance and opportunities to participate in it
    • Information on any and all institutional expectations
  2. A written contract for part-time employment should explicitly state the following:
    • Compensation including salary, benefits, and any other compensation
    • Duties and responsibilities
    • Duration of employment
    • Process and timing of evaluation
    • Availability and timing of contract renewal
  1. For part-time/temporary faculty:The standards of excellence defined by visual arts programs should be founded upon realistic criteria
    • Generally, part-time/temporary faculty do not have research/creative activity duties; if such expectations exist they should be stated in the contract and the faculty member compensated for them
    • Part-time/temporary faculty may or may not have service obligations; if service duties are assigned, the faculty member should be compensated for them
    • Institutional expectations should take into consideration changes in academia, the commercial
      marketplace, and the discipline in question
    • Whenever possible, faculty should be included in the design of the course taught
    • If a course is to be canceled due to under-enrollment or another issue, the faculty member should be notified in a timely manner; if it is canceled at the last minute, the faculty member should be compensated, either in full or on a pro-rated basis for course preparation
    • Part-time faculty should have access to private (or shared with the expectation
      of privacy when needed) office space for student/teacher meetings
    • If a part-time faculty member’s institutional contribution is equivalent to that of a full-time faculty member, the part-time faculty member should be equitably compensated in comparison to such a full-time faculty member. If there is no expectation for research or service, differential compensation may be significant. This should be clearly stated in contractual materials.
  2. For all part-time employees:
    • Personal and environmental safety should be a major concern with adequate protection provided by the employer
    • OSHA, EPA, and other relevant standards should be followed
    • Institutional practices for ensuring safety should be clearly communicated
    • Opportunities for advancement in rank, salary, and responsibilities should be given to recurring, part-time employees.
    • Adequate administrative support should be provided: mailbox; office space; telephone and computer access; clerical support; library facilities; and teaching/research support such as assistants and/or graders, when warranted
    • When additional duties are offered or assigned, and such duties are ones often performed by full-time employees and go beyond the regular scope of part-time employment, the part-time employee should be offered additional and adequate compensation, such as a stipend

The 2013 ad-hoc committee for revision was co-chaired by Thomas Berding, Michigan State University and John Richardson, Wayne State University. The committee included Janet Casey, Skidmore College; Zoe Darling, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design; Jim Hopfensperger, Western Michigan University; David LaPalombara, Ohio University; Dennis Nawrocki, Wayne State University; and Kate Wagle, University of Oregon.

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New Essay by Anna Craycroft on Art Journal Open

posted by CAA — Nov 02, 2017

In “To Listen,” a new essay on Art Journal Open, artist Anna Craycroft considers the role of the voice of the artist and reflects on her process of creating her exhibition Tuning the Room (Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, January 28–April 16, 2017) in relationship to her research into the archives of photographer Berenice Abbott for Craycroft’s exhibition The Earth Is a Magnet (Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, November 16, 2016–March 26, 2017).

Visit Art Journal Open to read “To Listen.”

Anna Craycroft, Tuning the Room in Variable Frequencies, 2017, vinyl chrome murals, dimensions variable, and aluminum benches, 120 x 18 x 18 in. (304.8 x 45.7 x 45.7 cm) (artwork © Anna Craycroft; photograph provided by Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design)

 

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by CAA — Nov 01, 2017

Linda Nochlin. Photo: Adam Husted

Each week CAA News summarizes articles, published around the web, that CAA members may find interesting and useful in their professional and creative lives.

Linda Nochlin, Trailblazing Feminist Art Historian, Dies at 86

The pioneering art historian and longtime CAA member passed away this week. (ARTnews)

Over 1,800 Artists and Art Workers Sign Letter against Sexual Harassment

The public letter criticizes “an art world that upholds inherited power structures at the cost of ethical behavior.” (Hyperallergic)

“K Is for Kahlo, B Is for Basquiat”: New Children’s Book Teaches Kids about Artists

An inclusive, educational alphabet book by Dr. Tamara Pizzoli. (Afropunk)

Want to Be an Artist-in-Residence at New York City’s Department of Corrections? Now’s Your Chance

NYC has rolled out 3 new artist-in-residency programs in partnership with city agencies. (Artnet News)

The US Cities with the Highest Concentrations of Working Artists

The vast majority of working artists live in urban areas. (Quartz)

How Many “Lost” Masterpieces Are Already Hanging in Museums?

A potential golden age for finding artworks in public collections that have long been overlooked. (Artsy)

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Rejoin CAA This November and Get 25% Off

posted by CAA — Oct 31, 2017

Rejoin CAA during the month of November and get 25% off any Tiered membership level.

REJOIN NOW

We believe in strength in numbers. This past year, CAA fought for the causes of our members and those in the arts and culture field at large.

We released statements against the Trump administration’s Immigration Ban and attempts to defund federal arts and humanities agencies that have a demonstrable public good. We joined an Amicus Brief with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the American Alliance of Museums, and over 100 other cultural institutions raising our voices against the Immigration Ban.

In a public survey, our members shared their nuanced ideas on monuments and statues in this politically charged moment.

We added new benefits, like reduced Lynda.com memberships, discounted legal services, and discounts to leading academic publishers, to support our members in their professional careers and daily lives.

And we launched a new advocacy-focused Monday newsletter, ensuring that our audience is informed about the latest news, jobs, and opportunities in the field. The CAA News Monday also features our new CAA Conversations Podcast series.

Rejoin CAA now and take part in the 106th CAA Annual Conference in Los Angeles, February 21–24, featuring over 300 sessions and special events at The Getty, LACMA, and The Broad.

 

Now it’s time to join those who fight for you.

REJOIN NOW

Offer valid from November 1–November 30, 2017 to all individual lapsed members. Log in to your CAA account to view the discount code. Code will be visible after log in from November 1–November 30, 2017.

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Mentorship at 2018 CAA Conference

posted by CAA — Oct 30, 2017

We invite you to participate in our mentorship programs at Career Services during the 106th Annual Conference, taking place February 21-24, 2018, in Los Angeles.

APPLY TO BE A MENTEE

CAA members are invited to apply for one-on-one discussions with dedicated mentors during the annual conference, either as part of the Artists’ Portfolio Review or Career Development Mentoring.

Whenever possible, CAA matches mentees and mentors based on medium or discipline. Sessions are filled by appointment only and scheduled for 8:30 AM–noon and 1:30–5:00 PM Wednesday through Saturday. Conference registration, while encouraged, is not necessary to participate; appointments are offered free of charge.

Participants are chosen by a lottery of applications received by the deadline; all applicants are notified of their scheduled date and time slot via email in January 2018.

Deadline to apply: December 15, 2017 

Contact Michelle Stanek, CAA manager of the annual conference, if you have any questions.

ARTISTS’ PORTFOLIO REVIEW

The Artists’ Portfolio Review offers CAA members the opportunity to have images of their work reviewed by artists, critics, curators, and educators in personal twenty-minute consultations. You must bring a charged battery-powered laptop or hard copy of your portfolio to present your work.

To apply, complete and submit the Artists’ Portfolio Review Enrollment Form.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT MENTORING

Career Development Mentoring offers CAA members the opportunity to receive candid advice on how to conduct a thorough job search; present cover letters, CVs, and digital images; and prepare for interviews in personal twenty-minute consultations. You must bring your résumé or CV, your other job-search materials, and your specific career goals to discuss during these appointments.

To apply, complete and submit the Career Development Mentoring Enrollment Form.

APPLY TO BE A MENTOR

Participating as a mentor is an excellent opportunity for you to meet, influence and engage the next generation of emerging artists, scholars, and art professionals. CAA seeks mentors from all areas of studio art, art history, art education, film and video, graphic design, the museum professions, and other related fields. All mentors must demonstrate significant experience in their fields.

Interested candidates must be current CAA members with experience mentoring or advising and be prepared to give between four and nine successive twenty-minute critiques in a three-hour period. Reviewing shifts may occur between Wednesday, February 21, and Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 8:30 AM to noon and from 1:30 to 5:00 PM each day. Conference registration, while encouraged, is not required to be a mentor. Preference will be given to mentors able to serve multiple shifts or multiple days.

ARTISTS’ PORTFOLIO REVIEWERS

Please send your CV and a brief letter of interest (outlining your specialty or field and your scheduling availability during the conference) to Michelle Stanek, CAA manager of the annual conference.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT MENTORS

Please send your CV and a brief letter of interest (outlining your specialty or field and your scheduling availability during the conference) to Michelle Stanek, CAA manager of the annual conference.

Career Development Mentoring is not intended as a screening process by institutions seeking new hires. CAA does not accept applications from individuals whose departments are conducting a faculty search in the field in which they are mentoring. Mentors should not be attending the conference as candidates for positions in the same field in which mentees may be applying.

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The weekly CAA Conversations Podcast continues the vibrant discussions initiated at our Annual Conference. Listen in each week as educators explore arts and pedagogy, tackling everything from the day-to-day grind to the big, universal questions of the field.

This week, Valerie Powell, Assistant Professor of Art & the Foundations Coordinator at Sam Houston State University, and Jeffie Brewer, Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Stephen F. Austin State University, discuss collaborative student learning using public art projects.

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New in caa.reviews

posted by CAA — Oct 27, 2017

    

Carolyn Dean reviews The Inka Empire: A Multidisciplinary Approach edited by Izumi Shimada. Read the full review at caa.reviews.

Kelly Presutti discusses Wasteland: A History by Vittoria Di Palma. Read the full review at caa.reviews.

Allison Miller reads Beyond the First Emperor’s Mausoleum: New Perspectives on Qin Art edited by Liu Yang. Read the full review at caa.reviews.

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Introducing CAA News Monday

posted by CAA — Oct 26, 2017

Protest wall at CAA 105th Annual Conference New York, 2017. Photo: Ben Fractenberg

We’re excited to introduce you to CAA News Monday, a new weekly newsletter that takes a different approach to the start of your week. The Monday newsletter will embrace advocacy as its raison d’être, with a lead story each week and a round up of advocacy-related stories and news. Along with hot topics from the art, higher education, and advocacy worlds, we’ll be highlighting noteworthy jobs and opportunities from CAA’s network, and spotlighting a new weekly podcast as part of the CAA Conversations series. The weekly CAA Conversations Podcast seeks to continue the vibrant discussions initiated at our Annual Conference. Listen in each week as educators explore arts and pedagogy, tackling everything from the day-to-day grind to the big, universal questions of the field. The CAA Conversations Podcast will also be posted each Monday to the CAA website.

If you already receive CAA News on Wednesday you will automatically receive CAA News Monday. You don’t need to do a thing.

If you don’t get our Wednesday newsletter, sign up below for both.

SIGN UP FOR CAA NEWS

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by CAA — Oct 25, 2017

Judy Chicago in front of The Dinner Party. Photograph: Donald Woodman

Each week CAA News summarizes articles, published around the web, that CAA members may find interesting and useful in their professional and creative lives.

Judy Chicago: ‘In the 1960s, I was the only visible woman artist’

An interview with the trailblazing artist as the Brooklyn Museum explores the process behind The Dinner Party. (The Guardian)

Artist Omer Fast’s Take on Chinatown Angers Community Organizations

Omer Fast’s exhibition at the Chinatown branch of James Cohan Gallery has drawn ire from local groups. (Hyperallergic)

The Professor Is In: 4 Steps to a Strong Tenure File

Helpful advice from Karen Kelsky, former tenured professor at two universities, and founder and president of consulting service The Professor Is In. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Artist and Art Materials Artist Survey 2018

Take NAMTA’s 2018 survey and help artist associations, websites and art supply businesses serve practicing artists better. (International Art Materials Association)

Disaster Preparedness & Response Resources

Invaluable resources for organizations, museums and collections facing the threat of natural disasters. (American Alliance of Museums)

Artsy and the Rise of the Matchmaker Market

The online art market has been transforming how art is sold at auction. (The Art Newspaper)

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