Co-Director of the Ratcliffe Center for Creative Entrepreneurship
Maryland Institute College of Art
September 2, 2020
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The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) invites applications for a full-time faculty position to serve as the inaugural program co-director of the Ratcliffe Center for Creative Entrepreneurship at a private art and design college nationally known for the high quality of its undergraduate and graduate programs, its dedication to student learning and teaching excellence, and its distinction in fine art and design at national and international levels.Â
The program co-director is a faculty position with teaching and administrative responsibilities on a multi-year, renewable contract in a non-tenure institution beginning January 2021.Â Â
About the Ratcliffe Center for Creative Entrepreneurship:
Artists and designers are some of the worldâs most creative thinkers; they are ambitious risk takers whose imaginations generate an abundance of ideas. Itâs no surprise then that a large number of art school graduatesâup to 75 percentâgo on to become entrepreneurs who launch truly innovative businesses, and many members of the MICA community exemplify this entrepreneurial trend. To help maximize and support these efforts, MICA hosts an annual âShark Tankâ-style program called the Up/Start Venture Competitionâthe Collegeâs pitch and startup contest for students, graduates, and alumni who are launching or growing businesses. This spring, eight teams of MICA-related entrepreneurs competed in front of a panel of judges made up of some of the cityâs most successful business leaders and owners, with up to $100,000 in investment funding awarded to six teams. Virtual audience members choose a $5,000 Peopleâs Choice winner.
The Ratcliffe Center for Creative Entrepreneurship was established in the Fall of 2020 with a major gift from the Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation to substantially expand the Collegeâs support for its creative thinkers and innovators.Â The gift enabled MICA to expand the co-curricular offerings of the Center for Career Development, launch a new First Year Fellows Program in Creative Entrepreneurship, and envision a new interdisciplinary minor to expand access to business skill development for all students no matter their major course of study.Â
MICA seeks a dedicated educator and entrepreneur with a breadth of professional experience to serve as a full-time faculty member and co-director of the Ratcliffe Center for Creative Entrepreneurship.Â
The ideal candidate will be a demonstrated leader of an entrepreneurial organization or creative business. The candidate will be enthusiastic about the future of creative entrepreneurship and its potential in this uncertain economic time, especially within the fields of fine arts and design. In partnership with the staff co-director, the candidate will co-lead a team of faculty and staff to develop a vision for the minor in Creative Entrepreneurship approved for a fall 2021 launch.
The Ratcliffe Center for Creative Entrepreneurship seeks candidates with a global perspective on business and entrepreneurship and who are committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in entrepreneurial projects and curriculum. Ideal candidates will be open to exploring innovative ways to craft new courses, experiential learning opportunities, and research projects that empower students to imagine sustainable futures after graduation. Preferred candidates should have experience developing student-centered programs, hands-on pedagogical approaches, and research and material practices relevant to a student, faculty, and community population rich in diversity across race, ethnicity, gender, culture, physical ability, and class. They should also have an enthusiasm for working in Baltimore and building connections with the dynamic arts scene, creative community, and small business sectors in the city.Â
The faculty co-director is a 12-month position with the following primary responsibilities:
Teach or co-teach four courses per year, or two per term in the emerging Creative Entrepreneurship minor (equivalent of 12 credits per year)
Coordinate all operational aspects of the new Creative Entrepreneurship minor, scheduled to launch in fall 2021
Develop and refine new courses proposed for the Creative Entrepreneurship minor in consultation with other faculty and staff across the institution
Collaborate with the staff co-director regarding curricular and co-curricular activities related to Creative Entrepreneurship
Recruit, mentor, and advise students in the minor
Oversee budget related to the minor
Develop strategic partnerships and alliances with members of the Baltimore community and beyond to bring new voices into the program and secure new internship positions in collaboration with the Center for Career Development
Participate on Ratcliffe Center for Creative Entrepreneurshipâs Advisory Board
Lead hiring committee to secure an annual Entrepreneur-in-Residence, visiting creatives, and adjunct faculty as needed in the minor program.
Collaborate in the recruitment process and planning for the First Year Fellows in Creative Entrepreneurship program for new MICA students.
Co-plan for the projected 2026 conference in Creative Entrepreneurship to celebrate the bicentennial of the college
The faculty co-director is expected to contribute to the life of the College through cross-programmatic collaboration, committee work, recruitment efforts, community engagement, and other institution-related duties. All full-timefaculty at MICA are expected to pursue research and/or professional engagements that contribute to the educational mission of the College. The position reports to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies and participates in regular undergraduate leadership meetings with other art and design curricular programs.
The following are minimum qualifications for the position:Â
Entrepreneurial experience in a business or a nonprofit organizationÂ
Some experience with academic program management or other administrative responsibilities
Three years of experience teaching, training, or mentoring in an educational context or in alternative learning spaces (such as businesses, residencies, research programs, internships, etc.)
Demonstrated ability to support professional development of artists, designers, and emerging creative practitioners
Evidence of ability to work with colleagues across disciplinary boundaries
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and equity
Excellent oral and written communication skills
A proven track record of working collaboratively with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, diverse socioeconomic experiences, education levels, and degrees of professional training
Experience with curriculum development and assessment
Demonstrated ease with networking, writing, and presentationÂ Â
Experience working with English Language Learners, intercultural differences, and varied abilities in the classroom
Experience and ease providing collaborative leadership
Additional Information: Candidate must successfully complete a full background check.
Salary:Â Commensurate with experience and college policy; excellent benefits package.Â
Apply:Â The College will review applications as received. Although the review of applications is underway, the position will remain open until filled. All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be held in the strictest confidence.
*Applications MUST be initiated via the MICA website. During your application on MICAâs website, you will be redirected to SlideRoom to upload supporting materials as directed below. After you have uploaded your materials on SlideRoom, please complete your application on MICAâs website.
SlideRoom:Â You will be asked to login or create a login and submit one multi-page PDF documents.
Please provide one multi-page PDF document that includes:
a cover letter to the application
comprehensive CV detailing all relevant work experience
up to 20 images or illustrated examples of professional work, or related professional projects, or other published work
a statement describing your teaching philosophy & the studentâs experience in the learning environment you foster
sample syllabi from 2 classes, and if not available, a business plan with details of execution and status
names and contact information for three references
Please note: Links to live URLs may be submitted as well, but will be considered as a secondary source. Any additional media (MOV, MP3, etc.) should be formatted for Apple computers and have representative still image and description information in the PDF portfolio document.
Please format PDF documents for screen resolution and viewing. No physical media are requested nor will be returned.Â
The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), founded in 1826, is consistently ranked in the top tier of visual arts colleges in the nation and enrolls approximately 1,700 undergraduate students and 390 graduate students. MICA offers programs of study leading to the BFA, MA, MAT, and MFA degrees, as well as a post-baccalaureate certificate program and a full slate of credit and noncredit courses for adults, college-bound students, and children.
Located in the City of Baltimore, MICA is committed to an expanded understanding of the role of creative citizens in communities and unique approaches to cross-cultural, economic, and political contexts and partnerships. MICA accelerates the knowledge, skills, habits, and work of creative people who are self-reflexive, visionary, and entrepreneurial. MICA is recognized as an important cultural resource for the Baltimore/Washington region, sponsoring many public and community-based programs, including more than 100 exhibitions by students, faculty, and nationally and internationally known artists annually, as well artistsâ residencies, film series, lectures, readings, and performances. Visit the Collegeâs website at www.mica.edu.
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About Maryland Institute College of Art
Founded in 1826, MICA is among the top visual arts colleges in the nation. The college enrolls 1,863 undergraduate and 306 graduate students from 48 states and 54 foreign countries, offering programs of study leading to the bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.), master of arts (M.A.), master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degrees, and master of professional studies degrees (M.P.S), as well as post-baccalaureate certificate programs and a full slate of credit and noncredit courses for adults, college-bound students, and children. MICA is recognized as an important cultural resource for the Baltimore/Washington region, sponsoring many public and community-outreach programs-including more than 100 exhibitions by students, faculty, and nationally and internationally known artists annually-as well as artists' residencies, film series, lectures, readings, and performances.