Job Opportunity: Post-MFA Scholar – Ohio State University

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Department: Arts and Sciences | Art

The Departments of Art and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) within the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University, seek a full-time, Post-MFA Fellow for a two-year appointment. The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college and the academic heart of the university. The College hosts 81 majors. With 38 departments, 20+ world-class research centers, and more than 2,000 faculty and staff members, students have the unique opportunity to study with the best artists, scholars, and scientists in their field. The College values diversity and offers a supportive, open, and inclusive community.

The Departments of Art and WGSS invite applications from an emerging artist who has earned an MFA in art within the past three years. The artistic medium and approach to visual representation is open. This Fellow will be called upon to teach classes and mentor students across both Art and WGSS; their perspective should align with the values of social and racial justice, advancing the missions that both departments champion. We are seeking a Fellow who, though they will work across two units, is an artist who considers visual making as their primary tool of inquiry, experimentation and research. We especially welcome artists from underrepresented groups in the arts to apply for the position.

We seek a colleague who has the capacity to 1) develop and contribute to interdisciplinary initiatives through their creative work and teaching with Art and WGSS, among other possible units on and off campus; 2) offer innovative graduate and undergraduate courses; 3) mentor undergraduate and graduate students interested in art practices; and 4) who will be an active member of the university community through presence and participation in teaching and studio practice. We are also interested in applicants who would be involved in community engagement efforts.

The fellowship carries a one course per semester teaching load (four courses total over two years). This is a twelve-month appointment that is renewable for up to two years, and includes an annual stipend of $50,000, studio space, benefits, some relocation costs, computing equipment and support, and a small research fund.

This fellowship is made possible by Ohio State’s Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme.

Applications are due by March 22, 2021.

There are two parts to the application process. Please be sure to complete both parts. 

1. Apply to this application system.

2. OSU will be using SlideRoom to facilitate the application process. Submit the following materials via uploads, at:

• Cover letter that articulates how the candidate might engage both departments

• Up to 20 examples of your work (including up to seven minutes of moving image), including name, title, size, media and completion date.

• Artist statement

• Resume/CV 

• Names and contact information of three individuals that can provide recommendations. Letters of recommendation are not requested at this time. 

Inquiries may be directed to Laura Lisbon ( and Shannon Winnubst (

In your Cover Letter, please address how your work addresses themes of racial and social justice, in what ways you see yourself as a good fit between our units, and if your work is community engaged (not a requirement), how that effort might be applied in Columbus and through the University.

About the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies:

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About Columbus:

The Ohio State University campus is located in Columbus, the capital city of Ohio. Columbus is the center of a rapidly growing and diverse metropolitan area with a population of over 2 million. The area offers a wide range of affordable housing, many cultural and recreational opportunities, excellent schools, and a strong economy based on government as well as service, transportation and technology industries. Columbus consistently rates as one of the Top U.S. cities for quality of life, and was selected as one of the Top 10 cities for African Americans to live, work, and play by Black Enterprise magazine. Columbus is home to the Columbus Museum of Art, the Wexner Center for the Arts, and the King Arts Complex. For more on the vibrant art community in Columbus, visit Additional information about the Columbus area is available at:

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Hopkins Hall (0149)

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Final candidates are subject to successful completion of a background check.  A drug screen, physical, or psychological screening may be required during the post offer process.

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, protected veteran status, or any other bases under the law.

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