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Iowa State University Lecturer or Assistant Teaching Professor of Biological/Pre-Medical Illustration in Ames, Iowa

Position Information:

Position Title:Lecturer or Assistant Teaching Professor of Biological/Pre-Medical Illustration

Appointment Type:Faculty

Job Description:Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

The Biological/Pre-Medical Illustration Program (BPMI) in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Department of Art and Visual Culture (AVC) in the College of Design at Iowa State University are offering a Lecturer or Assistant Teaching Professor position in BPMI. This position is open to part-time or full-time starting August 16th, 2021.

Qualified candidates will bring new approaches, tools, and techniques to digital rendering while maintaining principles of scientific illustration to their teaching. The required BPMI courses to be taught are listed below along with the responsibilities to serving on the BPMI Advisory Committee. Additional teaching opportunities are possible as compliments the faculty member's area of expertise.

Required Teaching

BPMI 326, Illustration and Illustration Software

Foundation-intermediate level scientific illustration digital rendering in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, including digital workflows, scanning and digitizing work, digital rendering techniques, and best practices and protocols.

BPMI 327, Illustration as Communication

Investigation of illustration as a form of communication. Emphasis on problem solving, effective composition, and advancement of rendering skills.

BPMI Advisory Committee

Provide input on program concerns such as curricular development, student portfolio reviews, and student support, including 1-2 meetings adjacent to the academic year following spring term to debrief and prior to fall semester for academic year planning.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

-MFA/MA/MS/M.Sc.BMC/MSMI, or similar degree in scientific/medical illustration/visualization, or related field.

-Evidence of professional development must be presented, including professional practice examples, exhibitions, publications, and workshops.

Preferred Qualifications:

-Teaching experience in higher education.

-Ability to distill complex content for effective visual presentation.

-Knowledge of visual conventions applied to a variety of subsets of art, science, and design.

-Trained in traditional and digital techniques and visual communication principles.

-Ability to teach in an interdisciplinary setting.

-Experience in digital media and digital rendering as well as scientific illustration/visualization.

-Digital sculpting (zBrush), storyboarding, 2D animation, and life drawing (anatomical and échorché approach).

Department/Program & College Description:

Iowa State University’s interdepartmental undergraduate major in Biological and Pre-Medical Illustration (BPMI) is a shared program of the ISU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) and the College of Design. The program is housed in LAS and administered by an advisory board of faculty members from both colleges.

The BPMI major is designed for students who want to combine their interests and aptitudes in science and art. Students take a mix of courses concentrated on the natural sciences in LAS and studio art in Design. They learn the latest artistic techniques, visual design skills, and the business of being a visual communicator. They become proficient in producing a broad range of artwork, including drawings, paintings and photographs, which are scientifically accurate and aesthetically pleasing. Award-winning faculty members with years of professional and academic experience and an advisory board of scientists and artists help direct, advise and mentor students through their academic careers.

Iowa State University has one of the longest-running undergraduate programs of this type in the nation. Fewer than a dozen such programs or opportunities exist for undergraduate studies in the U.S. The ISU BPMI program specializes in preparing students for graduate degree programs in medical and scientific illustration. Graduate schools often recommend students receive a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State because of the strength of the combined science and art components of our program.

Department Unit/Website(s):

Proposed Start Date:August 16, 2021

Proposed End Date or Length of Term:May 15, 2022

Number of Months Employed Per Year:09 Month Work Period

Time Type:Part time

Pay Grade:00 (Faculty)

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae

2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter

3) Three Letters of References

4) PowerPoint including 20 images (with descriptions) of your own work and 10 images of student work.

Review of applications will begin on December 14th and continue until January 31st, or until position is filled.

Sarah Kyle, Professor and Chair, Department of Art and Visual Culture, Room 156, College of Design, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-3092.

Lynn Clark, Director BPMI, Department of Ecology, Evolution, & Organismal Biology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-4009.

Kim Moss, BPMI Coordinator, Department of Art and Visual Culture, Room 146, College of Design, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-3092.

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Original Posting Date:December 10, 2020

Posting Close Date:January 31, 2021

Job Requisition Number:R3632

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 30,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

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Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

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