Job offer: Meca is looking for the next Chair of the Salt Institute For Documentary Studies!

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Chair of the Salt Institute For Documentary Studies at MECA: Radio or Short Film/Multimedia

Maine College of Art (MECA) invites applications for a Chair of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studiesat MECA with duties commencing on March 1, 2017 but no later than May 15, 2017.

Position Summary and Responsibilities

Supported by the College’s infrastructure, the Chair will lead the relaunch of the Salt Institute in Fall 2017 as the Salt Graduate Certificate in Documentary Studies. This is a faculty appointment at the rank of assistant or associate professor with teaching and administrative duties.

The Chair, along with other faculty, will continue Salt’s legacy of graduating ethical, powerful storytellers in the areas of radio, short film, multimedia, photography and writing. Ultimately, two lead faculty will serve as the academic core of the program.

The College invites applicants with extensive experience in the areas of radio or short film/multimedia. The successful candidate will teach documentary storytelling for radio/audio/podcasting or short film/multimedia while working with a team of faculty to create a powerful and immersive experience for all Salt students. The Salt curriculum includes pre-production, production, post-production and writing for radio and/or short film/multimedia, as well as editing, field recording, and interviewing. Salt faculty will also ensure that students understand both the appropriate ethics of documentary work, as well as the professional requirements of their field.

Engaging teaching, a commitment to community and individualized attention are hallmarks of a MECA education. A commitment to graduate and undergraduate teaching is essential, as is innovation and versatility. MECA’s educational philosophy, which consists of Studio, Agency, Place, Community, and Ethics is the backbone of all our programs.

MECA faculty teach six courses a year in graduate and undergraduate courses as experience allows. As is typical with full faculty appointments, other responsibilities include mentoring, student reviews, curricular development, active scholarship/professional output and a variety of institutional service activities. The Chair’s primary responsibility is the Salt Program, but the candidate will also teach in MECA’s undergraduate program.

The Chair reports to the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College.

About Salt Institute for Documentary Studies at MECA

In 1973, high school English teacher Pamela Wood founded Salt in Kennebunk, Maine, as a place to teach students how to become photographers, writers and, most of all, ethical storytellers. Salt evolved into a program offering four tracks: Documentary Radio, Documentary Photography, Short Documentary Film, and Documentary Writing/Creative Non-fiction. Salt’s commitment to teaching ambitious students how to become truthful, thorough, and creative documentarians has never wavered. On April 8, 2016, the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies became part of Maine College of Art. MECA is committed to carrying on the 40+ year tradition of Salt’s unique educational experience.


A long and established record of significant documentary work (through publication) is absolutely required. MECA is looking for “teaching professionals.” A Master’s is preferred and a baccalaureate is required.

Demonstrated excellence in teaching, an active professional practice, and a record of professional accomplishment as demonstrated by publication, presentation and/or performance are essential.

The successful candidate will be a dynamic teacher, creative colleague and holistic thinker; they will demonstrate the ability to work in a collaborative environment and create a positive and engaging learning environment between students and faculty alike.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation ranges from $45,000 to $60,000 based on credentials, experience and rank. A comprehensive benefit package is offered, including health, dental, vacation, sick and retirement benefits

Application Procedure

Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately, with a priority deadline of Dec 1, 2016. Applications will be considered on a continuous basis until an appointment is made. Application materials must be sent digitally in a single PDF, not to exceed a 25MB file size. Email the document to Place in the subject line. The PDF must include: (1) a letter of application which articulates how the candidate’s experience intersects with the position description; (2) a one-page teaching philosophy; (3) a current CV/resume; (4) a portfolio of or suitable weblink to representative work and, if available, student work, and (5) a list of five references with contact information.

Maine College of Art does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in hiring and employment policies and encourages candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply


Maine College of Art is an independent college of art and design located in the center of the thriving arts district of Portland, Maine. Established in 1882, the College currently enrolls 480 students, the majority of whom are in the undergraduate program. About 1200 students take classes through MECA’s Continuing Studies Program annually. MECA’s Joanne Waxman Library is an important public resource of art­ and design ­oriented books and periodicals for the region. The Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA is a vibrant site for the exhibition of contemporary art.

MECA is characterized by its intimate learning community, its interdisciplinary nature, and the breadth of its programs. It confers the degrees of Bachelor of Fine Arts in eleven majors, Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art and Master of Arts in Teaching. Our goal at MECA is to teach each student how to transform aspirations and values into a creative practice that serves as the foundation for a lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals.