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Re: [BKARTS] Question for university professors: career advice



Hi Deborah-
The preparation you'd need would depend on what kind of teaching job you were interested in. If you wanted a full time, tenure track position you'd need a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree - because, most places, this is considered the "terminal" degree in studio art and is required for tenure and promotion in a traditional academic system. If you were interested in adjunct or part time teaching, your experience as a book binder would likely be seen as sufficient to teach a bookbinding class. For adjunct work, you would want to send a portfolio of examples along with your CV and letter of interest when you apply, since your degree is in another field.


Hope this helps!
penny

Penny McElroy
Professor of Art
University of Redlands
penny@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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On Jun 10, 2009, at 2:54 PM, Deborah Vingerhoet wrote:


I’m 36 years old, I just had my first baby and am thinking



I’m 36 years old, I just had my first baby and am thinking
about what I will do once my kids are in school. I have a degree in Environmental
Science and have had my own bookbinding business for most of my career (since
1996). While I enjoy working alone
in my studio, I’d really like the opportunity to work in a more social
environment. I’ve always thought
of going back to school and getting my masters in something science related. I’ve
also thought of teaching bookbinding on a college level. I wondered if I chose
to pursue the latter what educational background I’d need. I live north of Boston so The
North Bennett St. School would be an option. Would I also need a degree in
education or an art degree? Any
feedback/suggestions on pursuing a career in a college/university would be very
much appreciated!







Deborah V. Thompson Plum Island, MA 01950







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