Faculty Position - Director, Ethics & the Arts Program

Job Number
Job Type
Regular Full-Time
EVP Provost Academic Affairs
Ethics Center
Campus Location (For Posting) : City
Location : Name
Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Not Applicable
Required Documents
Cover letter, Letter of Interest, List of References, Personal Statement

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The Emory University Center for Ethics, along with the Emory College of Arts and Sciences, is seeking candidates for a full-time position as director of the Ethics & the Arts program. We are particularly interested in candidates connected to the field(s) of the visual arts or film.

The Center for Ethics (CFE), a national leader in ethics scholarship, is distinctive in being a university-wide center that engages all eight of Emory’s schools. CFE includes a Master of Arts in Bioethics degree, Ethics Leadership certificate programs, and an Ethics Minor in Emory College of Arts and Sciences (ECAS). CFE faculty teach throughout the university, develop and deliver high-quality public programming, and engage actively with a wide variety of community organizations. In addition to ethics scholarship, CFE faculty consult with businesses, nonprofits, and governmental agencies.

The Ethics & the Arts program (E&A) is a catalyzing social and intellectual force at Emory and in the greater Atlanta region, featuring signature programs such as the Arts & Social Justice Fellows Program, Ethics on the Stage—a collaboration with leading Atlanta theaters—and the curation of the CFE Art Gallery, among others. There is significant opportunity for creative programming and collaborations across the region’s thriving arts community. E&A is dedicated to using art as a vehicle to discuss social and ethical issues; to exploring the ethical implications of the creation, display, and commercialization of artistic products; to partnering with regional arts organizations and artists; and to organizing programs for students and the community.

We are searching for either:

1) A faculty member who will direct the program while fulfilling a position as an assistant or associate professor in Film or the Visual Arts, both of which are housed in the Department of Film and Media in ECAS;
2) An artist-educator hired into the CFE in a staff position as director of the program, who will teach as an adjunct or teaching-track faculty in Film or the Visual Arts.

The Director of the E&A Program will ideally have an advanced degree in their field (a terminal degree for appointment as tenure- or teaching-track faculty), a record of teaching excellence, and a passion for creatively integrating knowledge and ethics across disciplines and diverse communities. This could include work in academic classrooms, public forums, or other novel venues. The ideal candidate will be a skilled collaborator and advocate for the arts, capable of managing and enhancing the current strengths of the Ethics & the Arts Program, the Center for Ethics, Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Emory University, Atlanta and the Atlanta region. They will create and oversee new and innovative programming and will have produced or co-produced a body of work attesting to engagement with and interest in issues of social justice.


• Teaching courses related to ethics and the arts in the Department of Film and Media of ECAS
• Working with other art departments to elevate Emory’s arts offerings
• Advising and Mentoring students interested in the intersection of art, ethics, social justice, and the community
• Developing innovative curricula or courses
• Pursuing independent and/or collaborative scholarship appropriate for appointment and advancement on tenure-track or teaching-track faculty in ECAS (if applicable)
• Developing programming on ethical challenges and promotion of public discourse around art
• Serving on Center, Department, College, and University committees
• Curating the Center for Ethics Arts Gallery
• Building relationships and engaging in collaborations as a vital member of the arts communities of Emory and the greater Atlanta region

Successful candidates will have:
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to forge collaborations
• Demonstrated experience and comfort in working in both in-person and online settings
• Commitment to collaborating with colleagues at the Center for Ethics, the Department of Film and Media, Emory College and University, and across the university and in the community
• Potential for securing extramural funding
• An advanced degree in their field (or a terminal degree for appointment as tenure- or teaching-track faculty), or commensurate experience with a focus on the visual arts or film.


Applicants should submit the following:

• Cover letter addressed to the search committee
• Current CV or résumé
• Statement of what the candidate brings to the Ethics & the Arts program
• A brief statement describing their teaching philosophy, including their experience and vision regarding the teaching and mentoring of students of diverse backgrounds
• Names and email addresses of three references. Letters of recommendation may be requested if you are selected as a finalist.


Interested applications should apply online. Inquiries can be sent to: Jamila Garrett-Bell, jrgarre@emory.edu

Deadline for applications is March, 25 2023

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