Post-MFA Fellow in Art and Digital Media

Deadline: February 12, 2024

The Humanities Research Center (HRC) at Rice University seeks to appoint one Post-MFA Fellow in Art and Digital Media.

The Humanities Research Center is an internationally recognized hub that fosters innovative humanities and arts research at Rice University and builds collaborations with local, national, and global partners. In its “2024 Best Colleges in America” report, ranked Rice’s program in Art as the second best in America.

We seek emergent artists who work across media and disciplines and employ digital media in their practice. We especially welcome applicants who can help students address technical concerns while demonstrating the broader conceptual and interdisciplinary potential of tools such as Photoshop, 3D modeling, CNC routers, laser cutters, and/or digital painting. The boundaries of art have always been porous: deep historical research, social advocacy, the development of new technology, and the rediscovery of old technology are integral to many artists’ practices. The ideal candidate combines a broad range of interests with deep knowledge in certain specialties that expand into areas at the far edges of our discipline.

The Post-MFA Fellow will have both interdisciplinary and disciplinary homes and faculty mentors at Rice. The Fellow will have an office within the HRC and will be affiliated with the Department of Art.

The successful applicant will teach either Advanced Computer Graphics or Creative 2-D Design in their first semester at Rice University. In their other semester(s) at Rice, the fellow will work with the chair of the Department of Art on their teaching assignment, with the possibility of teaching introductory-level courses in drawing, painting, sculpture, or printmaking with an emphasis on digital tools. Examples of Art courses can be found at

This position is for the period from July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2025, with the possibility of renewal for a second year (subject to performance review and funding). It is a full-time position with a 1/1 teaching load and is benefits-eligible. The Fellow will receive an annual salary of $70,000 and a $3,000 one-time stipend for research and/or relocation to Houston. Post-MFA Fellows are expected to be in residence in Houston no later than August 1, 2024.

Essential Functions

  • Teaching courses in consultation with the Department of Art and affiliated campus units
  • Facilitating a reading group, workshop, etc. 
  • Presenting content online (reviews, interviews, blogs, podcasts) drawn from research, teaching, and outreach
  • Participating in the coordination of visiting speakers and events related to the position
  • Participating and presenting own research in an interdisciplinary works-in-progress series with other post-MFA and postdoctoral fellows
  • Other duties as assigned


Applicants from any artistic disciplines are eligible to apply and must have the MFA in hand by June 30, 2024. Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in the use of digital media in their artistic practice. Applicants should have experience and enthusiasm regarding teaching at the undergraduate level. Applicants must have excellent communication and time-management skills.

Required application materials

  • Cover letter
  • Three-page CV
  • 1000-word project proposal
  • Weblink to portfolio (see portfolio parameters below)
  • One-page course proposal for a one-semester undergraduate course
  • Three letters of recommendation

Portfolio Parameters (accessible through a weblink)

  • Painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, new media, installation, etc.: 15-20 digital images
  • Time-based work (e.g., film, video, performance): Up to three examples totaling no more than 10 minutes in length
  • Prose: No more than 20 double-spaced pages. One or several texts, or portions of texts, or a combination. If submitting an excerpt from a longer work, a synopsis may be helpful.
  • Other Language-based Forms: No more than 10 single-spaced pages of text, with no more than one work per page
  • Audio files: No more than 10 minutes total of audio works and samples

Application instructions:

Combine all materials except the letters of recommendation into one PDF. Have the letters of recommendation sent separately to

If you have difficulty attaching the required documents, please email them to and they will be attached to your application.

Deadline: February 12, 2024




Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Faculty and staff are expected (but not required) to have completed a full vaccination series for COVID-19 (currently defined as full course COVID-19 Vaccine (typically two shots of a WHO-approved COVID-19 Vaccine or one J&J) and a COVID-19 booster. Rice does not require documentation for COVID-19 vaccination at this time for faculty and staff. More information can be found here: 


For more information, please contact Gabriela Garcia at