The Department of Art in the College of Liberal Arts invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor (9403) faculty position to begin fall semester 2020 (08/31/2020). Appointment at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor, depending on qualifications and experience consistent with collegiate and University policy, will be a 100% appointment distributed over the nine-month academic year (late-August to late-May).
The Department of Art at the University of Minnesota seeks an artist with expertise in contemporary ceramic arts. With this position, we seek to strengthen the Department of Art’s newly formed area of Sculpture and Ceramics with a colleague who is open to cross-disciplinary practice and brings a broad perspective informed by an active contemporary art practice with competencies that include traditional and non-traditional approaches to ceramic arts. With the requirement of research, teaching and service we seek an engaged and committed colleague with: (1) a strong professional record; (2) the ability to teach across the curriculum that includes work with non-majors, BA and BFA art majors, and MFA candidates; and (3) the ability to provide service to the department, college and university. Full-time teaching load consists of four courses per academic-year.
• MFA in Art or equivalency**
• A minimum of one year of teaching experience at the university or college level (beyond graduate school teaching appointment or assistantship)
• Evidence of in-depth knowledge of ceramic materials and processes in an art context
• Evidence of an active exhibitions record and research agenda at the national or international level
• Knowledge of both historical and contemporary perspectives in ceramic arts and contemporary art
• An engaged and committed educator with the ability to teach ceramic wheel throwing and hand building
• Expertise in an array of ceramics methods including but not limited to, mold-making, slip cast, clay & glaze chemistry, and ceramic digital 3D processes, CNC router, 3D printer, laser cutter, and other digital fabrication technologies
• Proven ability to teach and mentor MFA students providing guidance for their artistic and professional development
• Ability to provide collaborative leadership in the Sculpture and Ceramics Area (SCCE) working with colleagues to develop a dynamic curriculum and career readiness opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students
• Ability to provide collaborative leadership across the Department of Art helping to shape the future vision and direction of the Department of Art
**Department of Art Policy Statement
In lieu of an MFA, the following could be considered in determining professional recognition and experience:
Advanced studies at a foreign school that does not award MFA degrees
Extended advanced study with recognized artists in the field
Professional achievement that would provide a depth of knowledge of the field comparable to an MFA
Evaluation by leaders in the field attesting that because of exhibition record and other professional achievement, that person was the equal of an MFA
In evaluating these equivalencies, it should be kept in mind that depth of participation in the field, not simply time in residence, is being considered.
Candidates will be evaluated according to a) overall quality of their creative work and recognition in their field, b) relevance of their creative practice to the department's academic priorities and fields of inquiry, and c) evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher.
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.