The Department of Art, Art History and Design in the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University invites candidates to apply for the tenure-stream Assistant Professor position in Sculpture. This role is the culmination of our five-year Critical Race Artists Residency, generously supported by an endowment from the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union. https://art.msu.edu/critical-race-studies-residency-program/. The position is expected to commence on August 16, 2024.
The successful candidate will become part of a dynamic faculty of artist-designers-scholars-educators dedicated to fostering flexible, innovative, and enlightened explorations of the transformative power of art across diverse cultures. We are committed to embracing a wide array of material, technical, philosophical, and critical influences that push the boundaries of contemporary art. Our primary goal is to continuously cultivate an educational environment rooted in empathy and emotional intelligence, fostering the growth of individual artists. We place a strong emphasis on artists whose work addresses pivotal issues, such as racism, post-colonialism, Diaspora, forced migration, economic and environmental injustices, and the profound impact of identity, sexuality, and gender across traditions. We welcome applicants whose creative research in sculpture is defined broadly and fluidly. We encourage exploration across a range of possibilities, from traditional material-based practices to spatial poetics, installation, performance, film, digital media, web-based technologies, interpersonal and socially engaged practice, and more.
The successful candidate will lead the AAHD Sculpture area, providing stewardship and envisioning new initiatives within our sculpture facilities, which include foundry, woodworking, and welding studios. Collaboration with the Ceramics and Electronic Art and Intermedia areas, as well as across the four areas of study in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design (Apparel and Textile Design, Art History, Graphic Design, and Studio Art) is encouraged to support cross-disciplinary programming. The lead faculty in Sculpture will work in partnership with area fixed-term faculty and technicians to enhance facilities and support further initiatives in sculpture. The standard workload for this appointment is 40% research, 40% teaching, 20% service. Essential responsibilities of this position include conducting and disseminating personal creative research, teaching two courses per semester in fall-spring, contributing to our MFA program, and actively participating in departmental, college, and university service.
We look forward to receiving your application and welcoming a dedicated and innovative Assistant Professor to our vibrant academic community. Join us in shaping the future of sculpture at Michigan State University.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.
Applicants should hold an MFA, PhD, or equivalent terminal degree in sculpture or a related discipline and have experience teaching at the college level, as well as an established record of creative practice.
Required Application Materials
Qualified applicants should submit
cover letter describing qualifications and experience applicable to position
current curriculum vitae
Portfolio of up to 20 creative works, including descriptive information in .pdf format OR webpage links
Up to 20 images of student work with descriptive information
1-page statement of teaching philosophy
1-page artist statement
A 1-page summary of your philosophy of diversity, equity, and inclusion as it pertains to intellectual leadership in the areas of teaching/curriculum development, research/creative activities, service, outreach, advising, and/or administration. The statement should also include an explanation of related past or planned activities/endeavors as well as how the candidate will advance our goals of inclusive excellence. For more about MSU’s DEI efforts, see https://inclusion.msu.edu/. For more information about writing diversity statements, see https://cal.msu.edu/documents/cal-guidelines-for-the-writing-of-diversity-statements/
the names and email addresses of 3 potential referees
Review of applications will begin January 8, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website http://careers.msu.edu. Posting number 910419.
For more information, contact Adam Brown, Chair of the Search Committee at [email protected].
Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.
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Summary of Physical Demands
Lifting and carrying materials related to sculpture courses.
Summary of Health Risks
Working with common compounds and chemicals used in sculpture courses. EHS guidelines and rules will be followed, and training will be provided.
We inspire rigorous paths of study through individual expression and collaboration that focus in and across disciplines. Our faculty and students make meaningful contributions to and/or challenge existing paradigms in art, art history, and design. Through education and encouragement of broad dialogue within and about the arts, we promote positive and sustainable change in our global community.
The Department of Art, Art History & Design is located in the College of Arts & Letters. Our department offers BA and BFA degrees in Studio Art, Art Education, Art History and Visual Culture, Apparel and Textile Design, Graphic Design, and a multidisciplinary MFA degree program in Studio Art. Studio Art includes degree concentrations in Ceramics, Electronic Art & Intermedia, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture.
The College of Arts & Letters recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture, which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members results in true excellence. The College of Arts & Letters is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion.
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