Assistant Professor in Craft and Material Studies – Ceramics
Full time Tenure Track Position beginning August 16, 2014
Application Deadline: January 15, 2014, or until filled
Department and University:
The Department of Craft/Material Studies is one of 15 departments, within the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. The department specializes in five media areas: Clay, Metal, Wood, Glass and Fiber. We offer both breadth and depth across the media areas and have one of the few departments in the nation to offer all five craft disciplines at the BFA and MFA levels. U.S News & World Report currently ranks our MFA programs in Fiber #4, Glass #5, Ceramics #9, and Metals #10.
The School of the Arts is comprised of over 3000 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels and 15 nationally recognized programs in design, visual and performing arts. U.S. News & World Report ranks the School of the Arts as the top public university art school in the nation. Virginia Commonwealth University is an urban university with over 27,000 students located in Richmond, Virginia. Richmond is two hours south of Washington, D.C. and is situated between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Virginia/North Carolina coast. Richmond is the state capital and home to numerous historic sites; it functions as a visual arts, design and performing arts center regionally and nationally.
We are seeking a dynamic teacher, creative colleague, broad thinker, and technically skilled artist who is dedicated to the innovation and investigation of Ceramics in a contemporary art context with teaching specialties ranging from vessels to designed objects and installations. The successful candidate will be an accomplished, versatile artist with expertise in contemporary approaches, concepts, techniques, and critical issues as they pertain to ceramics and art in general. Areas of expertise might include: sculpture, utility and function, craft and objects, vessel making, 3D digital fabrication/rapid prototyping, traditional processes and/or emerging material processes with an interest in digital technology. The successful candidate will be able to engage in future curricular and facilities planning as an aspect of the ongoing conversation about the evolution and future of the discipline. The successful candidate will teach 5-6 courses per year including instruction of graduate students across all five disciplines; serve on Department, School, and /or University committees; advise students; maintain and build an active exhibition record; manage and facilitate the ordering of supplies for the Ceramic studios, and work collaboratively with members of the department and School of Arts to foster a progressive atmosphere for exploring the arts. The ability to communicate with students on multiple levels, and from multiple media areas, and eagerness to teach and develop both graduate and undergraduate programs is essential. The faculty member will be required to have an established research agenda and a clear potential for external funding, as appropriate, and potential for scholarship or creative expression to complement and expand existing expertise in the department. The faculty member must have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU. This is a full-time 9-month position.
- M. F. A. or equivalent in Ceramics or related area.
- Successful college level teaching preferred.
- Familiarity with contemporary art history and art/craft theory.
- Ability to teach beginning and advanced students in contemporary art practices in Ceramics.
- Proficiency in teaching a wide range of aesthetic, conceptual, and technical aspects within Ceramics.
- Evidence of national/international career profile and active exhibition record.
- The faculty member must have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
Application: Deadline January 15, 2014 for full consideration or until filled
- Letter of Application (PDF) – with file Titled “your last name_first name–ApplicationLetter”
- Curriculum Vitae (PDF) – with file Titled “your last name_first name–CV” Include address, phone, e-mail and website link if available
- Artist Statement (PDF) – with file Titled “your last name_first name–ArtistStatement”
- Teaching Philosophy (PDF) – with file Titled “your last name_first name–Teaching_Philosophy”
- Portfolio – 20 images of student work with description of assignment (all within a single PDF file no larger than 1MB) with file Titled “your last name_first name–StudentWORK”
- Portfolio – 20 images of personal work with images list (all within a single PDF file no larger than 1MB) with file Titled “your last name_first name–Portfolio”
- Contact information for three references (PDF) – with file Titled “your last name_first name–References” Including name, title, email, and phone numbers
- Only electronic applications will be accepted.
- Email to firstname.lastname@example.org: ATTN: Andrèa Keys Connell, Search Committee Chair
Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation or disability. For more information about VCU School of the Arts and this position please visit http://arts/vcu.edu