University of Wisconsin-River Falls College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Art
Assistant Professor of Art (Ceramics)
The University of Wisconsin River Falls, a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located in scenic west central Wisconsin, 30 miles from the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic cities of Minneapolis and St Paul. Year-round arts, cultural and recreational events are easily accessible from River Falls. UWRF's 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students pursue degrees in four colleges: Arts and Sciences, Education and Professional Studies; Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; and Business and Economics.
The University provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, academic advising, and co-curricular activities. A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunity for meaningful interchange between faculty and students. Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued. More information about UWRF can be found at: http://www.uwrf.edu/workhere/.
This is a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track undergraduate faculty position (100% teaching) at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Art. The standard teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong interests and ability to teach courses in ceramics, introductory lecture courses in art appreciation, two-dimensional and three-dimensional foundations, professionalism, and other classes dependent on expertise and department needs. Duties include teaching responsibilities, studio and equipment upkeep/development, academic advising of art majors, serving on Art Department and University committees, and active participation in Art Department meetings, events and exhibitions (student and professional). Opportunities exist for optional summer employment through teaching, research grants, internship supervision and other funding sources. Anticipated Appointment date: August 27, 2018
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Duties include the standard teaching load of 12 credit hours per semester, studio and equipment upkeep/development, academic advising of art majors, serving on Art Department and university committees, and active participation in Art Department meetings, events, and exhibitions (student and professional).
Applicants must have a Master of Fine Arts or terminal degree in the field of ceramics and five years of teaching experience (post terminal degree) at the university level. The candidate must be proficient in high and low fire clay and glaze materials. Knowledge of firing kilns at all temperature ranges including electric, atmospheric style and updraft/downdraft gas kilns.
The successful candidate will be capable of including wheel throwing and hand building techniques in their curriculum an the ability to integrate conceptual problems within a crafts-based tradition.
In addition, the ideal candidate will develop a productive and creative program that will attract new students to the University through the ability to expand the current ceramics program and reimagine a traditional crafts art based program that merges with contemporary theory and practices.
They should have the ability to engage productively with students at all skill levels and foster a vital role for ceramics within the context of the Art Department, the greater University, and the surrounding community, including the art community in the twin cities metropolitan area.
Initial review of applications will begin upon receipt. For full consideration, applicants should submit all required materials by December 31, 2017.
Please submit the following:
Letter of application specifying qualifications and a statement of experience (Cover Letter)
Teaching objectives and the direction of current research (Teaching Philosophy) (one page limit)
Artist statement (Other Document) (one page limit)
Curriculum vitae (formal education, exhibition record, teaching history and any other relevant experience)
Unofficial graduate transcript(s) (official transcripts will be required if hired)
10-20 images of current portfolio work (Professional Work Samples) (9mb max)
20 images of student work from university courses taught (Student Work Samples) (9mb max)
Provide the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references that can specifically comment on your teaching ability, experience and professional preparation (References)
A criminal background check will be completed on final candidates.
Through its strategic plan, Pathway to Distinction, UW-River Falls will vigorously pursue three goals: Distinctive Academic Excellence; Global Education and Engagement; Innovation and Partnerships. In support of our first goal, UW-River Falls strives to be a leader in collaborative and undergraduate research; we therefore seek faculty members who have an interest in or experience with faculty-student collaborative research, scholarship, and creative activity. The university's strategic focus on international education and partnerships encourages faculty to develop courses/pedagogy that facilitate the development of a global perspective and enhance our curricular and programmatic partnerships, both local and global.
UW-River Falls Diversity Statement:
We declare that diversity and inclusivity are core values. We dedicate ourselves to build a culture grounded in principles of equity, social justice, and excellence. We fundamentally affirm and embrace the multiple identities, values, belief systems, and cultural practices of all individuals and communities. We will address fundamental issues of bias, discrimination, and exclusion.
The University is committed to creating an educational community which enhances student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnicities and cultures and identities which actively supports tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each person without regard to economic status, ethnic background, political views, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics or beliefs. Awareness of and sensitivity to diverse ethnic and cultural heritages are especially sought in applicants.
UW-River Falls Legal Notice:
UW-River Falls is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer subject to all state and federal regulations pertaining to non-discrimination based upon sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, age, arrest and/or conviction record, veteran or military status. All persons, especially women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Employment is subject to federal laws that require verification of your identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, which includes statistics about reported crimes and information about campus security policies can be viewed at http://www.uwrf.edu/Police/CampusRecordsCrimes.cfm or call University Police at 715-425-3133 for a paper copy.