Western Washington University, located approximately a 1 1/2 hour drive from Vancouver, B.C, and Seattle, enjoys a strong reputation as a quality, comprehensive institution of higher education. The University's physical environment is rich in artistic diversity. University galleries offer faculty and students opportunities to reach a public audience. The campus features the Western Gallery, a student-operated gallery and an internationally acclaimed Sculpture Collection including the works of Magdalena Abakanowicz, Alice Aycock, Anthony Caro, Mark di Suvero, Lloyd Hamrol, Donald Judd, Robert Maki, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Isamu Noguchi, Tom Otterness, Beverly Pepper, Richard Serra, George Trakas, Do Ho Suh and Sarah Sze (forthcoming). There are fourteen full-time faculty members in the Department of Art and Art History. The department currently offers field courses in New York City, France, Italy, and Japan and has a robust visiting artist program. The department provides an immersive learning environment and the delivery of academic excellence within the three interrelated areas of Art Studio, Art Education, and Art History to form an inclusive, socially engaged community that embraces the liberal arts tradition.
The WWU campus overlooks the town of Bellingham (pop. 89,054). It is on the northern shores of the Salish Sea, whose 450 islands, fishing, tourism and recreation are an important part of the regional economy, which is also rich in agriculture and forest products. Bellingham has easy access to the snowcapped volcanic peaks of the Cascade Mountains, and innumerable mountain lakes. Bellingham has a low population density of less than 3,000 per square mile. it is bike friendly and has many recreational spaces and parks in town and throughout the county. Significant art venues in the area and region include The Whatcom Museum of Art, Museum of Northwest Art, and the Pilchuk Glass School - an international center for glass art education. Bellingham is located between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia, and can be easily reached by numerous modes of transportation.
About the Department
The Art and Art History Department is exemplary in furthering WWU's identity as an institution that welcomes and embraces diversity. The Department and the College support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity. The Department and the College are committed to promoting diversity and excellence in our students, faculty, and staff. The Department provides an immersive learning environment featuring a wide range of studio disciplines and culturally diverse art history courses. The program facilitates cross-cultural engagement throughout the curriculum, while also providing the opportunity for both faculty and students to teach beyond the classroom through travel-based courses.
The WWU Sculpture facility has a large 1470 square foot classroom and plaster area with appropriate sinks, tables and a digital projector and roll-up screen. Adjacent to the classroom is an 860 sf wood shop with a "Saw Stop" table saw, three band saws, power miter box, planer/joiner, stationary sanding machines, dust collection system, drill press and associated wood working hand tools and proper ventilation. A partially covered outdoor courtyard is directly accessible from the wood or metal studios. The foundry has a separate room with an electric wax pot and wax work area, a burn out kiln for investment molds, two McEnglevan B702 furnaces for melting bronze or aluminum and the necessary electric winch, tongs, shank, crucibles, high temp protective clothing and ventilation, etc. Tools and equipment are maintained by the Instructional Technician.
The Studio Area plan of study includes a foundational suite of courses in 2D, 3D, and Arts and Ideas. These courses prepare students to enter into upper level courses in any of our Studio Area concentrations, which include: Ceramics, Drawing, Fibers, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Time-Based Arts. All Studio Area faculty share teaching responsibilities in the Foundations Curriculum and develop curriculum for and teach in their own Area.
About the Position
Teach Sculpture courses at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels, incorporating contemporary practice with traditional processes in wood, metals, and mixed media. The position requires a strong commitment to teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to fulfill teaching and mentoring responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students.
Teach 3D Foundations courses
Share responsibility with Ceramics and Fibers for management of 3D Foundations studio
Participate in Foundations curriculum design and teach other Foundation courses as needed as well as our capstone professional practice courses
Manage comprehensive sculpture studio with the support of the instructional technician
Contribute to the BA & BFA program, advising BFA students on their capstone projects and exhibition preparations
Participate in BA student advisement
Maintain an active program of scholarship/creative activity
Participate in university, college, and departmental committee work and governance activities
MFA or equivalent terminal degree
Strong exhibition record reflecting contemporary practices
Two years minimum teaching experience at the university level in sculpture and 3D foundations, beyond graduate assistantships
Experience managing a sculpture studio
Expertise in a range of traditional Sculpture processes
Extensive knowledge and experience of contemporary sculpture, including installation and intermedia practices
Knowledge of art history and critical theory as related to contemporary art practice
Ability to communicate and work effectively with diverse students and colleagues
Demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
Experience integrating new technologies and digital media with traditional processes in university-level sculpture courses
National, and/or international exhibition record
Commensurate with experience and qualifications
United Faculty of Western Washington
All applications must be submitted electronically via PageUp. Applications should include (1) a letter of application that highlights and addresses the required and preferred qualifications as listed above, as well as (2) a CV, (3) artist statement, (4) teaching philosophy, including how your past experience has prepared you to work effectively with a diverse student body (5) syllabi of courses taught at university level, (6) 20 images of professional artist work with description sheet contained in a single file (jpegs, pdf or slideshow), (7) 20 images of student work with evidence in Wood, Metal and Intermedia Forms with description sheet contained in a single file, (8) MFA transcript copies, and (9) names and contact information for 3 references.
Closing Date Notes
Position closes 01/15/2019
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With 15,000 students, 160 academic programs, and an energized campus community, Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college and the academic choice, resources, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university. Western is located in beautiful Bellingham, a scenic coastal city of approximately 80,000 situated between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. With easy access to both the Cascade mountain range and the Pacific coast, the region is rich in cultural events and attractions as well as many recreational activities. Western is known nationally for its successes, including being named the top public master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest by U. S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.