Southwestern University's Art and Art History department in the Sarofim School of Fine Arts invites applications for a full-time, benefit-eligible Visiting Assistant Professor of Art position with a sculpture emphasis to begin August, 2021, renewable annually with satisfactory performance up to May 2024 (three years). Applicants should be knowledgeable and proficient in traditional sculpture and alternative practices, including the expanded fields of sculpture. We seek an artist who is drawn naturally to the teaching profession and who is a professionally active, early-career artist whose artistic production is ambitiously engaged with contemporary issues and demonstrates significant potential for national recognition in the field.
Southwestern's small but dynamic department, recognized annually in the Fiske Guide as among the top small art departments nationally, seeks to educate students as global citizens who approach art theory and practice through the interdisciplinary perspectives encouraged by a broad-based liberal arts education. Because the department is open to change and new approaches, the sculptural program may be re-envisioned and shaped around the successful candidate's strengths, particularly in the two small advanced classes: a studio seminar and a studio capstone to be offered within the position's second and third year. Strong drawing skills are highly desirable, as are secondary interests in digital art or photography.
The University fosters teaching that inspires dedicated student engagement and encourages an inclusive, open, equitable learning environment as essential to all students seeking creative knowledge and experience, honoring diversity as an intrinsic element of excellence in teaching and learning. To that end, the position is supported by the University's mentorship and teaching development program and is eligible for internal faculty development grants for creative works.
The position's responsibilities include: teaching six classes per year, repeated annually in support of the B.A. and B.F.A. art degree programs and general education, participating in departmental events and initiatives such as meetings, B.F.A reviews, and other related departmental and university events (faculty conferences, etc.)
Among liberal arts colleges, Southwestern's large sculpture facility is enviably well-equipped for wood, metal, welding, plaster, mold making, and 3D printing, with an adjacent covered outdoor facility and a faculty office/studio for the successful candidate. In addition, the department's full-time, 3D technical assistant is dedicated half-time to the sculpture area, ordering materials, maintaining equipment, tools, and budget, and supervising the labs.
Candidates must possess an M.F.A. degree from an accredited institution with an emphasis in sculpture with an active exhibition record, evidence of sustained academic achievement, and some teaching experience defined to honor teaching assistantships. To apply, submit to Interfolio at apply.interfolio.com/87686, a letter of interest that includes a brief description of your teaching philosophy and experience, commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a brief description of your creative work/research. Submit also a current C.V., a professional art portfolio of twenty images, a portfolio of up to fifteen examples of your students' works, and two letters of recommendation.
The University's culture of collaboration and interdisciplinary experimentation through integrated knowledge sets the cornerstone of serious student engagement, resulting in impressive alumni careers and graduate success. We welcome applications from those who similarly embrace this pedagogy and our culture of ambition from all walks of life.
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