San Francisco State University, School of Art seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Ceramics beginning August 2016. MFA in Art with an emphasis in ceramics required. Salary commensurate with qualifications.
Position title:Assistant Professor Position in Art (Ceramics)
Start date:August 2016
Salary:Commensurate with qualifications and experience. The CSU provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.
Position SummaryThe position is in the School of Art at San Francisco State University. SF State is a member of the California State University system and serves a diverse student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks to promote appreciation of scholarship, freedom and, human diversity through excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment. The School of Art is focused on developing socially engaged art practitioners, art historians, and arts professionals whose individual and collective efforts contribute to personal and intellectual growth, as well as community-building and cultural production.
The position is focused on the discipline of ceramics as a socially engaged practice that can manifest in many forms including ceramic sculpture and/or installation, functional vessels, performance, or forms that encompass some or all of these.
The position includes a full-time faculty workload per the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the California State University and the California Faculty Association. The workload primarily includes teaching assigned undergraduate courses in Art and MFA seminars, conducting an active ongoing scholarship program of creative work and exhibition which advances knowledge in the field of one’s specialty. The teaching assignments will be in existing ceramics courses in hand-building foundations, wheel throwing, ceramic sculpture, glaze calculations, mold making, kiln building, soda/pit firing, as well as courses in emerging technologies in the field (to be developed). Graduate courses include interdisciplinary critique seminars and special topic graduate studios (to be developed). The scholarship may address a range of topics in the areas of ones expertise.
Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assist in maintaining and supervising two ceramics facilities, productive participation on departmental, college, and university-wide committees; mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students; holding regular office hours; curriculum development and improvement, particularly with regard to student learning outcomes; and remaining current in both subject area and teaching methodologies.
Essential Job Tasks
Minimum Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Personal Abilities
- Terminal degree MFA in Art, with an emphasis in Ceramics, required.
- 1-2 years of undergraduate teaching experience with a large, diverse student body or in a multicultural setting, required.
- Minimum of one-year experience in the management of a ceramics facility preferred including heavy equipment operation, gas and electric kilns, and glaze chemistry lab.
- Possess a broad knowledge of traditional and contemporary theory and practices in ceramics, and a capacity for exploring new directions in the discipline.
- Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum design, instruction of individual and groups and learning assessment.
- Planning and organizing skills sufficient to ensure implementation of assigned curriculum.
- Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum design, instruction of individuals and groups, and the assessment of learning.
- Planning and organizing skills sufficient to ensure implementation of the assigned curriculum, job duties, and established expectations.
- Oral and written communication skills in the English language at a level that comprehends and conveys information to and from students, colleagues, and others in an effective manner.
- Awareness and engagement with critical concerns in the discipline and capacity to continue to produce original creative works.
- Interpersonal orientation that encourages productive interactions with students, colleagues, and other campus stakeholders and promotes collegiality in department, college and university contexts.
Application processSubmit letter of intent/interest, a current CV, 20 images of recent personal work, 20 images of student work, statement of teaching philosophy and names and contact information for three professional references. Letters of recommendation may be requested at a later date.
Submit all materials online at, https://sfsu.submittable.com/submit by January 8, 2016. Late applications will not be reviewed. Questions concerning the position should be submitted to Gail Dawson, Director, School of Art, email@example.com
San Francisco State University is a member of the California State University system and serves a diverse student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks to promote appreciation of scholarship, freedom and, human diversity through excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment. SFSU faculty are expected to be effective teachers and demonstrate professional achievement and growth through research, scholarship, and/or creative work.
San Francisco State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity. We welcome applicants of all ethnic, racial and gender identities, sexual orientations as well as people with disabilities. We particularly encourage those who may be from historically underrepresented groups.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
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