Thursday, 8 December 2016

job posting: Assistant Professor of Ceramics at the University of Oregon

The University of Oregon's Department of Art is accepting applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Ceramics. This position is at the rank of Assistant Professor and the salary will be commensurate with experience. Start date is September 2017.

We are seeking a colleague with a dynamic approach to creative practice and pedagogy that will contribute to an established and progressive art department. Candidates should demonstrate knowledge and experience in teaching a range of traditional, experimental, and extended forms within the field of Ceramics. The successful candidate will possess a broad knowledge of scholarship, including critical histories and theories related to Ceramics and the field of craft within the larger context of contemporary art. The competitive applicant should have a research and creative practice that is grounded in Ceramics, with fluency in interdisciplinary and experimental approaches. The candidate will exhibit an ambitious professional record that indicates a commitment to a sustained and evolving creative practice. The candidate must be able to work cooperatively with diverse faculty and student populations. This position requires experience in teaching beyond graduate school, a MFA or equivalent degree, and an active professional practice.

Primary Responsibilities:
Primary teaching responsibilities will be focused in Ceramics with opportunities for teaching across media areas, including graduate seminars, advanced studios, and foundations. All of the Department of Art faculty contribute to the interdisciplinary graduate program. The University of Oregon operates on a system of three, 10-week quarters with 1 additional week for final exams. Faculty in the Department of Art have a teaching load of five courses per year. The candidate will work collaboratively with another Ceramics faculty member to oversee the Ceramics area, which includes curriculum and facilities development, and the supervision of a 1.0 FTE lab technician, student employees (undergraduate and graduate), and nontenure-track faculty. Service responsibilities include various departmental and school committees, as well as student advising and participation in shared governance. The candidate will be expected to maintain an ambitious professional record that indicates a commitment to a sustained and developing creative practice.

The Ceramics area ( has a dedicated studio technician who supports a broad-based, technically comprehensive facility. The area resources extend through the department and School of Architecture and Allied Arts to include laser cutters, 3D printers, CNC routers, multiple wood shops, metal shops, a plastics shop, a motion capture lab, physical computing shop, printing services and computing labs. The University of Oregon supports faculty by providing a dedicated studio space and a fund for professional development. Additionally, the Pacific Northwest and the state of Oregon have a vibrant range of accessible funding, opportunities, and resources for artists.

The Department:
Situated within a nationally recognized research institution, the Department of Art attracts students and faculty who value the study of studio art in the context of a larger intellectual and critical environment. Our curriculum reflects a diverse and fluid set of creative practices and critical methodologies. Students engage broad and interdisciplinary approaches, as well as depth within specific media and practices. A robust visiting lecture series, bringing 10-15 artists, critics and curators to campus each year, complements the curriculum. Nationally and internationally active, the faculty thrive on making connections between their individual studio practices and teaching. While we have diverse backgrounds, philosophies and approaches, we have a strong commitment to a collective mission and a shared governance model.

The Department of Art ( is one of the two largest departments within the School of Architecture and Allied Arts (A&AA), which also includes Architecture, the History of Art and Architecture, Arts Administration, Product Design, Landscape Architecture, Historic Preservation, and Planning, Public Policy and Management. With roughly 500 undergraduates and 30 graduate students, the Department of Art offers BA/BS, BFA and MFA degrees; the curriculum encompasses ceramics, art & technology (print media, animation, video and interactivity), fibers, jewelry and metals, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The Department includes 20 tenure-track faculty and 12 Career Instructors.

The University and Community:
The University of Oregon is an AAU Research I institution and has over 24,000 undergraduate students and approximately 4,000 graduate students. The UO is known for its spirit of cooperation and collaboration, and for its ability to provide a variety of personal and professional opportunities that enrich the academic community. The University actively supports an institutional commitment to diversity and multiculturalism. Through this search, the Department of Art seeks to further this commitment and strongly encourages applications from women and underrepresented groups.
The University of Oregon is located in Eugene, Oregon’s second largest city. Located 110 miles south of Portland, the Eugene metro area (pop. 216,000) is in a region noted for its dynamic quality of life and progressive cultural environment. Within only an hour’s drive are ocean beaches, lakes, rivers, forests, high desert, and the Cascade and Coast mountain ranges.

Application Deadline:
Review of applications will begin February 3, 2017. While the position will remain open until filled, please submit application materials by February 3, 2017 to ensure consideration. No incomplete applications will be reviewed.

A complete application must include a cover letter outlining specific interests and qualifications, a CV that includes activities related to one's art practice and teaching (i.e. courses taught, service, etc.), an artist statement, a teaching philosophy, 20 images of he candidate’s own work, 10 images of student work, and an image identification information describing the title, size, media, date work was completed and project details, and in the case of student work, include the course title. A list of three references must be submitted at this time, with the possibility that reference letters and syllabi may be requested at a later date.

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EO/A/ADA institution committed to cultural diversity. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status

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