Assistant Professor of Studio Art, Sculpture

Colorado, USA, Denver
Sep 08, 2017
University of
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The School of Art & Art History (SAAH) at the University of Denver has offered instruction in Art and Art History since 1880 and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. One of two Schools within the Division of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, SAAH offers a BFA and BA in Studio Art as well as an Art minor, BA in Art History, MA in Art History with a Museum Studies concentration option, an art history minor, and degrees in Emergent Digital Practices. For more information about SAAH and the arts at the University, please click here.

Position Summary

SAAH invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Sculpture beginning September 2018. Candidates for the Assistant Professor in Sculpture position should have an MFA and a minimum of two years post-graduate teaching experience. SAAH seeks an interdisciplinary artist and committed educator who clearly articulates knowledge of contemporary sculpture and practice. Successful candidates should have an active studio practice, a developing exhibition record, and potential for growth towards national recognition. Service within SAAH and the larger DU community is expected. The successful candidate will promote diversity and inclusion through teaching, research and service.

Essential Functions

A successful candidate will teach five classes/year (one to two classes per quarter, over three, ten-week quarters), including but not limited to: beginning to advanced Sculpture, 3D Art Foundations, University Common Curriculum, and BFA Senior Sequence courses. The Studio Art area utilizes both discipline-specific and multidisciplinary practices to develop visual language, material processes and conceptual approaches relevant to student learning. The curriculum strives for fluidity between media, materials, and processes and supports dialogue among a diverse group of faculty and peers.

SAAH seeks candidates who would pursue opportunities to expand current departmental offerings including, but not limited to: 4D/time-based practices, installation, performance, 3D digital fabrication, and/or Critical Theory/Contemporary Art issues. There is campus support and funding for unique and innovative expansion of curriculum, and candidates are encouraged to develop and explore new approaches in both teaching and creative research.

This position will have primary responsibility for the Sculpture area and will supervise the Sculpture Technician who assists in the oversight of equipment maintenance, repair and safety. To facilitate collaborative teaching across media, the sculpture area is used by other Studio Art colleagues and non-media specific courses may be taught in other areas of SAAH depending on the successful candidates expertise. The Assistant Professor in Sculpture will also prioritize health and safety issues in the Sculpture Studio, maintain consistency and communicate with the adjunct faculty and students who utilize the space.

Required Qualifications

  • MFA degree.
  • 2 years of post-graduate teaching experience.
  • Demonstrated experience or evidence of a commitment to incorporate inclusive teaching methods and/or pedagogies to effectively engage broadly diverse student populations.
  • An active studio practice, a developing exhibition record and potential for growth towards national recognition.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by December 15, 2017.

Special Instructions

Applicants must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online with a cover letter and resume will be accepted. Once within the job description online, scroll to the bottom of the page to begin application. If you have questions regarding this position please contact Roddy MacInnes at or Catherine Chauvin at

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Cover letter describing teaching and research interests
  2. CV including website link with digital representation of both personal and student work
  3. Artist statement
  4. Three relevant course syllabi
  5. Inclusive excellence statement - The separate inclusive excellence statement should be a succinct description of how the candidate's research, teaching, and/or service contributes to inclusive excellence.
  6. Send three Letters of Recommendation electronically The letters should be addressed to Studio Art Search Committee.

Note: The online system is limited to uploading 5 files. Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LBGTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.