Lecturer, School of Art and Visual Studies

Job description

The School of Art and Visual Studies at the University of Kentucky seeks a full-time faculty/technician in digital fabrication and modeling. This position is responsible for teaching studio art courses in digital fabrication as well as overseeing the daily operation of the digital fabrication labs and equipment within the Fabworks facility. Primary facilities covered include a self and full service 3D printing lab containing multiple prosumer machines, and a fabrication space with a large format laser cutter, CNC router and related equipment.

This position carries a 50% teaching and 50% technician division of responsibilities. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching courses in digital fabrication and with leading or facilitating regular equipment maintenance to keep tools in working order and minimize downtime. As a technician, this individual will assist with the organization of lab processes that facilitate an open and accessible learning environment.

Responsibilities include:
Teach basic, intermediate, and advanced courses in 3-d modeling and fabrication for both fine artists and students in the Digital Media and Design program. Provide and maintain a safe working environment for students, faculty and staff. Supervise and enforce policies for use of the making facilities by students, faculty, and staff. Support and maintain multiple digital fabrication related services, with focus on 3D printing and laser cutting, within the facilities. Lead internal maintenance and/or arrange for third party maintenance of machines/facilities. Work with College of Fine Arts IT staff to organize software & hardware updates as needed. Organize equipment use demonstrations and orientations for students and faculty, including scheduling, maintaining public calendars, and tracking attendance. Support learning objectives during facility open working hours. Train and oversee student technical lab staff. Create clear, accurate, user-friendly documentation and instructions for all equipment/processes. Assist with inventory oversight and ordering of materials and supplies.

Please include, along with the application, a current curriculum vitae and a cover letter, along with a link to your website if applicable. In addition, please provide the names and contact information for three references when prompted in the application. This information may be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.

Application review will begin on April 25, 2018 and the position will remain open until filled.

Job Title
Lecturer, School of Art and Visual Studies

Requisition Number

Working Title

Department Name
8X100:School of Art and Visual Studies

Work Location
Lexington, KY

Type of Position

Position Time Status

Required Education

Master of Fine Arts degree or Bachelor's degree with significant experience in a digital fabrication related field.

Required Related Experience


Required License/ Registration/Certification



Robust knowledge of a variety of production and fabrication techniques; be familiar with practices related to current design and art practice including: fabrication, methodology and processes; experience and knowledge of working with a wide variety of materials.
Strong ability to assist students working in an interdisciplinary manner from concept to fabrication. Strong knowledge of 3D printing protocols, output, setup and maintenance. Proficiency with Adobe Suite, especially Illustrator.

Proven track record of working well with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, professional training, and aesthetic sensibilities in a creative environment.

Ability to develop and nurture individual student's abilities and a strong commitment to progressive art and design education.

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Preferred Education/Experience

Teaching experience in 3D fabrication highly desirable. CAD/CAM modeling/machining languages and software. Digital fabrication tools including laser cutters, 3D printers, CNC routers/mills. 2D/3D modeling tools including Wacom tablets and 3D scanners. 2D and 3D software such as Rhino, Solidworks, Maya, Fusion360, AutoCAD.

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University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
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    Posted: 4/12/2018
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