Visiting Assistant Professor

Denton, TX
May 10, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Studio (136300)

College of Visual Arts and Design

Visiting Assistant Professor

Job Summary/Basic Function:
The Studio Art Department is looking for a candidate to fill a Visiting Assistant Professor position in sculpture with duties that may include but are not limited to teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in sculpture.

The Sculpture concentration in the Department of Studio Art provides a comprehensive educational program designed to lay a solid foundation of basic skills and concepts, foster critical thinking, and inspire creativity so that each student may find his or her own aesthetic voice and develop a sustainable studio practice. The faculty has high intellectual and technical expectations of the students. Sculpture faculty members teach along with tenure track faculty, numerous adjuncts, teaching assistants, and teaching fellows who have diverse approaches to studio practice and critical discourse.

Candidates must be able to instruct in all aspects of sculpture while maintaining an emphasis on a materials intensive approach to the mediums that integrate various styles from a historical and contemporary discourse.

Working in a lecture/lab environment provides students with practical technical skills while engaging in critiques/discussions about contemporary art practice. In addition, candidates must be able to effectively communicate contemporary issues in studio art and mentor advanced students with expanded technical and conceptual development.

Established in 1890, UNT is one of the nation's largest public research universities with 38,000 students. Ranked a Tier One research university by the Carnegie Classification, UNT is a catalyst for the state. As the university has grown, so has its reach and impact. UNT graduated 8,900 students last year from its 13 colleges and schools and offers 101 bachelor's, 82 master's and 38 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized. UNT's world-class faculty are making breakthroughs every day, and its students and alumni are changing the world around them.

UNT is located in Denton, which was ranked 7th among the fastest growing American cities with populations of 100,000 or greater in 2011. Denton offers cultural expression through local theater, arts, music, and historical venues. It is home to several annual artistic and cultural events that cater to residents and tourists including the Thin Line Documentary Film Fest, the 35 Denton music festival, as well as the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival. The city is also well known for its thriving live music scene. Denton is located just north of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, and its rich cultural offerings provide excellent research and professional opportunities for students and faculty. Among the many area museums are the Amon Carter Museum, the Dallas Contemporary, the African-American Museum, the Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Kimbell Art Museum, the Meadows Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Nasher Sculpture Center.

The University of North Texas System is firmly committed to equal opportunity and does not permit - and takes actions to prevent - discrimination, harassment (including sexual violence), and retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, family status, genetic information, citizenship or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, and employment practices. The University of North Texas System immediately investigates and takes remedial action when appropriate.

The University of North Texas System also takes actions to prevent retaliation against individuals who oppose a discriminatory practice, file a charge, or testify, assist or participate in an investigative proceeding or hearing.

Minimum Qualifications:
MFA in studio art or other relevant terminal degree. An active exhibition record, combined with the ability to communicate within one's own disciplinary interest and across a broad range of contemporary and traditional sculpture practices, concepts and techniques.

Candidates should demonstrate successful college level teaching experience and a strong creative, professional and active record of exhibitions.

Preferred Qualifications:
A minimum of two years university-level teaching experience after graduate school.

Teaching that emphasizes critical decision making and execution throughout the creative process to positively affect the realizations of students' efforts in a wide variety of media and approaches, including traditional methods and emerging new material processes and expanded notions of sculpture. On-going, active participation within the sculpture graduate and undergraduate concentrations, and on institutional committees is expected, as is student advising.

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Position Type:

Tenure Status:
Non-Tenure Track

Appointment Basis:
9 Months

Pay Frequency:

Non-Tenured Appointment Term:
2 Years

Closing Date:
Open Until Search Closed

Review of Applications Begins:

Required Applicant Documents:
Curriculum Vita
Cover Letter
List of Names and Contact Information of Three References
Narrative Describing Scholarly Research
Sample Syllabi
Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applicants should upload 20 professional work samples and 20 student work samples to


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