Assistant Professor of Instruction, Fibers & Material Studies
Fibers & Material Studies practices are on the cutting edge of contemporary art and critical inquiry, while also representing one of the world’s longest and most accessible aesthetic traditions. Fibers & Material Studies at Tyler School of Art emphasizes the exploration of materials in both their traditional and contemporary contexts, and in relation to wide ranging issues of technological development, the transnational circulation of culture, race and multiculturalism, gender, equality and class, among others. Students examine the relationship between materials, processes and conceptual exploration, as well as the critical role that cloth and fiber play in the global economic marketplace.
Undergraduate students are introduced to state of the art equipment, including a Jacquard TC2 loom, multi-harness floor looms and dobby looms, knitting machines, embroidery machines and tufting guns. The program also offers digital printing, a fully equipped dye kitchen and screen-printing lab. Many Tyler students choose to work at the edges of the medium by exploring sculpture, video, performance and installation as part of their practice. Experimenting with materials and methods is encouraged as students develop individual creative practices.
Since 1935, Tyler School of Art has offered students the combination of a world-renowned faculty and the resources of Temple University, a large, urban research institution. Tyler’s programs encompass a wide range of areas in the study of art, design, art history, art education, and architecture. In each program, students work in small learning communities, while also benefiting from state-of-the-art facilities, a rigorous curriculum, and a large, diverse campus community.
The Fibers & Materials Studies program is run by one full-time faculty member and a dedicated cohort of specialized Adjunct Faculty. We seek a colleague to fill a new position who combines breadth of technical skill with deep understanding of the complexities of the fibers discipline as it intersects with contemporary art practice. Applicants should take a dynamic pedagogical approach to nurturing a learning community, and should evidence a commitment to urgent/emergent questions of social justice and sustainability within the broad arena of textile practice. Technical competency in weaving is a necessity along with proven ability to teach several of the following processes: surface design, sculpture, dyeing (synthetic and natural), felting, interlacing, basketry, fabric construction. Also valued is the ability to deliver a curriculum that consistently connects material investigation to critical discourse, including the theory and history of fibers and material studies and emergent challenges to existing narratives therein, and an interest in performance and socially engaged art practices. The successful candidate will be expected to teach at all levels of our BFA undergraduate program and MFA graduate program.
Faculty in Fibers & Material Studies teach studio courses and seminars, with the opportunity to develop new courses. The successful candidates’ workload will include Committee and Departmental service.
● An MFA with a substantial record of achievement and significant competency in fiber related arts practice.
● A consistent professional record of creative practice (exhibitions, publications, or equivalent).
● Clear potential or demonstrated ability to work effectively with and benefit a diverse student body.
● Experience teaching at the college level.
● Demonstrated ability to teach a range of fibers processes from: weaving, surface design (print and resist), sculptural approaches to fiber, dyeing (synthetic and natural), embellishment, felting, interlacing, basketry, fabric construction, and papermaking.
● Well-versed in fibers & material studies history and critical discourse as they relate to the intersection of class, race and gender.
● The successful candidate will also have significant administrative experience related to all areas of curriculum, program and budget management.
● Strong weaving skills.
● Three years of college-level teaching experience.
● Capacity to connect fiber & material studies discourse to broader cultural and environmental concerns.
● Knowledge of Jacquard TC2 loom.
Tyler School of Art is an affirmative action/equal-opportunity employer committed to increasing and sustaining its diverse academic community.
Initial Application Requirements
To apply, please visit temple.slideroom.com to create an account and upload the following materials:
● Cover letter of intent
● Curriculum Vitae
● Artist Statement