School of Art: Assistant Professor in Sculpture

Sep 11, 2020
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

School of Art: Assistant Professor in Sculpture

Job Class Code: 10031
FLSA: Exempt
Posting Number: FRGV1047
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Division/Organization: Provost - Academic Affairs
Appointment Period for Non-Tenure Position:
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
FTE: 1.0

Scope of Job:
The School of Art at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) seeks applications for an Assistant Professor tenure track appointment in sculpture to start Spring 2021. Seeking a collaborative and energetic artist and educator, who will work diligently to create a dynamic program of sculpture at the School of Art. The ideal candidate will initiate creative thinking and interdisciplinary practice while demonstrating the capability and understanding of traditional sculptural processes and advanced technologies.

We want to provide our students with the tools and training necessary for creating works of art while developing conceptual concerns, freedom to explore materials, and their expressive potential including formal considerations, process, form, and context as they relate to historical and contemporary sculpture, critical theory, and practice.

The candidate must exhibit a mastery of traditional and contemporary sculpture methods that are inclusive of digital creation and output with a working knowledge of applicable software. The successful candidate will maintain safe working conditions specific to sculpture in an academic environment. Sculpture facilities include but are not limited to wood shop, metals shop, casting, foundry, and rapid prototyping.

A strong interest is needed in teaching across the curriculum, as well as an ability to contribute to sculpture and 3D area curriculum development. The ideal candidate will be able to work with undergraduate and graduate students in an interdisciplinary studio art program. The ability to work collegially and productively with others is an essential aspect of the position. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to contribute to an inclusive learning and working environment as well as cultivate a positive and productive studio culture in and out of the classroom. The successful candidate will be available to teach in Brownsville and Edinburg campuses.

The UTRGV School of Art maintains facilities in both Edinburg and Brownsville and the position will require contact with students in both locations. In Edinburg it has a 73,000-square foot facility with the highest quality studios and labs in graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, painting, drawing, printmaking, digital photography and film photography with a wet lab. In Brownsville it has a 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space with very unique 20-foot-high ceilings in all of their studios for optimum student art production in painting, ceramics, sculpture photography (digital and film), printmaking, drawing, an iMac lab for computer imaging and graphics, and a 3000-square foot outdoor open area for experimental art.

UTRGV faculty will be expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to student success and to advancing the university, college, and program missions, as well as a commitment to UTRGV's guiding principles (, which include promoting access to postsecondary education to a diverse student body and to become one of the largest and most successful Hispanic-serving emerging research institutions in the U.S.A.

Minimum Qualifications:
MFA concentrating in sculpture from an accredited institution.

Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:
— Master of Fine Arts degree with demonstrated professional achievement in the field of sculpture conferred by the time of appointment
— Teach three courses per semester
— Possess at least two year’s experience of teaching sculpture and other related courses beyond the T.A. level
— Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary art theory relevant to sculpture and contemporary studio practice
— Shared oversight and operation of the Sculpture area including but not limited to overseeing a safe working environment, curriculum development, departmental reviews, executing a budget, managing supplies and equipment, and supervising graduate assistants and work-study students
— Demonstrated desire to mentor students
— Demonstrated ability to foster an active and engaging learning environment
— Participation in graduate and undergraduate student mentoring and advising, including active participation in B.F.A. and M.F.A reviews as well M.F.A. thesis committees
— Area representation and recruitment
— Committee and other service at the school, department, college, and/or university level
— Maintain an active exhibition and research record at local, regional, and national levels

Preferred Qualification:
— Evidence of drawing and visualization capabilities with an understanding of prototyping and construction
— Evidence of computer-modeling skills
— Demonstrated evidence of maintaining recognized, applicable, industry safety standards for wood shop, metals shop and foundry facilities.
— Experience in successful grant and fellowship writing

Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
License or Certification Required?: No
Number of Vacancies: 1
Desired Start Date: 01/16/2021

EEO Statement:
EEO Statement
UTRGV is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that strives to hire without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or veteran status. UTRGV takes affirmative action to hire and advance women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Diversity Statement
UTRGV is a Hispanic-serving Institution dedicated to student success and building a diverse faculty committed to working in a multicultural environment. UTRGV has an NSF ADVANCE grant to increase the representation of women in STEM fields and to promote a positive, family friendly workplace for all faculty. We strongly encourage applications from women and minorities.

Open Date: 09/11/2020

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Dear Applicant,

Human Resources will not be held responsible for redacting any confidential information from the documents you attach with your application. The confidential information includes the following:

*Date of Birth
*Social Security Number

Please make sure that you omit this information prior to submission. We are advising that Human Resources will be forwarding your application to the department as per your submission.

Complete all sections on the application. If you are applying for the first time please complete all biographical information including address, email and phone. You may update this at any time by selecting to edit your profile in the application. This is a security sensitive position. All UTRGV employees are required to have a criminal background check (CBC). CBCs will be conducted for all candidates invited for an on-campus interview.

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All required documents must be upload online to be considered for this position:

• Letter of application
• Curriculum vitae with website URL
• Statement of teaching philosophy
• A separate statement that addresses how experiences with teaching, scholarship, and/or service might contribute to a university community committed to diversity and inclusion as core values.
• Syllabi/course outlines of up to three relevant courses taught or proposed
• 20 images of personal artwork, identified with title, date, medium, and dimensions
• 20 images of student work, identified with course title, date, student level, and project description
• List of 3 References (with email contact)
• Other Document: Please submit the images of the artwork (personal and students) statement.
• Additional Document: syllabi as a single PDF.

Additional Information:
UTRGV is a distributed institution. As such and as assigned, the position may
require presence at multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Work is
performed primarily in a general office environment. This position is security sensitive
and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code
§51.215. The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of
Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least
135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement
Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week
and at least 135 days in length.

Please Note:
Texas law requires faculty members whose primary language is not English to
demonstrate proficiency in English as determined by a satisfactory paper-based
test score of 500 (computer-based of 173 or internet-based of 61) on the Test of
English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a satisfactory test score of 6.0 on the
International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Incomplete applications
will not be considered. All positions are subject to budget approval.

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