School of Art: Assistant Professor in Ceramics

Dec 08, 2020
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

School of Art: Assistant Professor in Ceramics

Job Class Code: 10031
FLSA: Exempt
Posting Number: FRGV1122
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 appointment based on favorable evaluations) to start Fall 2021. An MFA in studio arts is required as well as at least 18 graduate credits in ceramics, a strong record of professional research, and a broad-based knowledge of ceramic technology and equipment. Teaching experience at the college level required. The applicant should have experience with electric and gas kilns, gas burners, clay mixing equipment, basic shop tools and shop safety procedures A large part of this position will involve the technical repair and maintenance of equipment, inventory, troubleshooting, and assisting students in the proper use of all equipment. Extensive knowledge and experience working with kilns, clay/glaze materials, and ceramic studio equipment is required. Expertise in traditional and non-traditional ceramic techniques and processes are required. Phone and computer skills are essential and familiarity with relevant 3-D software is a plus. Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds. The successful candidate will be assigned the standard academic teaching load for faculty.

The candidate will demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching, art program/curriculum development, and a willingness to promote the UTRGV ceramics program. The successful candidate must have good organizational and communication skills. The successful applicant will be able to build relationship with colleagues and K-12 educators in the Rio Grande Valley and demonstrate experience working with underrepresented populations and/or diversity initiatives. The successful candidate will teach on both the Brownsville and Edinburg campuses.

The successful candidate will be assigned the standard academic teaching load for an Assistant Professor. This can include undergraduate and graduate courses, supervision of student teachers, and/or curatorial projects. Involvement with interdisciplinary graduate programming, museum programming, and other teaching within the department is encouraged. In addition, the successful candidate may work closely with community-based arts education organizations and constituents in area public schools and will have the opportunity to develop new or revised offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The UTRGV School of Art has a 73,000-square foot facility (Edinburg) with the highest quality studios and labs in graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, painting, drawing, printmaking, digital photography and film photography with a wet lab. The School of Art also has a facility (Brownsville) with 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, and an iMac lab for computer imaging and graphics. There is a 3000-square foot outdoor open area for experimental art.
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 from an accredited institution.

Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:
This position requires close collaboration with the Ceramic faculty and the department. The candidate will play an active role in the management of the area while maintaining standards as determined by tenure-tenure track ceramics faculty.
Applicants must present evidence of their potential to effectively teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels. They must supervise research activities of students. The successful candidate will have the breadth and knowledge to teach art foundation courses, ceramics at all levels, and other 3D courses. In addition to their area of specialty, the candidate will also be conversant in the historical and contemporary movements within the field of ceramics.

Preferred Qualification:
Experience working with a potter’s wheel.

Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
License or Certification Required?: No
Number of Vacancies: 1
Desired Start Date: 09/01/2021

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: 12/08/2020

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. Security sensitive; 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.

To apply for this job posting visit:
Cover letter - include a description of how your teaching and/or scholarship will advance the creative, professional and critical thinking and intercultural competence in all students - Also the description of the technical competency in a ceramic studio -
• CV
• Contact information for 3 references
• Teaching philosophy
• Another Document: Applicant’s work: 15 jpg images* with image checklist AND
Student work: 15 jpg images* completed under the applicant’s direction, with image checklist
Unofficial transcripts (all levels - Once hired, official transcript are required)
Other Document: Provide a link to a website containing these images may be provided.

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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