Art & Art History: University Fellow for Faculty Diversity in CeramicsSpecialization:
Non Tenure TrackPosition Summary:
University Fellow for Faculty Diversity in Ceramics
To support the development of a more diverse professoriate, the Department of Art & Art History at the University of North Carolina Asheville invites applications for the University Fellowship for Faculty Diversity (University Fellows) Program, to begin Fall 2022. The program invites pre-MFA and post-MFA candidates seeking a faculty position at a liberal arts institution with a strong desire to provide excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level. Applicants must have recently earned an MFA in Ceramics or be an MFA candidate nearing the completion of their degree, and specialize in wheel-thrown functional and decorative ceramics, glaze calculation, slip casting and kiln operation and maintenance as our curriculum prides itself on teaching students how to be practitioners beyond what the University facilities provides. The University Fellow will rotate teaching all levels (I-IV) of undergraduate ceramics courses, three-dimensional design and the BFA senior capstone course. This position requires knowledge and willingness to co-manage the high studio demands that is required of the Ceramics concentration.
The successful candidate will have a lightened teaching load, extensive mentorship, and support for the development of their pedagogy and scholarship. The term of appointment is 2 (post MFA) to 3 (pre MFA) years. Following this term, the University Fellow may be offered a tenure-track position in the Department. Additional information about the University Fellowship program may be found at this link: https://academicaffairs.unca.edu/faculty-openings/university-fellowship-for-faculty-diversity/ Applicants should submit the following electronically at https://jobs.unca.edu:● Cover Letter addressing your interest in this position, why you are a fit for our undergraduate institution, a description of your creative and scholarly interests, and the ways in which you engage or contribute to the evolution of your discipline. ● Curriculum Vitae● Teaching Philosophy: 1-2 pages describing your approach to teaching undergraduates at a liberal arts university. ● Diversity Statement: 1-2 pages describing: (a) your experience in advancing diversity in teaching, scholarship and/or service; (b) examples of demonstrated leadership potential in the area of equity and inclusion; and © your understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion to the mission of a liberal arts university.● References: Names and contact information for three references from whom we will request letters of reference to be sent separately; these references should address your written, verbal and interpersonal skills; ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students; and potential to develop and maintain a successful research program and working studio.
Review of applications will begin February 1 and continue until the position is filled.
Inquiries only should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Megan Wolfe ([email protected]).
University Fellows Program Mission
UNC Asheville is among the nation’s best public liberal arts & sciences colleges and the only designated liberal arts institution in the North Carolina university system. We are the founders of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research and our students and faculty helped to design, fabricate, and install the largest public art installation ever shown in Times Square, collaborating side by side with a recent McArthur genius award winner. We offer an extraordinary liberal arts education at an incredibly affordable rate (tuition is under $7500 per year for in-state students), all in the beautiful mountain town of Asheville, NC.
Our excellence is first and foremost a product of a faculty deeply committed to both teaching andscholarship in their disciplines. That excellence also demands that our curriculum, co-curricular activities, and entire community welcome, reflect, and celebrate a diversity of perspectives, lived experiences, and identities. Currently, our required core curriculum includes diversity intensive courses and we offer living learning communities specifically designed for students of color. Our Racial Justice Roadmap will serve as a guide to the work in which we will be engaging to become an even more inclusive campus. That Racial Justice Roadmap includes initiatives that span student affairs, admissions and financial aid and critically important, academic affairs. In particular, to support the development of a more excellent and diverse professoriate at UNC Asheville, we are expanding the University Fellowship for Faculty Diversity (University Fellows) Program.
The program invites pre-MFA and post-MFA candidates specifically considering careers at aliberal arts institution which takes equal pride in the excellence of its faculty’s teaching and the quality of its faculty’s scholarship and creative production. UNC Asheville is looking for candidates who are able to help us advance one of our most important strategic objectives—to develop, maintain, and support a faculty whose diversity more closely represents the demographics of the nation and the state of NC, particularly with respect to race, with special attention to domestic underrepresentation of minorities in various disciplines.
University Fellows Program Details
Faculty at the University of North Carolina Asheville ordinarily teach 24 credit hours per year. University Fellows will have a lightened teaching load, receive extensive mentorship, and receive support for the development of their pedagogy and disciplinary work.
In particular, University Fellows should expect to teach as few as three courses in their first year and will receive funds for professional development and research and/or creative production (to be arranged at the time of being awarded the fellowship). Salaries for pre-doctoral fellows before earning their degree will be commensurate with lecturers in the discipline; salaries for fellows who have earned their degree will be commensurate with visiting assistant professors.
By early fall of a University Fellow’s final year, it will be determined whether a tenure track offer will be made to the faculty member. In the event that an offer is not made or the tenure track position is not one that the fellow would like to accept, we will support the Fellow in the best ways possible in applying for a tenure track position elsewhere.
A few other details about each fellowship (pre-doctoral vs. post-doctoral) are summarized below:
Months per Year:
- Three year term
- Course Release:
- Teach 12 credit hours over the first year (12 credit hours of release over the first year, not all to be taken in one semester).
- Four to six credit hours of release over the next two years.
- Expectation is to complete the terminal degree by the end of year one. There may be opportunities that warrant consideration of completion beyond the first year, but these will be considered on a case by case basis.
- Salary increase, subject to budget and System Office constraints, will take place the year subsequent to completion of the degree.
- Two or Three year term
- Course Release:
- Teach 36 credit hours (12 credit hours of release, not all to be taken in one semester) over the first two years of the fellowship.
Art and Art HistorySpecial Instructions Summary:
Please note that any documents submitted to Human Resources or the hiring departments become property of UNC Asheville and will not be returned.Posting date:
Applications for this position should be submitted electronically at https://jobs.unca.edu. The applicant will enter information into the application system which will automatically request three letters of reference to be sent separately and confidentially that speaks to the candidate’s writing and interpersonal skills and ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students. Please, do not submit reference letters directly to the search chair.
Review of applications will begin February 1st, 2022.
Inquiries only may be directed to Search Committee Chair, Megan Wolfe ([email protected]). Please do not submit any materials to this email address. All application materials, including letters submitted separately by references or portfolio services, must be uploaded via the application portal.
12/06/2021Open Until Filled: