Assistant Professor - Sculpture

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Assistant Professor - Sculpture

Clemson, SC
Open Date:
Oct 14, 2022

Assistant Professor, Tenure Track in Sculpture, Department of Art at Clemson University

The Department of Art at Clemson University is pleased to invite applications for a full-time tenure-track position in Sculpture at the rank of Assistant Professor to teach across undergraduate and graduate studio art courses to begin service August 15, 2023.

We seek a colleague who will possess robust knowledge of technique, theory, and history of art practice to contribute to our nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate coursework in Sculpture, in addition to building a strong research agenda and active exhibition record. Faculty participate in team teaching activities, with other coursework possible according to the candidate’s qualifications. The average department load is 3/3, with some variation based on research activity. Further responsibilities include comprehensive knowledge of current studio art health and safety practices, the management and oversight of all aspects of the sculpture studio, advising undergraduate and graduate students, and service to the department, college, university, and profession. Our sculpture facilities offer a wealth of fabrication equipment and machinery that will assist the successful candidate in implementing their vision for the sculpture area and its course offerings.


Further Requirements

  • A vision towards integrating contemporary sculpture practices in both traditional analogue and expanded media within our dynamic team-taught programs, and skills to enhance and maintain the Sculpture studio.
  • Promise for achieving a record of creative research that lies at the forefront of sculpture congruent with a Carnegie classified Research-1 Highest Level university
  • An understanding of the history of sculpture and public art along with contemporary / interdisciplinary sculpture practices and theory.
  • Ability to teach graduate and undergraduate students in a cross-media studio arts program
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment and to participate in departmental and institutional committee service and scheduled departmental and student activities.
  • Ability to develop and sustain a positive working relationship with faculty, staff, administrators, students, and the local community.

Application Instructions:

Candidates should submit the following via Interfolio:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Artist Statement
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Statement of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Sample syllabi in Sculpture
  • Portfolio of 20 samples of personal work and 20 samples of student work.
  • Three professional references who may be contacted for letters of recommendation.  Letters will be required of finalists.
  • Academic transcript (unofficial is acceptable, official will be required for hire)

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2022 and will continue until position is filled.

For questions about the position or application process, please contact: Kathleen Thum, Associate Professor and Chair of the Search Committee, at [email protected]

The Department of Art at Clemson University, in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities, offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), the Bachelor of Arts in Art (BA), and the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) professional degree. The curriculum is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The Department of Art has over 100 undergraduates and up to 18 graduate students enrolled in our visual arts programs. The size allows the faculty to frequently conduct team critiques, which maximizes the exchange of ideas and methods that arise within individual studio disciplines — Digital Art & Design Media, Studio Art & Art History concentrations in the BA Art program, and Painting, Sculpture, Drawing, Ceramics, Printmaking, and Photography concentrations in the BFA programs. Students in the Department of Art work and learn in well-equipped studio facilities, and we have an ideal average student-to-teacher ratio of 1-to-12 or better.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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