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Assistant Professor of Practice and 3D Foundations Coordinator

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, NE

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Assistant Professor
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Full Time
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Four-Year Institution

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Assistant Professor of Practice and 3D Foundations Coordinator


School of Art, Art History & Design-1030

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Description of Work:

The School of Art, Art History & Design seeks a dynamic and innovative leader for our 3D Foundations area.

The Assistant Professor of Practice and 3D Foundations Coordinator position is a full-time, non-tenure leading, nine-month academic position that is renewable every three years. Together with the 2D foundations coordinator and faculty, the successful candidate for this position will supervise and train graduate students and adjunct faculty and further develop, implement, and oversee the 3D foundation courses as part of the studio core for the BA and BFA degrees. This faculty member should demonstrate knowledge of and dedication to first-year core/foundations which includes 3D Design, Color Theory, 2D Design, Drawing and professional practices. This individual will develop and deliver foundations curriculum, be actively engaged with contemporary issues in art and design; and possess knowledge of current technologies, health and safety, shop safety, and understanding of materials and tools. This candidate should have the ability to develop and sustain a positive working relationship with faculty, staff, administrators, students, and the local community.

The School of Art, Art History & Design values diversity, equity, and social justice and believes that they are critical to our success. Recognizing that diversity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the School of Art, Art History and Design and the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts are committed to creating learning, research, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of diversity. Consistent with the University’s N2025 Strategic Plan, we see every person and every interaction as important to our collective well-being and our ability to deliver on our mission.

About the School
The School of Art, Art History & Design is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) with highly regarded and nationally ranked undergraduate and graduate fine arts programs. Being part of a leading land-grant research university offers our students endless learning opportunities across the humanities and sciences. The diversity of our educational programs, with international activities around the world, provides extraordinary opportunities for cultural engagement. Our students work closely with nationally and internationally recognized faculty to advance knowledge and culture.

The School of Art, Art History & Design is part of the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts that, through its endowment, further supports the art faculty and students by funding research/creative activity, scholarships, student and faculty travel, and a robust visiting artists and scholars lecture series.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s city campus is situated in a dynamic downtown area that includes the state capitol and a growing tech industry as well as restaurants, coffee houses, movie theaters, clubs, bike trails, and urban residences. Lincoln has notably excellent public schools, a low cost of living, and has been nationally recognized for its high quality of life. It is a friendly, creative, intellectual, and vibrant community that loves the arts and is home to the Lied Center for Performing Arts, the Sheldon Museum of Art, and the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, an art house cinema that is part of the College, as well as numerous alternative spaces and venues for visual art and music. More information about the city and the campus can be found at

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee and coordinate the 3D studio foundation area, courses, and curricula.
  • Teach three 3D, 2D, or drawing studio foundations courses each semester that will be determined in consultation with the Director of the School.
  • Supervise adjunct faculty and graduate teaching assistants in the foundation program.
  • Mentor undergraduate students.
  • Develop curriculum and programs in collaboration with School faculty.
  • Develop and maintain teaching, research/creative activity, and service practice consistent with School criteria.

As an EO/AA employer, the University of Nebraska considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • An MFA in Studio Art, Visual Studies, or related discipline
  • Knowledge of traditional, current, emerging, and innovative practices in first-year/foundations curriculum
  • Experience teaching 3D foundations courses
  • Proficiency in a range of materials and techniques used in 3D art and design

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three years of university-level teaching experience beyond the graduate teaching assistantship
  • Experience coordinating a 3D foundations program including but not limited to sculpture, ceramics, or design
  • A nationally established and active professional art/design practice
  • Experience teaching 3D digital design and fabrication
  • Experience teaching and mentoring first-generation students and students from diverse backgrounds
  • Experience with program and curriculum development

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How to Apply:

Click “Apply for this job.” Complete the information form and attach the following required documents:

  1. Cover letter addressing this job description and qualifications.
  2. Complete curriculum vitae.
  3. Names and contact information of three references.
  4. Statement of teaching Philosophy specific to Foundations level courses that address how your pedagogy engages a diverse student body. Attach as “Other Document.”
  5. Online portfolio or link with 20 examples of student work, sample syllabi for foundation courses and 10-20 samples of creative work and artist statement.
Finalists will be invited to campus for interviews and teaching demonstrations in early 2023.

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Shelby Foged
[email protected]

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Working at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

For 150 Years, A Leader in Higher Education 
Always a place of high ambition, University of Nebraska was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees - the first was granted in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world's first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology was born here, and the campuses reflect that tradition, being recognized as botanical gardens and arboreta. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today's Prairie Schooner literary magazine, for the University of Nebraska Press, and for the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world's most significant collections of 20th century American art.

Today, Nebraska is one of the nation's leading teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities. Nebraska is also a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University of Nebraska offers an extensive benefits package that includes health, life, disability and long term care insurance; retirement accounts; tuition reimbursement for employees and their spouses and dependent children; and reimbursement accounts for health care and dependent day care. Leave policies are designed to help employees deal with personal or family events or crises.

Diversity and Inclusion
In the spirit of the phrase "Every Interaction Matters", UNL has an enacted commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence for our faculty, staff, and students. On our campus, diversity and inclusion are important priorities. Examples include: Husker Dialogues, which is an event that helps first-year students focus on diversity and inclusion and practice handling difficult conversations around difference; three Chancellor's Diversity Commissions that are charged with informing and advising the Chancellor and addressing issues of constituent campus communities; and the establishment of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion whose leader operates at the Vice Chancellor level. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we strive for excellence in all that we do. True excellence requires that each individual be able to work and learn in an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and belonging. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion requires each of us to continuously ensure our interactions are respectful, protect free speech, and inspire academic freedom.

About Lincoln
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is located in an up-and-coming and safe city of 300,000 people that has many of the cultural and entertainment benefits of a much larger city, with the feel of a friendly Midwestern community. The Pinnacle Bank Arena, opened in 2013, routinely hosts major touring acts. A buzzing entertainment district, the Railyard, connects the arena area to the Historic Haymarket. Cuisines from all continents provide the entree to dynamic urban nightlife and a wide variety of ways to enjoy time with friends. Nebraska's City Campus is one with Lincoln's city center, as it has been since the university was founded.Lincoln has more parkland per capita than Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and all but a handful of U.S. cities. The well-manicured Pioneers Park, the native woods of Wilderness Park and the open grassland of Nine-Mile Prairie are each within a 10-minute trip from campus. Connecting many of these parks is an extensive trails network.

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