Assistant Professor of Ceramics, Fall 2024

Employer
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Location
UTK

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Job Details

Assistant Professor of Ceramics, Fall 2024

Location:
UTK
Open Date:
Sep 22, 2023
Description:

The University of Tennessee School of Art seeks candidates for a full-time, tenure-track position in Ceramics at the rank of Assistant Professor. Primary responsibilities include instruction of two courses each semester, an active creative research agenda, student mentorship, and service to the department, university, and profession.

The successful applicant will join the School of Art’s nationally recognized Ceramics faculty and be expected to pursue and advance high-quality creative activity and/or scholarship in the field of ceramics commensurate with the research expectations of a land-grant, R1, flagship institution. The position will build upon our programs’ strengths to advance interdisciplinary research, bridge existing expertise, and foster collaboration across the School of Art.

The position will instruct School of Art undergraduate majors with a focus on our Studio Art BFA and BA degrees. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate and graduate education and have the ability to teach wheel-thrown pottery and hand building with additional abilities in interdisciplinary creative processes, expansive media, or digital processes. At the graduate level, the position will provide important contributions to and support for our nationally ranked MFA program through recruiting, mentoring, supervising, teaching area seminars, and serving on thesis committees. The position will contribute to the planning of our new graduate ceramic facility and share in the supervision of studio maintenance.

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee seeks candidates with the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. The School of Art seeks to identify individuals whose research, teaching, and community engagement will contribute to equitable and inclusive learning and working environments for its students, staff, and faculty.

The School of Art is committed to the values of equity, inclusion, and access necessary to foster academic excellence. We seek to incorporate diverse perspectives into all aspects of our programs, and are committed to critically examining our structures, policies, and practices to ensure a welcoming and conscientious environment for everyone.

Salary and benefits are competitive. The University of Tennessee offers an extensive benefits package that includes comprehensive health insurance and retirement along with dozens more services. The successful candidate will be provided with an on-campus studio and research startup. The appointment will begin August 1, 2024.

The successful candidate will join a dynamic, nationally ranked faculty of artists, art historians, filmmakers, and ambitious undergraduate and graduate students. The School of Art offers BFA and BA degrees in Studio Art, a BA in Art History, and a BA in Cinema Studies. The School’s MFA program is consistently ranked among the best in the nation. The BFA degree culminates in an interdisciplinary capstone project. The Ewing Gallery of Art Architecture is a professionally managed university gallery, funded jointly by the School of Art and the College of Architecture and Design. The gallery’s permanent collection includes over 5,000 objects for study and is a valuable instructional resource for faculty and students. To learn more about the School of Art, please visit: http://art.utk.edu

UT Knoxville is the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee system and a Carnegie doctoral research-intensive university with over 36,000 undergraduate and graduate students from over 100 countries. Knoxville has a vibrant arts scene and a lively downtown. Less than an hour’s drive to the Great Smoky Mountains and Arrowmont School, the city is also home to 1,000 forested acres of urban wilderness, the Knoxville Museum of Art, Tri-Star Arts, Loghaven Artist Residency and Big Ears, the acclaimed avant-garde festival of music, film, and art. For more information on academic and personal support, and living in Knoxville, please see UT’s Prospective Faculty Viewbook: https://provost.utk.edu/working-here/ 


Qualifications:

Required qualifications:

  • MFA or other relevant terminal degree in hand at time of application.
  • Minimum of one year of post-graduate experience teaching at the college level with a demonstrated commitment to excellence.
  • Active creative practice through a record of exhibitions, presentations, or other professional research activities.
  • Proficiency with wheel-thrown pottery and hand building, gas and electric kiln firing, glaze, and clay chemistry.
  • Excellent communication skills.  

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Interdisciplinary creative processes and expansive media within the field of ceramics and sculpture.
  • Two years of post-graduate teaching experience at the college level.
  • Studio management experience

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin October 22, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. Application materials will be submitted online at http://apply.interfolio.com/131923. Emailed or mailed applications will not be accepted.

Required materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Artist Statement
  • Teaching philosophy
  • Portfolio of 20 creative works with image descriptions (title, media, dimensions, year)
  • Portfolio of 20 student work images with descriptions (title, media, dimensions, year)
  • Names, email addresses, and phone numbers of 5 professional references

In addition to addressing their qualifications for the position in their application, candidates may:

  • Provide additional evidence of teaching excellence (sample syllabi, student evaluations, peer-reviews of teaching, scholarship on teaching and pedagogy, etc.)
  • Describe how they would promote student access and inclusion.

Following the initial screening of applications, letters of references will be requested for candidates that advance. Short-listed candidates will be scheduled for preliminary interviews via video conference.

Questions may be directed to Stephanie Phillips, sphill36@utk.edu, (865) 974-3407.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Requests for accommodations of a disability should be directed to the Office of Equity & Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-3560 or oed@utk.edu or (865)974-2498. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Investigation & Resolution 216 Business Incubator Building 2450 EJ. Chapman Drive Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 or (865)974-0717 or investigations@utk.edu.

Organization

Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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