Assistant/Associate Professor of Clay

Position Information

Position Information

Position Number 691010
Working Title Assistant/Associate Professor of Clay
Job Title Assistant Professor
Job Type Full-Time
Department Art Faculty CC
Job Purpose

Teach courses in the BFA clay curriculum, advise majors in clay concentration, and fulfill service mission for the School of Art, Craft, and Design.

Essential Functions

Teach courses at beginning through advanced levels in the BFA clay curriculum. Advise majors in clay concentration. Lead development of the clay curriculum and recruitment of clay students. Educate students in the full range of clay, glaze and firing options, and their use in traditional and contemporary studio practices. Responsible for safety and operations in the clay studio. Oversee maintenance, repair and replacement of equipment, including the full range of kilns. Supervise artist in residence. Oversee equipment and supply budget; keep inventory and order supplies. Support SAC&D development efforts. Participate in providing and engaging visiting artists that are on campus. Plan exhibitions and workshops. Perform service assignments at the departmental and university level. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

MFA from an accredited institution in ceramics. Two years (4 semesters) prior university or college level teaching experience. Broad knowledge of ceramic history and contemporary trends, including functional and sculptural ceramics, and the range of contemporary practices. Professional competence with the potter’s wheel, hand-building, clay and glaze formulation. Broad competence in firing processes including low-fire, midrange, high-fire, oxidation and reduction. Familiarity with kiln design and construction. Familiarity with basic plaster mold technology. Significant regional and/or national exhibition record. Demonstrated commitment to preparing students for a professional studio career.

Preferred Qualifications

Additional full-time ceramics teaching experience at the university or college level. Strong national exhibition record. Studio and teaching experience in a variety of firing methods, including salt, soda, and wood. Professional competence in the design and construction of kilns. Experience with software and digital technologies appropriate to design, production and promotion in ceramics. Experience and commitment to support the development of the entrepreneurial outlook and skills of BFA students. Established connections with professional and artistic organizations and communities supporting ceramics, and the ability to mentor students’ professional development.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary Commensurate with education and experience. Full-time, nine-month, tenure-track position to begin August 1, 2018.
Benefits Information

Benefits include the accumulation of one sick leave day per month and thirteen University holidays. Other benefits include medical and life insurance (shared cost with the university), retirement, optional 401k, and educational benefits. Deferred income and benefits over 12 months.

Posting Details

Posting Date 11/29/2017
Screening Date 02/22/2018
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants will be required to electronically upload a letter of application addressing the essential functions and qualifications, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, artist statement, portfolio: personal artwork (single multi-page (20) PDF not to exceed 9MB), portfolio: images of student artwork (single multi-page (15-20) PDF not to exceed 9MB), complete list of references, copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts (official transcripts for all degrees conferred required upon hire), and email contact information for three professional references who will be contacted via email to provide a reference letter at the time of application. Questions should be directed to Ms. Kimberly Winkle, Director, School of Art, Craft & Design, Tennessee Tech University, Box 5085, Cookeville TN 38505. Email contact: kwinkle@tntech.edu. Submission of materials is the applicant’s responsibility. Applications without all required materials are incomplete and will not be considered.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Artist Statement
  5. Portfolio: Personal Artwork
  6. Portfolio: Images of Student Artwork
  7. List of References
  8. Transcripts
Optional Documents
  1. Other Documents
  2. Other Documents 2
  3. Other Documents 3
  4. Transcripts 2
  5. Transcripts 3

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have, or will you have by start date, an MFA from an accredited institution in ceramics?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have at least two years (4 semesters) of prior university or college level teaching experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * How did you hear about this job opportunity?

    (Open Ended Question)