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NOW HIRING: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor – Sculpture

Full Time Tenure-Track
September 10, 2018

The Department of Art in the College of Liberal Arts invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position (Job ID: 326218) to begin fall semester 2019 (08/26/2019). Appointment at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor, depending on qualifications and experience consistent with collegiate and University policy, will be a 100% appointment distributed over the nine-month academic year (late-August to late-May).

The Department of Art at the University of Minnesota seeks an artist with expertise in contemporary sculpture practices. With this position, we seek to strengthen the Department of Art’s newly formed area of Sculpture and Ceramics with a colleague who brings a broad perspective informed by active research on contemporary art making with competency that includes traditional and digital 3D art technologies. The ideal candidate will have a strong technical and theoretical foundation, as well as an expansive approach that embraces the changing role of contemporary art and considers its role in a global society. We seek an energetic colleague with a strong professional record and the ability to teach across the curriculum, working with non-majors, BA, BFA, and MFA students.

• MFA in Art or equivalency**
• Evidence of an on-going and active professional record at a national and international level
• Minimum of one year full-time teaching at the university or college level (beyond graduate school teaching appointment or assistantship)
• Ability to teach beginning sculpture which includes basic processes in wood and metal fabrication, metal casting, and digital 3D processes (CNC router, 3D printer, laser cutter, and other digital fabrication technologies).
• Ability to teach sculpture at intermediate and advanced levels
• Ability to teach and mentor MFA students
• Demonstrable experience with contemporary practices in digital and manual integration in the field of sculpture and 3D art practices
• Knowledge of the history, theory, and contemporary field of sculpture
• Knowledge of ceramic art making processes and the ability to work with graduate and undergraduate students across the Sculpture and Ceramics area.
• Ability to teach and provide leadership in the area of Sculpture and Ceramics

• More than one year full-time teaching experience from the introductory through graduate level
• Experience teaching at a Research 1 institution
• Demonstrated experience in incorporating emerging digital technologies into traditional media

**Department of Art Policy Statement
In lieu of an MFA, the following could be considered in determining professional recognition and experience:
1)  Advanced studies at a foreign school that does not award MFA degrees
2)  Extended advanced study with recognized artists in the field
3)  Professional achievement that would provide a depth of knowledge of the field comparable to an MFA
4)  Evaluation by leaders in the field attesting that because of exhibition record and other professional achievement, that person was the equal of an MFA

In evaluating these equivalencies, it should be kept in mind that depth of participation in the field, not simply time in residence, is being considered.

Candidates will be evaluated according to: 
a) overall quality of their creative work and recognition in their field
b) relevance of their creative practice to the department's academic priorities and fields of inquiry
c) evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher
d) strength of recommendations

About the Job
• Engage in creative activity and research that leads to exhibitions and creative projects
• Commitment to contemporary art practice and critical theory
• Achieve and maintain a high level of distinction in the field of contemporary art practice

• Commitment and dedication to both undergraduate and graduate teaching in a professional program within a liberal arts college at an R1 research institution
• Teaching load consists of (4) four courses per academic-year, and will include primary course assignments as well secondary teaching assignments
• Regular tenured and tenure-track faculty in the Department of Art teach across the curriculum in 1000, 3000, 5000, and 8000 level courses, and work with and advise BA, BFA and MFA students across the Department of Art
• Participate in BFA and MFA annual reviews and thesis committees
• Take an active role in curriculum development in the Department of Art

• Work with colleagues and technical staff to develop and to oversee area facilities
• Serve on Department of Art, College of Liberal Arts, and University of Minnesota committees • Actively participate in the artistic and intellectual life of the Department of Art
• Achieve and maintain a visible and proactive service profile

The Standards for Promotion and Tenure in the Department of Art are available at
The Workload Principles and Guidelines for Regular Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts are available at

How To Apply
Application to this posting is a two-step process. Both steps must be fully completed online for application to be reviewed. Mail or email submissions will not be accepted.

Submit your cover letter and curriculum vita through the U of MN employment site at Click on External Faculty and Staff Applicants. In the Keywords search box enter: 326218.
1)  Letter of application, specifically referring to this position. (Upload PDF)
2)  Current curriculum vitae, including detailed listing of education, exhibitions (specify solo or group, location and year), commissions, grants/awards, publications, reviews, and teaching experience, specify dates and institutions. (Upload PDF)

STEP 2: 
Complete your Slideroom application. Submission of work documentation materials to the Department of Art is accepted ONLY through Slideroom. Slideroom will be open September 07, 2018 - January 01, 2019, 11:59 PM

Go to Slideroom ($10 fee applies). Slideroom provides full online instructions for submitting this second part of the application. The University of Minnesota does NOT provide technical support for Slideroom, if you are having difficulties with your submission contact Do not contact the University of Minnesota.

NOTE: You must click ‘Submit’ to complete your application on Slideroom. Slideroom will send you a submission verification email upon completion. Please retain a copy of this message for your records.

1)  Letter of application, specifically referring to this position (submit this again in Slideroom) (750 words).
2)  Current curriculum vitae, including detailed listing of education, exhibitions (specify solo or group, location and year), commissions, grants/awards, publications, reviews, and teaching experience, specify dates and institutions (submit this again in Slideroom).
3)  Creative research narrative describing your current creative work (750 words).
4)  Teaching narrative describing your teaching philosophy and methods (750 words).
5)  Sample syllabi of two courses you have taught in sculpture.
6)  References, name, title, complete address, phone, email of (3) three references.
7)  Up to (20) twenty uploads of images and/or if applicable up to (10) ten minutes of video or audio as documentation of your creative work.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: To be guaranteed review, completed applications must be received by January 01, 2019. Completed applications include application to both the University of Minnesota employment site and to Slideroom. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The position will remain open until filled. Please visit our website for more specific details and information about the department, its activities, and faculty.

About the Department
The Department of Art is located in Regis Center for Art: 145,000 square feet of modern space dedicated to art production, exhibition, and art education. The Regis Center houses state-of-the-art facilities in sculpture, foundry, ceramics, digital fabrication, imaging and editing, printmaking, drawing and painting studios, black and white photography labs, and digital moving image studios. The Regis Center for Art also houses the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, a 5,000 square foot research laboratory for the practice and interpretation of the visual arts. The Quarter Gallery and Regis West Gallery provide additional exhibition space.

Our department provides instruction for graduate and undergraduate students in four areas of study: Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking, Interdisciplinary Art and Social Practice, Photography and Moving Images, and Sculpture and Ceramics. Our students benefit from the resources of a world-renowned institution dedicated to research, education, and outreach in the context of an interdisciplinary and critically rigorous studio environment. Courses focus on the conceptual and material understanding of creative practice and also on the significance of art within the broader social and historical contexts in which it is made. We see ourselves as a laboratory in which students from all disciplines can engage with the unique skills and modes of thinking that art-making demands. The immediacy of making and the risks of experimentation combined with necessary critical thinking, collaboration, and problem solving produce a transformative learning experience that parallels innovation in any field.

Our faculty are all practicing artists with accomplished and active exhibition careers, and their passion for teaching and research creates a rigorous and challenging environment for students.

Our urban location provides students access to one of the most vibrant and diverse arts communities in the nation, and internship and career opportunities across a wide spectrum of arts-related professions. Internationally renowned institutions such as the Weisman Art Museum, Walker Art Center, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and numerous local galleries provide inspiration, resources, and exhibition opportunities.

After graduation, our students embark upon a wide variety of careers in studio practice, teaching, nonprofit arts organizations, and creative services. We are continually expanding collaborations with other academic departments, community, and international partners to provide students with pathways to professional opportunities in the arts and beyond.

About the College of Liberal Arts
Established in 1868, the College of Liberal Arts supports the University of Minnesota's land-grant mission as home to disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

The College of Liberal Arts is committed to intellectual freedom, the pursuit of new knowledge, and the belief that the liberal arts are the foundation of academic learning. CLA prepares students to be independent and original thinkers, innovators in their chosen fields; to create meaning in their lives and in their life's work; and to become productive citizens and leaders in their communities and the world.

The College of Liberal Arts values diverse cultures, experiences, and perspectives as key to innovation and excellent education

Founded in 1851, the University of Minnesota, with its five campuses and more than 65,000 students, is one of the largest, most comprehensive universities in the United States, and ranks among the most prestigious research universities in the world. It is both a major research institution, with scholars of national and international reputation, and a state land-grant university, with a strong tradition of education and public engagement.

The University of Minnesota recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U visit

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About the U of M
The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.