Assistant/Associate/Professor of Art in 3D/Sculpture
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Job Title: Assistant/Associate/Professor of Art in 3D/Sculpture
Job Family: Furman Faculty
Full-Time/Part-Time: Full time
Compensation Grade: FAC
Pay Type: Salary
Job Summary: The Department of Art at Furman University seeks an Open Rank tenure-track professor of 3D/Sculpture to begin August 1, 2021. We seek an applicant who has an active exhibition record, a strong commitment to teaching, and is capable of building an innovative undergraduate sculpture curriculum. An ideal candidate would be proficient in a broad range of sculptural processes, and knowledgeable in contemporary and historical issues related to 3D media and the expanded field of sculpture.
This professor will teach a 3:2 load, and assume responsibility for foundation and upper level 3D courses (including, but not limited to ceramics) with the potential to develop additional courses within the department and with interdisciplinary partners across campus, including Study Away and MayX. A successful candidate should be prepared to teach a First Year Writing seminar. Responsibilities also include guiding senior projects and overseeing the sculpture facility. All faculty are expected to provide mentorship opportunities and high-impact learning experiences in line with The Furman Advantage.
Furman University is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all facets of university life, and strives to create an anti-racist community through excellence in teaching, mentorship, and programming. Numerous initiatives and programs are underway or planned to promote these ideals, including: historic projects, dialogue initiatives, the Center for Inclusive Communities, and a proposed major in Africana Studies. The Art department seeks a colleague who can amplify our current efforts to create more inclusive coursework, curriculum, and community engagement, to broaden the canon of artists to which our students are exposed and help them to understand how this diversity is important to a meaningful artistic practice. The successful candidate will have the ability to work with historically underrepresented students, including students of color, and be committed to assisting the university in its continuing efforts to become a model of inclusive excellence.
Tenure-track faculty are expected to teach, advise and maintain significant creative output, producing high quality work that is exhibited in regional, national, and/or international venues. Tenure-track faculty are also expected to participate in meaningful service on the department and university level towards our strategic goals and priorities, including Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and/or Sustainability. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to, sitting on university-wide committees and facilitating meaningful community engagement. With small class sizes and support for undergraduate research, the ideal candidate is excited to mentor students interested in the arts and humanities. Furman is supportive of faculty research and the candidate will be eligible for research and professional development funds.
Furman University is a small liberal arts university located in Greenville, South Carolina. The Art Department offers a BA in Art in a combined art history/studio department and has approximately 60 students majoring in art history and studio art, 6 full-time faculty, and offers classes in drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, graphic design, sculpture, printmaking, and art history. Our department focuses on developing students with technical proficiency in studio art and art history, but also stresses an interdisciplinary approach to viewing and making art that emphasizes critical thinking and writing. We seek a candidate who can critique student work in a wide range of media and deliver studio art content to a broad community across the University's curriculum.
Qualifications Required qualifications: an MFA in sculpture or other 3D media, a strong record of professional accomplishment, effective written and oral communication skills, experience teaching Sculpture/3D at the college-level, and documented experience mentoring undergraduate students in creative scholarship in both traditional and nontraditional 3D media.
Preference will be given to applicants with an established record of teaching Sculpture/3D from beginning to advanced levels, with a minimum of two years (full time or equivalent) teaching at the college level (beyond teaching assistant). Secondary areas of expertise, engagement with interdisciplinary approaches, and/or experimental use of expanded media is also desirable.
Application Materials Applicants should submit materials no later than February 1, 2021 through the Furman University employment portal. A complete application is comprised of two PDF documents: PDF_01 should include:
letter of application that describes how your teaching philosophy and pedagogy aligns with Furman's commitment to high-impact teaching and learning.
diversity statement that describes how your professional experience, scholarship, mentoring, and/or service might contribute to the community of a liberal arts college committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values.
one assignment for a foundations-level 3D course and one assignment for an upper-level 3D/sculpture course.
names and contact information for three references who could supply letters of reference upon request. We will only contact references for finalists in the application process. PDF_02 should include:
artist statement and portfolio comprised of 20 visual examples (completed within the last 5 years) that represent your studio practice.
teaching portfolio comprised of 15-20 examples of student work from 3D studio courses that you have taught (identify course and level, no student names).
Greenville is one of the fastest growing cities in the Southeast and ranked among 'America's Ten Best' by Forbes Magazine. The New York Times ranked Greenville #12 on their 52 Places to Go in 2017 list. Greenville has a vibrant and creative atmosphere, which is why so many creative industries have moved to the Greenville area.
First-round interviews will take place via video conference at the end of February. Questions about the position may be directed to Professor Terri Bright, Chair of Search Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Furman is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. The University aspires to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including gender, race, religion, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, ideology, world view, and varied abilities. Domestic partners of employees are eligible for comprehensive benefits.
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