The Department of Fine Arts at Fontbonne University seeks applications for a full-time, tenure-eligible faculty position in Ceramics at the rank of Assistant Professor to commence fall 2018.
The ceramicist will join a vigorous, well-respected faculty with particularly strong expertise in figurative arts who create contemporary work from a figurative, academic style approach. The department offers undergraduate degrees (both the BA and BFA) and graduate degrees, including the Master of Fine Arts. The small department size ensures ample personal attention for students. In addition, the successful applicant will serve as Gallery Director. The Fine Arts Gallery holds approximately 6-8 shows annually. The Director is responsible for all aspects of the Gallery including curation, promotion, maintenance, and monitoring.
Teaching responsibilities include four courses per semester, although one course per semester is released for serving as Gallery Director. A primary responsibility is full supervision of the ceramics area, including facilities, equipment, and materials. Other responsibilities include advising, participating in departmental and university service, and contributing to outreach and recruitment to increase enrollment. Continued artistic engagement is expected. Candidates must have a completed terminal degree at the time of application.
Required Minimum Qualifications
A terminal degree (Masters of Fine Arts) is required. The candidate must have demonstrated ability as a practicing artist in ceramics, as evidenced by a strong exhibition record. A minimum of three years teaching experience at the university level is expected.
The successful candidate must also demonstrate the ability to operate, maintain and supply a well-equipped ceramics studio with a range of working methods. In addition, the successful applicant will serve as Gallery Director. The Fine Arts Gallery holds approximately 6-8 shows annually. The Director is responsible for all aspects of the Gallery including curation, promotion, maintenance, and monitoring.
Fontbonne University is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment. Qualified applicants will have experience working in a diverse environment and/or with students from diverse backgrounds.
The department is especially interested in applicants who ground their teaching in theoretically-informed, high-impact experiences (e.g., project-based, service-based, or community-engaged approaches). A willingness to expand academic opportunities and working methods in ceramics, as well as the ability/willingness to teach outside the ceramics specialty area is desired. Five years experience in teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate level is preferred.