Northwest Missouri State University seeks applications for an Assistant Professor of Ceramics in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
PRIMARY DUTY: To teach all levels of ceramics courses.
- Teach all levels of ceramics, foundation drawing, and other courses according to expertise and department needs
- Oversee maintenance, upkeep, and development of ceramics facilities and equipment
- Contribute to department and university service
- Advise art majors and minors
- Conduct creative scholarship and maintain an active exhibition record
- Perform other duties as assigned
Education: MFA in ceramics
Experience: Electric and fuel kiln firing (especially stoneware reduction) and repair/maintenance practices; experientially conversant in the discipline of ceramics
Skills: A thorough knowledge of all traditional and non-traditional ceramic processes and the ability to convey this body of knowledge to students; a thorough knowledge of ceramic history, clay body and glaze formulations, kiln theory and construction; a vital interest in modern and contemporary ceramic developments; excellent communication skills; willingness to collaborate with colleagues
Experience: Supervision of a ceramics studio; two or more years of higher education teaching experience, experience firing soda and wood kilns
Skills: High level of wheel throwing skill and hand-building competence
WORKING CONDITIONS: The department is collegial and supportive across all disciplines. Each faculty member is provided with an up-to-date notebook computer and an individual office. Some night and weekend hours may be required particularly for ceramic studio supervision and maintenance.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Maintenance and upkeep of all ceramic studio facilities and display spaces in the Fire Arts and Fine Arts Buildings. Supervision of student workers.
EQUIPMENT/MATERIALS USED: Standard office equipment; comprehensive ceramics studio equipment
TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Ability to lift and carry 20 pounds and perform functions necessary to operation of a ceramics studio.
COMMUNITY: Northwest Missouri State University is located in Maryville, Missouri, a community of 12,000 with a diverse economy, and a strong industrial base. Maryville is located 45 miles north of St. Joseph, Missouri and 90 miles north of Kansas City, Missouri. For more information visit the website at www.maryville.org.
UNIVERSITY: Founded in 1905, Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university that offers a broad range of undergraduate and selected graduate programs on its Maryville campus as well as its Northwest-Kansas City location and through Northwest Online.
With an enrollment of about 6,500 students, Northwest has met all measures of the state’s performance-based funding initiative during four of the model’s first five years, and U.S. News and World Report has ranked it as the top moderately selective regional university in Missouri during three of the last four years. Safewise ranks the city of Maryville as one of the “Safest College Towns in America,” while BestCollegesOnline.org has named the Northwest campus one of the “50 Most Amazing University Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in the U.S.”
The University boasts a 59 percent graduation rate, which is in the 89th percentile of Northwest’s national peer group. In addition, 96 percent of Northwest bachelor’s degree earners and 97 percent of master’s degree earners secure employment or continue their education within six months of graduation, according to the most recent data. Zippia, a career website, recently named Northwest the best college in Missouri for getting a job.
Northwest places a high emphasis on profession-based learning to help graduates get a jumpstart on their careers.
Students have opportunities to build their resumes with experiences on campus in nearly every area of study, including the Horace Mann Laboratory School, National Public Radio affiliate KXCV, the R.T. Wright Farm, Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area or Knacktive, a student-driven integrated digital marketing communications agency.
For more information, visit www.nwmissouri.edu.
COLLEGE: The College of Arts and Sciences is one of three academic colleges at Northwest. Comprised of five departments and 16 academic areas, the College offers 104 different major and minor programs. The College is the home of Northwest’s General Education program and serves all students across campus, regardless of their major. For more information visit our website at http://www.nwmissouri.edu/academics/arts/index.htm.
DEPARTMENT: The Department of Fine and Performing Arts is home to three academic disciplines – Art (150 majors), Music (101 undergraduate majors, NASM accredited;), and Theatre (59 majors). The Department focuses primarily on teaching, providing a high degree of interaction between faculty and students, as well as serving as a cultural hub for the region.
The Art discipline offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Science in Education degrees with study in ceramics, drawing, graphic design, interactive digital media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and teaching (K-12). The department employs seven full time faculty members and two adjunct faculty in Art.
For more information visit our website at http://www.nwmissouri.edu/finearts/index.htm.
SALARY: Competitive, based on market data, and commensurate with qualifications and experience
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
DATE AVAILABLE: August 2019
TO APPLY: Please fill out a Northwest application online by clicking http://agency.governmentjobs.com/nwmissouri/default.cfm to reach our employment opportunities listing. You will also need to submit a cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references in order for your application materials to be complete. Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 660-562-1127 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
APPLICATION MATERIALS: (1) Letter of application addressing the requirements of the position, (2) curriculum vitae (including a record of active and ongoing production and exhibition of ceramics), (3) teaching philosophy, (4) unofficial transcripts, (5) artist statement, (6) diversity statement (7) names, email and phone numbers for three references, (8) Portfolio of 15-20 images of professional work showing evidence of drawing, wheel thrown, and hand-building skills, (9) 15 images of student work, if available.
INQUIRIES FOR THE POSITION CAN BE MADE TO:
Sarah Sipling, Search Committee Chair
Department of Fine and Performing Arts