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Visiting Assistant Professor in Ceramics (83266)

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University of Florida
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Gainesville, FL
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Oct 20, 2021

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Visiting Assistant Professor in Ceramics (83266)

*Location:*
Gainesville, Florida
*Open Date:*
Sep 25, 2021
*Description:*
*Position:* Full-time, nine month, non-tenure accruing, faculty position, 1.5 years (3 semesters, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023)
*Date of Expected Hire: *January 1, 2022
*Salary: *Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, including eligibility for a highly competitive and comprehensive benefits package.
The University of Florida's School of Art + Art History (SA+AH) seeks a full-time assistant professor in studio art with expertise in ceramics to contribute to our vibrant program. We seek a forward-looking educator with strong intellectual, communication, organizational, and leadership skills. This faculty position will teach undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students. The ideal candidate will demonstrate an understanding of contemporary art issues, methods, and technologies and engage questions of culture and community.
The University of Florida College of the Arts intends to be a transformative community, responding to and generating paradigmatic shifts in the arts and beyond. As artists and scholars, we embrace the complexity of our evolving human experience and seek to empower our students and faculty to shape that experience fearlessly through critical study, creative practice, and provocation. We seek a colleague who identifies as a change-maker. We seek a colleague who will prepare students to access and unsettle centers of power in a radically changing world. We seek a colleague who will position emerging artists and researchers as catalysts for equity on local and global levels.
The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty, seeking faculty of all races, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.
*Responsibilities*: Teach a 2/3-course load at the undergraduate and graduate levels, potentially including a ceramics course for non-majors; upper-level undergraduate courses in ceramics; a graduate seminar; and an advanced studio course that engages multiple disciplines. Actively engage in service to the Studio Art program and the School of Art + Art History. The ideal candidate will have a vibrant practice, engaged with contemporary ceramics and other media and conversant with contemporary art theory and practice. We seek an innovative artist/educator who can engage students at all levels of an interdisciplinary undergraduate studio art curriculum, as well as graduate students in ceramics.
*ABOUT UF CERAMICS: *UF Ceramics is a dynamic community of undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, graduate students, faculty and technical staff designed to promote growth in aesthetics, technical knowledge, and conceptual approaches. Part of a vibrant interdisciplinary studio program that uses individual tutorials, group seminars, and critiques to provide a variety of settings for development and exchange of ideas relevant to the arts in general, and ceramics in particular. The studio program offers opportunities for rigorous studio learning by connecting technical and conceptual challenges in an engaged environment. Students have active contact with the faculty and are encouraged in cross-disciplinary study. The undergraduate program is designed to provide a broad, yet specific, base of knowledge for ceramic arts. The graduate program offers a strong community of active students who are researching questions about individual issues in art-making and pursuing solutions to resolved, focused, personal work.
Outside of the classroom, students participate in the student organization, H.O.T (Handbuilt Or Thrown) Clay. This energetic club sponsors visiting artist workshops, gallery exhibitions, ceramic art sales and annual travel to the conference sponsored by the National Council of Education in the Ceramic Arts.
The Ceramics Area is distinguished by a flourishing alumni community that add a successful and supportive network of professionals in the field to our faculty and staff community. Ceramics is well equipped and maintained by a Teaching Lab Specialist. A list of studio art facilities and equipment can be found at: [https://arts.ufl.edu/academics/art-and-art-history/programs/studio-art/facilities-and-equipment/](https://arts.ufl.edu/academics/art-and-art-history/programs/studio-art/facilities-and-equipment/)
*SCHOOL OF ART + ART HISTORY: *Organized within the College of the Arts, the School of Art + Art History nurtures a culture of critical inquiry in our scholarly and creative work. Our educational mission is to empower each student with knowledge, skills, and insight to engage thoughtfully with our changing world. The SA+AH believes that art, design, and scholarship are critical to our local, university, regional, national, and international communities. We pursue positive transformation and impact through socially engaged, local and global education, research, and creative works. Our community asks challenging questions, takes risks, and strives for excellence through an interdisciplinary, inclusive, and often collaborative practice. School of Art + Art History faculty publish, curate, and exhibit widely and internationally. They bring their scholarship and production into their teaching, offering innovative, engaged learning experiences to their students. We foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community through mutual respect and acceptance, assuming the best in others to enable a culture where everyone can flourish. Degree programs include the BA, BFA, MA, MFA, and PhD. Areas of study include art education, art history, design, museum studies, and studio art. The school has 400 undergraduate students enrolled in our majors and 190 graduate students in our residential programs and online art eduction MA. Also a part of the School of Art + Art History are the 4Most Gallery and the University Galleries-University Gallery, the Gary R. Libby Gallery, and Grinter Gallery - which provide exhibition space for contemporary art, including student work. The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The art education program is accredited by NCATE. For more information, visit [www.arts.ufl.edu/art](http://www.arts.ufl.edu/art).
*COLLEGE OF THE ARTS: *The College of the Arts fosters creative activity, scholarly and artistic excellence, and innovation across disciplines. We achieve the university's mission by training professionals and educating students as artists and scholars, while developing their critical thinking and inspiring a culture of curiosity and imagination. The College offers baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Approximately 1,500 students are pursuing majors in degrees offered by the College of the Arts under the direction of 120 faculty members in its three accredited schools- the School of Art + Art History, the School of Music and the School of Theatre + Dance, and in the Center for Arts in Medicine and the Digital Worlds Institute. In addition, the college comprises the Center for Arts and Public Policy, the Center for World Arts, the University Galleries, and the University level of the New World School of the Arts in Miami.
Mission Statement: The University of Florida College of the Arts intends to be a transformative community, responding to and generating paradigmatic shifts in the arts and beyond. We do so by:

* Embracing the complexity of our evolving human experience and seeking to empower our students, faculty, and staff to shape that experience fearlessly through critical study, creative practice, and provocation.
* Collaborating effectively with the forces of change.

* Preparing students to access and unsettle centers of power in a radically changing world.
* Facilitating an arts education that will position emerging artists and researchers as catalysts for equity on local and global levels.
*The University of Florida: *The University of Florida is a comprehensive learning institution built on a land grant foundation, ranked one of the top five best public universities in the nation in U.S. News & World Report. We are The Gator Nation, a diverse community dedicated to excellence in education and research and shaping a better future for Florida, the nation and the world. Our mission is to enable our students to lead and influence the next generation and beyond for economic, cultural and societal benefit. UF is a graduate research institution with more than 50,000 students and membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. Gainesville, which is consistently ranked as one of the nation's most livable cities, is located midway between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Together, the University and the community comprise the educational, medical and cultural center of North Central Florida, with outstanding resources such as the University of Florida Performing Arts (Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Squitieri Studio Theatre, the Baughman Center, University Auditorium), the Harn Museum of Art, the Florida Museum of Natural History and in the community, the Hippodrome State Theatre and Dance Alive National Ballet.

*Qualifications:*
*Minimum Requirements*:

* Terminal degree (ex: MFA, PhD) in studio art.
* Minimum of 2 years teaching or instructional experience beyond the graduate assistantship.
* Strong knowledge of contemporary art theory and practice, with expertise in ceramics.
* Evidence of success in promoting an environment that advances access, equity, and inclusion.
*Preferred Qualifications*:

* Three years full-time college level teaching beyond the graduate assistantship.
* Strong evidence of success in teaching at the undergraduate level, including foundations teaching.
* Broad understanding of ceramic materials and processes, including digital fabrication, with a focus on sculptural work with a strong conceptual approach.
* Knowledge and practice of contemporary approaches in other media
* Demonstrated success at creating professional experiences for students and mentoring graduate students.

*Application Instructions:*
*Application Process: *Applications must be submitted via the University of Florida's online application system. Online applications must include the following: (1) letter of application; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) creative and student work samples (15-20) included or links to view samples online; (4) statement of teaching philosophy; (5) sample syllabus and assignments; (6) list of three professional references with contact information. The search committee will notify the applicant before contacting these references. The Search Committee may request additional materials including letters of recommendation at a later time.

*Application Deadline:* Review of applications will begin October 11, 2021 and continue until an applicant pool is established. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority.
*Inquiries may be sent to:*
Bethany Taylor
Chair, Visiting Assistant Professor of Ceramics Search
Email: [bwarp@ufl.edu](mailto:bwarp@ufl.edu)
Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered "official" if a designation of "Issued to Student" is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at [http://www.naces.org/](http://www.naces.org/).
The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.
The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.
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