Assistant Professor of Sculpture

Missoula, Montana, United States
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Job description

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Starting Date: August 2017

The University of Montana School of Art seeks an interdisciplinary artist and committed educator who clearly articulates knowledge of contemporary sculpture processes. An MFA in one of the following is required: Art, Sculpture, New Media, Robotics, Installation, Game Design, Programming or similar field. The successful applicant will teach a variety of courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels ranging from 3-D foundations, Introductory Sculpture, Advanced Sculpture, Digital Fabrication, Installation, Performance, and/or Interactive Digital Media with a full-time teaching load (3/3) as assigned by the School of Art Director. Course assignment will be dependent on candidate’s area of expertise and breadth of knowledge in these interdisciplinary fields, with an opportunity to expand, direct and customize curriculum. The candidate will contribute to managing a full sculpture studio and a digital fabrication lab. Participation and contributions to operational committees, administration, advising, and activities within the School of Art, university, and community are also required.

The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate:

  • Evidence of teaching excellence and effectiveness as a studio faculty member at all levels of University course work required.
    • At least one year of teaching beyond graduate study preferred.
  • Experience and knowledge of the broad view of sculptural practice across multiple disciplines, embracing both traditional (foundry, metal and wood fabrication) and digital technologies (CNC machining, sensor technology, 3D printing).
  • Evidence of innovative and continuing professional achievement as a practicing artist.

About the School of Art

The School of Art is one of four schools within the College of Visual and Performing Arts, along with Music, Media Arts, and Theatre & Dance. The School of Art consists of 12 full-time faculty, and is a NASAD accredited program offering BA, BFA, MA, and MFA degrees in studio art; MA degree in Art History; and K-12 licensure.

Programs utilize both discipline-specific and multidisciplinary practices to develop visual language, material processes and conceptual approaches relevant to the student¹s intentions and sensibilities. The curriculum encourages fluid boundaries between media, materials, and processes and supports dialogue among a diverse group of faculty and peers. Students are challenged to devise strategies of experimentation and research, as well as the ability to articulate ideas and critical responses to work, while gaining a significant understanding of both the historical framework and the contemporary discourse of art. Students and faculty across media work in close proximity to each other within this multidisciplinary curriculum.

About the University of Montana

UM is located in picturesque Missoula, Montana, a vibrant community of approximately 80,000 persons. It is the second largest city in Montana and is a hub for art, culture, and healthcare in Western Montana. The 56-acre main campus is located at the base of Mount Sentinel and near the Clark Fork River. Outdoor opportunities abound in the nearby area. Approximately 12,000 students attend UM and the associated Missoula College.

The University of Montana is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity as a core value. We support equal access and welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives. This position is eligible for veterans’ preference in accordance with Montana State Law.

To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the State of Montana, please visit the links below.

How to apply

Submission deadline is February 20, 2017. Applicants are required to submit the following application materials online . Step 5 “Attachments” in the online application process is where you may upload additional materials.

  • Cover letter outlining your qualifications. List specific areas of expertise. Also include your Artist Statement in this document.
  • Curriculum Vitae with names and contact information for three professional references
  • Copies of unofficial graduate transcript(s)
    • Official transcripts will be required at time of hire.
  • 20 images of artwork completed in the past five years, formatted as jpeg, pdf, or Quicktime for video
  • Example 15 week syllabus including project descriptions for an Introductory Sculpture course
  • 10 jpegs or PDF file of student work

NOTE: Only five (5) attachments (up to 10MB each and in one of the following formats: doc, pdf, gif, jpg) are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment. In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran’s Preference – Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References – *References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing – Individual hiring departments at UM-M may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility – All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

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The University of Montana ‒ Missoula (often simply referred to as the University of Montana; UM, U of M)[3] is a public research university located in Missoula, Montana, in the United States. Founded in 1893, the university is the flagship campus of the four-campus University of Montana System and is its largest institution.