Assistant Professor of Practice (Sculpture)



Job description

This position is a non-tenure track appointment (9-month) as an Assistant Professor of Practice in Sculpture in the School of Art & Design, College of Arts & Media, at SIU Carbondale, beginning in the Fall semester of 2022. Candidates should demonstrate extensive knowledge and commitment to the ever-expanding field of sculpture. A studio space will be provided.

The School of Art and Design (SoAD) has 21 faculty members, approximately 140 undergraduate majors, 35 graduate students and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). SoAD offers: a BFA degree in Art with specializations in Art Education, Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture, Ceramics, Glass, Metalsmithing, Industrial Design, and Communication Design; a BA degree in Art with specializations in Art Education, Art History, General Studio, Photography; a MFA degree with specializations in Design, Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture, Ceramics, Glass, and Metalsmithing; and a graduate certificate in Art History.

The College of Arts and Media houses six schools: Architecture; Art and Design; Journalism; Media Arts; Music; Theater & Dance. The breadth of programs offered in the college provides a rich environment for interdisciplinary collaborative research. Ideal candidates will have traditional and contemporary experience in graphic design; with knowledge in at least one area: app development, web design, digital media, interactive design, and or UX/UI.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is a Carnegie Doctoral Research University with an enrollment of approximately 11,200 students. SIU is located in the forested areas of Shawnee Hills, 100 miles southeast of St. Louis, MO. The university is known for its efforts in improving opportunity, inclusivity, sustainability and the ecological beauty of the campus and surrounding community. Information about the School of Art and Design can be found at: More information about SIU and its surrounding community can be found at:

Duties and Responsibilities: Responsibilities include teaching two courses per semester at the undergraduate and or graduate level of woodworking and metal casting. The candidate may be provided with an opportunity to teach a summer course. Duties also include coordinating and co-maintaining, organizing, and monitoring the sculpture facilities and co-supervising graduate technicians, as well as upkeep, ordering, scheduling, and operation of CNC and CAD associated equipment. Other responsibilities may include public woodworking and metal casting demonstrations.

Minimum Qualifications: An MFA in Sculpture is required at the time of application. Candidates must have good communication and organizational skills and have the ability to work closely and productively with other faculty, students, and studio technicians. The candidate must demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching a broad range of sculptural inquiry, including traditional and non-traditional techniques, theoretical approaches, and materials. Knowledge of traditional sculptural processes, including woodworking and metal casting, is essential. The successful applicant must be proficient in organizing and maintaining sculpture studio-related equipment, specifically with woodworking and metal casting applications. Applicants must show proficiency in teaching a variety of wood and metalworking techniques and concepts at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The candidate must also exhibit evidence of a strong commitment to an active creative research exhibition record.

Preferred Qualifications: Previous teaching experience at the collegiate level beyond graduate appointments is preferred.

Knowledge and experience working with CNC and CAD programs will be strongly considered.

How to apply

Apply online
Required Documents:Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Transcripts

Contact: Alex Lopez
Contact Phone #: 618-453-7752
Contact Email: [email protected]

SIU Carbondale, member of the SIU System, is an anti-racist community that opposes racism, discrimination and inequity in any form, and embraces diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice for all people.

SIU Carbondale is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans that strives to enhance its ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to serve a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed and encouraged and will receive consideration.

From its humble beginnings as the state’s second teachers college - founded in 1869 with a dozen academic departments and an inaugural class of 143 - Southern Illinois University Carbondale now ranks among Illinois’ most comprehensive public universities.