San
Francisco State University, School of Art seeks applicants for a
tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Ceramics beginning August
2016. MFA in Art with an emphasis in ceramics required. Salary
commensurate with qualifications.

Position title:

Assistant Professor Position in Art (Ceramics)

Start date:

August 2016

Salary:

Commensurate with qualifications and experience. The CSU provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.

Position Summary

The position is in the School of Art at San Francisco State
University. SF State is a member of the California State University
system and serves a diverse student body of 30,000 undergraduate and
graduate students. The University seeks to promote appreciation of
scholarship, freedom and, human diversity through excellence in
instruction and intellectual accomplishment. The School of Art is
focused on developing socially engaged art practitioners, art
historians, and arts professionals whose individual and collective
efforts contribute to personal and intellectual growth, as well as
community-building and cultural production.

The position is focused on the discipline of ceramics as a socially
engaged practice that can manifest in many forms including ceramic
sculpture and/or installation, functional vessels, performance, or forms
that encompass some or all of these.

The position includes a full-time faculty workload per the Collective
Bargaining Agreement between the California State University and the
California Faculty Association. The workload primarily includes teaching
assigned undergraduate courses in Art and MFA seminars, conducting an
active ongoing scholarship program of creative work and exhibition which
advances knowledge in the field of one’s specialty. The teaching
assignments will be in existing ceramics courses in hand-building
foundations, wheel throwing, ceramic sculpture, glaze calculations, mold
making, kiln building, soda/pit firing, as well as courses in emerging
technologies in the field (to be developed). Graduate courses include
interdisciplinary critique seminars and special topic graduate studios
(to be developed). The scholarship may address a range of topics in the
areas of ones expertise.

Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assist
in maintaining and supervising two ceramics facilities, productive
participation on departmental, college, and university-wide committees;
mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students; holding
regular office hours; curriculum development and improvement,
particularly with regard to student learning outcomes; and remaining
current in both subject area and teaching methodologies.

Essential Job Tasks

  • Prepare course materials such as syllabi, lecture and discussion
    materials, readings and assignments, assessments, and learning
    resources.
  • Prepare and deliver effective lectures to undergraduate and graduate
    students on topics such as glaze surface, kiln building and design,
    atmospheric firings and graduate seminars in Art.
  • Initiate, moderate, and facilitate classroom discussions.
  • Evaluate and grade students’ class work, assignments, papers, etc. in a timely manner.
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations or other learning assessments.
  • Maintain student grades and other required records or reporting materials.
  • Guide and supervise department technicians in support of safe, clean studio facilities and equipment.
  • Conduct research in one’s field of interest and present
    documentation of an high level of activity associated with being a
    professional, working artist on a national and international level in
    significant institutions, and selections into collections, publication,
    and professional conferences.
  • Stay current on developments in the discipline by reading new
    literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional
    conferences.
  • Plan, evaluate and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
  • Hold regularly-scheduled office hours for the purpose of advising and assisting students.
  • Actively participate on assigned committees in accordance with department or College needs, and SF State’s strategic vision.
  • Supervise student laboratory work, graduate and undergraduate
    assistants, and assist with studio maintenance and supervision of the
    ceramics facilities at the main SFSU, and Romberg Tiburon campuses.
  • Additional duties as assigned.
  • Minimum Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Personal Abilities

    • Terminal degree MFA in Art, with an emphasis in Ceramics, required.
    • 1-2 years of undergraduate teaching experience with a large, diverse student body or in a multicultural setting, required.
    • Minimum of one-year experience in the management of a ceramics
      facility preferred including heavy equipment operation, gas and electric
      kilns, and glaze chemistry lab.
    • Possess a broad knowledge of traditional and contemporary theory and
      practices in ceramics, and a capacity for exploring new directions in
      the discipline.
    • Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum design, instruction of individual and groups and learning assessment.
    • Planning and organizing skills sufficient to ensure implementation of assigned curriculum.
    • Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum design,
      instruction of individuals and groups, and the assessment of learning.
    • Planning and organizing skills sufficient to ensure implementation
      of the assigned curriculum, job duties, and established expectations.
    • Oral and written communication skills in the English language at a
      level that comprehends and conveys information to and from students,
      colleagues, and others in an effective manner.
    • Awareness and engagement with critical concerns in the discipline and capacity to continue to produce original creative works.
    • Interpersonal orientation that encourages productive interactions
      with students, colleagues, and other campus stakeholders and promotes
      collegiality in department, college and university contexts.
    • Application process

      Submit letter of intent/interest, a current CV, 20 images of recent
      personal work, 20 images of student work, statement of teaching
      philosophy and names and contact information for three professional
      references. Letters of recommendation may be requested at a later date.
      Submit all materials online at, https://sfsu.submittable.com/submit
      by January 8, 2016. Late applications will not be reviewed. Questions
      concerning the position should be submitted to Gail Dawson, Director,
      School of Art, artsrch@sfsu.edu
      San Francisco State University is a member of the California State
      University system and serves a diverse student body of 30,000
      undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks to promote
      appreciation of scholarship, freedom and, human diversity through
      excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment. SFSU faculty
      are expected to be effective teachers and demonstrate professional
      achievement and growth through research, scholarship, and/or creative
      work.
      San Francisco State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a
      strong commitment to diversity. We welcome applicants of all ethnic,
      racial and gender identities, sexual orientations as well as people with
      disabilities. We particularly encourage those who may be from
      historically underrepresented groups.
      A background check (including a criminal records check) must be
      completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position
      with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check
      may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment
      of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
      Questions regarding this position should be emailed to artsrch@sfsu.edu. No phone calls please.

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