The UCLA Department of Art, in the School of the Arts and Architecture, invites applications for a tenure/ tenure-track (assistant/associate/full) position in Ceramics. The candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate art majors in the area of Ceramics, with an emphasis on contemporary studio practices. They are seeking candidates who will actively contribute to creating a community of students, staff, and faculty in the Department and University that is richly diverse in cultural backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints.


A BA or BFA is required and an MFA is preferred. They are seeking an artist working primarily in ceramics who is developing or has established a strong and active exhibition record. The candidate is required to have expertise in the history, discourses, and practices of contemporary art as well as contemporary ceramics. The candidate is also required to have technical expertise in digital fabrication and a range of ceramics methods.

The candidate will be expected to teach beginning and advanced level undergraduate studio courses in Ceramics as well as graduate studio, critique, and seminar courses. This is an open rank search with particular interest in successful Assistant or Associate level candidates. The level of appointment will be determined by the candidate’s qualifications and professional experience. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2019.

The successful candidate will be the Area Head for Ceramics. The Ceramics Area Head is responsible for scheduling all Ceramics courses, recruiting adjunct faculty, and has a pivotal role in Ceramics graduate admissions recruiting and decisions, TA selection and scheduling, and advocacy for scholarships and awards for Ceramics students, especially Ceramics graduate students.

Evidence of successful mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students is particularly desired.

Successful candidate will be responsible for supervising and advising the full-time Ceramics Laboratory Supervisor, advising and making decisions about spending priorities, equipment purchase choices, and overall budget considerations in consultation with the Senate faculty. The Ceramics Area Head also is responsible for basic decisions about scheduling and staffing open studio periods in the undergraduate Ceramics Lab outside of scheduled classes, monitoring supplies and inventory in Ceramics, and the maintenance and repair of all equipment in the Ceramics studios, which includes gas and electric kilns, clay mixers, potters’ wheels and other equipment.

Applications must include the following:

  • Cover Letter including brief narrative bio.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Statement of Teaching – including approach and experience mentoring/advising of under- represented student groups.
  • Teaching evaluations (if available).
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement – contribution to the department’s diversity (research/teaching/service). E.g., how will you contribute to this community and what role will you play to enrich the campus culture valuing diversity, equity, and inclusion?
  • 20 images of the applicant’s work. Please upload each image separately.
  • Names and contact information (mailing address, email address and phone number) of three professional references. (Letters of recommendation are not requested at this time).

The UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture is committed to building a more diverse faculty, staff, and student body in response to the changing population and educational needs of City of Los Angeles, State of California, and the nation. The Department of Art values intellectual, cultural, and creative inquiry. Personal qualities such as originality and initiative are important assets that will contribute to a successful application. We are seeking applicants who would make meaningful and unique contributions to the intellectual and social interchanges within the field of art.

UCLA welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. The department is seeking outstanding candidates with the potential for exceptional research, and excellence in teaching, and also a clear commitment to enhancing the diversity of the faculty, graduate student population, and of the majors in the School of Arts and Architecture.

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