job posting: Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Ceramics

Concordia University’s Department of Studio Arts in the Faculty of Fine Arts invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Ceramics to begin August 1, 2019.

Position Description

As the only dedicated university-level program in Quebec and one of only seven in Canada, Ceramics at Concordia University is a fast-growing and dynamic program that promotes the development of new approaches and interdisciplinary exploration. Courses offer a strong material grounding while addressing a broad range of contemporary art practices including object-oriented, space and time-based approaches. This year the program received a major capital investment in state-of-the-art equipment and renovated facilities to increase firing capacity and facilitate innovation.

We are seeking applicants with an established practice in ceramic sculpture or installation. Candidates should demonstrate a strong understanding of both discipline-based and expanded approaches to ceramics, as well as a sound knowledge of art history and theory in ceramics and sculpture. The ideal candidate will have an advanced working knowledge of ceramic materials and processes, including expertise in hand-building and slip-casting techniques. Interest and experience in 3D digital fabrication would be considered advantageous. Since this position will play a strategic role in the ongoing development of new curriculum and research initiatives both inside and outside the Studio Arts Department, preference will be given to candidates with the strongest research-creation and exhibition record who demonstrate the potential to meet the steering and leadership goals of the program and the department.

Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate courses in ceramics and graduate-level studio seminars in ceramics and sculpture, recruit and supervise graduate students, provide direction and leadership in the program and engage in administrative duties. Other responsibilities include the expectation to maintain an active professional practice and to participate in service within the larger university community.

Qualifications

Applicants should hold a MFA degree (or equivalent), have a strong exhibition/research record, a minimum of two years college and/or university teaching experience and administrative experience. Prior activities demonstrating leadership, service and commitment to diversity is strongly sought. Although courses are taught in English, fluency in French would be considered an asset.

About the Faculty and Department

With over 4,000 students, faculty, and staff, the Faculty of Fine Arts is among the five largest visual and performing arts schools in North America. Montréal, our home, is exceptional: with 170,000 university students, a vibrant cultural scene, and the most affordable tuition in Canada, the city ranks among the top ten best destinations in the world for tertiary education. While supporting a significant Anglophone population, Montréal is the second largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris. North America’s number one choice for international events and festivals, Montréal was the first metropolis to be designated a UNESCO City of Design by the Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity. Nestled in the heart of this pulsing city, embraced by a dynamic research university, the Faculty of Fine Arts benefits from extraordinary access to brilliant practitioners, thriving venues, cross-cultural perspectives, and an extensive network of outstanding facilities for research and production.

Taking advantage of our place within the rich fabric of a research university and our long history as one of the premier sites in Canada for the study and creation of the arts and arts-based scholarship, the Faculty of Fine Arts is currently engaged in a transformative movement in which pedagogical, conceptual, theoretical, and material practices find resonance with a significant diversity of approaches. In our university community, we value equally those practices that embrace aesthetic activism, live performance, historical scholarship, technical experimentation, skills-based production, community fieldwork, as well as traditional and digital fabrication. At the heart of this dense array is the Department of Studio Arts, which, with more than 90 full-time and part-time professors who are among Canada’s most celebrated artists, occupies a significant place within the Faculty’s long-term plan to support both medium-specific training and multi-disciplinary experimentation. The internationally renowned MFA program has been active for over three decades and is one of the few to incorporate a third year for graduate students to prepare thesis work and transition into the next phase of their career. Attracting one of the most talented cohorts in the nation, undergraduate programs are offered in Ceramics, Fibres and Material Practices, Intermedia (Video, Performance and Electronic Arts), Painting and Drawing, Photography, Print Media, Sculpture and Studio Art.

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted electronically as a single, multi-page PDF document to cera.hire@concordia.ca on or before November 15, 2018. Please name your document file using your last and first names only (e.g. “LastName, FirstName”). For video and/or other media files, please provide a link to a website in the PDF document. Submissions should include the following items in the order specified below:

  1. Cover Letter;
  2. Curriculum Vitae;
  3. Statement of teaching philosophy and interests;
  4. Research statement;
  5. Documentation of artwork (20 images);
  6. Evidence of teaching effectiveness (including course syllabi with assignments, student evaluations and 20 images of student work); and
  7. Names and contact information of three referees.

Short-listed candidates will be required to provide an attestation of terminal degree. All inquiries regarding this position should be directed to chair.studioarts@concordia.ca.

 


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Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate filling this position at the rank of Assistant Professor with a start date of August 1, 2019. Appointments at a more senior level may also be considered. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

job posting: Head of Ceramics Department @ Cranbrook Academy of Art

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Michigan — Cranbrook Academy of
Art, ranked nationally as one of the top ten programs in graduate art
education, seeks a new leader for the Ceramics department. The
successful Ceramics candidate should demonstrate a strong record as a
professional artist at the highest level in the field, have teaching
experience at the graduate level and strong interpersonal and
communication skills to lead the department of 15 students.

Cranbrook Artists-in- Residence are the singular leaders of their
departments. They are given the autonomy to determine the department’s
pedagogy and the responsibility for its success. At Cranbrook,
Artists-in- Residence are not typical faculty members. They are
full-time artists and designers who live on campus, and whose personal
studios are located within their departments. During the academic year,
September-May, the Artist-in- Residence mentors 15 graduate students in a
collegial environment including nine additional departments: 2D
Design,Architecture, 3D Design, Fiber, Metalsmithing, Painting,
Photography, Print Media and Sculpture. Within the Department, each
Artist-in- Residence selects their students, guides the development of
each individual and nurtures a productive and interactive environment.
The degree program culminates in an exhibition and written
masters-statement approved by the department head.

Candidates for this position must be unusually well qualified to
provide open, independent learning, resulting in rigorous production,
critique and discussion, and inspire research,innovation and
experimental paradigms. It is anticipated that the Artist-in- Residence
will also advocate the program via the web, publication and
national/international lectures as an active component of recruiting
future students.

Cranbrook is not simply a graduate program; it is a community of
artists and designers, living and working together on a campus that was
designed specifically for that purpose. Cranbrook Artists-in- Residence
are provided with a private studio, housing on campus and benefits in
addition to salary.

The Ceramics Artist-in- Residence should respect the history of
ceramics while embracing the visual and conceptual elements of the field
through a wide-range of formats and methods, including new
technologies. Conceptual models for Ceramics should be characterized by
an interdisciplinary, expansive approach that can be used as an open
framework for building new visions that will evolve the future of the
discipline. The department boasts five large, energy efficient,
state-of- the-art, Blaauw gas kilns- three fully computerized and two
manual, and several medium and small electric kilns. The studio is
equipped with all the essentials and more: blunger, hydraulic extruder,
tile saws, spray booth, grinders, sandblaster etc. In this way we hope
not only to cater to the already established ceramic tradition- we aim
for the department to be at the frontline of contemporary ceramic art
and design.

Candidates for this position must be working artists with a sustained
record of peer recognition; a demonstrated commitment to college-level
teaching; a Master’s Degree or higher; excellent communication skills
and leadership skills; the ability to provide a productive and
interactive learning environment; the capacity to make a significant
contribution to their field and to the Academy.

Position commences September 2017.

APPLICATION

Applications consist of two pieces: a single PDF document and a completed Cranbrook Faculty Application form.

Cranbrook Faculty Application Form

The PDF should contain a cover letter, departmental philosophy,
curriculum vitae and contact information for three references. It should
also include a portfolio of the candidate’s work (20 images). The PDF
should be labeled with FirstInitial.LastName.pdf

Applications received by January 11, 2017 will be given priority
consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is
filled.

Materials should be sent to rmanz@cranbrook.edu.

For more information about the Academy and our programs, please visit our website: www.cranbrookart.edu.