Posted on February 7, 2024
Position open until filled
The Department of Art at Radford University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Art in Ceramics. This is a 9-month, non-tenure-track appointment with a starting date in August 2024. Special purpose faculty hold continuing, full-time appointments, subject to annual reappointment. Special purpose faculty are not eligible for tenure but carry rank and may pursue promotion. Special purpose faculty carry full-time benefits. The Department seeks an Assistant Professor of Art in Ceramics who is student-centered, collaborative, and energetic. An ability to spark curiosity, instill studio habits, and inspire experimentation in students is desired for the position. Candidates should be prepared to teach sections of Ceramics I, Ceramics II, and Ceramics III and contribute to student portfolio reviews. Other teaching opportunities may exist in Foundations or in the Department’s MFA program. As a full-time appointment, candidates should be prepared to perform effectively in teaching, creative scholarship, and service.
The Department of Art is NASAD accredited with BFA, BS, BA, and MFA degrees. The Department’s primary programs are studio art, graphic design, art education, and art history & museum studies. 9 full-time and several part-time faculty members serve a diverse student body of 200 majors, of which 30% are first-generation students, 30% identify as a minority or bi-racial, and 40% are in financial need. The department plays a major role in the cultural life of the campus and the community. It has an annual artist-in-residence program, a visiting artist series, and numerous internal and external exhibitions at the Radford University Art Museum.
The new faculty member will join the department at one of its most historic moments. Set to open in Fall 2024, the Artis Center for Adaptive Innovation and Creativity will house the entire College of Visual & Performing Arts. At 178,000 square feet, the Artis Center will be the largest academic building on campus and will host innovative teaching spaces based on the integration of the arts, health sciences, and technology. The center will have art studios, design labs, digital labs, maker spaces, performance venues, clinical simulation training suites, and general classrooms. Radford University is distinguished by its placement of student learning at the heart of the institution. The University currently serves approximately 7,500 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs, many of them nationally recognized. Radford University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The university’s grounds and facilities are beautifully maintained and designed. A virtual walk around campus is available here.
The City of Radford, VA is nestled along the New River in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. The region offers an abundance of recreation at nearby rivers, lakes, parks, and forests. Dozens of biking and hiking trails are accessible within a 30-minute drive, including access points to the Appalachian Trail, Jefferson National Forest, and the New River Trail. Downtown Radford is home to a variety of locally-owned shops and restaurants. Nearby cities of Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Floyd, and Roanoke also add to the region’s cultural vibrancy. Farther afield, Radford is located a few hours from Asheville and Charlotte, NC; Knoxville, TN; Richmond, VA; and Washington, DC. The Department is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive learning environment. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
Required Qualifications: A terminal degree in studio art or a closely related field.
Preferred Qualifications: MFA with an emphasis in ceramics.
Preference given to candidates with:
• Strong foundational and advanced skills in ceramics.
• Teaching experience at the college level.
• Record of effectiveness in teaching/mentoring, creative scholarship, and service.
Please submit the following with your application:
• Cover Letter
• Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
• Artist Statement
• Teaching Philosophy
• Faculty employment conditions
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