Assistant Professor of Art (Ceramics)

Posting Details

Posting Information

Posting Number FAECC717
Advertised Title Assistant Professor of Art (Ceramics)
Campus Location Main Campus (Memphis, TN)
Position Number 002605
Category Full-Time Faculty
Department Art
Position Summary

The Department of Art is seeking a tenure-track faculty member committed to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Ceramics. The tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor will start on August 20, 2018. We seek an artist whose practice demonstrates a critical and technical understanding of contemporary issues in the creative and scholarly fields of ceramic art, the history of art, and the relationship between art and culture. In addition to maintaining a successful practice as a ceramic artist, primary responsibilities of the position involve teaching and curricular development in the ceramic program with an interest in the following areas: glaze chemistry, clay formulation, and kiln fabrication. Ideal candidates will also possess secondary strengths in theory, practice, and the history of issues of community engagement, gender, race, and demonstrable examples of other experiences such as performance, installation, digital, and/or video art. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to working with a diverse student population.
This position typically requires a 3/3 teaching load, primarily in ceramics. The faculty member would teach, advise, and recruit at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels. The position also includes administrative oversight of the ceramics studio with two gas kilns, seven electric kilns, a raku firing area, glazing and clay mixing area, a general instruction area and an advanced studio area. Other duties will include developing curriculum, engaging in professional activities, as well as participating in department, college, and university-wide service.

Minimum Position Qualifications

Candidates must hold an MFA or appropriate terminal degree and should be professionally active with a record of creative achievements. Previous teaching experience at the college level is desired. Candidates must be proficient with the Mac OS platform. The Department of Art at the University of Memphis is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and mission of the University.

Special Conditions

The University of Memphis has an enrollment of over 23,000 that is divided among six colleges. The University is located in the largest urban center in Tennessee and the Mid-South region. The Department of Art is a component of the College of Communication and Fine Arts along with the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, the Art Museum of The University of Memphis, the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, a Tennessee Center of Excellence, and the Departments of Architecture, Theatre & Dance, Communication, and Journalism and Strategic Media. The Department of Art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

The Department of Art offers Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees in various fine arts concentrations as well as Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Art History. There are approximately 300 art majors taught by 24 full time arts faculty. The Department is also served by 5 professional staff. Further information about the Department of Art and The University of Memphis is available on the following websites: and

Posting Date 01/02/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Screening Begins No
Hiring Range Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time: Benefits Eligible
Special Instructions to Applicants

Documents required at time of application are a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, sample syllabus, unofficial transcript, 20 images of recent works and 20 of student work.
Review of applications will begin on January 16, 2018 and may continue until position is filled.
For questions, please contact: Coriana Close
Chair/Ceramic Search Committee
Department of Art Suite 200
Art & Communication Building
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152-3380

Instructions to Applicant regarding references

The search committee for the position of Assistant Professor of Ceramics has established that you must submit email addresses for (3) reference providers. The WorkForum system, will send an email to your reference providers. You have the ability to track the status of the reference letters online. Please call 901-678-2217 if you have any questions concerning reference letters.

Is this posting for UofM employees only? No

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Other Document 1
  5. Unofficial Transcript
  6. Other Document 2
  7. Other Document 3
Optional Documents