Visiting Assistant Professor in Ceramics/Sculpture

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Arts/Museum
Department:13020100 - COTA-ART-DIRECTOR

Classification Title:

Visiting Assistant Professor in Ceramics/Scuplture

Job Description:

Position: Full-time, nine month, faculty position, 1.5 years (3 semesters, Spring 2019, Fall-Spring 2019-2020

Date of Expected Hire: January 1, 2019

The University of Florida’s School of Art + Art History (SA+AH) seeks a full-time assistant professor in studio art with expertise in ceramics to contribute to the growth of our vibrant program. We seek a forward-looking educator with strong intellectual, communication, organizational, and leadership skills to contribute to and advance the program through teaching and service. This faculty position will teach undergraduates in ceramics, sculpture and our first year studio foundation course, W.A.R.P. (Workshop in Art Research and Practice) as well as teach graduate students in Ceramics. The ideal candidate will demonstrate an understanding of contemporary art issues, methods, and technologies, and engage questions of culture and community.  

Responsibilities: Teach a 3/2-course load at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Actively engage in service to the Ceramics area, the Sculpture area, the School of Art + Art History, the college and the community.  The ideal candidate will have a vibrant practice engaged with contemporary ceramics and  conversant with contemporary art theory and practice. We seek an innovative artist/educator who can engage students at all levels of undergraduate studio education as well as graduate students in ceramics.

The Ceramics area is a dynamic community of undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, graduate students, faculty and technical staff designed to promote growth in aesthetics, technical knowledge, and conceptual approaches. Part of a vibrant interdisciplinary studio program that uses individual tutorials, group seminars, and critiques to provide a variety of settings for development and exchange of ideas relevant to the arts in general, and ceramics in particular. The studio program offers opportunities for rigorous studio learning by connecting technical and conceptual challenges in an engaged environment. Students in the Ceramics area have active contact with the faculty and are encouraged in cross-disciplinary study. The undergraduate program in ceramics is designed with the philosophy and intent of providing a broad, yet specific, base of knowledge as related to the ceramic arts. The graduate program offers a strong community of active students who are researching questions about individual issues in art-making and pursuing solutions to resolved, focused, personal work.

Outside of the classroom, students participate in the student organization, H.O.T (Handbuilt Or Thrown) Clay. This energetic club sponsors visiting artist workshops, gallery exhibitions, ceramic art sales and annual travel to the conference sponsored by the National Council of Education in the Ceramic Arts.

The Ceramics Area is distinguished by a vibrant and flourishing alumni community that add a successful and supportive network of professionals in the field to our faculty and staff community. Ceramics is well equipped and maintained by a Teaching Lab Specialist.  A list of equipment is found at

SCHOOL OF ART + ART HISTORY: Organized within the College of the Arts, the mission of the School of Art and Art History (SA+AH) is to nurture a culture of critical inquiry in scholarly and creative pursuits. The faculty within the SA+AH seeks to empower each individual student with knowledge, skills, and insight to thoughtfully respond to our changing world. ​​The SA+AH is driven by the knowledge that visual and scholarly research is vital to the work of the larger university and that this research enhances the lives of its regional, national and international communities. Most of our programs have a focus on socially engaged, global research. Studio programs in art and design view production as an expanded practice - one that is interdisciplinary, inclusive, and often collaborative. Our innovative and growing design program has a distinguishing focus on social design and the new MFA in Design and Visual Communications aims to use the state of Florida as a laboratory to develop solutions to some of the most pressing, real-world problems of our time. School of Art + Art History Faculty publish, curate and exhibit widely and internationally. They bring their scholarship and production into their teaching, offering innovative, engaged learning experiences to their students. The school has 380 undergraduate students, and more than 120 graduate students. Degree programs include the B.A., B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. Areas of study include art history, art education, museum studies, graphic design, and studio art (art + technology, ceramics, creative photography, drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture). Also a part of the School of Art + Art History is the University Galleries—University Gallery, the Gary R. Libby Gallery, and Grinter Gallery — which provide exhibition space for professional and student artwork. The mission of University Galleries is to present the university and North Central Florida public with a diverse, multi-cultural, interdisciplinary program of progressive, critically engaged and intellectually challenging exhibitions. The School of Art + Art History is also home to WARP, (the Workshop for Art Research and Practice), the 4Most Gallery, and work and design facilities at Infinity Hall.  The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The art education program is accredited by NCATE. For more information, visit

Advertised Salary:

Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Minimum Requirements:
  • Possess a terminal degree (ex: MFA, PhD) in studio art
  • Have minimum 2 year teaching or instructional experience beyond the graduate assistantship
  • Be conversant with contemporary art theory and practice, with expertise in ceramics.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Three years full-time college level teaching beyond the graduate assistantship.
  • Strong evidence of success in teaching at the undergraduate level, including foundations teaching.
  • Possess a broad understanding of ceramic materials and processes, including digital fabrication, with a focus on sculptural work with a strong conceptual approach.
  • Possess a broad understanding of metal sculptural meterials and processes, with both hot and cold metals forming techniques desirable.
  • Demonstrated success at creating professional experiences for students and mentoring graduate students.
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Application Process: Applications must be submitted via the University of Florida's online application system at  Online applications must include the following in one pdf document: (1) letter of application; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) statement of teaching philosophy; (4) 20 student work samples—included or links to view online; (5) sample syllabus and assignments. The application system will prompt the applicant for the names/emails of three references. The search committee will notify the applicant before the system contacts those references. The Search Committee may request additional materials at a later time. 

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin September 7, 2018 and continue until an applicant pool is established. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority.

Inquiries may be sent to:
Anna Calluori Holcombe
Chair, Visiting Assistant Professor Ceramics/Sculpture Search

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff seeking faculty of all races, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, experiences, perspectives and those who practice conduct of inclusion. 
If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call +1 (352) 392- 4621 or the Florida Relay System at +1 (800) 955-8771 (TDD). 


Health Assessment Required: No


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