The University of Texas at Arlington — Assistant Professor, Art + Art History Department

Posting Number: F00055P

The Art + Art History Department at The University of Texas at Arlington invites applications for a Tenure Track Assistant Professor specializing in glass with sub-field in material science or related technical area. Position will begin August 25th, 2018.

The selected candidate will teach studio courses at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. The position includes extensive creative/scholarly activity; student advising; committee and service work. An active presence and participation in area activities is required. This will include oversight and management of undergraduate and graduate curricular development, coordinating of the glass area, and fundraising/budget management. In addition, the individual will assist in recruiting for the program locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. The holder of the position will assist in strengthening collaborations with the corporate sector to encourage interdisciplinary innovation and entrepreneurship. The position holder will continue collaboration with technical colleagues, particularly material scientists and engineers. The individual will oversee the glass area outcomes for the MFA program (i.e. fostering an environment where cultural, technical, and conceptual concerns are explored and strongly encouraged). The artist will emphasize multidimensional art making, including the creation of functional forms, sculptural objects and installations, as well as projects involving site specificity, community engagement and performance art. The applicant must demonstrate a strong and consistent engagement with both national and international communities within the field. Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to diversity and equity in education through their scholarship, teaching, and/or service.

MFA in Glass, Sculpture, or related discipline is required as well as a high level of expertise in hot work, kiln work, and cold work. In depth knowledge on equipment building, maintenance, and repair is required. A proven record of student successes, professionalism, and entrepreneurship is expected. Three years of teaching experience and professional experience is expected and a basic knowledge of flame-working and neon is preferred. Experience of coordinating or co-coordinating an area or program is preferred. A propensity of collaboration between fields and disciplines is preferred. Basic fabrication skills of metal and wood, as well as the willingness to learn new skills such as CNC and 3d printing processes is preferred

The University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie Research-1 “highest research activity” institution. With a total global enrollment of 58,664 in AY 2016-17, UTA is rapidly becoming largest institution in The University of Texas System. Guided by its Strategic Plan Bold Solutions | Global Impact, UTA fosters interdisciplinary research and teaching to enable the sustainable megacity of the future within four broad themes: health and the human condition, sustainable urban communities, global environmental impact, and data-driven discovery. UTA was cited by U.S. News & World Report as having the second lowest average student debt among U.S. universities in 2017. U.S. News & World Report also ranks UTA fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2017 Best for Vets list.

The Art and Art History department has approximately 800 undergraduate majors and MFA students in twelve studio disciplines. The glass specialization is a signature field for UTA’s outstanding Art + Art History Department. It draws students internationally at the undergraduate and especially the MFA levels. The founding of the Masters of Fine Art Program in the Art + Art History department in 2008, has nurtured the glass area to become an incubator for new ideas, creative process, and cultural exchange, solidifying its role as a model research university program. The Glass area is one of the most successful areas within the Art + Art History Department, and boasts one of the most state of the art university facilities in the World. The program nurtures students through professionally driven activities, such as internships, visiting artists, and exhibition/publication opportunities, and is a catalyst for post-graduation success. The Visual Resource collection includes a well-developed image bank, a state-of-the-art Mac OS research center, a full-time collections manager, and resources in print and digital data.

Application Instructions

To apply, applicants should go to http://uta.peopleadmin.com/postings/4149 and submit their application, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, statements of teaching and research objectives, and contact information for at three references. Please provide examples of your work on CV or DVD (or quality online presentation), and examples of your student’s work.  Questions about the position should be addressed to Khushboo Lasure, Department of Art and Art History, Visual Communication Search Committee, 502 S. Cooper St. #335, Box 19089, Arlington, TX 76019 or khush@uta.edu . Position is open until filled although priority consideration will be given to applications completed by December 1st.

UTA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation. A criminal background check will be conducted on finalists. UTA is a tobacco free campus.

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