Florida State University, Department of Art — Assistant Professor, 9-Month Salaried Tenure Track (Department of Art, Specialization in Sculpture & Expanded Media)

The Department of Art at Florida State University invites applications for a full-time tenure track faculty position specializing in Sculpture and Expanded Media, beginning in the Fall of 2023. We seek an artist and educator with interdisciplinary research and creative practice.

This appointment begins in the Fall 2023/Spring 2024 academic year.

The Department of Art confers BA, BFA, and MFA (3-year) Studio Art degrees. Our top-ranked programs encourage interdisciplinary investigations across a wide range of concentrations spanning photography, digital media, painting and drawing, printmaking, artist books, ceramics, and sculpture. The department currently employs 20 full-time faculty. We are especially interested in candidates who will thrive at a public research university while contributing to our department’s cultural diversity and standard of continued excellence in the discipline. For more information, please visit https://art.fsu.edu.

Florida State University College of Fine Arts is committed to building a meaningful community that values each person based on their distinctive and unique identity. The Department of Art strives to prepare students to imaginatively re-envision the world around us through critical inquiry. We are committed to humanized, interactive relationships between students and teachers and to creating learning environments that invite thoughtful and creative examination into the complex cultural, social, economic, and environmental issues with which our students are urgently engaged. Candidates with an interdisciplinary approach to sculpture at the core of their research and teaching practice are invited to apply.

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This position will have responsibilities in research/creative activity, teaching, and service. Primary teaching responsibilities include a range of courses, from foundational to advanced, that address concepts and practices in contemporary sculpture and expanded media. This position has a teaching load of 2/3 courses per semester.

This position requires an MFA in Studio Art at the time of appointment or equivalent professional experience in the visual arts. Requirements also include emerging or established recognition in their field, a clear record of excellence in teaching, effective communication skills, and an understanding of a wide array of curricular and artistic methodologies. Knowledge of the history, criticism, and theories of visual art with a specific focus on sculpture and 3D making is required.

As an interdisciplinary department, we are interested in candidates whose practice incorporates installation, performance, sculpture, or community engagement. Skills in wood and metal fabrication are preferred, along with a wide-ranging knowledge of materials, digital tools, and technologies. Candidates must have experience teaching sculpture within an interdisciplinary context and possess knowledge of the evolving history, criticism, and theories of visual art.

The position provides opportunities for new course development according to the skills and interests of the candidate.

We are particularly interested in applicants whose creative practice engages discourses that have been historically under-represented. The candidate must maintain an active professional record, including external research support, exhibitions, and publications.

Two years of teaching experience beyond graduate student teaching is required.

Preferred candidates will engage with innovative visual approaches to include any combination of sculpture, digital fabrication, installation, performance, and/or cross-disciplinary collaborations.

Applicants will be required to provide three letters of reference prior to hiring.

Contact Info
FSU Department of Art,
530 West Call Street,
Tallahassee FL 32306-1150

Victoria Cole,
Administrative Specialist

University Information
One of the nation’s elite research universities, Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking. Founded in 1851, Florida State University is the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida. FSU is a community steeped in tradition that fosters research, encourages creativity, and embraces diversity. At FSU, there’s the excitement of being part of a vibrant academic and professional community, surrounded by people whose ideas are shaping tomorrow’s news!

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Pay Plan
This is a Faculty position.

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How To Apply
If qualified and interested in a specific Faculty job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at https://hr.fsu.edu/facultyjobs. If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include education details, even if attaching a Vita.

Each item below should be uploaded as a separate PDF in the additional documents section of the online application using the following naming convention: Last, First_CoverLetter; Last, First_CV; etc.

  1. A one to a two-page cover letter detailing qualifications for this position.
  2. Up-to-date CV. Must include names and contact information of three professional references.
  3. A statement of individual teaching philosophy (no more than two pages) to include the candidate’s thoughts on the future of the field.
  4. Sample syllabi (up to three) where at least one has been taught. Additional syllabi may represent proposed courses.
  5. A digital portfolio, submitted as a single PDF file, of recent works (up to 20), including each item’s title, date, medium, and dimensions. Time-based submissions may be included by linking a web-based copy of the work along with a single representative image within the portfolio.
  6. A digital portfolio, submitted as a single PDF file, of examples of students’ work. Time-based submissions may be included by linking a web-based copy of the work along with a single representative image within the portfolio.
  7. A statement (no more than two pages) that demonstrates the candidate’s commitment to diversity in addition to experience working with and teaching within diverse populations.

Open until filled
This position is being advertised as open until filled.

Priority consideration will be given to applicants who apply by January 1st.

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