Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI — Assistant or Associate Professor of Sculpture

Position: Full-time Faculty in Sculpture
Institution: Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI
Rank: Tenure-track, Assistant or Associate Professor
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Appointment: Beginning August 2023
Application deadline: Preference given to applications received by January 15, 2023

Full-Time Faculty in Sculpture
The Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position in Sculpture to begin August 2023. This position will reside in the Fine Arts Department and will have a focus on contemporary sculpture and related practices. 

We welcome both emerging and established artist/educators to share their vision and aspirations for contributing to our engaged and innovative contemporary sculpture program. For the emerging educator, Herron provides a unique space to learn and expand upon teaching and professional skills. They will develop a broad understanding of Sculptural curricula (development, implementation, and assessment). For faculty with a sustained record and commitment to teaching in Sculpture, they will lead the Sculpture Program and provide creative leadership in collaboration with faculty and school administration; mentor junior faculty, oversee the program budget and scheduling. 

Applicants should be well versed in contemporary sculpture and visual culture with an active record of research/creative activities. They should also possess a broad range of understanding and experience of sculptural mediums and practices, knowledge of the history and theory of sculpture, and of the expanded field as it relates to contemporary art.

The successful candidate will teach all levels of sculpture and should demonstrate knowledge of how sculpture intersects with other visual arts and creative disciplines. They will exhibit strengths in original research, fresh approaches to teaching, and innovative approaches to utilizing technology. Knowledge and experience should also include the ability to emphasize both the conceptual and technical aspects of the discipline including traditional and emerging conventions, technologies, and practices.

A minimum of three years teaching experience beyond graduate school is required. Candidates are required to have a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in Sculpture or equivalent, a well-developed portfolio in their area of specialization, and an exhibition record that demonstrates an emerging or established national reputation. They should be conversant in contemporary art issues and studio practices and enthusiastic about teaching in a diverse, multicultural setting.

The successful candidate should have an ability to actively engage with students at all levels and foster creative and intellectual dialogue with students and faculty in the context of a research university. 

The successful candidate will support Herron School of Art and Design in a number of ways, including teaching undergraduate and occasionally graduate courses in sculpture and related areas and serving on graduate committees. They will contribute to the academic life of the Department, School, and University through teaching, research, service, and community engagement. An existing research agenda that reaches across traditional disciplinary boundaries is desirable, as this position offers opportunities for collaboration with faculty in departments across the campus and university. Course load is 2/3 with flexibility of course offerings to meet the demands of evolving curricular offerings.

The principal goals of this position are to conduct and disseminate research in the studio practice of sculpture and studio fine art and to foster learning experiences for students to develop professional knowledge and skills. The ideal candidate will also contribute to the diversity of the school by bringing a perspective, way of thinking, and/or unique set of experiences that expands the intellectual conversation of the field. 

Sculpture Program Profile
Herron’s Sculpture program incorporates a wide variety of traditional and emerging technologies and is housed in a large, well equipped, state-of-the-art studio facility. Studio areas and facilities support research and creative learning in areas including wood, fibers, metals, foundry, digital fabrication, and time-based media and courses are integrative, driven to develop a broad range of skills with a commitment to conceptual and socially and community engaged work. The program has a long and rich history of supporting and advancing gallery-based practices and public art and leveraging teaching methods and approaches that help prepare students for professional careers that embrace and advance the roles and responsibilities of contemporary artists as key contributors to innovation and culturally engaged creative communities.


  • Maintain a learning community where students can flourish and grow
  • Engage students in practices and dialogue that are relevant within the context of contemporary art
  • Develop and teach courses that expand knowledge and experience and support student success
  • Actively contribute to student recruitment and advising
  • Demonstrate a commitment to community and socially engaged practices including community engaged pedagogy
  • Passionately pursue scholarly, creative, and professional research activities
  • Further the mission of the School and University through service and participation in committees and departmental events
  • Contribute to the diversity of the school by bringing a perspective, way of thinking, and/or unique set of experiences that expands the intellectual conversation of the field

Education Requirement: Master of Fine Arts Degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in Sculpture


  • At least three (3) years post-graduate university-level teaching experience in sculpture
  • Knowledge of contemporary practices and theoretical frameworks pertinent to contemporary art and sculpture
  • Knowledge in traditional sculpture processes as well as alternative media
  • Demonstrated ability to work with colleagues from across the school, campus, and community
  • Ability to effectively mentor undergraduate and graduate research and capability to teach in other areas such as Foundation Studies or in courses that advance digital applications and technologies
  • Demonstrated achievement or emerging reputation at the national/international level in Research/Creative Activities 

In addition to a solid grounding in sculpture, the ideal candidate will have a record of disseminated scholarship in one or more of the following: research; creative activity; teaching; service. Key areas of interest to the department include:

  • Commitment to community and socially engaged practices
  • Identity diversity, social cognitive theory, and inclusivity
  • Interest and knowledge in developing learning experiences for students in community engagement projects
  • A record of contributions to and participation in the broader fine arts community
  • A strong innovator in the field of sculpture with an established exhibition record

Interested applicants should submit:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Professional portfolio (submitted as “Other” on application website) 
  • Samples of student work (submitted as “Other 2” on application website)
  • Provide a statement that describes how your research, teaching, and/or service has contributed or will contribute to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion, considered integral to the institution and the intellectual work of faculty
  • List of three professional references

Application Deadline: January 15, 2023; open until filled 

Applications received by January 15, 2023 will receive priority review. The position will begin in August 2023. Salary is commensurate with experience and IU offers competitive benefits; information about which can be viewed at https://hr.iu.edu/benefits/neweeo/index.html. 

Application Procedures
Submit application materials at https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/15206

About Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI
Founded in 1902, Herron School of Art and Design is the premier accredited professional art and design school in the state of Indiana and is part of the thriving urban campus of IUPUI.  Herron has more than 30 full-time faculty serving 11 undergraduate and three graduate programs and a curriculum that prepares graduates to be leaders in a world that requires a unique combination of creativity, conceptual skills, and technical abilities. Herron is fully accredited by NASAD.

For more information about Herron School of Art and Design visit https://herron.iupui.edu/.

About the Campus
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is located in the heart of a metropolitan area of more than two million people, the state’s capitol and a vibrant business, arts museum and cultural community. With 30,000 students from 49 states and 122 countries, and more than 200 academic programs, the campus is among the Top 10 “up and coming” universities in US World and News Report’s ranking, earning national recognition as a model for urban higher education for the 21st century. IUPUI is committed to serving the need of both non-traditional and traditional students.  For more information about IUPUI, visit www.iupui.edu 

As the state’s premier urban research institution, IUPUI is committed to being a welcoming campus community that reflects and enacts the values of diversity, equity and inclusion that inform academic excellence. We seek candidates who will not only enhance our representational diversity but whose research, teaching, and community engagement efforts contribute to diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environments for our students, staff, and faculty. IUPUI condemns racism in all its forms and has taken an anti-racist stance that moves beyond mere statements to interrogating its policies, procedures, and practices. We hope to identify individuals who will assist in our mission to dismantle racism so that everyone has the opportunity to succeed at IUPUI.

Indiana University is an equal employment and Affirmative Action Employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination which includes contact information. 

Individuals who require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application process should notify Jennifer Fedor (jenfedor@iu.edu) for support.