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Seeking Assistant Professor of Art – Sculpture and Integrated Media

The Gwen Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University invites applications for the term position of assistant professor of art in sculpture and integrated media beginning fall 2014.
Major responsibilities: The position will encompass teaching at all undergraduate levels in the sculpture program and three-dimensional foundation program, with an opportunity to design and develop courses and curriculum structure. Successful candidates must be able to teach sculpture and integrated media through a diversity of perspectives. They will be able to make connections with ceramics, metals/jewelry, installation art, performance and/or time-based media. The candidate will advise and mentor B.F.A. students and serve on Frostic School of Art committees.

Qualifications: M.F.A. degree or international equivalent; prior teaching experience; a vibrant professional exhibition record commensurate with years of experience in the field; evidence of creative, professional, and curricular accomplishment in sculpture and integrated media are required. Fabrication skills with successful incorporation of some of the following materials and processes are required: wood, metals, ceramics, plaster, found objects, welding, casting, mold making, foundry operation, prototyping, digital processes (CNC router, laser cut technologies, 3D printing) or contemporary time-based digital media.

Successful candidates will have a strong teaching philosophy. They must be able to provide students with a well-rounded vision of sculpture and integrated media by framing concepts within a social, cultural, and historical context; engage students in a discourse on the relationship of form and content; foster critical thinking; and advance students' understanding of a broad variety of methodologies and practices including contemporary and emerging technologies.

The University: Western Michigan University, located in Southwest Michigan, is a vibrant, nationally recognized student-centered research institution with an enrollment of 25,000. WMU delivers high-quality undergraduate instruction, has a strong graduate division, and fosters significant research activities. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has placed WMU among the 76 public institutions in the nation designated as research universities with high research activities.

The college:  The College of Fine Arts consists of the Frostic School of Art, Department of Dance, School of Music, and the Department of Theatre. All of them are nationally accredited. The College of Fine Arts is housed in Dalton Center, Richmond Center for Visual Arts and South Kohrman Hall, and the Gilmore Theatre Complex and overlooks Fountain Plaza. Facilities for the learning and practice of the arts are the envy of the Mid-America region. Students perform in three theatres, a multi-media room, recital hall, and major auditorium, mounting over 400 performances annually. New visual art studies and laboratories are professionally equipped. State-of-the-art facilities host weekly exhibitions of student, faculty and visiting artist works.

The school: The Gwen Frostic School of Art is one of four units in the College of Fine Arts and is comprised of 400 art majors, 22 full-time faculty, 12-15 part-time faculty, and eight staff. The school offers B.A., B.F.A. degrees within nine areas of emphasis as well as an M.A. in Art Education Online and is NASAD accredited. The school resides in 40,000 sq. ft. of new galleries, lecture halls, classrooms, design and art studios in the Richmond Center for Visual Arts and 88,000 sq. ft. of renovated classrooms and art studios in South Kohrman Hall. The school boasts a generous endowment and is in the midst of an exciting transition.

Kalamazoo: Western Michigan University is located in the arts-friendly community of Kalamazoo, Michigan, a metropolitan area of 250,000 located halfway between Chicago and Detroit. The community is enriched by the Kalamazoo Promise, an endowment program that provides each Kalamazoo Public School graduate with the opportunity to attend post-secondary education with up to a 100% tuition scholarship.

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, with an excellent
benefits package. www.wmich.edu/hr/faculty.html

Expected start date: August, 2014.

Application deadline: The review of complete applications is in progress and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by January 31, 2014. We will be at CAA Chicago Conference

Application: Include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and three references. One pdf file upload should include curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, 20 samples of professional work, and 20 samples of student work (low resolution), or a website address where this visual information can be viewed along with up to 5 minutes of time based media projects if that is in the applicant's area of expertise. www.wmich.edu/hr/jobs/index.html

If you have problems uploading your complete portfolio please contact Patricia Suhusky, office assistant, Frostic School of Art, (269) 387-2436.

Western Michigan University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer consistent with applicable federal and state law. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

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