• Art, Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Full-Time, Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor

    Posted Date 5 months ago(11/1/2018 10:23 AM)
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    Salary commensurate with credentials and experience.
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    Required Documents

    • Cover Letter
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Teaching Philosophy
    • Transcript for Highest Degree Earned
    • Contact Information for three References
    • PDF or Hyperlink (URL) to a Portfolio of the Applicant's Creative or Professional Work (20 images)
    • PDF or Hyperlink (URL) to a Portfolio of Student work created in the Applicant’s courses (20 images)

    College/Department Overview

    The College of Fine Arts and Design is a center of excellence for the arts and design, as well as a center of innovation for improving and promoting arts education. Founded in 2001, the college combines the experience of Oklahoma's oldest public educational institution with groundbreaking thinking about the role of the arts on the 21st century. The College of Fine Arts and Design nurtures leadership qualities in students, thus expanding the scope and qualities of their career opportunities. The institution's emphasis is on student-centered education. This commitment to excellence provides students the opportunity to interact and work closely with our more than 100 outstanding full and part-time faculty members who are dedicated to developing the artist, scholar, creative professional, educator, citizen and leader as a whole. With more than 200 performing and visual arts events every year, the college provides students from a variety of academic disciplines and programs to come together to view exhibits, attend special events, experience performances, take classes and discuss their work, and ultimately learn to both specialize and think from a global perspective. The College of Fine Arts and Design currently has six academic units, the Department of Art, Department of Dance, Department of Design, Department of Theatre Arts, School of Music and the Academy of Contemporary Music and specialized accreditations from National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). For further information see our website http://www.uco.edu/cfad.


    The Department of Art is student focused with small classes and dedicated studios spaces that allow students secure access 24/7.  The Student Gallery, located in the art building, is a space supporting student exhibitions and class critiques. The Melton Gallery, located on campus, hosts 6 exhibitions a year with supporting artist talks and provides professional quality space for the Senior Capstone exhibition.  https://www.uco.edu/cfad/melton-gallery/


    The Department of Art is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and seeks applicants who enrich the diversity and inclusiveness of the campus community. For more information on UCO’s commitment to diversity, please see our Diversity Mission Statement:  https://www.uco.edu/files/docs/consumer-information/Diversity-Statement.pdf


    Position Overview

    Teaches, advises and mentors students, evaluates student performance, and maintains department and student records in accordance with university policies. Adheres to the educational philosophy of the university. Works in a collaborative manner with colleagues and professional peers. Participates in university meetings that relate specifically to faculty. Serves on department, college, and university committees as requested. Prepares departmental reports as requested. Engages in teaching, service, and scholarly and/or creative activities as defined by the tenure and promotion policy in the UCO Employee and Faculty Handbook. Faculty are expected to support & facilitate the department/school/college academic and university missions, visions, & long-term goals. This is a full-time, tenure-track position.

    Department Specific Essential Job Functions

    The Department of Art invites applications for a Full-Time Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor position in Jewelry and Metalsmithing beginning August 2019.  This position includes academic, artistic, and service responsibilities in an art program offering a B.F.A. in Studio Art with emphases in ceramics, drawing, jewelry and metalsmithing, new media, painting, and sculpture, B.A.Ed. in Art Education, B.A. in Global Art and Visual Culture and B.A. Arts Administration.


    The metals studio is fully equipped for teaching fabrication, casting, and forging.  Students have an array of steel anvils, stakes and hammers for metal forming techniques, individual jeweler’s benches, Durston combination rolling mill, wire mill and guillotine bench shears, Beverly Shears, Bonny Doon hydraulic press, Neycraft centrifugal casting machine, burnout kiln, and 3 Vcella enameling kilns available to them. 


    The successful candidate will be expected to perform the following:


    · Teach a 12-hour load each semester, including undergraduate courses in jewelry for non-majors, beginning to advanced levels in jewelry and metalsmithing, and art foundation courses as needed

    · Provide a comprehensive program of materials and techniques in fabrication, casting, and metal forming

    · Incorporate the history of jewelry and metalsmithing into the curriculum

    · Challenge students with art and design concepts, issues and theories in contemporary craft, art, and design

    · Engage students in creative activities and scholarly research

    · Develop curriculum for all levels in jewelry and metalsmithing

    · Manage classroom facilities

    · Maintain a rigorous and active creative and scholarly exhibition record at the local regional, national and/or international levels

    · Participate in professional activities

    · Actively participate in department, college, and university affairs

    Qualifications/Experience Required

    Teaching, research, departmental/school and university service is expected. An earned terminal degree awarded by a regionally accredited or internationally recognized institution in the field specified in the position announcement (exceptions require Academic Affairs approval).


    **NOTE** If the terminal degree is not obtained and submitted by the time of employment, the position rank will change to TT-Instructor.

    Qualifications/Experience Preferred

    The successful candidate will be expected to provide evidence of the following:


    · M.F.A. terminal degree in Jewelry and Metalsmithing or equivalent field

    · Ability to teach undergraduate course work in jewelry for non-majors, beginning to advanced levels in jewelry and metalsmithing, and foundations courses as needed

    · Active and rigorous professional exhibition record

    · 2 years college level teaching experience beyond graduate school assistantships


    · Extensive knowledge of traditional and non-traditional jewelry and metalsmithing techniques, materials and processes

    · Provide leadership and stimulate growth in the jewelry and metalsmithing emphasis

    · Knowledge of historical and contemporary art, craft, design issues and theories

    · Engage students in creative activities and scholarly research

    · Assist in recruitment and retention initiatives

    · Collaborate and communicate effectively with faculty, staff, and students

    Physical Demands

    Repetitive movement of hands and fingers - typing and/or writing. Frequent standing, and/or sitting. Occasional walking, stooping, kneeling or crouching. Reach with hands and arms. Visually identify, observe and assess. Ability to communicate with supervisor/students/colleagues. Regular physical attendance required. The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


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