Assistant Professor, Sculpture (Woods/3D Design) – School of Art

Job description:

The School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University seeks to hire a full-time 9-month (academic year) tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Sculpture program with an emphasis on Woods and 3D Design based in Tempe/Phoenix, beginning August, 2023. This position includes research, undergraduate/graduate teaching, and service responsibilities. This position is on the ASU Tempe Campus.

The School of Art seeks a candidate with a rich and varied skill set in the field of Sculpture/Woods/3D Design. ASU’s sculpture program respects craft and design traditions while embracing contemporary practices and technologies and crossing boundaries with other art and research disciplines. The successful candidate will have expertise in a broad range of sculptural and design processes, specific to working with wood, and will demonstrate the potential to develop research and programmatic offerings related to this expertise. The successful candidate will demonstrate the capacity for leadership and innovation in the first-year 3D curriculum. The successful candidate will have experience teaching upper and lower division undergraduate and graduate studio, seminar, and/or lecture courses in various modalities, including online, hybrid, and in-person. The successful candidate will have experience working with a diverse student population with varying skill levels and is able to communicate to students their progress, while recognizing their diversified backgrounds. The successful candidate will have experience mentoring and advising students as well as serving on graduate thesis and undergraduate capstone committees. The service responsibilities may include ceramic area operations, program assessment, catalog review, recruitment and retention, and graduate teaching assistant/student worker onboarding and mentoring. The successful candidate will have strong organizational skills and be able to effectively communicate and prioritize deadlines. To learn more about our Sculpture program, please visit here.

Required qualifications:

  • Master of Fine Arts degree or equivalent terminal degree
  • Demonstrated evidence of sustained professional activity in sculpture, woods, and 3D design
  • Demonstrated evidence of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching in higher education settings.

Desired qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to teach all levels of wood arts, including but not limited to fabrication, joinery, carving, and lathe turning
  • Knowledge of and proficiency with digital production techniques related to wood such as laser cutting/engraving and CNC milling
  • Experience innovating in first-year curricular offerings for art students
  • Ability to teach basic and advanced classes in neon art
  • Experience teaching all levels of undergraduate and graduate courses
  • Experience teaching and developing online/hybrid courses and innovative online pedagogy
  • Experience chairing and serving on graduate committees
  • Record of securing grants and/or external funding
  • Demonstrated evidence of administrative/service activities

Application deadline:

The application deadline is December 2, 2022, after which applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

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Instruction to apply:

Please submit:

  • Letter of interest addressing the candidate’s professional activity, teaching/student mentorship, and administrative/service experience
  • Statement addressing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Name and contact information for three references
  • Artist statement
  • Evidence of scholarship or creative work in the form of 20 images (.pdf or .jpg format, 1200 max pixel width) including name, title, date, size and medium for each work 
  • Artist website URL or social media presence
  • Applicants advancing to the second round of review may be asked to provide additional materials

All applications must be submitted electronically via

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