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Visiting Assistant Professor of Ceramic Art

Alfred University
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jun 25, 2020

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Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Art History, Design & Graphic Arts, Other Arts, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Arts Administration
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Full Time
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The School of Art and Design, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University is seeking a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor position for sabbatical replacement in the Division of Ceramic Art at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor.

The Division of Ceramic Art, within the School of Art and Design at Alfred University, has a distinguished history as a premier institution for education in the arts and fosters a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary environment for research and practice. The Division of Ceramic Art is comprised of six full time faculty, a teaching fellowship, a rotating international chair, and three full time technicians. The scope of the Division of Ceramic Art is wide-ranging, embracing history and innovation, tradition and emerging forms of visual art . The material intensive curriculum develops skill and intellect through theory, technological research and creative practice. Undergraduate and graduate programs are strongly intertwined. In our two-year MFA program, graduate students navigate wide-ranging practices in the visual arts.

The Division of Ceramic Art seeks a dynamic artist who is excited about the future of ceramic art. The successful candidate will be building an exhibition record/recognition in the field and be enthusiastic about teaching. We are seeking applicants immersed in one or any combination of genres; pottery form that is functional or vessel based; ceramic sculpture, sculpture/installation, design, or forms at the intersection of all these. While the applicant’s relationship to material specificity or plurality may be open and variable, interested candidates should possess a strong background in ceramic methodology with an ability to speak to contemporary practice across genres. Additionally, we encourage applications from studio artists with any of the following competencies or interests: craft/art/cultural theory; glaze chemistry/material science; digital methodologies/technologies; program conceptualizing and building. A strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education and teaching is expected.

This is a 10-month appointment and a 2/3 position (candidate will teach 2 courses per semester), across the undergraduate and graduate level studio classes. Studio/equipment access and work space will be provided. Salary competitive.


Minimum qualifications include an M.F.A. in studio art or design or its equivalent, an active professional creative practice Previous college-level teaching experience or equivalent is preferable.

Alfred University

The School of Art and Design at Alfred University is an accredited member of NASAD, with over 30 full-time faculty serving approximately 400 students. The School is unique among institutions of higher education with an open curriculum, allowing a robust and diverse experience in studio art, design, and art history courses. Students and faculty alike thrive in an intensive and supportive learning environment. School of Art and Design students are fully integrated into Alfred University’s community of 2,000 students. The New York State College of Ceramics (NYSCC) includes the School of Art and Design, the Inamori School of Engineering, and Scholes Library. The NYSCC was established in 1900 to advance research in art, design, and engineering. That intellectual and creative legacy exists in all of the areas of study in the School of Art and Design.

Alfred University is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Faculty are expected to foster an inclusive community where all voices and perspectives are not only respected but critical to a creative culture. Faculty model cultural competence through ongoing training and professional development.

Application Process: Email your letter of interest, CV, artist statement, teaching philosophy, cultural competency statement, 20 images (with description) of personal work or a link to a website to see your work. Include contact information for three references (address, phone number, and email).

For further information about the position, contact Professor Walter McConnell at

Review of applications begins immediately.

Alfred University actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee, student or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, gender identification or expression, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, military or veteran status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction status, political affiliation or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Protected veterans, minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

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