Assistant Professor

Mississippi, United States
Salary Not Specified
Nov 04, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Function:

We are seeking an energetic faculty member to teach all levels of Sculpture.

The faculty member will report to the Head of the Department of Art and teach a 3/3 course load in the Sculpture area. In addition to teaching duties, the professor will be responsible for advising students and service to the department, college, and university. Candidates are expected to pursue and maintain an active body of research and to remain current in their area of expertise.

Salary Grade : UC

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges. For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The Department of Art is NASAD accredited and located within the College of Architecture, Art, and Design. It has approximately 300 Art Majors, 20 full-time faculty, and offers a BFA degree with concentrations in Fine Art, Graphic Design, and Photography. Information about the department is available at

Area of Specialization:


Anticipated Appointment Date:

August 16, 2021

Tenure Track Status:

Tenure Track

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

-Teach three studio courses per semester in Sculpture.
-Maintain an active body of research or creative activities.
-Advise Sculpture students and serve on undergraduate thesis committees.
-Serve as the Area Coordinator for Sculpture: oversee the sculpture curriculum and curriculum development, the area budget, endowment funds, etc.
-Oversee the Sculpture Studio and 3D classroom (totaling almost 6,000 sq/ft with a woodworking area, metal shop, and hot metal casting area).
-Uphold relevant health and safety standards.
-Perform committee service as well as other service opportunities at the department, college, and university level.

Minimum Qualifications:

-At time of appointment, an MFA or equivalent terminal degree with an emphasis in Sculpture or related field.
-Familiarity with traditional and contemporary sculpture processes and understanding of a variety of materials, production methods, and design tools.
-Evidence of teaching experience and the ability to teach all levels of Sculpture.
-Ability to run and oversee a Sculpture studio, and to uphold relevant health and safety standards.
-A record of research and creative activities.
-Excellent communication and organizational skills.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Preferred Qualifications:

-Two or more years of teaching Sculpture and/or 3-D Design beyond the TA level.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 50 pounds. Standing and /or walking for more than 4hrs per day. The work environment involves exposure to potential dangers that require following common-sense safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

All applicants must apply online at and attach a cover letter, current resume or curriculum vitae, and the complete contact information for at least three professional references.

File 1: Cover letter; current curriculum vita; artist statement; a one-page statement of teaching philosophy; and complete contact information for at least three professional references.
File 2: PDF containing twenty images of applicant’s work clearly labeled with media, size, year.
File 3: PDF containing twenty images of student work clearly labeled with the name, of course, the work was made for, media, size, year.

The review of applications will begin on January 4, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled.

Any communication about this position should be sent to Critz Campbell, Head, Department of Art, P.O. Box 5182, Mississippi State, Mississippi 39762,

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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