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School of Art and Design: Lecturer I - Technician in Ceramics

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 10, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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School of Art and Design: Lecturer I - Technician in Ceramics

Job Class Code: 10050
FLSA: Exempt
Posting Number: FRGV1302
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Division/Organization: Provost - Academic Affairs
Appointment Period for Non-Tenure Position: 3 years
Tenure Status: Non Tenure Track
FTE: 1.0

Scope of Job:
We seek applicants who are dedicated to serving The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley's diverse student body as a Lecturer I/Technician of Ceramics beginning in the 2022-2023 academic year. We see an energetic educator, artist, and technician who will work diligently to create a dynamic ceramics program at the School of Art and Design. The candidate will actively contribute to our Art program, especially ceramics and 3D. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching in both campuses (Brownsville and Edinburg), art program/curriculum development, and a willingness to promote the UTRGV ceramics program.
The successful candidate will have a willingness to play an active role in the management of the area, in collaboration with other area faculty. The successful candidate will have the breadth and knowledge to teach art foundation courses, ceramics at all levels, and other 3D courses. In addition to their area of specialty, the candidate will also be conversant in the historical and contemporary movements within the field of ceramics. The successful candidate may work closely with community-based arts education organizations and constituents in area public schools, and will have the opportunity to develop new offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels
The ability to work collegially and productively with others is an essential aspect of the position. The successful candidate will be given a 3/3 teaching load and a large part of this position will involve the technical repair and maintenance of equipment, inventory, troubleshooting, and assisting students in the proper use of all equipment. Extensive knowledge and experience working with kilns, clay/glaze materials, and ceramic studio equipment is required.
The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to contribute to an inclusive learning and working environment as well as cultivate a positive and productive studio culture in and out of the classroom.
About UTRGV:
It is UTRGV's Vision “To be one of the nation's leaders in higher education, its premier Hispanic-serving institution, and a highly engaged bilingual university, with exceptional educational, research, and creative opportunities that serve as catalysts for transformation in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.” As such, UTRGV is committed to building a diverse faculty and staff that can contribute to an enriching learning environment that strives for more equitable outcomes for student success.
UTRGV is a distributed campus, one university spanning four counties and multiple locations. Our purpose is to be a university for the entire Rio Grande Valley and beyond. Over 91% of the students enrolled at UTRGV identify as Hispanic, making UTRGV one of the top 3 universities with the highest percentage of Hispanic students.
Thanks to a steadfast commitment to safety and success, UTRGV yielded record-breaking outcomes in enrollment and student success in the fall 2021 semester. For additional information, please visit our website.
UTRGV School of Art and Design
The UTRGV School of Art is a bi-campus school which maintains facilities in both Edinburg and Brownsville. In Edinburg is a 73,000-square foot facility with the highest quality studios and labs in graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, painting, drawing, printmaking, digital photography and film photography with a wet lab. In Brownsville is a 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space with very unique 20-foot-high ceilings in all of their studios for optimum student art production in painting, ceramics, sculpture photography (digital and film), printmaking, drawing, an iMac lab for computer imaging and graphics, and a 3000-square foot outdoor open area for experimental art.
UTRGV faculty will be expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to student success and to advancing the university, college, and program missions, as well as a commitment to UTRGV's guiding principles (, which include promoting access to postsecondary education to a diverse student body and to become one of the largest and most successful Hispanic-serving emerging research institutions in the U.S.A.

Minimum Qualifications:
MFA in Ceramics from an accredited institution.

Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:
- Master of Fine Arts degree with demonstrated professional achievement in the field of ceramics conferred by the time of appointment
- Teach three courses per semester
- Possess experience of teaching ceramics and other related courses beyond the T.A. level
- Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary art theory relevant to ceramics and contemporary studio practice
- Shared oversight and operation of the Ceramics area including but not limited to overseeing a safe working environment, curriculum development, departmental reviews, executing a budget, managing supplies and equipment, and supervising graduate assistants and work-study students
- Demonstrated desire to mentor students
- Demonstrated ability to foster an active and engaging learning environment
- Participation in graduate and undergraduate student mentoring and advising, including active participation in B.F.A. and M.F.A reviews as well M.F.A. thesis committees
- Program representation and recruitment
- Committee and other service at the school, department, college, and/or university level

Preferred Qualification:
- Experience working with a potter’s wheel.

Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
License or Certification Required?: No
Number of Vacancies: 1
Desired Start Date: 09/01/2022

EEO Statement:
EEO Statement
It is the policy of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to promote and ensure equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or protected veteran status. In accordance with the requirements of Title VII of the civil rights act of 1964, the title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, our University is committed to comply with all government requirements and ensures non-discrimination in its education programs and activities, including employment. We encourage women, minorities and differently abled persons to apply for employment positions of interest.
Diversity Statement
UTRGV is a Hispanic-serving Institution dedicated to student success and building a diverse faculty committed to working in a multicultural environment. UTRGV has an NSF ADVANCE grant to increase the representation of women in STEM fields and to promote a positive, family friendly workplace for all faculty. We strongly encourage applications from women and minorities.

Open Date: 12/09/2021

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Dear Applicant, Human Resources will not be held responsible for redacting any confidential information from the documents you attach with your application. The confidential information includes the following: *Date of Birth *Social Security Number *Gender *Ethnicity/Race Please make sure that you omit this information prior to submission. We are advising that Human Resources will be forwarding your application to the department as per your submission.

All UTRGV employees are required to have a criminal background check (CBC). CBCs will be conducted for all candidates invited for an on-campus interview.

All applicant must apply online:

Required Documents:
• Cover letter/Letter of Application - include a description of how your teaching and/or scholarship will advance the creative, professional and critical thinking and intercultural competence in all students. Describe your technical competency in a ceramic studio.
• CV
• Contact information for 3 references
• Teaching philosophy
• Other Document: Applicant’s work: 15 jpg images* with image checklist
• Additional Document: Student work: 15 jpg images* completed under the applicant’s direction, with image checklist
•Unofficial transcripts (all levels - Once hired, official transcripts are required)

Additional Information:
UTRGV is a distributed institution. As such and as assigned, the position may
require presence at multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Work is
performed primarily in a general office environment. This position is security sensitive
and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code
§51.215. The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of
Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least
135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement
Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week
and at least 135 days in length.

Please Note:
Texas law requires faculty members whose primary language is not English to
demonstrate proficiency in English as determined by a satisfactory paper-based
test score of 500 (computer-based of 173 or internet-based of 61) on the Test of
English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a satisfactory test score of 6.0 on the
International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Incomplete applications will not be considered. All positions are subject to budget approval.

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