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George Fox University announces a tenure-track position in Art and Design with a specialization in Ceramics curriculum, to begin August 15, 2021. The committee seeks a working studio or industrial design practitioner with significant professional experience, a broad knowledge of contemporary and historical art and design context, as well as an understanding of the technical, critical, and theoretical issues in contemporary ceramics education. George Fox University, a Christ-centered community, prepares students spiritually, academically, and professionally to think with clarity, act with integrity, and serve with passion. Our vision is to be the Christian university of choice known for empowering students to achieve exceptional life outcomes. We put students first, with Christ at the center of our work, embracing change in order to improve. As a Christ-centered community, George Fox University values diversity as an essential dimension of God's design for human communities. In seeking to become a more inclusive community, we especially encourage applications from women and candidates from racial and ethnic backgrounds that are underrepresented on our faculty.
Program/Department Mission Statement: The Department of Art and Design at George Fox University prepares students for positions of service and leadership by cultivating excellence within the fields of art and design. We emphasize the importance of Christ-centered spiritual formation, social responsibility, stewardship, and diverse discourse within the lives and professional practice of our students. We promote the broader academic values of inquiry, critical thought, experimentation, and innovation.
Our program prepares students to operate professionally within the field of art and design, engages students in critical analysis and response to contemporary visual culture, provides students with professional opportunities to launch their emergent practices, and promotes a programmatic vision to serve our community through the agency and transformational potential of the visual arts.
In support of our commitment to equity, access, diverse voices, and non-western population representation, the program includes five non-western art and design history courses and commits to broad representation of practitioners of color over the entirety of the curriculum resources. Successful candidates should demonstrate a history of commitment to this ethos or a willingness to approach their teaching practice centering on these principles.
The work of our new colleague will include, but is not limited to:
Teaching a wide range of beginning to advanced levels of Ceramics, with content including Wheel Throwing, Handbuilding, Earthenware, Raku, Clay body and Glaze chemistry and calculation, moldmaking and industrial/production applications, and the history of ceramics.
Instructing and assisting in the growth and success of a diverse population of students through careful preparation of course materials, effective teaching methodologies and informed critical feedback on assignments and discussions.
Providing oversight to the part-time student laboratory technicians along with supervision of the operation of the equipment in the ceramics lab.
Maintaining an active, research-based studio practice commensurate with the qualifications of a tenure track faculty member.
Supervising and maintaining the operation of the various kilns and other equipment used in the clay studio.
Maintaining regular posted office hours and being accessible to students.
Carrying a full academic advising load of 15-20 students
Complying with campus and division policies in performance of duties.
Participating in departmental functions such as staff, department, and division meetings.
Maintaining industry contacts in Ceramics and keeping abreast of the changing technologies and issues related to the field.
Participating in university and department level committee service and working group tasks.
Terminal degree (MFA) in a relevant field.
A minimum of 1-3 years experience teaching in art and design curriculum, with experience in ceramics and clay media.
Experience or aptitude embracing industrial ceramics applications and cross-disciplinary industrial and product design applications, and collaborating with other colleagues across academic units, such as those working in business, engineering, and the natural sciences.
Strong skills in image and or object making, studio management, and a dedication to a professional studio practice demonstrated through portfolio and experience.
A commitment to working with a diverse population of students is essential; demonstrated experience in this area is preferred.
Demonstrated success and or aptitude for remote, hybrid, and face-to-face instruction in studio, lab, and theory-based courses.
Candidates must have legal authority to permanently work in the U.S. and be a resident of one of the following states: Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, New York, Ohio, or Texas.
All applicants must express a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and express their Christian testimony in a local church. In addition, employees agree to live in agreement with the Community Lifestyle Statement and affirm the theological commitments expressed in the Statement of Faith.
Connections to and experience with broad ceramics industry applications including industrial and commercial applications of the material.
Strong skills in mentoring student workers and interns.
Ability to teach in a secondary or tertiary area such as drawing, sculpture, art history, 3D foundations, etc.
The program is also interested in candidates who have experience with or aptitude for the work of department chair leadership.
Salary and Rank
Appointment at the Assistant Professor level is anticipated, though candidates with significant teaching experience at previous institutions may be considered for appointment at the rank of Associate Professor. Salary and benefits are competitive with comparable institutions.
Application Procedures - kindly apply only through this website
When completing the online application, please assemble and upload one .pdf document in the section marked Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, and Essay Requirement that includes:
Letter of Interest
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Faith and learning essay*
Statement of teaching philosophy
A second .pdf should be uploaded in the same location that includes 10 images of recent student work made under the direction of the candidate, and a portfolio of the candidate's own work or a link to the portfolio site. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Other supporting materials may be requested at a later stage of the review process.
Priority consideration will be given to applications received by March 10. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply at once. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled
Questions may be directed to: Jillian Sokso, Director, the School of Design. Jsokso@georgefox.edu
*INTEGRATION OF FAITH AND LEARNING ESSAY George Fox University is committed to the idea that one of the primary responsibilities of Christian higher education is to help students develop a uniquely Christian worldview. As teachers and mentors, it is important for George Fox University faculty members to integrate Christian faith and principles in all aspects of their lives. As an essential part of the application process, the University will carefully consider your response to the following: In a one-page essay (about 300 words) describing your personal Christian faith, as well as how your faith informs your teaching, scholarship, and service (including service and leadership in your church and/or in Christian ministries.)
For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.
George Fox University, a Christ-centered community, prepares students spiritually, academically, and professionally to think with clarity, act with integrity, and serve with passion. Professors teach all truth as God's truth, integrating all fields of learning around the person and work of Jesus Christ, bringing the divine revelations through sense, reason, and intuition to the confirming test of Scripture. All applicants must express a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and express their Christian testimony in a local church. In addition, professors agree to live in agreement with the university lifestyle statement and affirm the theological commitments expressed in the Statement of Faith. Individuals who would fit this profile are encouraged to apply.