Associate or Full Professor of Sculpture

Updated: 6 months ago
Location: Kansas City, KANSAS
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Visual Art

Position Overview

The Department of Visual Art invites candidates to apply for a tenured faculty position in Sculpture at the Associate/Full Professor level. The successful candidate will join a faculty of artist-educators committed to flexible, freethinking, experimental and enlightened explorations of the transformative role of art across cultures. We support the diverse material, technical, philosophical and critical influences that expand the boundaries of contemporary art today. Our objective is to continuously examine and renew an educational environment of empathy and emotional intelligence that leads to the expansive growth of individual artists.
The University of Kansas Department of Visual Art welcomes applicants whose creative research focuses on sculpture defined broadly and fluidly; by possibilities that range from materially-based traditional practices, to explorations of spatial poetics, from performance, film and digital media to web-based and evolving technologies and interpersonal and social based systems. We are interested in candidates whose creative research concentrates on sculpture that is original, perceptive, conceptually strong and technically innovative.
The successful candidate for this position will be expected to imagine and launch new initiatives within an established, but aging sculpture facility that includes foundry, woodworking and welding studios. They/he/she will work closely with the Ceramics area, as well as across the six areas of study that comprise the Department of Visual Art (ceramics, expanded media, fibers, jewelry/metalsmithing, painting and printmaking) to introduce cross-disciplinary programming, imagine facility renovation and implement fundraising initiatives.

The position is expected to begin August 18, 2020. The faculty member will be expected to research and exhibit in their field, develop and teach undergraduate courses in sculpture, serve on graduate and thesis committees, perform advising responsibilities and serve on departmental, college and university committees. As this is a tenured appointment, the successful faculty member must meet all standards for tenure at either an associate or full professor level at the University of Kansas and/or have an equivalent rank at a comparable institution and/or the substantive and significant professional experience to meet criteria for tenure at KU.

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.  The successful candidate must have appropriate work authorization by time of appointment.
The University of Kansas is a major public Research 1 institution that fosters innovative work across a myriad of disciplines and research foci, and where faculty, staff and students have access to ongoing opportunities and programming across campus, and at affiliated research centers. Lawrence, Kansas is an excellent place to live.  It is an affordable and progressive city with a lively arts and music scene, excellent schools, high quality restaurants, economical living, and a diverse cultural mix.  It has often been called the “Austin of Kansas.” It is also a commutable distance from Kansas City (less than an hour away), which has a robust cultural community, world class museums, and access to curatorial colleagues and other artists inside and outside of academia.

Job Description

40% RESEARCH: Develop and maintain an active research program that is advanced in concept and technical execution and that may include the submission of applications for competitively funded research grants and highly selective awards, as well as exhibitions nationally and internationally. Research must continue to develop in depth, quality and daring throughout tenure at the University of Kansas and must be on a level commensurate with an AAU institution.

40% TEACHING: Teach two courses per semester. Faculty members are expected to take their teaching responsibilities seriously, to strive for excellence in the classroom, to encourage the free exchange of diverse views and to be available to the students as mentors and advisors. Faculty members prepare for and attend all class meetings, hold regular office hours for students enrolled in classes taught, participate in academic advising at undergraduate and graduate levels, and participate in all facets of graduate and undergraduate education at KU.

20% SERVICE: Serve on departmental, School of the Arts, college and/or university committees and actively contribute to the workings of the university community. Participate in professional service, to the department, region and nation.

COLLEGIALITY – All faculty are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues.  Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct

Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications: Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of educational experiences in letter of application; (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in c.v. and congruent with an appointment with tenure; (3) personal website or digital images of the highest professional standard; (4) four names of references from professionals in the field with letters available upon request; (5) evidence of effective teaching in application materials; and (6) correspondence with areas of strength and research and teaching needs of the Department of Visual Art and the University of Kansas.

  • MFA or other terminal degree in a related field, or equivalent professional experience.
  • Evidence of a broad knowledge of sculptural artistic practice and related pedagogy including curriculum development, research methods and materials, and the philosophical and historical foundations of the field.
  • Willingness to work across disciplines and provide insightful and intelligent critical insight across the six areas of study that comprise the Department of Visual Art (ceramics, expanded media, fibers, jewelry/metalsmithing, painting, printmaking and sculpture).
  • Comprehensive knowledge in technologies related to Sculpture and the ability to maintain and to upgrade facilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake and maintain a record of significant studio research.
  • Record of professional activity at a national level congruent with tenure at the level of an associate or full professor.

  • Contact Information to Applicants

    Marshall Maude

    Additional Candidate Instruction

    A complete online application includes the following materials: (1) A cover letter, (2) CV, (3) artist’s statement, (4) 20 images of artwork emailed to  (5) link to artist’s website, (6) an image inventory, (7) a link to artist's website, (8) teaching philosophy, and (9) the names, email and contact information for four references

    In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following questions at the time of application. Each response must be within 4,000 characters or less.

  • Please describe your experience, approach or methodologies to create and implement inclusive teaching and advising practices, pedagogical techniques and course materials to create an inclusive classroom environment.
  • In your current and/or previous role, please provide an example outlining how you demonstrate your ongoing commitment in working with diverse groups/populations.
  • Review of applications will begin January 15, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

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    University of Kansas - Lawrence

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