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Assistant Professor of Art (Sculpture)

  • Deadline:
    Jan. 14, 2013, 3:20 p.m.
  • Location:
    University of Maine Farmington, 224 Main Street, Farmington, Maine, 04938, US

University of Maine Farmington

Position Name: Assistant Professor of Art (Sculpture)

Salary: Competitive

Application Process: This position is tenure-track, at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning September 1, 2013. Please submit a letter of interest (including a statement of teaching philosophy and goals), a vita, and three letters of recommendation. Send all materials to Dawn Nye (dawn.nye@maine.edu) and Gustavo Aguilar (gustavo.aguilar@maine.edu), Co-Chairs, Sculptor Search Committee, Department of Sound, Performance, and Visual Inquiry, UMF, 224 Main Street, Farmington, ME 04938. Review of applications will begin on January 14, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.

Art (Sculpture). The Department of Sound, Performance, and Visual Inquiry seeks a sculptor to join our small, dynamic, interdisciplinary arts program. We bring art, music, and theatre together under one roof, and strive to foster dialogue and collaboration between the artistic disciplines, as well as across campus. The successful candidate for this position will be deeply committed to teaching majors and non-majors in a public liberal arts setting. We are especially interested in artists whose work pushes beyond the traditional boundaries of sculpture into the realms of robotics, sound, performance, or other new technologies. In addition to sculpture classes at all levels, the artist will have the opportunity to develop new courses in his or her area of focus; we especially encourage candidates with interdisciplinary and collaborative teaching interests. Responsibilities include oversight of the sculpture studio and woodshop, including training of student workers. Candidates should have a record of significant artistic accomplishment in contemporary practice. MFA and evidence of excellence in college teaching required. Applications should include a letter of introduction, three letters of reference, CV, digital portfolio, student work (if available) and statement of teaching philosophy.

The University and Region: Established in 1864 as Maine’s first public institution of higher education, with historic and continued strength in teacher education and a contemporary role as Maine’s public liberal arts college, the University of Maine at Farmington offers undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, teacher education, and human services. UMF has reorganized its curriculum to enhance opportunities for in-depth study and undergraduate research, and it recently launched its first two graduate degree programs, in Education Leadership and Early Childhood Education, in order to meet the needs of practicing teachers in the region. A commitment to sustainability informs all facilities projects, including our LEED-certified Education Center and the new Emery Community Arts Center, which opened in fall, 2011. UMF has the highest graduation rates in the University of Maine System, has been named as one of “America’s Best Colleges” by US News and World Report for sixteen consecutive years, and has been recognized nationally for high levels of student engagement as measured by the National Survey of Student Engagement. The campus culture has been described as one of “positive restlessness.” UMF is a founding member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, which includes twenty-six public colleges and universities dedicated to the liberal arts tradition and quality undergraduate education. The Farmington area is rich in cultural offerings and recreational opportunities. The natural beauty of its mountains, lakes, woods, and streams draws people to the region, which is also noted for its snow, blackflies, and April mud season. Please check out our home page at: www.umf.maine.edu.

Diversity: We have recently created a Laboratory for the Advancement of Critical and Creative Diversity to promote a broader engagement with diversity on campus. Applications are encouraged from dynamic people in all shapes and forms and from all walks of life. UMF provides reasonable accommodations in the workplace and in the job application process. If you need assistance because of a disability, please contact Bonnie Harris, EEO Officer, 224 Main Street, Farmington, ME 04938; (207) 778-7271; (207) 778-7000 TDD. AA/EEO employer.