Tenure-track/Tenured Studio Position


The undergraduate and graduate programs in the School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan each offer a single major at the intersection of art and design. Free of traditional concentrations, the undergraduate program challenges students to define their own pathways and undertake robust, self-defined culminating projects in their final year. A&D Plus, our dynamic three-year MFA program, asks graduate students to connect their creative practices to another discipline within the broader University environment.

To enhance these challenging programs, we are seeking an analytical, creative thinker-maker whose work and teaching—through hand, machine and digital tools—demonstrates an engagement with the complex social/cultural/environmental contexts of objects and object-making beyond conventional forums. The abilities to transpose and address the sensibilities of designing across a range of media are essential qualities for consideration. The position entails the following:


* teaching undergraduate studio courses utilizing conceptual, strategic, and hands-on methodologies of generating, developing and realizing complex projects in a variety of expressive contexts.
* advising graduate students and periodically teaching a graduate seminar.

A typical teaching load is two undergraduate courses per semester - nominally one course in the common core of courses required for all students and one course proposed and developed by the faculty member.

Creative Work

All tenure-track and tenured faculty in the School are expected to carry out challenging creative work and maintain a public profile with that work commensurate with the expectations of a major research university. Individual studio space is provided in the School's Faculty Studios facility.


Tenure-track and tenured Art & Design faculty members must be citizens of the entire School, the University, and the regional and global culture. Leadership and teamwork are expected.

Special consideration will be given to applicants whose qualifications and interests prepare them for active engagement with other academic units at the University, and who are open to collaborative/interdisciplinary teaching, research, and creative projects.

The School of Art and Design enrolls 500 undergraduate and 30 graduate students. Forty full-time faculty, a cohort of part-time faculty, and 40 administrative and technical staff support the School's programs. Additional information about the School and its programs is available at http://www.art-design.umich.edu/.

Engagement with the extensive human and technical resources of the University of Michigan is encouraged and facilitated. Comprised of 19 schools and colleges, Michigan is one of the world's foremost public research universities. Enrollment on the Ann Arbor campus totals 40,000 graduate and undergraduate students. Additional information about the University is available at http://www.umich.edu/.

Ann Arbor, located 40 miles west of Detroit on the Huron River, is an intellectually and culturally rich community, with a population of 120,000. Additional information about Ann Arbor is available at http://www.annarbor.org/.

The School's programs presume a strong commitment to diversity and inclusiveness by faculty.


Qualifications: An advanced degree or equivalent experience; a minimum of two years of university-level teaching experience beyond graduate student teaching; and an established record of engaging the public through creative work.

Appointment Rank: Open and commensurate with experience.

Start Date: September 1, 2008

Salary/Benefits: Highly competitive and commensurate with experience and appointment level.

Requirements: All application materials must be submitted in digital format as noted below.

Descriptive Materials

Applicants must submit a single CD or DVD (Mac OS X compatible) with the following documents as separate files in PDF format:

* Letter of application which reveals an understanding of the programs of the School of Art & Design as outlined on the School's web site. (2 pages maximum)
* Curriculum Vitae
* Teaching Statement
* Creative Work Statement
* Names/addresses/telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of three references. Letters of recommendation should not be submitted and will not be utilized.

Documentation of Work

Digital Images

* Submit a maximum of 20 images, formatted as jpeg (.jpg) RGB files (not CMYK).
* Save images at approximately 1024 pixels wide x 768 pixels high.
* Individual files larger than 3 MB will not be opened.
* Place all images into a single folder. Name the image files alphabetically or numerically to ensure they are listed and reviewed in the desired order. The image files will be reviewed in their alpha-numeric order as listed in the folder.
* Submit the images on a regular CD-ROM (not CD-RW, VCD, mixed media, Audio CD, DVD, DVD-RW or mini-disk).

Time-Based or Web-Based Work

* Video, sound, and animation can be submitted on CD or DVD.
* Provide a URL for web-based work.
* CD and DVD recorded pieces must be Max OS X compatible.
* Provide concise printed instructions for viewing/listening to time-based or web-based work. These instructions are especially important for reviewing web-based material that the reviewers might otherwise browse randomly. No more than 10 minutes of material will be reviewed.
* Include a typed, numbered list that identifies each image or time-based piece by title, date, medium, size, and other appropriate information.

Provide a self-addressed mailer and sufficient postage for return of all materials. Materials submitted without postage will not be returned.

Send to:

Studio Faculty Search Committee
School of Art & Design
University of Michigan
2000 Bonisteel Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2069

Due Date: January 7, 2008

The University of Michigan is a Non-Discriminatory Affirmative Action Employer.
Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.