Academic Position

Assistant Professor of Sculpture / 3D Design, Southern Oregon University

The Oregon Center for the Arts (OCA) at Southern Oregon University (SOU) seeks applications for a full-time Assistant Professor position in Studio Art with an emphasis in sculpture and emerging media.

We are looking for a visionary individual who will serve an interdisciplinary role in a unique Creative Arts Program that integrates art and art history, digital media, and creative writing. Applicants should have an MFA (or equivalent terminal degree) and a professional practice and teaching portfolio that combines sculpture with critical studies in the arts (visual culture, contemporary arts and culture, critical making) and emerging practices.

Application materials should demonstrate proficiency with a broad range of sculptural concepts, techniques, and materials including (but not be limited to): wood; metal; computer aided design and fabrication; industrial design; installation; social practice; and site-specific work. Extra consideration for applicants with backgrounds in curation, exhibition design, arts administration, video practices and performance art.

About the Oregon Center for the Arts: The Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University educates artist-practitioners and scholars in a diverse environment that cultivates SOU’s values of creativity and collaboration, equity, diversity and inclusion and the well-being and success of all learners.

OCA is an academic division of Southern Oregon University and also serves as a community arts presenter, partner, and producer. The structural components comprise its academic programs in Music, Theater, Studio Art, Emerging Media and Digital Art, and Creative Writing, the Schneider Museum of Art, institutional-based Allied Arts Programs, and Community Arts Partnerships. Go to OCA.sou.edu for more information.

Situated in the beautiful and vibrant Rogue Valley surrounded by majestic mountains, the Oregon Center for the Arts is a creative catalyst for our diverse combination of students, educators, and artists, who come to us from around the world to infuse the southern Oregon cultural landscape with artistic excellence.

About the Creative Arts Program: The Creative Arts Program contains faculty and degree programs including Studio Art, Art History, Emerging Media and Digital Arts (EMDA), and Creative Writing. Within an interdisciplinary framework, the Creative Arts Program includes state-of-the-art facilities areas of Drawing / Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Photography, Digital Art, and Interdisciplinary Arts and Technology.

Diversity Statement: Southern Oregon University is a welcoming community committed to inclusive excellence and the celebration of diversity. Without diversity, our educational process is diminished. Working together in support of our commitment to diversity, we strengthen and enrich our role as learners, educators and members of a tightly connected global community. We encourage those who share in our commitment to diversity, to join our community and we expect all our employees to demonstrate an ability and desire to create an inclusive campus community.

Assignment Information:
Faculty typically teach three courses per quarter and contribute to the administration of the Creative Arts Program and the university. These duties include contribution to Program/Division/University committees, curriculum development, student advising and mentoring, recruitment, budgeting, and participation in faculty meetings. Additionally, faculty are expected to maintain their professional development. This can be achieved through outside exhibitions or commercial work, publishing, conference attendance, workshop presentations, or involvement in professional organizations. Faculty in the Creative Arts are expected to be active collaborators with colleagues, students, and community partners in building a vibrant experimental creative environment.

Minimum Qualifications: MFA, PhD, or other terminal degree in an appropriate field. The successful candidate will have a promising record of distinguished scholarship, exhibition, research and/or professional project development appropriate to be appointed at the assistant professor level.

Preferred Qualifications: Demonstration of effective teaching and mentorship; ability to work collaboratively and cordially with fellow faculty, students, and guest artists; the desire, ability, and patience to effectively teach and train novice students. Preference will be given to candidates who (1) show promise to attract and retain students interested in art and emerging media, (2) have professional experience and can expand/deepen SOU’s connections with creative industries, (3) can demonstrate potential for connecting students with a variety of
post-degree options and/or (4) have demonstrated ability to successfully nurture interested students from a diverse student population.

Application Procedure:
To apply visit: https://jobs.sou.edu/
In your application you will be asked to upload the following professional documents:

  • Cover Letter addressing your background and interest
  • CV
  • Portfolio of representative work (in PDF format no greater than 20mb) including links to an online portfolio
  • Artist statement
  • Names and contact information for three professional references
  • Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. Candidates who submit their materials before January 15, 2019 are assured full consideration.

Priority Consideration Date:
January 15, 2019

For more information see: https://jobs.sou.edu/postings/7541

The Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University educates artist-practitioners and scholars in a diverse environment that cultivates SOU’s values of creativity and collaboration, equity, diversity and inclusion and the well-being and success of all learners.

OCA is an academic division of Southern Oregon University and also serves as a community arts presenter, partner, and producer. The structural components comprise its academic programs in Music, Theater, Studio Art, Emerging Media and Digital Art, and Creative Writing, the Schneider Museum of Art, institutional-based Allied Arts Programs, and Community Arts Partnerships. Go to OCA.sou.edu for more information.

Situated in the beautiful and vibrant Rogue Valley surrounded by majestic mountains, the Oregon Center for the Arts is a creative catalyst for our diverse combination of students, educators, and artists, who come to us from around the world to infuse the southern Oregon cultural landscape with artistic excellence.

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