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Assistant / Associate Professor of Sculpture, Department of Art & Art History, UC Davis
University of California, Davis

Date Posted Oct. 18, 2022
Title Assistant / Associate Professor of Sculpture, Department of Art & Art History, UC Davis
University University of California, Davis
Davis, CA, United States
Department Art & Art History
Application Deadline Dec. 15, 2023
Position Start Date Jul. 1, 2023
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Art - Sculpture

The Department of Art and Art History at the University of California, Davis seeks a promising artist working in Sculpture for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position, beginning July 2023.

Applicants should demonstrate an exceptional level of promise, achievement, and recognition in their work through exhibitions, critical reviews, publications, and grants and/or awards. Applicants are expected to have a strong foundation in the expanded field of sculpture with a firm background in developing and expanding the conceptual and technical aspects of the discipline beyond traditional conventions.  The successful candidate should have an ability to dynamically engage with students at all levels and foster creative and intellectual dialogue in the context of a research university setting with students and faculty alike.  Proficiency in a range of materials and techniques and knowledge of the history and theory of sculpture and of contemporary visual art is essential. The successful candidate will teach all levels of sculpture and should demonstrate knowledge of how sculpture intersects with other visual arts disciplines, such as painting, drawing, photography, digital arts and installation. 

The successful candidate will exhibit strengths in original research, fresh approaches to teaching and innovative approaches to technology.  Candidates are expected to contribute leadership to the operation of the sculpture area, participate in all aspects of departmental life including committee service, curricular development, reviews and voting at the departmental, college and university levels.  

A minimum of three years teaching experience beyond graduate school is required.  Candidates are required to have an MFA or equivalent, a well-developed portfolio in their area of specialization, and an exhibition record that is national and/or international in scope. They should be conversant in contemporary art issues and studio practices and enthusiastic about teaching in a diverse, multicultural setting.

The Department of Art and Art History’s mission is to cultivate curiosity and sustain the courage to embrace the unknown through art. The university aims to hire and retain diverse faculty that reflects our student population. We are committed to creating an equitable, hospitable and inclusive educational environment, and candidates with diverse viewpoints, backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply. 

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, artist/research statement, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of contribution to diversity, four references, 20 images of professional work with a carefully articulated image list including title, dimension, material, date of completion, link to an optional video file, and an optional artist website address. Please submit the following supporting documentation in a single pdf file: courses taught, at least 2 sample syllabi in the field of sculpture, a sample syllabus of a graduate seminar composed of students working in a variety of art disciplines, exhibition reviews, and published articles and papers. For full consideration, applications should be received by December 15, 2022. The position will remain open until filled. 

All material should be submitted through the online application form found at:

The University of California, Davis, is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty and staff.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all finalists for tenured positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for assistant/associate/full professor to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists considered for positions with tenure or security of employment will be subject to reference checks.


About UC Davis:

Fostering a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and is centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. A highly ranked public university, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, and among the world’s best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs. The Department of Art and Art History is a hub of arts engagement on campus and in the region. It is renowned for its rigorous undergraduate and graduate program, which supports 16 fully funded M.F.A. students and attracts students from all over the United States and the world. International voices are integral to the program thought the Art Studio Visiting Artist Lecture Series, the Betty Jean and Wayne Thiebaud Lecture Series, The California Studio: Manetti Shrem Artist Residencies, professional practice seminars, student exhibitions, competitions, and internships.

UC Davis is a global leader in solving problems related to energy and energy efficiency, transportation, water and land use, air and water quality, agricultural practices, endangered and invasive plants and animals, climate change, resource economics, information technology, and human society and culture.

UC Davis supports family-friendly recruitments and Work-Life Program.


  • The University of California, Davis, is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty and staff.

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  • Kim Pearson
    Art & Art History
    University of California, Davis
    One Shields Ave
    Davis, CA 95616


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