Foundry Director – The University of North Carolina Greensboro
12-month* 3-year Academic Professional appointment
We are seeking a non-tenure track Academic Professional faculty member who will serve as the Foundry Director in the Gatewood Studio Arts Building. The Foundry Director will work with Sculpture area faculty and the School Director to maintain a safe, organized and effective working environment for students and faculty in the Sculpture studios. Candidates will be expected to articulate their understandings of how systems of inequality shape typical practices in their field and university environments in general, and how those understandings inform their work.
The School of Art seeks applications from diverse candidates who are experienced and actively engaged in advancing equity and inclusivity in their research and/or pedagogy. UNC Greensboro is a minority serving institution with an undergraduate population of 51% ethnic minority students and 67% female students. The College of Visual and Performing Arts seeks to attract an equally diverse applicant pool for this position. UNC Greensboro is an inclusive learning community with a campus-wide culture that embodies access, equity, diversity, excellence, and collaboration. With an enrollment of more than 20,000 students, including 3,500 graduate students, and 2,800 faculty and staff, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the UNC system. UNC Greensboro is located in a metropolitan area of more than 1.6 million in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Appalachian Mountains.
Responsibilities of the Foundry Director include:
· Acquisition, maintenance, installation, and repair of all Sculpture area tools and equipment
· Inventory, ordering and receipt of materials and supplies
· Ensure compliance with OSHA and UNCG safety regulations, including maintenance of MSDS datasheet notebooks
· Ensuring compliance with health and safety policies and guidelines and use of appropriate protective equipment
· Coordinate with University Office of Environmental Health and Safety on necessary facilities and equipment inspections and operator training
· Research contemporary advances in Foundry materials and processes
- Continue to build on current skills in racial literacy, intercultural competency, and culturally responsive teaching
· Schedule Sculpture area waste removal as needed
· Coordinate with Art Office and Facilities to arrange any necessary building maintenance in the Sculpture area.
· Conduct periodic Sculpture area safety training for new students, staff and faculty
· Supervise graduate and undergraduate studio assistants in the Sculpture area
· Provide technical assistance to faculty and students during class instruction. Available to provide supervision and guidance to students working in the Foundry during monitored hours.
· During summer, provide general support to School of Art activities, facilities.
This position also has teaching responsibilities, generally of two undergraduate courses per semester, in Metal Casting and Metal Sculpture and/or a related course in sculpture or 3D Foundations. Specific course assignments are determined in consultation with the Sculpture area coordinator and the School Director.
· MFA or equivalent terminal degree in Studio Art: Sculpture or related field.
· Extensive knowledge of sculpture history and practice
· Experience in steel fabrication, such as MIG, TIG, ARC and oxy-acetylene welding and cutting, plasma cutting, forging and finishing
· Experience in all aspects of lost-wax bronze and aluminum casting techniques
· Experience with standard woodshop equipment and tools
· Evidence of teaching experience (courses, workshops, mentoring, etc.)
· Expertise in cultivating equitable and inclusive classroom community
· Experience in plaster and rubber mold-making and casting
· Forklift and Scissor-lift operation experience
· Expertise in safe rigging and lifting procedures
Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with the candidate’s experience.
Please include when applying:
Cover Letter that addresses competencies in equity, diversity, and inclusion
CV including specific teaching experience
Contact information for 3 academic or professional references
Ten images of recent work
Ten images of work from students
Review of Applications begins July 25. The start date is 17 August 2020.