Department of Visual Art at the University of Kansas is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position with a specialization in Metalsmithing/Jewelry/CAD/CAM. We seek candidates whose creative research focuses on metalsmithing/jewelry with an emphasis on digital technologies. The successful candidate for this position will have CAD/CAM expertise as well as skills with traditional metalsmithing techniques such as casting/mold making, fabrication, and/or holloware forming. We are seeking a faculty member whose creative practice balances traditional metalsmithing facility with innovative new technology. The position is expected to begin in January 2023.
The successful candidate will have professional achievement/research activities in a metalsmithing/jewelry studio practice; have a broad knowledge of traditional and current technologies, concepts, and practices of metalsmithing/jewelry; develop and teach all levels of undergraduate courses in metalsmithing/jewelry including CAD/CAM; oversee a 3D fabrication lab in the Metalsmithing/Jewelry area; perform advising responsibilities for graduate and undergrad students; and serve on Department, College, and University committees. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to work with Visual Art MFA students across media disciplines. The KU MFA program is nationally recognized with graduates establishing successful studio practices, teaching positions, and arts industry careers.
The Metalsmithing/Jewelry area is 3,800 sq. ft. that is divided into soldering, metalsmithing/holloware, casting, welding, enameling, copper electroforming, GRS work station, polishing, and graduate studios. Also, within our studio is a CAD/CAM lab with PC computers equipped with Matrix 9 and Rhino CAD software, REVO CNC milling machine, a Form 3 SLA 3D Printer by Formlabs, and a Solus DLP 3D printer. The program will be expanding the Metalsmithing/Jewelry CAD/CAM lab after this position has been filled.
As the flagship research institution in the state, our students come from diverse regional, national, and international communities. As a Department and University, diversity, equity inclusion and belonging are an important part of our culture and university strategic plan. Applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply, noting the value that differences bring to our organization, students, staff, faculty, and community. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment.
The University of Kansas has a student population of 28,500 on the main campus that is located in Lawrence, Kansas. The KU Spencer Museum of Art, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, sustains a culturally diverse, comprehensive collection of more than 47,000 objects. The Commons, also on the Lawrence campus invites scholars, practitioners, and students into dialogue through projects and programs that address issues of global and local relevance. The city of Lawrence has a historic downtown brimming with local business, restaurants, an independent music scene, and a thriving arts culture including the Lawrence Art Center. Lawrence is also home to Haskell Indian Nations University which has close ties with The Visual Art Department and the University. Kansas City, located forty miles east of Lawrence, has a prospering artist community with galleries, museums (The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City Art Institute, and The Nelson Atkins Museum) and excellent nonprofit arts organizations such as The Charlotte Street Foundation and Studios Inc. Kansas City. In addition, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and American Jazz Museum is located in the nationally famous 18th and Vine District.
40% RESEARCH: Maintain an active research program that is well developed in concept and technical execution. Exhibit creative work at increasingly national and international venues. Other recognitions for research in the area of specialty may include competitive research grants, awards, residencies, published writing, presentations at professional conferences, curating, professional creative engagement with the Jewelry/Metalsmithing industry, etc. Research must continue to develop through the tenure process and beyond to promotion to full professor, commensurate with the expectations of Research One AAU institution.
40% TEACHING: Each semester faculty teach two courses and work with independent study students. Faculty members are expected to strive for excellence in the classroom, to encourage the free exchange of diverse views, to foster a learning environment that is supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds, and to be available to the students as mentor and advisor. Faculty members must also have the capacity to innovate curriculum to meet contemporary needs of the professional field. Faculty teach all levels of courses, from freshmen to graduate, including serving on thesis committees. Faculty members prepare for and attend all class meetings, hold regular office hours, participate in academic advising at undergraduate and graduate levels, and participate in all facets of graduate and undergraduate education at KU. Faculty members are expected to adhere to Departmental, College, and University policies on teaching.
20% SERVICE: Serve on Department (including metalsmithing/jewelry studio maintenance), School of the Arts, College and/or University committees and actively contribute to the workings of the University community.
COLLEGIALITY – Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.
Master of Fine Art (MFA) or terminal degree in a related field.
Evidence of a broad knowledge of artistic practice in Metalsmithing/Jewelry, CAD/CAM, and related pedagogy including curriculum development, research methods and materials, and the philosophical and historical foundations of the field.
Comprehensive background in traditional and new technologies related to Metalsmithing/Jewelry and the ability to stay current with developing jewelry/metalsmithing technologies.
Demonstrated ability to undertake and maintain a record of significant studio research.
Evidence of the willingness to work across disciplines and provide insightful and critical insight across all areas of studio focused study that comprise the Department of Visual Art (ceramics, expanded media, fibers, jewelry/metalsmithing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and visual art education).
Evidence of successful university teaching.
Ability and/or interest in teaching a broad range of courses to diverse students including majors, general education students, non-traditional students. etc.
Contact Information to Applicants
Search Chair, Gina Westergard
Additional Candidate Instruction
There is a two-part process to apply for this position. Evaluation of the required qualifications will be made through the following application process:
Part 1: Go to https://employment.ku.edu/academic/22695BR to apply for the position online. A complete packet will include the following items: (1) Letter of Application; (2) Curriculum Vitae showing a record of accomplishments and productivity; (3) Artist Statement; (4) Teaching Statement addressing the evidence of being or an ambition to become, an excellent educator; and (5) List of Three References including name, affiliations or title, and email address. In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant’s contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU’s mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application.
Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Part 2: After submitting the above documents through the applicant portal, please send a Portfolio with a maximum of 20 images, videos, (up to 250MB each, three-minute max), or audio (up to 30MB each, three-minute max) files of artwork. For audio and video, you may also provide a link to media from YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud. In addition, include an Image List with the title, media, year of project, and a brief description. Please email this portfolio and image list to email@example.com.
Initial review of applications will begin September 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.