Art & Art History: University Fellow for Faculty Diversity in Ceramics
The University of North Carolina at Asheville
Location: Asheville, North Carolina
Internal Number: 5258
UNC Overview :
Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina, UNC Asheville is the designated public liberal arts campus in the University of North Carolina system. UNC Asheville is nationally known for the quality of our student-centered teaching, mentoring of undergraduates in research, interdisciplinary learning, and striving to be an inclusive campus community.
UNC Asheville is committed to promoting diversity and a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and the ability to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds. Staff members are encouraged to take an active role to engage in the institution's efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion throughout the workplace. The successful candidate is expected to foster an inclusive work culture where uniqueness of beliefs, backgrounds, talents, capabilities and ways of living are respected and welcomed. Women, traditionally under-represented minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Department : Art and Art History
Full-Time/Part-Time : Full-Time
University Fellow for Faculty Diversity in Ceramics
To support the development of a more diverse professoriate, the Department of Art & Art History at the University of North Carolina Asheville invites applications for the University Fellowship for Faculty Diversity (University Fellows) Program, to begin Fall 2022. The program invites candidates seeking a faculty position at a liberal arts institution with a strong desire to provide excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level. Applicants must hold an MFA in Ceramics, and specialize in wheel-thrown functional and decorative ceramics, glaze calculation, slip casting and kiln operation and maintenance as our curriculum prides itself on teaching students how to be practitioners beyond what the University facilities provides. The University Fellow will rotate teaching all levels (I-IV) of undergraduate ceramics courses, three-dimensional design and the BFA senior capstone course. This position requires knowledge and willingness to co-manage the high studio demands that is required of the Ceramics concentration.
The successful candidate will have a lightened teaching load, extensive mentorship, and support for the development of their pedagogy and scholarship. The term of appointment is 2 years. Following this term, the University Fellow may be offered a tenure-track position in the Department. Additional information about the University Fellowship program may be found at this link: https://academicaffairs.unca.edu/faculty-openings/university-fellowship-for-faculty-diversity/
Cover Letter addressing your interest in this position, why you are a fit for our undergraduate institution, a description of your creative and scholarly interests, and the ways in which you engage or contribute to the evolution of your discipline.
Recent Samples of Scholarship: 15-20 images of your professional/research work, identified with title, date, medium and dimensions
Teaching Philosophy: 1-2 pages describing your approach to teaching undergraduates at a liberal arts university.
References: Names and contact information for three references from whom we will request letters of reference to be sent separately; these references should address your written, verbal and interpersonal skills; ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students; and potential to develop and maintain a successful research program and working studio.
Review of applications will begin March 1 and continue until the position is filled.
Inquiries only should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Megan Wolfe ([email protected]).
University Fellows Program Mission
UNC Asheville is among the nation's best public liberal arts & sciences colleges and the only designated liberal arts institution in the North Carolina university system. We are the founders of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research and our students and faculty helped to design, fabricate, and install the largest public art installation ever shown in Times Square, collaborating side by side with a recent McArthur genius award winner. We offer an extraordinary liberal arts education at an incredibly affordable rate (tuition is under $7500 per year for in-state students), all in the beautiful mountain town of Asheville, NC.
Our excellence is first and foremost a product of a faculty deeply committed to both teaching and
scholarship in their disciplines. That excellence also demands that our curriculum, co-curricular activities, and entire community welcome, reflect, and celebrate a diversity of perspectives, lived experiences, and identities. Currently, our required core curriculum includes diversity intensive courses and we offer living learning communities specifically designed for students of color. Our Racial Justice Roadmap will serve as a guide to the work in which we will be engaging to become an even more inclusive campus. That Racial Justice Roadmap includes initiatives that span student affairs, admissions and financial aid and critically important, academic affairs. In particular, to support the development of a more excellent and diverse professoriate at UNC Asheville, we are expanding the University Fellowship for Faculty Diversity (University Fellows) Program.
The program invites candidates specifically considering careers at a liberal arts institution which takes equal pride in the excellence of its faculty's teaching and the quality of its faculty's scholarship and creative production. UNC Asheville is looking for candidates who are able to help us advance one of our most important strategic objectives—to develop, maintain, and support a faculty whose diversity more closely represents the demographics of the nation and the state of NC, particularly with respect to race, with special attention to domestic underrepresentation of minorities in various disciplines.
University Fellows Program Details
Faculty at the University of North Carolina Asheville ordinarily teach 24 credit hours per year. In the Department of Art & Art History, this equals three courses per semester. University Fellows will have a lightened teaching load, receive extensive mentorship, and receive support for the development of their pedagogy and disciplinary work.
In particular, University Fellows should expect 12 credit hours of course release, (not all to be taken in one semester) over the two years of the fellowship and will receive funds for professional development and research and/or creative production (to be arranged at the time of being awarded the fellowship). Salaries for fellows will be commensurate with visiting assistant professors.
By early fall of a University Fellow's final year, it will be determined whether a tenure track offer will be made to the faculty member. In the event that an offer is not made or the tenure track position is not one that the fellow would like to accept, we will support the Fellow in the best ways possible in applying for a tenure track position elsewhere.
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UNC Asheville is committed to equality and diversity of experiences for our students, applicants and employees. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply regardless of socio-economic status, gender expression, gender and sexual identity, culture, and ideological beliefs. UNC Asheville is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and will not discriminate against applicants and employees on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other legally protected status with respect to all terms, conditions, and privileges of university-sponsored activities, employment, and the use of university facilities.
About The University of North Carolina at Asheville
As the only dedicated liberal arts institution in the University of North Carolina system, UNC Asheville kindles learning by offering students an intellectually rigorous education that builds critical thinking and workforce skills to last a lifetime. Small class size, award-winning faculty and a nationally acclaimed undergraduate research program foster innovation as well as recognition.The cornerstone of a liberal arts education is the ability to explore the connections between many different subjects as well as the options available. So learning here expands well beyond the classroom walls. Focusing on undergraduate studies, we help students dig into learning, whether they participate in faculty-mentored research projects, undertake career-related internships, study abroad, or join service projects aimed at improving the quality of life at home and around the world. We encourage everyone to seek challenges, seize opportunities and become a doer as well as a thinker.At UNC Asheville, we’ve created an environment for exploring the world as well as more than 30 different majors. About 3,900 undergraduate students and about 330 full- and part-time faculty bring the campus alive with ...a genuine hunger to understand and contribute to the human experience. Amid the culturally rich setting of Asheville, North Carolina, in the Blue Ridge Mountains, it’s all designed to spark a lifelong quest to know more — a fire that will grow brighter in the future.