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Assistant Professor, Sculpture and Three Dimensional Media

Lehigh University k

Bethlehem, PA

Sep 26
Job Description


The Department of Art, Architecture and Design at Lehigh University invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Three Dimensional Media, effective August 2023.

Qualifications

Applicants should hold an MFA or equivalent terminal degree in sculpture or a related field. They should have at least one year of teaching experience in the university setting as the primary instructor.

Position responsibilities

The successful candidate will join a large and multidisciplinary department with undergraduate BA major programs in art, architecture, graphic and product design, and art history. As a faculty member in the program, the candidate will be expected to teach introductory through advanced-level courses in sculpture and three-dimensional foundations in regular rotation. There will be opportunities to offer additional courses in areas of expertise that contribute to and deepen the department’s offerings. Areas of specialization might include metalworking, 3D modeling and printing, installation, time-based media, public art, socially engaged practice, photography, digital media, or history, theory, and criticism.

The successful candidate will be an artist-educator with significant breadth of experience in current sculptural practices, with a working knowledge of a wide range of traditional materials, emergent technologies, and fabrication techniques, and a broad extent of approaches to spatial, object, and material practices. The Department expects faculty to engage students through teaching methods that align with material process, value an iterative approach to studio practice, and provide a foundation in perceptual, formal, and critical skills. As a researcher, the candidate will be expected to develop and maintain an active program of individual scholarship and creative practice that demonstrates excellence and impact, as evidenced by built works, exhibitions, awards, reviews, publications, and other forms of juried or peer-reviewed work, or professional and client-based projects comparably recognized. In both teaching and research, the successful candidate’s work should be seated in methods that look to make an impact on a range of communities beyond the university and campus setting, serving both disciplinary and public interests. In addition, they will contribute to departmental, college, and university service. The standard teaching load for tenure-track faculty is two courses per semester.

The position offers the opportunity of affiliation with one of the university’s many interdisciplinary programs and centers, with possibilities for further research advancement and collaboration in scholarship and teaching, including cross-listing of courses. Relevant interdisciplinary centers, programs, and majors include the university’s Integrated Degree in Arts, Engineering and Sciences (IDEAS); dual-degree program in Arts and Engineering; Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity, and Innovation; Creative Inquiry; Environmental Studies; Health, Medicine and Society; Africana Studies; Latin American and Latino Studies; Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, South Side Initiative.

How to apply

For full consideration, applications should be received online by December 6, 2022. Applicants should submit their materials at: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/22886
Submitted materials should reveal evidence of an innovative and inclusive pedagogy oriented to the needs and challenges of the applicant’s discipline, in both its present and future shape.

- Letter of interest, outlining the candidate’s creative practice, scholarship, and teaching focus
- Curriculum vitae
- Portfolio of the candidate’s own creative practice and scholarship (collated as one PDF)
- Examples of work by the candidate’s students (up to three projects), with an explanation of each assignment’s purpose and scope (collated as one PDF)
- Sample syllabi from courses taught or developed
- Response to the department’s statement of values, outlined in the fourth paragraph below, with an explanation of how the candidate is contributing, or intends to contribute, to its stated ideals
- List of three references with contact information (references will only be contacted if the candidate advances in the search)

About the Department of Art, Architecture and Design

This position is one of four concurrently advertised openings in the Department of Art, Architecture and Design, one of Lehigh University’s largest enrolling undergraduate departments. The department offers BA degrees in four majors—art, architecture, graphic and product design, and art history—and minors in each area, as well as in museum studies and apparel design.

We offer an undergraduate education in the arts that combines the depth of an art and design school training with the breadth and flexibility of a liberal arts curriculum. We aim to enable students to become makers and designers, builders and creators—backed by the resources of a national research university that has for generations helped shape innovation, industry, and design in the United States. We also aspire to excellence and distinction in experiential learning by providing students with opportunities to harness the skills they learn in the classroom, both for real-world application and as the basis for service in the community and the world at large. We are part of the College of Arts and Sciences—the heart of Lehigh University—offering a wide variety of academic majors, minors, and interdisciplinary programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

The department is housed in a 40,000-square-foot research and teaching facility with studio and classroom spaces serviced by extensive resources, encompassing a range of computer labs, printing and digital fabrication technologies, shops, and finishing areas. This includes adjacent resources of the university’s Design Labs, a network of fabrication facilities across campus; and the collections and exhibitions of the Lehigh University Art Galleries (LUAG), with a permanent collection of over 18,000 works of art.

The department is particularly interested in providing support to faculty who approach their work as a means for dialogue, inclusion, remediation, and service in both the university setting and within the community, and who are thinking in innovative ways about the future of their discipline in contemporary and post-pandemic life. It is strongly committed to centering diverse identities and experiences among its faculty and curriculum, and modeling for students of all backgrounds, particularly those from historically underrepresented and structurally marginalized groups, that there is a place and opportunity for them within the arts at both the academic level and in professional life. These values are central to the department’s mission and purpose.

Lehigh University

About Lehigh University

Founded in 1865, Lehigh University has combined outstanding academic and learning opportunities with leadership in fostering innovative research. Recognized among the nation's highly ranked research universities, Lehigh offers a rigorous academic community for nearly 7,000 students. Lehigh University has some 5,000 undergraduates, 2,000 graduate students, and about 550 full-time faculty members. Lehigh University is located in Bethlehem, PA., a vibrant and historic area. Over 820,000 people live in the Lehigh Valley, which is in close proximity to New York City and Philadelphia.

Lehigh University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital or familial status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. We are committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Lehigh University is committed to a culturally and intellectually diverse academic community and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching and/or service, to this mission. Lehigh University is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation award for promoting the careers of women in academic sciences and engineering http://www.lehigh.edu/luadvance and is among institutions of higher education recognized for excellence in diversity with the INSIGHT into Diversity HEED Award. Additional information about Lehigh’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is available at https://diversityandinclusion.lehigh.edu. Lehigh University provides competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits, including domestic partner benefits. More information about Work/Life Balance for Faculty can be found at https://provost.lehigh.edu/work-life-balance. Lehigh University supports dual career efforts for following spouses/partners of newly hired faculty https://dualcareer.lehigh.edu/dualcareer.