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Art and Design, Studio Art (Ceramics), Tenure-Track Faculty

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Work Type: Faculty - Tenure-Track
Location: Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Categories: Fine & Applied Arts

Job Title

Art and Design (Ceramics), Tenure-Track Faculty


Art and Design

University Expectation

MTSU seeks candidates who are committed to innovative teaching, robust research/creative activity and meaningful service. We also seek to attract a culturally and academically diverse faculty who value working with a diverse student body.


Rank and salary commensurate with experience

Job Summary/Basic Function

Middle Tennessee State University's Department of Art and Design invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position (#122170) at the rank of assistant/associate professor in Studio Art (Ceramics). Start date for the position is August 1, 2021. Position contingent upon funding.

The successful candidate must be committed to teaching perceptual, technical and conceptual development in both functional and sculptural ceramics. Candidate is expected to be fluent in traditional methods of ceramics while cultivating engagement with new and emerging technologies. Teaching hand-building and throwing will be required, as well as the instruction of upper division students of various disciplines.  Applicants should have a strong artistic/design aesthetic, unique approach, and professional portfolio.

The successful candidate must have the ability to develop and teach a wide variety of undergraduate courses in the curriculum from entry level to advanced.  Responsibilities, in addition to teaching include, but are not limited to: curriculum development within the Studio Art program, student advising, maintenance of ceramic facilities, supervision of student workers, grant writing, committee work, admissions outreach, and enthusiasm for planning and participating in department programming activities.  Knowledge and execution of pertinent health and safety issues related to a high traffic ceramics studio are required.

Please visit to learn more about our department and the College of Liberal Arts.

Required Education

MFA with Studio Art emphasis in Ceramics OR an MFA with a Studio Art emphasis in Sculpture along with a bachelor's degree (BA/BS/BFA) with a Ceramics emphasis by appointment date.

Other Desirables

Candidates who possess at least two (2) years full-time teaching experience in Ceramics, Sculpture, or 3D Studio Art will receive special consideration.

Candidates with a record of strong professional accomplishments will also receive special consideration.

Documents Needed to Apply

In order to successfully apply, applicants are required to include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a statement of Teaching Philosophy, and a Research Statement or Creative Activities (as appropriate to the discipline), at the time of online application submittal.

ADDITIONALLY, applicants to this posting must also include the following:

1.)  SAMPLES OF WORK (Submitted as Other Document 1) which must include 20 STUDENT portfolio works (jpegs, pdf and/or link to online portfolio) AND 20 PERSONAL portfolio creative activity works (jpegs, pdf and/or link to online portfolio)

2.)  TRANSCRIPT (Submitted as Other Document 2) Applicants must attach a copy of their unofficial MFA transcripts.

Special Instruction to Applicants 

If you need help in applying, please contact the Faculty Recruitment Specialist at (615) 898-5128.

If you have position specific questions, please contact Karla Barnes at (615) 898-5986.

MTSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that values diversity in all its forms. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligibility for U.S. employment will be required prior to employment (Immigration Control Act of 1986). Clery Act crime statistics for MTSU available at or by contacting MTSU Public Safety at (615) 898-2424.

MTSU is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

This position requires a criminal background check. Therefore, you may be required to provide information about your criminal history in order to be considered for this position.

Application Review Date: 02/05/2021

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