Position Available: Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Art

University of New Mexico



POSITION: Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Art (Sculpture).  Probationary appointment leading to a tenure decision.  1.0 FTE.  The new faculty member will teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, advise MFA students, and serve on graduate committees when requested.  The Department is looking for strong leadership and experience with community engagement to nurture partnerships within the university and beyond. The Interdisciplinary Art faculty member will directly collaborate with other units in the department, college, and university to further the university’s mission. The Department seeks a faculty member who is able to pursue scholarship and community partnerships beyond the campus, especially with regional Indigenous, Latinx, and BIPOC communities, to incorporate and amplify the Sculpture area’s relevance to New Mexico’s rich cultural history, rooted in a contemporary context.

SALARY:  $55,000

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  M.F.A. in Studio Art with an emphasis in Sculpture, New Media, Social Practice, or related fields.  Active exhibition record utilizing interdisciplinary approaches.  Two years of cumulative university-level teaching experience as an instructor of record after the M.F.A.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Demonstrated interest in contributing to a contemporary interdisciplinary setting in an atmosphere of close faculty-student mentoring.  Conversant in contemporary issues of critical theory and aesthetics. Expertise and ability to teach two or more of the following: wood, metal, installation, fibers, digital fabrication, mold making/casting, small-scale metals.  Ability to provide mentorship to graduate students across disciplines. Excellent communication skills and an interest in collaboration.  A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.

APPLICATION: All applicants must apply online at the University of New Mexico web site: hr.unm.edu, Req#14218.  Please attach as part of the application in the UNMJobs system: (1) a letter of application that includes contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service; (2) CV with names and complete addresses (mailing, telephone, and e-mail) of three recommenders; (3) maximum of three representative course syllabi; (4) teaching philosophy; (5) artist statement; (6) 20 examples of your work, with a list of images, including title, year, medium, and size. (7) 10 examples of student work, with a list of images, including title, year, medium, and size. The image portfolio should be uploaded as a screen-resolution PDF file.  If selected for the position, you will need to provide official certification of successful completion of all degree requirements required as a minimum requirement for this position prior to your initial employment with UNM.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: For best consideration, all application materials must be received by January 31, 2021.  The position will remain open until filled.

APPOINTMENT DATE: August 16, 2021.

The University of New Mexico is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a city of 600,000 on the Rio Grande at an altitude of 5,312 feet.  Albuquerque’s historical pluralism gives the city a fascinating mix in terms of its arts, cuisine, languages, and values. The University of New Mexico is a large, diverse state university with a faculty of over 3,000 serving approximately 28,000 students. The Department of Art offers the B.A., B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. degrees.

Rich resources at the University include the University of New Mexico Art Museum’s extensive photography collection and the Center for Southwest Research at Zimmerman Library.  The University of New Mexico‘s Department of Art is part of the College of Fine Arts, whose internationally recognized programs, faculty, and staff provide a comprehensive education in both the visual and the performing arts.

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