Assistant Professor - Glass

Tennessee Technological University

United States

December 26, 2021


Position Information Position Number 691030

Working Title Assistant Professor - Glass Job Title Assistant Professor Job Type Full-Time Department Art Faculty CC Job Purpose

The School of Art, Craft & Design at TN Tech University's Appalachian Center for Craft is seeking candidates for a 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor of glass position with an expected start date of August 1, 2022. The successful candidate will teach introductory through advanced courses in furnace glass blowing and kiln forming.

Tennessee Tech University is located an hour east of Nashville in the Upper Cumberland Region. Consistently ranked among America's best colleges by U.S. News & World Report, TTU offers 40 bachelor's degrees and 20 graduate programs to more than 10,000 students. The School of Art, Craft & Design offers BFA concentrations in eight areas. Art education, design and painting are based on TTU's main campus, where five faculty members are located. BFA concentrations in clay, fibers, glass, metals and wood are located at the Appalachian Center for Craft, where five faculty members and five artists in residence operate studios in an 87,000 sq. ft. facility in a spectacular setting overlooking Center Hill Lake, 24 miles from TTU's main campus.

The glass studio is comprised of approximately 5800 square feet of facility that includes a hot shop, cold working studio and faculty, resident artist and shared student studio spaces. The well-equipped studio includes a single glass furnace, two glory holes, multiple annealing and casting kilns and a wide range of cold working equipment. The curriculum places strong attention on instilling technical proficiency along with creative problem solving and expression through the medium of glass.

Tennessee Tech provides impact through its engaged students, dedicated faculty, and career-ready graduates known for their creativity, tenacity, and analytical approach to problem solving. As a STEM-infused, comprehensive institution, Tennessee Tech delivers enduring education, impactful research, and collaborative service that creates, advances, and applies knowledge to expand opportunity and economic competitiveness.

Tennessee Tech is committed to a diverse workforce by fostering an inclusive work environment for students, faculty, and staff. Successful candidates should have a demonstrated commitment and contribution to fostering and advancing equity, diversity and inclusion. Tennessee Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Essential Functions

- Teach courses in introductory to advanced level glass, including glass blowing, and kiln forming.

-Be responsible for all physical aspects of the glass studio facility, including studio maintenance, repair, development and ordering necessary supplies.

-Supervise the glass Artist in Residence.

-Pursue personal research/creative activities at a national and international level that meets SAC&D/TTU tenure-track expectations.

-Coordinate non-academic workshops and high school outreach with Craft Center program manager.

-Serve on departmental, college and university committees.

-Build effective relationships with relevant regional and national organizations.

-This position requires the ability to lift up to 50 lbs., handle furnace heat and work on concrete floors for prolonged periods.

-Assist in the promotion and recruitment of the SAC&D glass program.

-Participate on up to four BFA thesis committees across all six studios.

-Work with faculty to ensure a productive environment for all students.

Minimum Qualifications

-MFA in a 3D Visual Art area.

-Teaching experience beyond graduate school

-Experience with furnace glass blowing.

-Experience maintaining an active glass studio with a range of glassworking equipment.

-Experience completing technical repairs and construction on a variety of glass working equipment.

-A broad knowledge of glass art and functional and sculptural glassworking.

-Demonstrated experience, or show potential for creative and effective teaching in glass blowing, casting and kiln forming.

-Displayed commitment to personal professional growth through scholarship and research.

Preferred Qualifications

-MFA in Glass

-Have had administrative or organizational experience including but not limited to: budget management, supervisory responsibilities, equipment acquisition, ordering and managing supply inventory.

Salary Commensurate with education and experience. Full-time, nine-month, tenure-track position to begin August 1, 2022.

Benefits Information

Tennessee Tech offers a competitive benefits package. Benefits include the accumulation of one (1) sick leave day per month and thirteen (13) University holidays. Other benefits include medical and life insurance (shared cost with the university), retirement, optional 401k, and educational benefits. Deferred income and benefits over 12 months.

Posting Date 06/15/2021

Screening Date 02/18/2022 Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants will be required to electronically upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts (official transcripts for all degrees conferred required upon hire), personal and student portfolios as two separate PDFs, artist statement, teaching philosophy and complete contact information for three references at time of application. References will be contacted via email to provide a reference letter if selected for interview. The personal portfolio should contain twenty images of personal work displaying strong technical knowledge and mature design skills. The student portfolio should contain twenty images of student work. Digital portfolios only; images must be compiled in a single PDF file. Image information should be included in the portfolio; a caption for each individual image is preferred. Submission of materials is the applicant's responsibility. Application without all required materials are considered incomplete and will not be considered.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Letter of Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Artist Statement
  • Portfolio: Personal Artwork
  • Portfolio: Images of Student Artwork
  • Transcripts
  • Optional Documents

  • Transcripts 2
  • Transcripts 3
  • Other Documents
  • Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • Do you have any experience teaching beyond graduate school?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Do you have a MFA in a 3D Visual Art area?
  • Yes
  • No
  • How did you hear about this job opportunity?
  • (Open Ended Question)

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