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Position Title
Assistant Professor of Ceramics


Hiring Unit
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Art and Design


Job Description/Responsibilities
The Department of Art and Design at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is seeking candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position. Qualified candidates will have the ability to teach the full range and variety of ceramic techniques including hand building, wheel throwing, mold making, and slip casting as well as be familiar with various firing processes including wood, raku, soda, and salt firings. The successful candidate will co-manage the ceramics studio; their experience should include instruction on safe studio practices and technical expertise in all aspects of the ceramics studio operation including gas-fired kilns, electric kilns as well as the necessary maintenance and repair. The successful candidate will incorporate equitable classroom policies such as modeling inclusion, encouraging representation of diverse viewpoints, and utilizing multiple methods of content delivery. 

The successful candidate will be an active participant in the department, with responsibilities that include: teaching undergraduate and graduate coursework; advising and directing BFA senior projects and masters research projects; service to the Department, the College of Arts and Sciences, and SIUE through participation in interdisciplinary committees and other service; and ongoing engagement in scholarly, creative, and professional activities. Each member of the College of Arts and Sciences is responsible for actively supporting the College’s commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity.  Service activities in support of the Department of Art and Design, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the University, are expected.    


Terms of Appointment
Full-time, tenure track, academic year (nine-month) appointment beginning Fall academic year, 2021. 


Source of Funds, Salary
State, Salary to commensurate with qualifications, experience, and credentials. 


Qualifications Required
Candidates must hold a MFA in Ceramics or a related art media at the time of hire and demonstrate an active professional practice and proficiency in a range of ceramic techniques. A minimum of two years teaching experience is strongly preferred. Applicants should be familiar with a full range of approaches to functional and/or sculptural ceramics with additional experience within any relevant interdisciplinary practices. Some experience with mixed-media, installation, and/or emergent digital technologies such as 3-D rendering software/printing is welcome in the interest of future curricular development. Candidates should demonstrate a knowledge of contemporary critical and theoretical issues.


Application Deadline
All applications materials must be received by January 15, 2021


Application Process
Please submit the following using the SIUE Secure File Drop:  Cover letter, teaching philosophy, artist statement, unofficial transcript(s), 20 images of personal work w/ image list, 20 images of student work w/ image list (if available).


Candidates must also include a diversity statement in response to the Art and Design Mission Statement which is available online at 


Please limit file sizes to 50 MB or less. Questions should be directed to 


For full application instructions and process, please visit:

About SIUE and the Department of Art and Design
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is located 25 miles from downtown St. Louis. The city’s close proximity offers a vast array of museums, galleries, and other cultural opportunities. Faculty regularly exhibit, lecture, and lead workshops within the St. Louis region’s art community. The NASAD accredited Department of Art and Design moved into a renovated, state-of-the-art facility on the main SIUE campus in 2014. The new facilities include a 3,700-square-foot gallery space and generously equipped studio areas for concentrations including: ceramics, photography/digital imaging, sculpture, glass, textiles, metalworking/jewelry, graphic design/visual communication, painting, drawing and printmaking. 


Southern Illinois University Edwardsville nurtures an open, respectful, and welcoming climate that facilitates learning and work. Each member of the University is responsible for contributing to such a campus environment. To learn more about our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, see the Department Mission Statement at:


SIUE is a state university.  Benefits under state sponsored plans may not be available to holders of F1 or J1 visas. Applicants will be subject to a background check prior to an offer of employment. 


Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to an inclusive and diverse workforce. We will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, national origin, religion, disability, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation or veteran’s status. We encourage applications from women, minorities, protected veterans and people with disabilities.

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