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The Department of Art at UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts seeks an Assistant Professor of Sculpture with an experimental ceramics emphasis. The Department of Art offers both the Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) and the Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA). The starting date for the position is July 1, 2018, with teaching responsibilities commencing in September 2018. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales.

Faculty positions at the University of California entail research, teaching, and service responsibilities. The Department of Art seeks an artist with a strong record of producing and exhibiting sculpture at the forefront of contemporary art, who possesses a deep knowledge of both historical precedent and the contemporary expanded field, challenging the limits of existing conventions while embracing both unorthodox and traditional methods of production. We seek a colleague with a conceptually-driven art practice and an expanded approach to sculpture which might include, but is not limited to, interdisciplinary research, unconventional constructions, performance, installation, evolving materials and technologies, material culture investigations, or public practice. The successful candidate must demonstrate ability and strong interest in teaching sculpture and experimental ceramics at all undergraduate levels, contribute to a diverse range of approaches in developing the expanding studio and sculpture curriculum, as well as teach lecture courses to a general undergraduate population. In addition, the new faculty member should possess the versatility to teach interdisciplinary graduate critique and seminar courses, participate in the mentorship of graduate students, and share in departmental administrative duties such as program planning and committee participation.

This is a growing department of 20 full-time faculty. A heterogeneous group of artists and scholars, the department values diversity, rigor, inquiry, and experimentation. The department’s research and instruction address art in a multitude of cultural contexts from galleries and museums to cultural arenas beyond the conventional art world. Areas of interest in the department include, but are not limited to, the legacies of modern and post-modern art discourses, studio and extended genres, gender and queer theory, politics of race, media and new technologies, museum and curatorial studies, social and public practice.

Qualifications: MFA or equivalent training; a record of significant research (exhibitions, commissions, etc.); 3-5 years of teaching experience at the post-secondary level, and a strong commitment to teaching, research, and service.

Application Requirements: 1) A cover letter explaining interest in the position; 2) CV, including record of exhibitions, projects, publications and web links; 3) Statement of art practice; 4) Statement of teaching philosophy; 5) A separate statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion; and 6) Names and contact information for three recommenders, to:

In addition, applicants must submit a portfolio of up to 20 images and other media samples to: There is a fee associated with submission of materials.

Deadline: Monday January 15, 2018, with application review continuing until the position is filled.

EEO/AA Policy: The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. A recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity, UCI is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, supports work-life balance through an of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All positions at University of California are subject to budgetary approval.

Job location

Irvine, CA

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Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Explaining interest in the position

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. including record of exhibitions, projects, publications and/or web links

  • Statement of Art Practice/Research

  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy - See our guidance for writing a reflective teaching statement.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to diversity will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)