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  • Opening Date: 2018-12-19
  • Job Opening Id: 516666
  • College/Division: College of Communication, Architecture and the Arts
  • Department: Art and Art History

Job Information

Assistant Professor of Sculpture

The Department of Art + Art History at Florida International University invites applications for a nine- month, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Sculpture. Salary is commensurate with experience.

The successful candidate will be an artist with a significant record of creative practice or research with an interdisciplinary background within their own practice, and the ability to cross disciplines in teaching. The candidate will possess a strong focus on three-dimensional design skills and thinking that encompasses both the analog and digital realms. The successful candidate will demonstrate knowledge of both traditional and contemporary methods of making and significant evidence of active engagement with ongoing contemporary art dialogues, within an expanded definition of Sculpture. Preference will be given to a candidate whose practice expands traditional boundaries and demonstrates innovation. A strong record of professional achievement, a comprehensive grasp of the history of art/design, a familiarity with the concepts undergirding contemporary art and design practice, and an interest in multidisciplinary projects and curriculum are required.

Additionally, the candidate should have academic leadership experience or potential, and have excellent organizational and communication skills. A demonstrated interest and concern for a global perspective are preferred, as we are seeking diverse and enthusiastic applicants with wide ranging intellectual and creative interests to compliment and build upon our department’s existing capabilities. The successful candidate will demonstrate a distinct and progressive vision for curriculum development that capitalizes upon the transformative capacity of contemporary art practices.



  • Maintain an active creative research practice with a record of achievement
  • Provide leadership in the development and shaping of the sculpture curriculum in concert with a full-time faculty committed to critical inquiry across creative disciplines.
  • Engage in cross-disciplinary teaching and interacting with all studio students in critiques and studio visits.
  • Lead and renew sculpture program, rethinking its trajectory within a diverse art program. 
  • Initial teaching responsibilities include four undergraduate courses per year, primarily in sculpture.
  • Grant-writing, mentoring, and service to the department and University
  • Ability to engage in cross-disciplinary teaching and interacting with all studio students in critiques and studio visits
  • Additionally, opportunities exist to teach within the MFA program, independent studies and undergraduate thesis.
  • The successful candidate is also expected to contribute to the Foundations program.


Application Process

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply to Job ID 516666 at Please submit the following documents as a single PDF file:

  • A letter of application detailing their qualifications
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Sample syllabi for relevant courses
  • A digital portfolio of 20 examples of recent work and 20 examples of work by students with accompanying annotated lists of works (please provide links to video files)
  • The contact information for three professional references
  • One-page list of analog and digital 2D, 3D, and 4D media skills that the candidate is qualified to teach
  • Copies of all College or University Transcripts [official transcripts will be required upon hiring]

To receive full consideration, applications and required materials should be received by the end of January 31, 2019. Review will continue until the position is filled. All questions regarding the position and search should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Benjamin Zellner Bellas:

Minimum Qualifications

  • The successful candidate will be an accomplished artist/professional with a vibrant studio and/or professional practice and exceptional teaching skills.
  • MFA degree from an accredited institution with an emphasis in Sculpture, Multidisciplinary Arts, or equivalent degree.
  • Familiarity with the proper implementation, management, and administration of safety and maintenance protocols for a sculpture shop in an academic setting.
  • Ability to engage in the theoretical and critical discourses of contemporary art and design in practice and pedagogy.

Desired Qualifications

  • Minimum of three years college-level teaching experience beyond graduate school
  • Comprehensive understanding of new technologies, digital modeling and output, performance and installation, as well as traditional forms.
  • Experience with teaching methods based on the integration of new technologies across disciplines is desirable.
  • Ability to teach a wide range of courses that may utilize the potential of the Sculpture Facilities, (i.e., foundry, welding, wood working, cnc, laser cutter, 3D printers, and all related digital fabrication processes) as well installation, video, and performance practices.
  • Interest in interdisciplinary research and practice linking art and design to other fields in the humanities, natural sciences, engineering, and technology

Pre-Employment Requirements

Criminal Background Check

How To Apply

Prospective Employee

If you have not created a registered account, you will be asked to create a username and password for use of the system. It is recommended that you provide an active/valid e-mail account as that will be the main source of communication regarding your status within the process.

In order to be considered eligible for the position as an internal candidate, departmental staff must meet minimum requirements of the position, be in good performance standing, and have been continuously employed at the University for at least six months.

Before you begin the process, we recommend that you are prepared to attach electronic copies of your resume, cover letter or any other documents within the application process. It is recommended that you combine your cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae into one attachment.  Attached documents should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format. All applicants are required to complete the online application including work history and educational details (if applicable), even when attaching a resume.


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FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

About FIU

Florida International University is classified by Carnegie as a R1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity and recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offers 196 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, computer science, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes almost $9 billion each year to the local economy. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded more than 220,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, FIU@I-75, and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU’s Medina Aquarius Program houses the Aquarius Reef Base, a unique underwater research facility in the Florida Keys. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and more than 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit

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