The School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University seeks an adjunct Instructor for spring 2022 with studio management skills to teach in our ceramics facility, which is part of our Sculpture, Installation, and Site Works (SIS) area.
This hire will serve as the adjunct instructor for a foundational-level ceramics course and should be capable of teaching various skills in pottery and clay construction techniques to students who vary in technical and experience levels. This course, titled 3D Media II: Ceramics, is a 7-week "mini" course taught twice to two different groups of students over a 14-week semester.
The instructor will be expected to maintain our ceramics facilities and classroom in conjunction with their course, including 3 electric and 1 gas kiln, clay mixing and casting equipment, pottery wheels, a slab roller, plaster molds, and general clay workspace. Responsibilities include managing and scheduling kiln firings and assuring that kilns are in working order; keeping tools and materials organized, including kiln supplies, clays, slips, molds, and glazes.
The ideal applicant will work collaboratively with faculty and staff, have experience teaching ceramics at both the foundations and advanced levels and will be able to teach throwing and common pottery techniques, hand building/slab construction, slip casting, and glazing. The applicant should have experience loading and firing both bisque and glaze kiln fires, and working with a variety of clay bodies and glaze types. Though not required, experience in mixing clay, glaze chemistry, and plaster moldmaking is also desirable.
Experience managing and maintaining a ceramics studio facility with kilns; experience working in the field of ceramics/pottery; experience teaching ceramics/pottery; strong organizational skills; and an active studio practice. A Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture, ceramics, pottery, or a related field is desirable; however, an equivalent combination of creative practice and teaching experience will be considered.
We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized or underrepresented in art and higher education and who will contribute to the breadth of our program.
About The School of Art The School of Art is one of five schools within the College of Fine Arts, which also includes the Schools of Architecture, Design, Drama and Music. Benchmarks of the School include collaborative relationships with innovative learning environments such as the Center for Arts in Society, the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and IDeATE; and a unique curriculum that includes contextual practice, critical theory, and technology alongside programs in electronic and time based media, painting, drawing, and sculpture. The School of Art is ranked as number six in the US and is currently number one in Time based and New Media by US News and World Reports.
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