Assistant Professor of Art (Ceramics), Wayne State University (Detroit, MI)
Wednesday, November 01, 2017 05:59 PM

The College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts of Wayne State University is seeking qualified candidates for appointment as Assistant Professor in Art with a primary focus in Ceramics, in the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History, full-time, beginning no later than August 17, 2018. This is a tenure-track position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will teach courses in Ceramics which may include throwing, hand-building, slip-casting, clay bodies, glazing, firing in a variety of kilns, (including electric, gas, and raku), and in kiln building. The successful candidate should also possess knowledge and skills in digital fabrication and new technology, as they relate to Ceramics. The candidate should also possess the skills, knowledge and experience to teach in other studio art/design areas, such as Core (foundations), Digital Art, and/or Drawing.

The candidate will teach five undergraduate and graduate courses per academic year and work on an individual basis with graduate students, with the teaching load corresponding to service responsibilities, conduct a program of creative and/or scholarly work, contribute to the intellectual life of the department, and provide appropriate professional service.

QUALIFICATIONS: We are seeking an exceptional teacher with experience teaching art at the college level. At minimum, we require an MFA in Ceramics or a closely related field. A minimum of three years teaching ceramics courses at the college level and evidence of teaching effectiveness are required. Evidence of teaching excellence and willingness to mentor undergraduate and graduate students from diverse populations is preferred.

THE JAMES PEARSON DUFFY DEPARTMENT OF ART AND ART HISTORY: The Department offers programs leading to the following undergraduate degrees: BA in Art, BFA in Art, BFA in Design, BA in Art History and BA or BS in Fashion Design and Merchandising. The department also offers the following graduate degrees: MA in Art, MFA in Art, and MA in Art History. The Department currently has 28 full-time faculty and a staff of 10 for 40+ graduate students and 600+ undergraduate students. The Department is regionally and nationally recognized for providing a high-quality education in the fine arts, design, and art history. For more information, visit

THE COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY: The James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History is one of four departments in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts; the other constituent units are the departments of Communication, Music, and Theatre and Dance. The College’s faculty offer degrees ranging from the BA and various undergraduate professional degrees through MA, MMus, and MFA degrees to a PhD program in Communication. Wayne State University is a research extensive, urban institution enrolling more than 27,000 students in 400 undergraduate and graduate programs offered through the university’s 13 schools and colleges. The campus is located in Detroit’s Midtown Cultural Center, where Wayne State’s neighbors include the Detroit Public Library, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Science Center, Charles Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Historical Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art-Detroit (MOCAD), Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Michigan Opera Theatre. The nearby New Center and Downtown areas are also home to active theatres, galleries, professional sports stadiums and entertainment venues ranging from Hard Rock Café to Detroit Artists Market and the Fox and Fisher theatres.

APPLICATIONS: All applicants must use the WSU Online Hiring System at, referring to posting #043089. The online application must include: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and a teaching portfolio that includes a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Also submit 20 images of art as well as another 20 images of student art on a CD or flash drive must be submitted to:

John Richardson, Chair
Wayne State University
Department of Art and Art History
5400 Gullen Mall - 150 Art Building
Detroit, MI 48202

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications on December 11, 2017.

Wayne State University is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high quality education. Our deep rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity and inclusion creates exceptional educational opportunities preparing students for success in a diverse, global society. WSU encourages applications from women, people of color and other underrepresented people. WSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.