Position: Assistant Professor Crafts & Material Studies/Glass Area Coordinator

Department: Crafts & Material Studies

Contract: Assistant Professor begin with a 3-Year renewable appointment

The University of the Arts seeks an Assistant Professor for the Crafts & Material Studies Program/Glass Coordinator in the College of Art, Media and Design, for a 3-year, non-tenure track, renewal contract. The glass program is part of an innovative, interdisciplinary Crafts curriculum that includes programs in ceramics, fibers, jewelry/metals and wood/furniture. Reporting to the Crafts & Material Studies Program Director, the faculty in Glass will be expected to maintain a constant presence in the Glass area and support the instructional goals of the program, nourishing a culture of making, innovation, and experimentation.

Salary and rank are commensurate with experience. Screening begins January 20, 2018 and continues until the position is filled.

Principal Duties and Responsbibilities:

  • Provide oversight of their respective area, including management of staff and technical facilities
  • In consultation with the Program Director, identify, recruit, and supervise Glass faculty and shop technician.
  • Teach a range of subjects from beginning to advanced levels as well as develop syllabi for new courses and contribute ideas for the evolving nature of existing courses.
  • Effectively critique in individual and group settings and lecture engagingly.
  • Maintain a professional art practice; serve on University committees; advise students; participate in curriculum development and other departmental activities.
  • Candidates should be able to develop syllabi for new courses, contribute ideas for the evolving nature of existing courses, and teach their courses as an ensemble with other instructors to create learning communities.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent; they do not purport to describe all functions. Incumbent may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may change from time to time as necessary.


  • The successful candidate will possess a broad vision of the field and an interest in and knowledge of visual culture and contemporary craft issues, and will be enthusiastic about joining Philadelphia’s vibrant arts community.
  • The candidate’s professional practice may include blown/cast glass, stained glass, one-of-a-kind studio art, architectural/commissioned, and/or production/multiples in any combination
  • Applicants must possess an MFA or equivalent professional experience, and have an active professional creative practice. Teaching experience preferred

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: The University of the Arts—a leader in developing visual and performing artists and designers since 1876—is the only university in the United States that allows its students to collaborate across traditional lines. With more than 30 majors, 30 minors and 13 graduate programs in visual arts, performing arts, design and liberal studies, UArts develops alumni who are not only leaders in their disciplines, but also creative thinkers able to succeed in any path they choose. Our nearly 1,900 students study and create on our campus in the heart of Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts, the city’s cultural center, within walking distance of hundreds of galleries, museums, theaters and other performing arts venues.

TO APPLY: Interested qualified applicants should submit the documents on the following list via email to Jacquelyn Sullivan, Administrative Assistant to the Director of the School of Art, jasullivan@uarts.edu. Please ensure job title is in the Subject line.

  • A letter of application detailing qualifications.
  • An up-to-date CV.
  • Statement of teaching philosophy.
  • Sample syllabi for those with teaching experience.
  • A digital portfolio of examples of recent professional and/or personal work and examples of work by students, if the candidate has teaching experience.
  • The contact information for three professional references.

The preferred submission format for all materials other than video samples, is a single email attachment (single PDF or zipped folder) 2MB–5MB in size.

Submissions materials other than cover letter, CV, teaching philosophy, syllabi, reference list, video files, and PDF portfolios will not be reviewed. Please do not submit supplemental materials or letters unless they are requested. Screening begins January 20, 2018 and continues until the position is filled.

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