June 1st or earlier prefered start date
Oregon College of Art and Craft is dedicated to Craft as the creative material practice at the core of art and design. OCAC’s mentor-based learning community fosters self-reliant, entrepreneurial, globally conscious critical and innovative makers.
The Oregon College of Art and Craft seeks a Visiting Ceramics Faculty and Technician. This is an exempt full-time position with maximum two year appointment with yearly renewal evaluation. The Visiting faculty and technician in Ceramics teaches two undergraduate courses per year as an instructor of record and manages and maintains the Ceramics facility in support of both degree and continuing education programs. See the course descriptions and studio information at OCAC.edu
Visiting Faculty and Technician in Ceramics: OCAC seeks to hire an individual, collegial and approachable, who will bring diverse perspectives to the department with an extensive knowledge of Ceramics techniques and processes. OCAC seeks to hire a self motivated individual who will excel at working with a broad range of students in both degree and continuing education programs. The successful candidate will demonstrate exceptional teaching effectiveness, be able to organize the studio, purchase and maintain needed equipment and materials, and be an advocate and representative for the Ceramics department to various college and outside entities.
The visiting faculty and Technician in Ceramics reports to the Ceramics Department Head, supervises 2-5 work study students and supports continuing education programs as well as degree programs. The teaching responsibilities in the degree program requires approximately 12 hours per week and technician responsibilities requires 28 hours per week during the academic year. In the summer (12 weeks), there is no teaching assignment in the degree program and technician duties may require 20 hours per week. Additional opportunities in teaching continuing education classes/workshops in the summer may be available per individual’s interest and qualification with additional compensation. The salary including teaching and facility management is $31,000 with benefits.
Application Information: To apply, submit all application materials in one PDF document to firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject line attn: Ceramics Search). Review of applications begins April 17th and continues until position is filled.
Letter of interest addressing your abilities and experience in both teaching and ceramics studio management. Please address experience with both gas and electric kilns.
Image portfolios: 10 images of student work with assignment details and 20 images of personal work with image details
List of three references with contact information and relationship details
Duties and responsibilities:
Teaches two for credit degree courses per academic year as instructor of record.
Serves on a faculty committee as part of service to the college.
May serve on undergraduate and graduate Thesis, Independent Study and Tutorial advising and committees.
Oversees the organization, operation, maintenance and repair of studio, tools and equipment including kilns and firings.
Maintains current equipment and materials inventories, purchasing for all classes and workshops, building relationships with vendors and business office.
Prepares and supervises preparation of clay and glazes.
Oversees departmental safety requirements including disposal of hazardous materials, kiln safety, and personal safety equipment.
Supervises Work Study students.
Prepares or supervises the preparation of the studio for classes and workshops.
Oversees scheduled studio end-of-semester clean-up days (Fall and Spring Semesters).
Supports and Manages other college wide needs and events
Other Studio duties as needed.
May be responsible for the studio in the absence of the Department Head.
MFA or equivalent terminal degree
Strong creative practice with a proven record of effectiveness and growth
Advanced training in ceramics, including a broad range of ceramic processes from clay and glaze formulation to kiln technology and repair.
Understanding firing theory with the ability to load and fire a variety of kilns
Strong problem solving skills as well as supervisory and communication skills
Attentiveness to detail with a sense of humor, patience and diplomacy
Oregon College of Art and Craft is committed to equal employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, age or disability. In addition, the College is committed to improving employment opportunities for and utilization of people who may have been denied equal opportunity in society at large. The College encourages application from people of color.