Assistant Professor | Fabrication Studios Coordinator
Full-time, Non-tenure Track Faculty
Rocky Mountain College Of Art + Design (RMCAD)
The Departments Of Fine Art + Foundations
Priority Deadline November 13th, 2020
The Department of Fine Arts and Foundations at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design invites qualified applicants for the position of Fabrication Studios Coordinator supporting the Fine Arts and Foundation Studies areas of the college. The position is full-time with a rank of Assistant Professor and collaborates with the faculty and departmental personnel. This is a dual role focused in teaching ceramics, sculpture, 3D Design, contemporary practice and facilities oversight.
In addition to teaching, the Fabrication Studios Coordinator is responsible for the advancement of Fabrication Studios education, equipment maintenance and the facilities. Areas of oversight include the wood shops, mold making area, and ceramic studio. Nights and weekends may be necessary depending on the scheduling of classes and open shop needs. The successful candidate is also expected to maintain a dynamic studio practice and work collaboratively across the college. Other responsibilities include supporting the student-centered paradigm, curriculum development, and working collaboratively across the college in support of the institution’s mission and values.
The successful candidate will teach five classes a year, support the Fine Art + Foundations facilities 17 hours a week, and contribute to departmental service. During the 17 hour a week period, the Fabrication Studios Coordinator will provide technical expertise to students and faculty.
RMCAD is committed to promoting academic excellence throughvigorous and engaged pedagogical practices. Through professional development and asacademics and educators, our faculty provides the necessary skills for artists to develop as engaged citizens and actualized human beings prepared to flourish in a complexglobal world. Students in Foundations + Fine Arts study in a variety of academic disciplines that emphasizethe knowledge base to pursue an informed, meaningful, and effective studio practice.
- A willingness to work collaboratively with faculty and to mentor students from a wide range ofdisciplines, cultures, and academic backgrounds is essential
- Lead the development of ceramics curriculum and instruct students.
- Oversee material inventories, material orders, mix glazes and slips, reclaim clay, fires kilns, conduct kiln repairs as needed, maintaining firing logs, and glaze databases
- Create, implement, and administer safety protocols through education and training of all faculty and students while documenting and authenticating certification of safety training for all shop and ceramic facilities users
- Orient and train the members of the faculty, staff, students and the greater RMCAD community on the procedures specific to wood shop and ceramic areas
- Actively assist faculty and students with fabrication and design questions
- Coordinate, develop, and conduct three workshops a semester for undergraduate students and faculty
- Execute daily operations and maintenance of Fine Arts and Foundation areas, ensuring that all equipment functions effectively, the facilities are clean, and supplies are available for each class
- Establish shop utilization metrics of student, faculty, and staff, workshops, and consumable materials provided by the shops
- Manage the end of term turnover and clean up of the shops every 8 weeks to ensure the successful start-up of the following term
- Make recommendations to improve efficiency, including recommendations for staffing.
- Actively participate in campus and department meetings, as well as, department initiatives.
- Responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of assigned work-study students. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees and work studies; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
- A Master of Fine Arts
- Demonstrated and significant experience working with a variety of ceramic and sculpture materials, mold making and casting, and knowledge of woodworking techniques
- Evidence of a dynamic professional practice and engagement in the field field though exhibitions, publications, or similar endeavors
- Must relocate to the Denver Metro area
- Significant experience in contemporary practice integrating ceramics and non-ceramic materials/approaches is preferred
- Expertise in curriculum building and teaching in the area of ceramics with a strong knowledge base in contemporary practice
- University-level teaching experience
- University-level online teaching experience
- Evidence of exemplary student engagement and advanced pedagogical strategies
- Leadership experience or evidence of high-level university service
- Applicants whose studio practice and teaching are engaged in the inclusion of diverse perspectives are encouraged to apply
Review of applications will commence immediately and priority is given to applicants who apply by November 13th. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
- A cover letter describing your interest in RMCAD, qualifications, and a preferred salary range. Please keep letters between one and two pages.
- A 1-2 page statement of teaching philosophy, including demonstrated experience and a commitment to teaching a diverse student body. Please address how the applicants cultural, experiential, and/or academic background contributes diversity and inclusion.
- A 1-2 page artist statement including research interests,connections to Art History, connections to contemporary culture, research accomplishments, and goals for the future.
- A list of three references including the name, title, relationship to applicant, email address, and phone number
- A sample of an original assignment created by the applicant for the foundation-level and a second original assignment created for an upper-division course.
- Submit an additional PDF or website link including:
- a professional portfolio of 10-20 works with project descriptions
- a student work portfolio of 10-20 works with project descriptions
- Unofficial Transcripts; the successful candidate will submit official transcripts
- Please keep PDFs under 5 MB
About the Department:
The unified Departments of Fine Arts and Foundations serve RMCAD’s BFA degrees in Animation, Art Education, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Game Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, and Photography. The Foundations area educates students in the development of creative studio practice by fostering individualized and collaborative learning emphasizing cultural engagement, process, and visual literacy. The Fine Arts area develops conceptual and technical abilities in students to pursue creative professional careers, individual studio practices, or advanced education in the arts.
Our curriculum takes a multi-disciplinary approach to art-making. Students experience a broad range of disciplines to better align with the ways contemporary artists are working today. We encourage our students to contribute to the ongoing dialogue of creative culture and to pursue life-long scholarship and creativity.
About the College
The Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design is a growing and dynamic community of diverse educators and practicing artists. RMCAD was established in 1963 by Philip J. Steele, who had the vision to provide students with a quality higher education in art and design. RMCAD continues to experience growth since its comparatively modest beginnings and now thrives on a lush, historic campus including more than 23 acres of land and 16 buildings. RMCAD currently enrolls over 1,200 students and is dedicated to living its mission and values, specifically that “Our students come first.” The college continuously works with faculty and staff towards developing an evolving student-ready paradigm.
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design commits itself to the tenants of change, growth, and action, which embrace diversity as an integral part of the academic and professional community. Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is an accredited institutional member of National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design is a non-tenure institution.
RMCAD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.