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Visiting Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Foundations

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Fine & Performing Arts

Position Title

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Foundations

About the University

Western Washington University, located 90 miles from Seattle and 50 miles from Vancouver, BC, enjoys a strong reputation as a quality, comprehensive institution of higher education.  The University's physical environment is rich in artistic diversity.  The campus features the Western Gallery, a student gallery and internationally acclaimed Public Art Collection including the works of Magdalena Abakanowicz, Alice Aycock, Anthony Caro, Mark di Suvero, Donald Judd, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Isamu Noguchi, Tom Otterness, Beverly Pepper, Richard Serra, and Do Ho Suh among many others.

The WWU campus over looks the town of Bellingham (pop. 80,000).  It is on the northern shores of the Salish Sea, whose 450 islands, fishing, tourism and recreation are an important part of the regional economy, which is also rich in agriculture and forest products.  Bellingham has easy access to the snow-capped volcanic peaks of the Cascade Mountains, and innumerable mountain lakes.  Bellingham has a low population density of fewer than 3,000 per square mile.  It is bike friendly and has many recreational spaces and parks in town and throughout the county.  Bellingham is located between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia and can be easily reached by car, bus, train, or air.

About the Department

The Art and Art History Department strives to further Western's identity as an institution that welcomes and embraces diversity and encourages applications from diverse candidates.  The department currently offers courses in New York City, France, Italy, Japan and has a robust visiting artist program.  There are fourteen full-time faculty members in the Department of Art and Art History: one Art Education, nine Art Studio faculty members, and four Art Historians.

About the Position

  • Teach Sculpture courses in wood, metals and mixed media, incorporating a conceptual approach with traditional processes
  • Teach 3D foundations courses
  • Manage comprehensive sculpture studio with the support of the instructional technician; sculpture studio contains a wood shop and metalworking facility including bronze casting
  • Contribute to the BFA program, advising three BFA students on their capstone projects and exhibition preparations
  • Maintain an active program of scholarship/creative activity 

Required Qualifications

  • MFA or equivalent terminal degree
  • Strong exhibition record
  • Teaching experience at the university or college level in sculpture and/or 3D foundations
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate learning and working environments that are equitable and inclusive os students and colleagues with diverse social identities and backgrounds
  • Expertise in a range of traditional 3D processes
  • Wide knowledge of contemporary sculpture
  • Knowledge of art history and critical theory as related to contemporary art practice

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience managing a sculpture studio
  • National, and/or international exhibition record


 $55,000 including a generous benefit package

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

A complete application should include:

  • A letter of application that highlights and addresses the requirements above
  • CV
  • Artist statement
  • Teaching philosophy, including how your past experience has prepared you to cultivate equitable and inclusive learning environments
  • Two syllabi of courses taught at university/college level
  • 20 images of professional artist work with description sheet contained in a single file (jpegs, pdf, or slideshow)
  • 20 images of student work with description sheet contained in a single file
  • MFA unofficial transcript
  • Names and contact information for 3 references

Closing Date Notes

Application review begins June 17, 2018; position is open until filled

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay). All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.


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