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Assistant Professor of Sculpture

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

Position Title Assistant Professor of Sculpture
About the University

Western Washington University, located approximately a 1 1/2 hour drive from Vancouver, B.C, and Seattle, enjoys a strong reputation as a quality, comprehensive institution of higher education.  The University's physical environment is rich in artistic diversity.  University galleries offer faculty and students opportunities to reach a public audience.  The campus features the Western Gallery, a student-operated gallery and an internationally acclaimed Sculpture Collection including the works of Magdalena Abakanowicz, Alice Aycock, Anthony Caro, Mark di Suvero, Lloyd Hamrol, Donald Judd, Robert Maki, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Isamu Noguchi, Tom Otterness, Beverly Pepper, Richard Serra, George Trakas, Do Ho Suh and Sarah Sze (forthcoming).  There are fourteen full-time faculty members in the Department of Art and Art History.  The department currently offers field courses in New York City, France, Italy, and Japan and has a robust visiting artist program.  The department provides an immersive learning environment and the delivery of academic excellence within the three interrelated areas of Art Studio, Art Education, and Art History to form an inclusive, socially engaged community that embraces the liberal arts tradition.

The WWU campus overlooks the town of Bellingham (pop. 89,054).  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 snowcapped volcanic peaks of the Cascade Mountains, and innumerable mountain lakes.  Bellingham has a low population density of less than 3,000 per square mile.  it is bike friendly and has many recreational spaces and parks in town and throughout the county.  Significant art venues in the area and region include The Whatcom Museum of Art, Museum of Northwest Art, and the Pilchuk Glass School - an international center for glass art education.  Bellingham is located between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia, and can be easily reached by numerous modes of transportation.

About the Department

The Art and Art History Department is exemplary in furthering WWU's identity as an institution that welcomes and embraces diversity.  The Department and the College support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement.  We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.  The Department and the College are committed to promoting diversity and excellence in our students, faculty, and staff.  The Department provides an immersive learning environment featuring a wide range of studio disciplines and culturally diverse art history courses.  The program facilitates cross-cultural engagement throughout the curriculum, while also providing the opportunity for both faculty and students to teach beyond the classroom through travel-based courses.

The WWU Sculpture facility has a large 1470 square foot classroom and plaster area with appropriate sinks, tables and a digital projector and roll-up screen.  Adjacent to the classroom is an 860 sf wood shop with a "Saw Stop" table saw, three band saws, power miter box, planer/joiner, stationary sanding machines, dust collection system, drill press and associated wood working hand tools and proper ventilation.  A partially covered outdoor courtyard is directly accessible from the wood or metal studios.  The foundry has a separate room with an electric wax pot and wax work area, a burn out kiln for investment molds, two McEnglevan B702 furnaces for melting bronze or aluminum and the necessary electric winch, tongs, shank, crucibles, high temp protective clothing and ventilation, etc.  Tools and equipment are maintained by the Instructional Technician.

The Studio Area plan of study includes a foundational suite of courses in 2D, 3D, and Arts and Ideas.  These courses prepare students to enter into upper level courses in any of our Studio Area concentrations, which include: Ceramics, Drawing, Fibers, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Time-Based Arts.  All Studio Area faculty share teaching responsibilities in the Foundations Curriculum and develop curriculum for and teach in their own Area.

About the Position

Teach Sculpture courses at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels, incorporating contemporary practice with traditional processes in wood, metals, and mixed media.  The position requires a strong commitment to teaching.  The successful candidate will be expected to fulfill teaching and mentoring responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students.

  • Teach 3D Foundations courses
  • Share responsibility with Ceramics and Fibers for management of 3D Foundations studio
  • Participate in Foundations curriculum design and teach other Foundation courses as needed as well as our capstone professional practice courses
  • Manage comprehensive sculpture studio with the support of the instructional technician
  • Contribute to the BA & BFA program, advising BFA students on their capstone projects and exhibition preparations
  • Participate in BA student advisement
  • Maintain an active program of scholarship/creative activity
  • Participate in university, college, and departmental committee work and governance activities


Required Qualifications
  • MFA or equivalent terminal degree
  • Strong exhibition record reflecting contemporary practices
  • Two years minimum teaching experience at the university level in sculpture and 3D foundations, beyond graduate assistantships
  • Experience managing a sculpture studio
  • Expertise in a range of traditional Sculpture processes
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of contemporary sculpture, including installation and intermedia practices
  • Knowledge of art history and critical theory as related to contemporary art practice
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with diverse students and colleagues
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience integrating new technologies and digital media with traditional processes in university-level sculpture courses
  • National, and/or international exhibition record


 Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

All applications must be submitted electronically via PageUp.  Applications should include (1) a letter of application that highlights and addresses the required and preferred qualifications as listed above, as well as (2) a CV, (3) artist statement, (4) teaching philosophy, including how your past experience has prepared you to work effectively with a diverse student body (5) syllabi of courses taught at university level, (6) 20 images of professional artist work with description sheet contained in a single file (jpegs, pdf or slideshow), (7) 20 images of student work with evidence in Wood, Metal and Intermedia Forms with description sheet contained in a single file, (8) MFA transcript copies, and (9) names and contact information for 3 references.

Closing Date Notes Position closes 01/15/2019

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);

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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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