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Apply now Job no: 244423-FA
Work type: Faculty-Full Time, Onsite
Location: Madison
Categories: Faculty

Job Summary:

Maintain an active studio practice of nationally recognized quality that will meet tenure expectations at a research institution. Participate in service activities at the local, state, and national level as well as the University. Meet the teaching, research, and service expectations of the department and university. Teach undergraduate and graduate level ceramic courses and serve on MA and MFA graduate student committees. Candidate will also have the opportunity to teach special topics classes to graduate and undergraduate students in the Department. Must meet the teaching, research, and service expectations of the Department and University. Demonstrate an active commitment to the continued growth and development of the undergraduate and graduate program. Advise and mentor graduate students within an interdisciplinary Art Department. Maintain and supervise all aspects of the Ceramic area within a large and vibrant Art Department.

On-site Equipment: dedicated hand building and wheel throwing areas, glaze room, clay mixing room, plaster room, 20 electric pottery wheels (Shimpo/Brent), 2 Bailley gas kilns (40 cu/ft), 1 Bailey gas kiln (16 cu/ft), 2 Frederickson electric kilns (20 cu/ft), 4 round Bailey electric kilns (10 cu/ft), 1 Oval Bailey electric kiln (16 cu/ft), 2 slab rollers, 2 test kilns, 1 mold dry box, 1 laser printer for sepia decals, 1 ball mill.

In 2021 the UW-Madison Ceramics Program turns 110 years old. In 1911, the Department of Manual Arts was constituted within the College of Letters and Science and pottery was taught in the fall of 1912. The course was described as 'the study of clay as a medium of expression on the public schools.' William Harrison Varnum taught pottery until 1915 then Della Wilson joined the faculty and taught until her retirement in 1952. From 1951-1977 Harvey K. Littleton taught ceramics until founding the Paoli Clay Company and the nation's first university-based studio glass program. Since then the ceramics program has been directed by: Wayne Taylor, Don Reitz, Bruce Breckenridge, Elaine Scheer and Paul Sacaridiz. The ceramics program is currently headed by Gerit Grimm.

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Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Terminal Degree
MFA or equivalent professional experience is required by the start date.


The Art Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking an innovative, practicing artist in the field of contemporary ceramics with a record of outstanding professional accomplishments. Applicants should display a commitment to ceramic materials and an expansive vision of the role it plays in relation to contemporary culture and art making practices. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with the existing faculty member in ceramics to develop a progressive and innovative program. Must be able to teach all aspects of ceramic production including kiln firing, glaze formulation, mold making and surface development and demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of both historical precedents and contemporary theory and practice along with a desire to expand the boundaries of the medium. Ideal candidates will bring specific knowledge of their practice and discipline and additionally be able to teach and work in a broad-based, multifaceted interdisciplinary Department. Two years of college teaching preferred but not required.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:

UW-Madison employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to January 18, 2022 or the first day of employment, whichever comes later. An individual is considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the single-dose vaccine or two weeks after the second dose in a two-dose vaccination series. Medical or religious accommodations will be considered. Please visit for more information.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

This position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:


Anticipated Begin Date:

AUGUST 22, 2022


ACADEMIC (9 months)

How to Apply:

Please submit the following items through as one complete file:
1. Letter of application stating your studio practice and how experience and credentials make you a good fit for this position
2. Teaching philosophy
3. Proposals or Syllabi for introductory and advanced level courses
4. Curriculum Vitae
5. A list of names/email addresses/telephone numbers of 3 references (no recommendation letters)
6. Documentation of artwork: submit up to 20 images
7. Documentation of student artwork: submit up to 20 images

The deadline for assuring full consideration is December 29, 2021, however, the position will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.


Timothy Mccarty
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Official Title:

Professor(FA020) or Associate Professor(FA030) or Assistant Professor(FA040)

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  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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