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Apply now Job no: 218961-FA
Work type: Faculty-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Instructional, Library, Museum, Arts

Position Summary:

The Art Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking an innovative, practicing artist in the field of contemporary wood/furniture with a record of outstanding professional accomplishments.The Department is known nationwide for its rigor, dedicated faculty, and accomplished students and alumni. This position offers the opportunity to work within an internationally known wood program that integrates comprehensive technical training with a rigorous critical approach to the material.

Principal Duties:

The successful candidate will:

- Teach a load of 2 classes and 1 section of graduate independent study per semester to undergraduate and graduate students from across the Department (Non-Majors, Certificate, Majors: BA, BFA, MA, and MFA) in undergraduate and graduate level courses and special topics in a wide range/variety of wood art practices.
- Serve on graduate committees with MA and MFA candidates and advise and mentor graduate students within an interdisciplinary Art Department.
- Provide leadership, mentoring, and guidance to students.
- Demonstrate an active commitment to the continued growth and development of the undergraduate and graduate program and community.
- Maintain and supervise all aspects of the Wood area within a large and vibrant Art Department.
- Build and maintain a studio practice at a nationally recognized level, at a level 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.

The successful candidate should be a practicing artist who will contribute to the intellectual and academic life of the department through Research, Teaching and Service within a vibrant art department of 29 faculty members. The desire and ability to interface with all areas of the Art Department is a significant facet of the position. The successful candidate must meet the teaching, research, and service expectations of the department and university.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

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

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Candidate must hold an MFA degree in Art with a specialization in Wood.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Applicants should display a solid understanding of a broad range of woodworking processes, while exhibiting a strong commitment to teaching within an interdisciplinary, studio-based art program.

The wood facility is a 5000 square foot space with a classroom, office, separate graduate student studios, two machine rooms, a finishing/spray room, and a dedicated visiting artist work-space with an office. The facility includes a complete complement of power equipment and hand tools. A CNC router and laser engravers are accessible in other work areas within the Art Department.

We seek candidates with outstanding professional accomplishments who can show evidence of teaching capabilities at the undergraduate and graduate levels. A well-rounded understanding of both historical precedents and contemporary theory and practice is required for this position along with a desire to expand the boundaries of the medium. Applicants with experience working with diverse populations preferred.

Additional Information:

The current student population for the department is 200 Undergraduates, 60 Graduates, and 250 Certificate students. The Art Department is committed to teaching in the context of a major research university and a vibrant intellectual community. Its mission is based on the premise that art is the nexus of all the humanities and that creative expression in the visual arts has provided some of the most enduring contributions to society and culture. The Art Department strives to provide both a fertile and challenging environment for aesthetic and critical engagement, and the technical skills necessary for the practice of art in the changing landscape of the twenty-first century. It encourages innovation and cross-disciplinary activity and believes that students should utilize the vast academic resources of the university to inform and deepen their artistic vision.

The Art Department and the University of Wisconsin-Madison are committed to fostering faculty diversity. We encourage applications from potential candidates of all race, class gender, sexuality, ability and nationality, religious and other group identities; and we encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate ability to foster an inclusive work environment and work with students from diverse backgrounds. Candidates who can contribute to these goals are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in these areas.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

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Anticipated Begin Date:

AUGUST 17, 2020


ACADEMIC (9 months)

Instructions to Applicants:

Applications must be submitted online. You must upload the following:

1. Letter of application stating 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 as one document.
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 as one document.
7. Documentation of student artwork: submit up to 20 images as one document.

The deadline for assuring full consideration is February 18, 2020, however positions will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.


Peter Saupe
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Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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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The University of Wisconsin Art Department is nationally ranked among the top 15 in Overall Fine Arts Programs and #1 in Printmaking by the U.S. News and World Report.

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