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Academic Posting in the Faculty of Humanities

School of the Arts
Tenure-Track Position, Assistant Professor Level

The School of the Arts at McMaster University is seeking an experienced Sculptor for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor to commence July 1, 2017. McMaster is one of three universities in the province of Ontario that operates a foundry, and the ideal candidate will be able to optimize the value of this facility for the program and the students, as well as provide dynamic leadership on and off campus in the area of contemporary sculptural practice. Candidates must have: an MFA degree in sculpture; experience at university-level teaching; a strong record of research that demonstrates potential for further professional growth, as measured by national and international exhibitions, grants, and residencies.

McMaster University is a research-intensive, teaching-centered institution in Hamilton, Ontario (70 km/43 miles from Toronto and 104 km/64 miles from Buffalo). A renovation of facilities and new construction was completed in 2015, creating the Dr. Robert and Andrée Rhéaume Fitzhenry Art studios. There are significant opportunities for interdisciplinary research and teaching on campus, as well as engagement with a vibrant local and regional arts community.

Candidates must demonstrate evidence of the following in both their teaching and studio practice:

  • Knowledge of historical and contemporary methodologies and conceptual frameworks
  • Working knowledge and professional experience in maintaining and operating foundry and ceramic equipment and facilities
  • Expertise in foundry, including: mould making, operation of furnace and kiln, casting procedures in aluminum and bronze
  • Expertise in ceramics, including: glaze recipes and applications, clay bodies, kiln firing, hand-built and wheel-thrown approaches, as well as various mould-related techniques
  • Knowledge of metal and wood fabrication
  • Knowledge of new approaches to sculpture, such as: kinetic, interactive, installation, and/or integrated digital/electronic applications
  • Versatility to integrate sculptural approaches with other studio areas, and potential to collaborate with campus research faculty including Mechanical Engineering
  • Knowledge of up-to-date health and safety operating procedures, and an interest in working in an Art program that emphasizes environmental responsibility and ecological practices

Undergraduate teaching responsibilities will be in the areas of foundry, ceramics, foundational sculpture courses, integrated media, community collaborations, fieldwork, and supervision of upper-level independent study in all areas of studio practice.

Applications must include:

  • Letter of application outlining philosophies of both teaching and research Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 confidential letters of recommendation sent directly to the School of the Arts
  • Up to 5 Course outlines and/or examples of project descriptions that detail parameters of process/expectations for outcomes
  • Visual documentation* of professional practice in sculpture, demonstrating knowledge and experience in the areas identified above (no more than 20 examples)
  • Visual documentation* of student work in sculpture, including evidence of communicating teaching processes to students (no more than 20 examples)

* Visual documentation can include images and/or short videos and must correspond to a detailed image list (title, date, media, dimensions). All documents, including visual documentation, must be presented in pdf form and may incorporate active links to professional websites and reviews.

Applications and supporting documents (except for recommendation letters) must be submitted in one PDF file by applying online via the McMaster Academic Careers website at:
(Faculty Positions, Job Opening ID 13049)

Confidential letters of recommendations should be addressed to Dr. Alison McQueen and sent directly to the School of the Arts by email to:

Complete applications, including supporting documents, which are received by April 24, 2017, will be assured of consideration. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority for these positions.

To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements:

Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

McMaster University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons, members of racialized communities and LGBTQ-identified persons.

If you require any form of accommodation throughout the recruitment and selection procedure, please contact the Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247).

Posted: March 24, 2017





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