Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Art in Sculpture, Amherst College


The Department of Art and the History of Art invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor in sculpture. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2022. Within the last decade, Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socio-economic status, ethnicity, race, and nationality. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst’s students are Pell grant recipients; 43 percent of our students are domestic students of color; and 10 percent of our students are international students. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.

We seek a broad thinker and technically skilled artist who is dedicated to teaching both established and experimental approaches in sculpture at all levels. The ability and interest in contributing to the teaching of fundamental departmental core courses, such as drawing and design, for example, are essential.

The ideal candidate will have an M.F.A. degree or the professional equivalent, at least three years of teaching experience, an established exhibition record, and be conversant in critical discourses related to the history and practice of sculpture. We will consider a broad range of applicants, including those working in socially engaged or material-based practice; public art; object making; installation; and other forms. We welcome candidates whose work engages the complexities of the contemporary world. The colleague we seek will expose students to historical and contemporary art issues in sculpture, help students hone skills in visual literacy and critical assessment, and challenge students to develop strategies to realize interdisciplinary content in inventive ways.

The position involves teaching four courses per year; engagement in the life of the department and the college; advising students, including advising senior honors projects; maintaining and building an active exhibition record; overseeing the sculpture studios; and working to foster a progressive atmosphere for exploring the arts within a liberal arts college context.

Candidates are asked to send to apply.interfolio.com/87700 a CV, a letter of interest that summarizes the candidate’s approach to both artmaking and teaching, twenty images and/or videos of work, two to three sample syllabi, up to twenty examples of student work (if available), and the contact information for three to five references. Review of applications will begin on October 25, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.

Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages persons of all genders, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The college is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.


Amherst College
Department of Art & the History of Art
17 Fayerweather Drive, Room 107
Amherst, MA 01002-5000