Assistant Professor in Sculpture Sought by NKU School of the Arts

Working Title NKU_SOTA logoAssistant Professor in Sculpture
Department School of the Arts
Full Time or Part Time? Full Time
Commitment to Inclusive Excellence Northern Kentucky University (NKU) seeks excellence by enriching its educational environment and culture through the diversity of its administration, faculty and staff and by embracing inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of its work. NKU is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. We encourage applications by members of diverse groups and by persons with a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity and experience in achieving goals relative to inclusive excellence.
Purpose of Position The Visual Arts program in the School of the Arts (SOTA) at Northern Kentucky University (NKU) invites applications for a full-time tenure track position in Sculpture. The sculpture program at NKU is part of the Spatial Arts area that offers an approach to artmaking which is media diverse and emphasizes both technical skills and conceptual development. We seek a dynamic teacher that can help grow interest in the area with support from ceramics area coordinator and full-time shop technician. The Visual Arts program offers BA and BFA degrees in Studio Art. The position will begin in August of 2022. We are seeking a dedicated educator-scholar to teach in our dynamic, profession-oriented program. A successful candidate should be knowledgeable and proficient in traditional sculpture, contemporary / interdisciplinary approaches and embrace the expanding fields of sculpture.

Established in 1968, NKU is a 15,000-student, nationally recognized, growing metropolitan university located seven miles from downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Greater Cincinnati is a hub for the arts such as the Cincinnati Art Museum, Contemporary Arts Center, 21c Museum Hotel with a vibrant arts scene including notable galleries. Cincinnati offers an outstanding quality of life, a dynamic arts community, and an affordable cost of living. NKU is committed to active engagement with the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region of over two million people.

The Visual Arts, Music, and Theatre and Dance programs make up the School of the Arts that sit in the College of Arts and Sciences at Northern Kentucky University. The Visual Arts Program offers a unique and challenging opportunity for aspiring artists and designers who seek professional training in the arts. All programs of study share a fundamental commitment to the premise that for the next generation of creative artists and educators to face the challenges of the 21st century they must be equipped with the creative and intellectual tools to succeed. Visual Arts Program has 19 full-time faculty and 4 full-time staff that embrace a comprehensive hands-on approach of working with materials and techniques while developing critical thinking skills related to the various visual arts disciplines and studio training. In addition, our NKU Art Galleries serve as a premier venue for the exhibition of high-quality artworks from regional, national, and international artists as well as a creative forum for students, the campus community, and region.

Primary Responsibilities The primary responsibilities of this position are to teach three undergraduate level courses per semester in sculpture (or other art courses to meet program needs and candidate’s expertise); share oversight of curriculum; maintain creative/professional achievement; service to the university, and community. We encourage exploration of diversity through our topics courses and collaboration across the campus and region.

Additional responsibilities include student mentoring, sculpture studio management, portfolio/senior show reviews, and providing direction and guidance for advancing the University’s strategic priorities of inclusive excellence, student retention, and graduation. Spatial Arts is located in a dedicated facility that includes a state of the art woodshop, metal shop, and foundry. Also housed in the facility are wheel throwing and hand building areas, a glaze room, clay mixing room, and kilns. The spatial arts area has a full-time shop technician/project coordinator to assist students and faculty in the use of facilities and equipment.

Qualifications Minimum qualifications include an M.F.A. in sculpture or its equivalent in Sculpture, Studio Arts or another relevant discipline, an active professional creative practice in sculpture, a strong exhibition record, demonstrated knowledge of sculpture techniques, and well versed in contemporary/historical practice. Demonstrated commitment and/or experience promoting and fostering a learning environment that is supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds and cross-cultural perspectives. The position includes opportunities to shape curricula and be part of a team of committed colleagues and dedicated students.

College-level teaching experience preferred.

Applicants should clearly demonstrate strengths and technical experience in the afore-mentioned areas of expertise. To apply, submit the following items electronically to (may either include a link to a URL or submit PDF attachments (9MB) maximum for each item).

  1. Cover Letter (outlining qualifications)
  2. CV
  3. Names and Contact Information of 3 references
  4. Diversity Statement*
  5. Artist Statement / Research Interests
  6. Portfolio of Professional Work – (20 images of personal work with descriptions/image list)
  7. Teaching Philosophy
  8. Portfolio of Student Work – (20 images of student work with descriptions/image list)

*The diversity statement should provide the candidate’s unique perspective on their past and present contributions to and future aspirations for promoting diversity, inclusion, and social justice in their professional career. (In line with the University’s Affirmative Action Policy, candidates are not expected to disclose their identity or membership either in the diversity statement or in other application documents submitted to the search committee. Demographic information is solicited through the application process; however, those data are confidential and are not provided to members of the search committee.)

Any candidate who is offered a position at NKU will be required to go through a pre-employment criminal background check as mandated by state law. Questions regarding the use of the website should be directed to the Human Resources Department at

Questions regarding the nature of the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Brad McCombs, Visual Arts Program Head, via email:

Suggested application deadline:
Review of applications will begin on January 10, 2022 and continue until the position has been filled. (For full consideration we encourage applications before January 10.)

For additional information on NKU, visit and

Minimum Education MFA
Preferred Education MFA
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