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Assistant/Associate Professor of Glass

Department: Fine Arts
Position: Full-time (10-month), tenure-track position
Salary: Assistant Professor approximately $48,000; Associate Professor approximately $52,000 depending on experience/academic year plus full benefits
Union Affiliation: MFPE
Posting Date:  November 2018
Start Date: August 1, 2019

Description

This position will require the successful candidate to operate a comprehensive Glass Program and its respective studios and equipment. The position requires the candidate to have experience with all pertaining disciplines of the Glass Program’s curriculum: hot-glass, artistic torchworking, scientific glassworking, casting, fusing, pate de verre, coldworking and neon. The accepted candidate will teach a 3/3 course load to educate undergraduate students towards a one-year Certificate, a two-year Associate of Art, a minor, or a Bachelor of Art degree in Glass. The Fine Arts Department has an established endowment to support student scholarships, equipment, materials and student recruitment.

The candidate will oversee the glass and ceramics studios, including: maintenance of specialized studio equipment; ordering supplies; requesting equipment repairs; overseeing materials, supply budgets, course fees, and inventory; and maintaining a level of safety, cleanliness, and organization in these studios. Understanding and implementation of current health and safety operating procedures and MSDS standards.

As a member of the faculty, the candidate is expected to: teach assigned courses in accordance with relevant academic policies, maintain regular office hours, participate in academic advisement, program assessment, recruitment events, student portfolio reviews and mentorship programs; assist with student exhibition and capstone experiences, engage in scholarship or creative research reflected through exhibitions and professional practice, and serve the department and university through participation in committee work and events. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with visual arts faculty, staff, and students.

The Glass Program courses are designed to offer students the opportunity to focus on specific disciplines of glass working, or to provide a more comprehensive education in the various disciplines of glass making. Students are encouraged to incorporate their backgrounds and focuses of research, beyond glass, to inspire and create original artworks. In collaboration with the visual arts faculty, the successful candidate will also oversee the Visiting Artist Program in Glass, inviting at least two visiting artists per year.

The University of Montana Western’s mission statement states: The University of Montana Western differentiates itself and achieves academic excellence by sustaining a culture of concentrated experiential education. All Montana Western faculty are therefore expected to create experiential learning environments where students take an active role in their own learning.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will hold a MFA in Glass or studio art with a focus on glass. Professional experience as a scientific glass blower as well as neon and encasement (soft glass or borosilicate) experience. Experience operating and managing a glass facility: annealers, furnances, gloryholes, and coldshop equipment. Experience with hot casting, kiln casting, fusing, slumping, pate de verre, and coldworking. Proficiency at torchworking (bench and hand torches, and lathe experience) and off-hand (hot-glass). Experience purchasing and equipping a studio with the necessary materials for the students to create successful artwork. Working relationships with colleagues in art-glass to provide students with exciting visiting artists, internship opportunities, and inviting professional glass artists. The ability to work well as a member of a team is essential.

Application

Application materials should include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, copies of all graduate or professional level transcripts, and names and contact information for at least three professional references. Application should include 20 images of applicant’s creative work and 20 images of student work, demonstrating listed glass techniques (formatted as a PDF).

Application materials should be sent to:

Patti Lake
Payroll & Benefits Supervisor
The University of Montana Western
710 South Atlantic Street
Dillon, MT 59725
patricia.lake@umwestern.edu

For questions, call Dr. Brent Poe McCabe @ (406) 683-7405. Review of applications will begin in December  and continue until the position is filled.

The University & Dillon Area

The University of Montana Western is a dynamic, innovative, undergraduate university with over 60 full-time faculty and 1,500 students. It is located in Dillon, Montana in the scenic Rocky Mountains and has been awarded numerous top national rankings for delivering high quality, affordable education.

Montana Western is the only public four-year college in the nation offering Experience One (X1), experiential learning delivered on the block schedule. Class sizes are small and students take a single course at a time, three hours each day for 18 days, before moving on to the next course. Each course is four credits and four blocks are offered each semester. The block schedule facilitates field and lab work, undergraduate research, study travel, and interdisciplinary teaching. Montana Western’s faculty strongly believe in mentoring and inspiring students, and assisting them in the transition from university life to professional careers.

The University of Montana Western is an integral part of the Dillon Community. With a population of 5,000 people, Dillon is known for outstanding public schools, safe environments, recreational opportunities, and an excellent quality of life.

The University of Montana Western is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from qualified women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities. Qualified candidates may request veterans‚ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. Finalists for this position will be subject to a criminal background investigation.

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