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Assistant Professor of Ceramics Department of Art and Art History

Apply now Job no: 533070
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Chico
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Fine/Performing Arts, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:

California State University (CSU), Chico is a comprehensive and residential public university, holding Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) designation. Chico State operates as part of the 23-campus CSU system, which educates the most ethnically, economically, and academically diverse student body in the nation. The University enrolls over 13,000 students, with over half identifying as first-generation college students.

Chico State is committed to recruiting outstanding candidates who reflect the intersectional identities of our student body. The ideal candidate will embrace our values predicated on the primacy of student success and the elimination of equity gaps, have demonstrated experience working with diverse populations, and will contribute to policies, programs, and practices that support an inclusive, accessible, and equitable learning and working environment. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, veterans, and those with bilingual and/or diverse abilities are encouraged to apply.

The Position: Assistant Tenure-Track Professor of Ceramics

Position Starts: Fall 2024

College: Humanities and Fine Arts

Department/School: Art & Art History

Salary: Salary commensurate with education and experience. (Anticipated hiring range: $70,000 - $ 75,000 per year).

Initial Review Date: 01/08/24; complete applications received after that date may be considered.

Minimum Qualifications:

The minimum education requirement for appointment to this position is a terminal degree (or equivalent experience) in ceramics or related area such as sculpture. Candidates nearing completion of the terminal degree may be considered; however, all requirements for conferral of the degree must be met no later than the start date of the position. A record of ceramic teaching experience at the college level (such as hand-building and sculpture; wheel-based work; mold-making and casting; glazing and surface finishing; glaze and clay formulation; or kiln firing theory and methodology). An exhibition record or professional accomplishments that reflect potential in the field, and an active studio practice that engages contemporary issues. Evidence of commitment to or experience promoting and fostering a learning environment supportive of diverse student populations.


This tenure-track position carries responsibilities in the areas of teaching, professional development, and service to the department and university. Art studio faculty carry a 3/3 course load (following four semesters at 2/2 for incoming faculty). The successful candidate will teach contemporary ceramic art practice at all levels, incorporating traditional and innovative ceramic art methods, to engage students of diverse backgrounds. Depending on the needs of the department and the qualifications of the individual, teaching may also include studio foundations and studio seminar classes for art majors focusing on contemporary issues. The successful candidate will maintain active involvement in creative research resulting in public exhibition and engagement with a wide audience beyond the region; and will foster safe use of the equipment and all physical aspects of the ceramic studio facility, in coordination with the Ceramics Area studio technician. Service responsibilities include advising and mentoring students and department and university committee work. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to initiate programmatic changes to reflect new directions in the field. Commitment to collegiality and teamwork within the department, college, and university is essential.

How to Apply:

Applicants must provide:

• Current cover letter which should include how you have addressed, or plan to address, in your teaching the fostering and advancing of equity, diversity and inclusion, and how you locate yourself within the medium of ceramics, its history, and the larger practice of contemporary art.
• PDF with 20 labeled images of candidate’s recent work and a minimum of 10 labeled images of students’ work or a link to a site or file with this information.
• C.V.
• Artist’s Statement
• Contact information of three professional references.

Additional information may be requested at a later time. All applicants must apply online, applications submitted via email or in-person to the department will not be considered.

The Department:

The Department of Art and Art History is NASAD accredited. The Department offers BA options in Art Education, Art History, and Art Studio; and a BFA program with options in Art Studio and Interior Architecture. An MA is offered in Art History. The Department of Art and Art History faculty members are a dedicated group of artists and scholars deeply involved in art, pedagogy, and in bringing our work out of the classroom into our communities. Our students reflect the campus’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. They push boundaries and produce reflective work for our galleries and other public venues that engage with contemporary issues. We have twelve full-time faculty, a large pool of part-time faculty, and five staff. The studio areas are well equipped with labs for ceramics, drawing, digital media, glass, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The Jack Windsor Ceramics Studio is a 6,400 square foot facility which features two separate classroom studios; a glaze materials lab; a plaster mold-making room; a clay and casting slip mixing area; and a kiln area housing 21 gas and electric kilns. This Ceramics Area regularly serves over 120 students, and its operation is supported by a three-quarter-time studio technician. Art History has strengths in Mesoamerican, Medieval, and Modern/Contemporary, with specialists in postcolonial and critical race studies, feminism and gender studies, structuralism, and semiotics. Art Education has strengths in Cultural Diversity in Art Education and Visual Culture. The Ira Latour Visual Resources Center is an award-winning learning/teaching center that houses an extensive collection of books, periodicals, videos, and digital images. Other important teaching resources include the Hopper Visiting Artists series and the Jacki Headley University Art Gallery, which presents exhibitions of regional- and nationally- based artists. The Janet Turner Print Museum produces exhibitions and maintains an extensive permanent study collection of over 4,000 prints from the 16th century to the present. For more information visit our website Art & Art History Department.

Job-related questions should be directed to:

Eileen Macdonald, Search Committee Chair.
400 W. First Street, Chico CA 95929-0820
(530) 898-5331

Benefits Information:

This position qualifies for benefits including tuition fee waiver (if eligible). California State University, Chico offers a number of benefits to its employees (e.g., sick leave, vacation, health insurance). For more information, please visit

Additional Information:

All work must be performed within the State of California.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 (revised July 21, 2017) as a condition of employment.

For disability-related accommodations, please call the ADA Coordinator at (530) 898-5959.

All positions are contingent on funding.

About Chico State:

Graduate and undergraduate programs boast high-quality research experiences, exceptional faculty mentoring, and civic and global engagement opportunities. The campus motto, “Today Decides Tomorrow,” is brought to life by inclusive pedagogy, experiential learning, and co-curricular programming. The Chico Experience prepares students to be critical thinkers, engaged citizens, and inspired stewards of environmental, social, and economic resources. Together, they will become leaders solving the challenges of the 21st century.

The campus is located in Northern California, 90 minutes from the state capital, Sacramento, and a three-hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area. Chico offers year-round natural beauty, outdoor leisure activities, and a thriving arts, music, and events scene. We acknowledge and are mindful that Chico State stands on lands that were originally occupied by the first people of this area, the Mechoopda, and we recognize their distinctive spiritual relationship with this land, the flora, the fauna, and the waters that run through campus. We are humbled that our campus resides upon sacred lands that since time immemorial have sustained the Mechoopda people and continue to do so today.

Chico State is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status and only employ individuals authorized to work in the U.S.

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