Assistant Professor of Art (Ceramics)

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Long Beach
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Fine/Performing Arts, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

Position: Assistant Professor of Art (Ceramics) 
Effective Date: August 19, 2024 (Fall Semester) 
Salary: The Assistant Professor (Academic Year) classification salary is $5,405 to $11,994/per month (12 monthly payments per academic year). The anticipated hiring range is $5,405 to $8,333/per month. Salary offered is commensurate with qualifications and experience. 
Application Deadline: Review of applications to begin October 24, 2023. Position open until filled (or recruitment cancelled).

College of the Arts 
School of Art

The School of Art at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) invites applications for an Assistant Professor position in the Cermics Area. We seek applicants who are engaged in contemporary art practice and discourse with a focus on working with ceramic media and processes, and who are committed to the project of fostering excellence in learning in the arts in a public university context.

As an area of the art curriculum present since the founding of the university in 1949, the Ceramics Area will celebrate its 75th anniversary in Fall 2024 when this position begins. This position brings an opportunity to collaborate with current faculty in sharing and shaping the culture, curriculum, and programming of the Ceramics Area.

The Ceramics Area at CSULB is home to both the Ceramic Arts Program and the Center for Contemporary Ceramics (CCC). The Ceramic Arts Program is a large and highly active instructional unit committed to providing equitable, accessible, inclusive, and expansive instruction in the ceramic arts for a highly diverse student population of undergraduate BFA Ceramics majors, Studio Art majors, and Ceramics Minors; graduate MFA students focusing on ceramic media and process and their intersection with the full breath of contemporary art genres, practices, and discourse; and students from across our campus and community taking ceramics courses. The CCC is a combined entity and site committed to the mission of fostering exchange, inquiry, creative production, and learning beyond the curriculum among CSULB Ceramic Arts faculty and a highly diverse group of students, visiting artists and scholars, and Guest Artists who work on site as volunteer participants in our learning/making community.

Required Qualifications:

  • M.F.A. in Ceramics, Art, or other relevant discipline; or record of  substantial creative/professional achievement or relevant discipline/field. Degree at time of application or official notification of the completion of the degree by August 1, 2024.
  • Substantial creative/professional achievement as demonstrated by portfolio of work and C.V.
  • Demonstrated awareness of diverse traditions, histories, discourses, and practice in ceramics and the broader field of contemporary art, and ability to incorporate this awareness into inclusive instruction and curriculum
  • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population
  • Active creative/professional practice as demonstrated by portfolio of work and C.V.
  • Demonstrated commitment to focusing on working with ceramic media and processes within an intersectional contemporary art practice and related discourse as demonstrated by portfolio of work and C.V.
  • Evidence of potential for serving the creative and learning needs of discipline specific Ceramics BFA and MFA students and non-discipline-specific BA Studio Art students
  • Evidence of potential for effective teaching at the college level
  • Demonstrated Knowledge and experience in wheel-thrown and wheel-based ceramic techniques, hand-building/sculpture techniques, ceramic glazing and surface finishing/decorating techniques, and firing theory and methodology

We seek applicants whose application materials clearly and specifically demonstrate and provide evidence of all of the required qualifications as well as any applicable preferred qualifications listed in this position description.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of success or potential for success in teaching innovative college-level courses that are both relevant and engaging to a diverse student body 
  • Evidence of successfully working with populations demographically and socioeconomically similar to the CSULB student body
  • Teaching experience or instructional experience at the college level
  • Strong record of research, scholarly, and creative activity, and reception in the field
  • Demonstrated Expertise in wheel-thrown and wheel-based ceramic techniques
  • Demonstrated Expertise in ceramic hand-building/sculpture techniques
  • Evidence of success or potential for success in teaching in one or more of the following: craft/art/cultural theory, non-traditional or experimental approaches to ceramics, intersection of ceramics with emergent technologies, sustainable approaches for working with ceramic media, interdisciplinary practices, social and community-based practices, and/or research-based practice and critique
  • Demonstrated Knowledge and experience in mold making and casting
  • Demonstrated Expertise in ceramic glazing and surface finishing/decorating techniques
  • Demonstrated Expertise in glaze and clay formulation
  • Demonstrated Expertise in ceramic firing equipment and technology, theory, and methodology
  • Evidence of communication, organizational, and leadership skills necessary for future service, course coordination, and program oversight roles within the School of Art
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with faculty and students across multiple discipline-specific areas
  • Evidence of success or potential for success in teaching in other studio programs/areas within the School of Art or collaborating with faculty in disciplines elsewhere within the university  
  • Evidence of success in working with graduate students in Ceramics and other disciplines
  • Demonstrated Experience working in, managing, or supervising a communal, commercial, and/or school ceramics studio
  • Evidence of experience and success in overseeing faculty, teaching associates, teaching assistants, teaching interns, staff, student assistants, and/or student interns


  • Teach assigned undergraduate and graduate-level courses in the Ceramic Arts Program, and courses within the School of Art curriculum, that may include studio, seminar, lecture, and critique courses, as well as supervision/directed studies with graduate students and advanced undergraduates (Mode of instruction may include in-person, hybrid, online, and/or any combination thereof.)
  • Mentor and coordinate MFA students in Ceramic Arts 
  • Serve on MFA committees in multiple disciplinary areas within the School of Art
  • Collaborate with other faculty in ongoing program and curriculum development, particularly with regard to focusing on diversity, equity, inclusion, and access concerns; incorporating global awareness of diverse ceramic traditions, histories, and contemporary practice; and expanding into sustainable practices, emerging technologies, and/or alternative and experimental methods
  • Serve as program/area head for ceramics on a rotating basis
  • Share in supervision of and involvement in daily opererations in the Ceramics Area, including firing of kilns
  • May serve as director of the CSULB Center for Contemporary Ceramics
  • Participate in scheduling and operations oversight for the ceramics area/facility
  • Mentor and advise students at a broad range of levels from undergraduate Ceramics Minor and BFA Major students to MFA students, as well as BA Studio Art Major students and non-majors
  • Engage in student outreach and recruitment efforts
  • Assist with recruitment, coordination, scheduling, and evaluation of faculty, teaching associates, teaching interns, staff, student assistants, and student interns
  • Develop and maintain ongoing research, scholarly and creative activities that leads to exhibitions, presentations, publications and other indications of positive peer review and reception in the field
  • Act as program liaison with professionals in the field
  • Participate on a regular basis in service to the School of Art, college, university, community, and scholarly/creative/professional field

CSULB seeks to recruit faculty who enthusiastically support the University’s strong commitment to the academic success of all of our students, including students of color, students with disabilities, students who are first generation to college, veterans, students with diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and students of diverse sexual orientations and gender expressions. CSULB seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the People of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students a rich variety of expertise, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

Information on excellent benefits package available to CSULB faculty is located here: CSU Employee Benefits

How to Appy - Required Documentation: Please provide application materials that clearly and specifically demonstrate and provide evidence of all of the required qualifications as well as any applicable preferred qualifications listed in this position description. Please follow instructions carefully to ensure review of materials.

  • An Equity and Diversity Statement about your teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population (maximum two pages, single-spaced). For further information and guidelines, please visit: Equity and Diversity Statement
  • Letter of application specifically addressing required and preferred qualifications detailed in this position description
  • CV
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • 20 or more images of applicant’s creative work. Please include caption information next to each image that details title, date, size, medium, etc. Links to audio, video, or online works uploaded to Vimeo or other sites may also be provided.
  • Images of student work from prior instructional experience, if available. Please include caption information next to each image that details assignment and/or course information. Links to student audio or video work uploaded to Vimeo or other websites may also be provided.
  • Names and contact information for three references (to be contacted by phone for reference checks should you reach the finalist stage)
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness, if applicable (i.e., course evaluations )
  • Optional: Additional materials or information the applicant would prefer to include (combined into a single PDF) to further demonstrate and provide evidence of the applicant’s qualifications. May provide links to these materials
  • Finalists should be prepared to submit an official transcript (e-transcript preferred, if available)

For digital documents, please use file names following this format standard:


Example: doe_jane_EDIA.pdf

How to Apply: Click Apply Now icon to complete the CSULB online application

Requests for information should be addressed to:

Ceramics Search Committee Chair
California State University, Long Beach
School of Art
Attn: Karen Warner
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840-3501

562-985-7907 or E-Mail:


A background check (including a criminal records check and telephone reference check with most recent employer) 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.

CSU Vaccination Policy
CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to race or ethnicity (including color or ancestry), nationality, religion or religious creed, gender (or sex), gender identity (including transgender), gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), medical condition, genetic information, age, veteran or military status. CSULB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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