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SUNY New Paltz Vacancy
External Posting (Faculty)

Applications are invited for consideration for appointment to the following position:

Department: Art Department

Budget Title: Assistant Professor

Local Title: Assistant/Associate Professor of Metal

Posting Date: August 19, 2014

Classification: TBD

Duties: The Department of Art at the State University of New York at New Paltz invites applications for an Assistant/Associate (tenure-track) Professor of Metal position beginning in the fall semester 2015.

The successful candidate will develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Metal and share administrative responsibilities in our internationally recognized Metal program. The candidate should be familiar with a range of approaches to contemporary jewelry, metalsmithing and related interdisciplinary practices. Knowledge of jewelry and metalsmithing history as well as contemporary critical issues related to the field is essential. Demonstrated proficiency in relevant jewelry and metalsmithing techniques and processes is required. Substantial verbal, written and digital skills are necessary. Faculty should be capable of teaching at all levels, including graduate seminars and critical forums. New Paltz students come from a variety of arts disciplines and backgrounds; therefore applicants should have a broad knowledge of art history and contemporary art accordingly. The successful candidate will have the ability to work cooperatively with diverse faculty and student populations.

The teaching assignment is six courses per year. Participation in departmental service, including student advising and committee work is required and shared by all faculty members.

Qualifications: MFA in studio art (or equivalent terminal degree) with an emphasis in jewelry and metalwork; along with this, active professional practice and a distinguished exhibition record is required. Candidates should show substantial evidence of a range of advanced jewelry and metalworking skills, advanced critical skills, articulate discourse, and knowledge of the history of art, craft, design and current theories. Additional skills in digital and networked environments are desirable. A successful candidate must have teaching experience at the university or college level, a national record of exhibitions, a portfolio demonstrating primary engagement with jewelry and metal in his/her own work and through evident learning outcomes. A keen interest in curricular development is required, as the program faculty regularly revises seminar and studio coursework to meet current needs. Experience in collaborative projects and teaching is desirable.

Contact Information: Electronic submissions required. Please note search number F14-16 on all materials submitted in connection with this search. Please submit two .pdf files to
~ The first should include a cover letter/letter of intent; CV; artist's statement; sample course syllabi and teaching philosophy; contact information of three references; grad school transcript
~ The second should include at least 20 samples of professional work (with a list of images, including title, year, medium and size) and 20 samples of student work. Audio and video files should be limited to two minutes and saved as Quicktime (.mov) files.
Official transcripts will be required of the successful applicant. Individuals with disabilities who need assistance with the application process should call (845) 257-3675.

Deadline: Applications accepted until position is filled; priority given to applications received by 12/2/14.

Other important information about this vacancy: Metal is an active area of study that engages a wide variety of ideas, objects, images, and modes of making. The program has a long and distinguished history and has been guided by faculty who are actively engaged artists who exhibit and lecture internationally. The rigorous curriculum provides opportunities to explore the technical, aesthetic, and conceptual aspects of contemporary jewelry and metalsmithing in a state-of-the-art facility.

SUNY New Paltz is among the largest graduate metal programs in the country and has earned the distinction of being ranked #1 by US News and World Report. Our alumni contribute to the richness of this field in meaningful ways; they actively participate in building a critical and productive community while they expand the field through their energetic, creative professional work.
The State University of New York at New Paltz is a highly selective, public college that is recognized regionally for the strength of its academic programs. It is located in the beautiful Hudson River Valley with easy access to New York City and other nearby recreational and cultural amenities.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Candidates who bring diverse cultural experience and who are especially qualified to mentor and advise all members of our diverse student population are especially encouraged to apply.

The State University of New York at New Paltz is an AA/EOE/ADA employer

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