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Art: Ceramics/3D Design Tenure-Track Faculty

Parkland College

Parkland College

Champaign, IL, USA
Posted on Monday, November 20, 2023

Art: Ceramics/3D Design Tenure-Track Faculty

Application Close Date/Time: Monday, January 15th, at 6PM CT 

This position is a Full-Time, Tenure-Track, Parkland Academic Employees (PAE) appointment.
Salary is commensurate with experience. 

Full-time Faculty teach a full-time load as per the Parkland Academic Employees (PAE) bargaining agreement.  They advise and mentor students and participate in governance of their departments and the college. The Full-time Ceramics/3D faculty teaches a full range of Art studio courses which may include Ceramics, 3-D Foundations, and/or Sculpture, as well as the general education art courses.

Applicants must submit:

  • An online employment application
  • Cover letter that addresses candidate's interest in the position and an overview of their teaching experience.  
  • Resume or CV
  • 20 examples of candidates work, including name title, size, media, and completion date. 
  • Copy of official transcripts from the institution where you received your highest degree. If hired, certified official transcript is required.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Teach Ceramic classes covering wheel throwing, hand construction, glazing and firing for high and low temperature clay at the beginning, intermediate and advanced level.
  • Integrate history of ceramics, contemporary ceramics, and craft into coursework and project development.
  • Teach Art General Education classes.
  • Teach clay processes for utilitarian and sculptural expression.
  • Be skilled in the use of throwing wheels, slab rollers, gas & electric kilns, glazes, and raw materials.
  • Teach mold making, fabrication, some digital fabrication as well as modeling.
  • Have skills in carving, welding, and other media.
  • Loading and firing electric and gas kilns, mixing glazes.
  • Maintain a clean healthy studio environment.
  • Support other faculty in the ceramics studio as needed regarding monitoring the studio lab times.
  • Knowledge and use of photographic equipment and techniques as applied to photographing ceramic and three-dimensional objects.
  • Provides classroom instruction in accordance with the stated philosophy, objectives, and established course outlines of the college.
  • Participate in learning outcomes development and assessment.
  • Informs students of course regulations, evaluation procedures, and other information pertinent to the course: prepares a course syllabus for each course and distributes it early in each term.
  • Is available for student advising/mentoring.
  • Maintain regular office hours to ensure availability for student consultation. Provide assistance to students in a timely manner.
  • Prepares and teaches courses to a diverse student population based on the department’s approved course learning outcomes, utilizing a variety of instructional strategies appropriate to the needs of students and the standards of the discipline.
  • Maintains accurate scholastic records of students, submits required reports on students’ progress according to published deadlines.
  • Is an active member of the department, college, and community through presence and participation in teaching and studio practices.

Minimum Requirements:   

  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA) or Master of Arts (MA) in Studio Art with an emphasis in Ceramics or other three-dimensional art discipline OR master's degree in a closely related field with at least 18 credit hours in graduate ceramic courses.
  • Demonstrated expertise in wheel-thrown and wheel-based ceramic techniques.
  • Demonstrated expertise in ceramic hand-building/sculpture techniques.
  • Demonstrated expertise in ceramic firing equipment and technology, theory, and methodology.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills and ability to engage professionally with a diverse population of faculty, staff, students, and other members of the campus community.
  • Ability to professionally engage in positive working relationships with members of the Parkland College community and members of the public.
  • Maintains all professional credentials required to teach in discipline.
  • Ability to learn the Parkland information system and new programs as technology changes.  
  • Must successfully complete a criminal background check with fingerprinting.
  • In an effort to comply with SURS return-to-work restrictions for employers (40 ILCS 5/15-139.5), candidates for employment at Parkland College must either not be a SURS annuitant or must be willing to suspend his/her SURS annuity upon employment.  This applies to all SURS annuitants except those receiving their annuity under either the Self-Managed Plan (SMP) or by lump sum payment.

Robust benefits, including medical insurance with no monthly premiums, dental, life, disability, retirement plans, flexible spending, dependent care, EAP, work/life balance with generous paid time off, and tuition waiver

Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting. Applications not submitted through will not be considered.

Please monitor your email, including spam or junk mail folders, for future correspondence from Parkland College Human Resources.
For further information application process, please contact at 217-351-2220.

Applicants with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process.

Requests may be submitted by contacting Human Resources at 217-351-2220 or by emailing

Equal Opportunity Employer