Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track): Ceramics

School of Art and Design



The School of Art and Design at the San Diego State University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor (tenure-track), with specialization in Ceramics.


The School of Art and Design at the San Diego State University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor (tenure-track), with specialization in Ceramics. Candidates should demonstrate at least two years of teaching experience at the university or college level, an established and conceptually mature practice, creative research focused on the field of contemporary ceramics, participation in cross-disciplinary projects, and experience supporting students in the development of engaged and relevant creative work. Professional or scholarly experience with interdisciplinary collaboration is preferred. Evidence of facilitating student success at all levels is desirable as the appointed faculty member will teach and engage with undergraduate (BA) and graduate (MFA) students. The successful applicant will partner with faculty from across the School to develop a vision for the curriculum that enhances SDSU’s status as a center for creative cross-disciplinary research.


  • Full-time teaching of undergraduate and graduate-level courses; providing technical instruction, project supervision, and critical feedback in the classroom setting.
  • Direct and supervise advanced undergraduate and graduate student research.
  • Contribute to area, school-wide, college, university, and system-wide curriculum development.
  • Active participation in service activities within the school, college, university, and the community at large.
  • Maintain creative practice, remain active in the profession, and contribute to appropriate professional organizations.
  • Represent the area School of Art and Design at national, regional, and community events.
  • Every faculty member is expected to assume a fair share of responsibility for service or school-related activities, in order to enhance the collegiality of the school, college, and university, and to promote the stature of SDSU in the community.


The successful candidate will support undergraduate students in the broad cross-disciplinary curriculum of the Bachelor of Arts degree, as well as support graduate students in focused cross-disciplinary research-based MFA program. Faculty responsibilities typically include eighteen contact hours per week. The successful applicant will be required to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in ceramics, provide technical expertise, critical insight, and supervise advanced undergraduate and graduate student research. Involvement visioning and development of program and school curriculum is expected of all faculty members. Collaboration and coordination with part-time instructors is expected, as well as facilities oversight and liaising with school equipment technicians and instructional support staff. Faculty represent the School of Art and Design at community events, participate in service-oriented activities within the university community and the community at large, remain active in the profession and in appropriate professional organizations. Every faculty member is expected to assume a fair share of responsibility for non-classroom activities, in order to enhance the collegiality and effectiveness of the School, College, and University, and to promote the stature of SDSU in the community.


Qualified candidates will hold a MFA in ceramics, studio art, or closely related discipline, possess college-level ceramics teaching experience that may range from hand building to conceptual sculpture, and be knowledgeable about ceramic art theory, history, and criticism. The successful candidate for this position will have expertise in traditional ceramics skill sets such as hand-building, throwing, clay/glaze/kiln management, and may have ceramic CAD/CAM experience. We are seeking a faculty member whose creative practice balances traditional facility, with cross-disciplinary contemporary practice. Applicants should have the experience and skills necessary to deliver courses that draw upon research-based creative practices, experimentation, and fabrication technologies. They will also be expected to develop a research agenda that advances the university’s focus on community engagement and interdisciplinary collaboration. Evidence of participation in interdisciplinary research/creative projects or community service projects, and/or leadership in professional organizations, would be an advantage. We are seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. Candidates should address how they meet two or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. Candidates that meet BIE criteria: (a) are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline, (b) have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline, (c) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students, (d) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research, (e) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group, (f) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities, (g) have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or (h) have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. Please indicate in your cover letter and diversity statement how you meet at least two (2) of these criteria. You can access guidance on identifying BIE criteria and crafting your statement on the SDSU Center for Inclusive Excellence website


  • An earned M.F.A.(or equivalent terminal degree) from an accredited institution (or equivalent) at the time of application.
  • Evidence of successful teaching experience at the undergraduate level.
  • Evidence of teaching a broad range of techniques in ceramics ranging from hand building to conceptual sculpture.
  • Evidence of introducing and integrating contemporary art theory into the class environment.
  • Evidence of an established and conceptually mature creative practice with an active exhibition record.
  • Evidence of an ability to supervise a ceramics facility and equipment.
  • Evidence of meeting at least two of SDSU Building on Excellence (BIE) criteria.


  • Evidence of successful teaching experience at the graduate level.
  • Evidence of an interdisciplinary contemporary approach and/or collaboration to the field of ceramics.
  • Experience implementing digital fabrication techniques into creative ceramics practice.
  • Evidence of successful experience coordinating courses with part-time faculty and graduate teaching associates.
  • Evidence of successful experience working with staff and student assistants.


Interested candidates should apply via Interfolio: Applications should include:

  • Cover letter summarizing the candidate’s qualifications
  • Professional and academic resume (CV)
  • 20 examples of professional work and/or scholarly or creative research
  • 20 examples of student work from courses recently taught
  • Teaching Philosophy (1-2 pages)
  • Diversity Statement (1-2 pages) – Addressing how candidates’ teaching, scholarship, and/or professional work is responsive to the needs of diverse (student) populations and provides an equitable education to all.  Please refer specifically to SDSU’s Building on Excellence criteria in your statement. You can access guidance on identifying BIE criteria and crafting your statement on the SDSU Center for Inclusive Excellence website

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. For questions, please contact the search committee chair, Kerianne Quick:

SALARY: Salary commensurate with experience.


SDSU is the oldest institution of higher education in the San Diego region, with a campus and microsites in San Diego and locations in Southern California’s Imperial Valley and Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia. The highly diverse campus community has a student population of approximately 36,000. SDSU is included in the Carnegie Foundation’s Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity category. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 97 areas, masters in 84 and doctorates in 23. See for more information. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.

The School of Art and Design in the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts is a creative learning community in which students develop their practice as artists, designers, and art historians who work in and across media while enhancing their visual, material, and conceptual thinking. Located on the Pacific Rim and at the border with Mexico, the School is dedicated to the integration of art, design, and community building in alignment with the School’s commitments to social/environmental justice and innovative entrepreneurship. Through both discipline-specific and multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning, we support students to innovate solutions, express ideas, imagine possibilities, and interpret the world through historical, cultural, and global contexts.

The School of Art and Design believes representation matters. Through our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program, led by a collaborative team of students, faculty, and staff, we endeavor to create a safe, inclusive, and diverse academic and creative environment where students of all cultures, races, genders, religions, and sexual orientations can learn and create. We work to promote diverse communities and new cultural experiences that inspire students to break down barriers and transform lives, and with our guidance and support, help them navigate academic, personal, and professional success to emerge as dynamic artists and designers of tomorrow.

In addition to fifteen tenured/tenure track faculty members, the school employs approximately 54 lecturers and graduate teaching associates to serve approximately 900 majors and 20 graduate students. The Director leads the School with the support of seven full-time staff positions and one part-time Instructional Support Technician position. The full-time positions include two Equipment Technicians, one Administrative Analyst/Specialist, three Administrative Support Coordinator II positions, and one Information Technology Consultant.

The School offers the Bachelor’s degree in Art with emphases in studio arts and design; the Master of Fine Arts degree in Art; as well as the Bachelor’s degree in Art History. See for more information.

The School is also committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples and single parents. For more information about relocation or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses visit the SDSU Faculty Advancement website : and click on “Resources for Prospective and Current Faculty Members with Dual Career Needs”.

As part of its commitment to a safe and equitable “OneSDSU” community, SDSU requires that individuals seeking faculty employment provide at the time of application authorization to conduct background checks if they become a finalist for the position; applications without this authorization will be considered incomplete and not considered.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed 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 as a condition of employment.

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SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.