Job #:  1697

Instructor for Art and Design. The Art Department at Pacific University invites applications for a contract instructor for the 2018-19 academic year. The department is searching for a collaborative colleague to teach ceramics or small metals, design foundations, and 3D digital technology. The successful candidate will be oriented towards design as a professional discipline, and able to integrate sustainability concepts with studio practice.  Experience with installing gallery exhibits is highly desirable. Required: MFA or related terminal degree completed by August 2018, and demonstrated experience in teaching.  U.S. work permit also required. Salary and benefits competitive.

Teaching load consists of 4 credits of studio, 4 credits of design foundations, and a 2-credit hands-on gallery management course in both the fall and spring semesters, with the possibility of adding an additional 2 credits of studio during the 2-week winter term. Additional responsibilities include helping to manage the student work-study program, ensuring the maintenance and safety of studios, and participating in the support and review of upper-level art students.

Required Qualifications:

  • MFA in Ceramics, Metals, Design or related terminal degree completed by August 2018
  • Teaching experience in higher education
  • Experience with Sustainable Design or a demonstrated ability to integrate sustainability concepts with studio practice
  • Experience with 3D modeling software as applied to CNC tools such as 3D printers, milling machines, and laser cutters
  • Experience with the technical maintenance and operation of art equipment associated with ceramics, metals, and makerspace studios
  • Experience in working with students to plan and organize gallery exhibits and publicity
  • Working knowledge of best practices and professional preparation for contemporary career tracks in design and the studio arts
  • The ability to help students form respectful attitudes and interactions with people who differ in abilities, attitudes, and cultural experience, with sensitivity to factors that affect our own assessment of others

Desired Attributes:

  • Experience with the application of studio art skills outside of academia
  • Experience with integrating Civic Engagement activities with studio practice
  • Demonstrated interest in Physics, Engineering, or Entrepreneurialism

Application Instructions:

Application review begins March 2018. Preliminary interviews will be conducted in April with the intent of awarding a contract by mid-May. Submit a zip file with the documents listed below to: Art Search Committee ( Please use the file name formatting as described.

To complete an application please submit a zip file (labeled Art “Last Name, First Initial”)

  • Letter of interest addressing professional qualifications as they relate to the position (pdf file “Last name, first initial” Letter)
  • Link to a portfolio website that includes 20 examples of professional work (clickable link should be included at the top of the letter of interest)
  • Curriculum Vitae (pdf file name: “Last name, first initial” CV)
  • One-page Statement of Teaching Philosophy as related to the liberal arts (pdf file name: “Last name, first initial” Philosophy)
  • Evidence of successful teaching – such as student slides, teaching evaluations or syllabi (pdf file name “Last name, first initial” Teaching)
  • Names and contact information of 3 references - letters will be requested at a later date for short-listed candidates (pdf file name: “Last name, first initial” References


Pacific University is a small but diverse community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment.  Tracing its roots back to 1849, when it began as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail, Pacific has long been devoted to making a difference in people’s lives.  Nestled in the valley at the base of the coastal range and Mount Hood, the university is only a half hour to the Portland metro center. 

Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, optometry, education, health professions and business.  Pacific University has campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, Ore., as well as an office in Honolulu.  In addition, a variety of Pacific University health and eye clinics throughout the Portland area serve patients and provide students with practical experience.

At Pacific University, students and faculty engage in discovery through close, nurturing relationships that provide extraordinary learning experiences.  International study, service learning, internships and co-curricular activities have been integral parts of the education of nearly 25,000 alumni worldwide who share in the Boxer spirit.


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