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Visiting Assistant Professor – Printmaking And Book Arts

The School of Art + Design at Western Carolina University invites applications for a full-time Visiting Assistant Professor, 9-month fixed term faculty position specializing in Printmaking , Book Arts and 2D disciplines, beginning in Fall of 2022. We seek an artist and educator with an interdisciplinary research and creative practice who is willing to collaborate across multiple disciplines. Review of applications will begin on or about May 2, 2022 and will continue until a candidate has been selected.

Our program houses facilities in Ceramics, Sculpture, Photography, Printmaking + Book Arts, Painting/Drawing and Design, and offers a BA, BFA, MFA in studio art and is designed to encourage independent research and creative risk- taking.

Western Carolina University is located on a 682-acre mountain campus in Cullowhee, NC, 50 miles west of Asheville, and situated within the ancestral homelands of the Cherokee people, 20 miles from present-day Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian communities of the Qualla Boundary. Our piece of Central Appalachia is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world.

Position Duties:
Service - The successful candidate is expected to oversee maintenance of the printmaking studios, which will include supervision of an assigned student worker.
Research/Creative Pursuits - Candidates will demonstrate a robust exhibition and creative record which they will be expected to maintain.
Teaching - Candidates are expected to teach all levels of Printmaking for BA, BFA and MFA programs. Additional teaching responsibilities may include foundations courses as per departmental needs. 4 courses per semester

Minimum Qualifications:
MFA in the visual arts or related field required at time of appointment.
A minimum of 1 year of teaching experience at the university level required and/or GTA teacher of record in area of specialty.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Application must be made on-line. Please include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, a list of at least three professional references with complete contact information, and a portfolio of work samples (student and self) via a PDF document or website reference.

For additional information or questions contact Tom Ashcraft, MFA Director, Distinguished Professor of Visual Art at

Western Carolina University recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, scholarship, and/or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

Carnegie Statement:
WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.

Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, and veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

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