Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Art - Ceramics (Fall 2022), School of Arts and Letters

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Lecturer in Art - Ceramics

Truman State University


Position: The Art+Design+Art History Department is seeking applicants for one part-time, non-tenure track faculty position in Ceramics to start August 2022. The ideal candidate will be able to teach multiple levels of Ceramics. The position also includes management of the Ceramics studio. The candidate will demonstrate a commitment to teaching within a liberal arts and sciences setting and there will be opportunities to participate in the rich interdisciplinary culture of the University. 


  • Teach multiple levels of Ceramics
  • Manage and maintain the Ceramics space and equipment

Required Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree in Art (MFA or PhD) by August 15, 2022 with an emphasis in Ceramics.

Evaluation Criteria:

Applicants will be evaluated on:

  • required terminal degree in Art with an emphasis in Ceramics
  • evidence of successful teaching
  • evidence of scholarly/creative activity with emphasis on the use of candidates’ scholarship to inform their teaching
  • evidence of commitment to liberal arts education as a teacher-scholar, with undergraduate student development and willingness to mentor undergraduate research, transformative learning, critical thinking, problem solving and creative work as the highest priority
  • strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills

Program: The Art+Design+Art History Department includes the areas of Studio Art, Design, Art History, and provides liberal arts experiences for non­Art majors as well as major courses. The department has eleven full­time faculty members and a student body of approximately 100 majors. Degrees offered are: BFA: Design, BFA: Studio Art, and BA: Art, including a track in Art History. Minors are also offered in each of the Major areas and the Department actively participates in the offering of an interdisciplinary Museum Studies Minor.

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 4,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the challenging academics in a supportive environment. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate or professional school within a year of earning a degree. Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report, and Washington Monthly consistently ranks Truman as one of the best master’s universities in the nation. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgments, visit

The Community: Located in northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to being the home of Truman, Kirksville is the birthplace of osteopathic medicine and features a medical school, dental school and community college, and the Kirksville School District is consistently recognized for academic excellence. The community takes pride in several annual events including the Round Barn Blues Festival and the FLATS Trail Half-Marathon. The charming downtown area features an arts center, as well as several local shops and restaurants. It is also the site of numerous community events including the Red, White and Blue Festival in the summer and the Red Barn Arts and Craft Festival each fall. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake. Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville Regional Airport to St. Louis provide quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at

Application: The School of Arts and Letters handles the application process. Electronic submission of applications is preferred,  Application materials may be submitted to or by mail to Truman State University, Office of Human Resources, 100 E. Normal MC 101, Kirksville, MO 63501.  Completed applications must include a letter of application that clearly addresses the qualifications and evaluative criteria listed above; current curriculum vitae; statement of teaching philosophy that presents the candidate’s commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and to student development; contact information for at least three references; and official or unofficial undergraduate and graduate college transcripts.

Review of applications will begin May 9, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available. Final candidates are required to undergo and successfully pass a background check.  Questions about this position may be directed to Aaron Fine,

Truman State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff.  Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.  In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, Truman State does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs.  Direct inquiries to the Institutional Compliance Officer, 660-785-4354 and

Truman State is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.  To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources, McClain Hall 101, 100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO  63501, 660-785-4031 or

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