Assistant Professor of Visual Arts

Penn State University

Penn State Altoona
Campus City:
Altoona, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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Penn State Altoona
Visual Arts


The Division of Arts and Humanities and the Visual Art Studies (VAST) degree program at Penn State Altoona seek applicants for the tenure track position of Assistant Professor of Visual Arts with a specialty in 3D foundations, sculpture, and ceramics. The start date for the position is Fall 2020. The successful candidate must be committed to undergraduate teaching and learning. Candidates are expected to teach a wide array of object and sculptural making for both art majors and general education students (5 studio courses per academic year). Fluency in mold-making, casting, woodworking, assemblage, and other non-traditional additive and subtractive processes is desired. Future plans for the College include the re-launch of ceramics. Candidates will be relied on heavily to guide the design, implementation, maintenance, and usage of any new clay working spaces on campus if/when they are established. The VAST program is small and operates with limited resources and space. Candidates should directly address their fitness for an artistic campus community that necessitates generalist approaches and teamwork. Responsibilities beyond the teaching load include maintaining a consistent record of high-quality creative activity/research, academic advising, programmatic and committee-based service, recruitment/admissions activities, and outreach. Knowledge and execution of pertinent health and safety issues related to safe art making practice is required. Applicants are expected to have successfully completed the MFA by the time the appointment begins. A complete application includes: cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, short teaching statement (1 page), short artist statement (1 page); the contact information for three professional references who can speak to your abilities in classroom teaching and creative activity/research (letters will be requested from finalists); work sample (select one of the following); URL or web links for personal and student work samples that include titles, media, dimensions, and dates; PDF file of your work sample, not exceeding 20 labeled images of personal work and 20 labeled images of student work. Review of applications will begin on January 6, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Screening interviews are planned to occur during CAA 2020 in Chicago. Questions about the position, department, or college may be directed to Prof. Rebecca Strzelec, Chair of search committee, at

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088