Full-time Faculty Position in Sculpture at Bennington College

Bennington, Vermont, United States | Full-time

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Bennington College invites applications for a full-time faculty member in sculpture, beginning in the Spring term of 2023. The ideal candidate is a practicing artist, with college teaching experience, an excellent record of exhibition, and expertise in the technical, theoretical, political, and historical foundations of contemporary visual art practices. Preference will be given to candidates with an MFA in sculpture or equivalent attainment in a related field. 

Faculty members at Bennington are teacher-practitioners whose professional work is in ongoing dialogue with their teaching and advising. Full-time faculty teach five courses per year, and fully engaged student advising is an expectation. The successful candidate will be responsible for designing a broad array of undergraduate courses in sculpture ranging from the introductory to advanced levels. 

Bennington College is a small residential liberal arts college in southern Vermont, long distinguished for its progressive approach to higher education. The College was founded in 1932 on the principle of active engagement in learning, which is manifest in individualized plans of study developed by students together with faculty. As the first liberal arts college in the country to include the visual and performing arts as equal partners to the humanities, the goal of the Visual Arts curriculum focuses on the relationship that creative practices have with the life of the mind and body. Our curriculum is resolutely not meant to duplicate an art school rubric; rather it employs the visual arts as a means of bringing sophisticated ideas and questions into visual form. Bennington’s open curricular structures facilitate innovative teaching across traditional disciplinary boundaries, and allow Bennington students to study broadly. The Visual Art faculty work collaboratively to review and critique work across all of the disciplines. 

Bennington serves a diverse student population inclusive of members of ethnically/racially minoritized, international, LGBTQIA+, and disability communities as well as diverse gender identities, socioeconomic backgrounds, religions, and political beliefs. Our staff and faculty also reflect diverse and intersecting backgrounds and identities. All employees are expected to be respectful and responsive to these differences in the service of building community that promotes student and employee success. Each individual (faculty, staff and students) is accountable for upholding these values. The College’s approach to pluralism and inclusivity—both as fields of inquiry and practice—prioritizes flexible thought and invites the examination of access, value, power, and privilege through its institutional policies and areas of study. We encourage applicants from diverse realms of interest, backgrounds, experience, and accomplishment to apply. 

Candidates should apply online below by submitting: a) letter of application that describes teaching experience and professional work, and includes a reflection on the candidate’s potential to contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment through teaching, research, and/or service; b) curriculum vitae; c) link to the candidate's personal website and/or digital files; d) descriptions of at least three courses in sculpture that the candidate would be interested in offering; and e) the names and contact information for three references. 

Review of applications will begin on September 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. This position requires the successful completion and acceptable results of a background check.