College of Arts & Letters


Department of Art

Assistant Professor of Ceramic Art

Starting Date:

August 2020

Minimum Qualifications:

1) An earned M.F.A. in Art with an emphasis in Ceramics or an M.F.A. in Ceramics.
2) Evidence of successful college teaching experience at the undergraduate level.
3) Evidence of an ability to teach a broad range of courses in ceramics ranging from pottery to sculpture.
4) Evidence of a skilled contemporary ceramic art practice with an active exhibition record.
5) Evidence of an ability to supervise a ceramics facility and equipment.

Preferred Qualifications:

1) Evidence of successful teaching experience at the graduate level.
2) Demonstrated expertise in hand building, wheel throwing, mold making, glaze formulation, and firing techniques.
3) Demonstrated knowledge of the multi-cultural history of ceramic art with an emphasis on contemporary issues.
4) Two years of teaching experience post M.F.A. at the college or university level.
5) Evidence of successful experience overseeing part-time faculty, teaching associates, student assistants, and staff.


The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service to the University, profession and to the community.  These responsibilities generally include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions.

Candidates will teach a wide range of subjects in ceramic art at all levels. These teaching responsibilities may include undergraduate and graduate courses and seminars in Studio Art. The successful candidate will be responsible for the supervision of the ceramics facility and equipment, including electric and gas kilns, spray booths, potter’s wheels, and a glaze room that offers a full range of chemicals and raw materials.

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.


Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University:

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system.  The University is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the U.S. for the upward mobility of its students, and is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good.  We offer nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, ethnic studies, and the humanities. Our faculty have a strong commitment to scholarship, research, creative pursuits, community engagement, and service.

Our 240,000 alumni reflect the City and County’s dynamic mix of populations. The University has one of the most diverse student populations of any college or university in the nation.  As a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, and Asian-American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students. The University is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual.  

The College:

The Cal State LA College of Arts & Letters transforms lives and sustains thriving communities and cultures. We develop and amplify our students’ unique talents, diverse life experiences, and intellects through the study and practice of the Arts and Humanities so that they can tell meaningful stories, forge their professional pathways, and inspire their communities.

The Department:

The Department of Art offers the Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees, and 700 majors are currently enrolled. The Department is the largest in the College, and is home to the ninth largest major in the University. There are fifteen full-time faculty and 30 lecturers. Cal State L.A. has maintained NASAD accreditation since 1974.

Required Documentation:

Please submit the following to the Search Committee Chair at the email address below:
1) A cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications.
2) A curriculum vitae.
3) A narrative statement describing your commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of first-generation students.
4) A list of three professional references.
5) A University Application for Employment Form
6) A single PDF that includes 12 images of professional work and 12 images of student work that address minimum and preferred qualifications, and are clearly identified with an image list.

Finalists will be required to submit:
1) Official transcripts.
2) An Artist Statement and Teaching Philosophy.

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. 


Review of applications will begin October 24, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.

Please email all application materials in a single PDF to: Please type “Ceramic Art Assistant Professor Application” in the subject line

Please address all questions to the search committee chair Luis Bermudez at: or 323-343-4012.

Note: The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.