Tennessee Tech University is looking for an assistant professor to teach wood & furniture design
Teach courses in the undergraduate BFA wood program.
The wood facility is housed at TN Tech University’s satellite campus, the Appalachian Center for Craft, in Smithville, TN. It is a 5000 sq. ft space with two bench rooms containing 23 cabinetmakers benches. Adjacent are a spacious machine room with 30 quality standing machines, a spray room, a wood store, tool room, and drawing room. The faculty and resident artist have private studios /offices. The facility also includes an extensive complement of portable power and hand tools.
Over the first six semesters the school emphasizes strong technical skills, material and historical knowledge. Coupled with a design foundation program, students have matured enough by their final year to present a concept, develop and build the idea; culminating in a solo exhibition.
Tennessee Tech provides impact through its engaged students, dedicated faculty, and career-ready graduates known for their creativity, tenacity, and analytical approach to problem solving. As a STEM-infused, comprehensive institution, Tennessee Tech delivers enduring education, impactful research, and collaborative service that creates, advances, and applies knowledge to expand opportunity and economic competitiveness.
Tennessee Tech is committed to a diverse workforce by fostering an inclusive work environment for students, faculty, and staff. Successful candidates should have a demonstrated commitment and contribution to fostering and advancing equity, diversity and inclusion. Tennessee Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
• Teach courses in undergraduate BFA wood
program including but not limited to: Introduction, Intermediate and
Advanced Wood, Technical drawing, Woodturning, and/or Foundation
• Be responsible for all physical aspects of the Wood facility,
including studio maintenance and development, safety, operations, studio
budget, inventory and the wood store.
• Lead development of the wood curriculum.
• Supervise the Wood Artist in Residence.
• Meet the teaching, research and service expectations of the department
and university at a level that meets University tenure and promotion
• Co-ordinate non-academic workshops and high school outreach with the Program Manager.
• Serve on SAC+D and university committees.
• Build effective relationships with relevant regional and national organizations.
• Engage in service activities at the university, local, state and national level.
• Demonstrate an active commitment to the continued growth and
development of the SAC+D and the Wood Program through recruitment and
• Collegial and active collaboration with faculty and administration in curriculum and program development.
• Participate on up to four BFA thesis committees across all of the six studio disciplines.
• An MFA degree in Visual Art.
• Taught four or more college level classes in relevant fields after graduate education.
• Demonstrated broad knowledge of furniture design, functional and sculptural woodworking techniques.
• Demonstrated experience or show potential for creative and effective teaching in Woodworking, Furniture Design and Drawing.
• Have had administrative or organizational experience.
• Knowledge of software and digital technologies appropriate for design,
production and promotion in wood. Ability to teach online.