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Northwestern Michigan College
  • Position Number: 4027070
  • Location: Traverse City, MI
  • Position Type: Fine and Applied Arts - Art History

Ceramics/Fine Arts Instructor

Salary: $58,998.00 - $68,269.00 Annually
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Number: 2022-00083
Closing: 4/14/2023 8:00 AM Eastern
Location: Main Campus - 1701 E Front Street, Traverse City
Division: Educational Services

Summary & Qualifications:


This is a full-time teaching position in the Fine Art Department which includes studio courses and recitation instruction in the following courses: Art Appreciation, Art History I and II, Non-Western Art History, Modern Art History, Ceramics I and II, Design Foundations courses. This position requires participation in all advising, committee, and departmental activities including student exhibitions, department/ division meetings and recruiting. The ability to continue curricular development of the listed courses and manage studio facilities for these courses is required.

The instructor will also maintain art equipment, ceramics studio and inventories, and to develop and revise courses as needed. Responsibilities may include the possibility of teaching night, weekend, and online courses. This individual must be able to work independently as well as collaborate with others, and follow teaching effectiveness guidelines. This person will enjoy working with diverse populations, have good listening skills and the ability to understand the needs of others, be able to deal with interruptions in a patient manner, and maintain a high work ethic and integrity. The successful candidate will have the ability to be engaging to students in the learning process, be approachable, organized, and support the College mission.


  • Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree with at least 18 graduate art credits from an accredited college or university
  • Three years related experience in the Fine Arts or related field.
  • A professional portfolio of fine art work with an emphasis on ceramics and three-dimensional media.
  • Experience managing, operating, and maintaining a ceramics studio.

  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree with an emphasis in ceramics.
  • Teaching experience at the community college level.
  • A strong record of teaching, exhibitions, and published work.
  • Able to describe how multicultural issues have been or will be brought into courses
  • Previous experience teaching or mentoring minorities or members of other underrepresented groups that relate to this position

Essential Responsibilities

Provide classroom/lab instruction to students and develop theory including but not limited to online, accelerated, livestream, hybrid and face-to-face formats

Supervisory Responsibilities

This job has the potential to supervise student workers in the Ceramics Studio. Supervisory responsibilities may include supervising supplemental and student workers.

Teaching Responsibilities

When teaching any classroom or lab courses, the instructor will meet the responsibilities of regular faculty in the areas of Curriculum, Teaching Effectiveness, Faculty Professional Development, Support of College, Community Initiatives, and Professional Qualities and Abilities.
  • Compiles, administers, and grades examinations and other learning activities
  • Uses current and emerging technologies in distance learning and in the classroom; conducts classroom research with classroom assessment techniques
  • Listens to students and coaches them to actively participate in the learning process
  • Uses a variety of assessments to promotes student demonstration of learning through exams, discussions, debates, presentations, simulations, and/or debriefings
  • Provides a course syllabus to the students that includes the College Syllabus information outlined in Moodle
  • Is accessible to students during formal office hours and other times as needed
  • Maintains and regularly updates Moodle gradebook and/or other electronic grading systems

Faculty Professional Development

Continually engages in learning and scholarship in the area of specialization

Support of College, Community Initiatives
  • Participates actively in the shared governance system
  • Participates in academic area meetings and other scheduled area activities including departmental meetings, participating in writing and supporting accreditation standards
  • Meets requirements for faculty evaluation and academic advising
  • Serves on specific academic area and College wide committees
  • Supports the academic area and college through other work normally expected of faculty members
  • Is fully committed to the mission and values of Northwestern Michigan College

Instructor Professional Qualities and Abilities
  • Successfully organizes, executes and follows up on projects; sets specific objectives and measures to achieve results

A list of Faculty General Responsibilities may be found in the Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement. Please refer to our website for more information.

Other duties may be assigned.

Work Environment

Work Environment

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Computer Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Creative Cloud, and Photoshop.

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints. Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style. Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly exposed to fumes or airborne particles. The employee is intermittently exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Additional Information
Unofficial transcripts are required to be uploaded with your application.
Official transcripts will be requested of the finalist only.

A professional portfolio of fine artwork with an emphasis on ceramics and three-dimensional media is required for this position. Please upload/or attach this to your application in order to be considered.

Please send either electronically to or by mail to:
Attn: Human Resources
Northwestern Michigan College
1701 E. Front Street
Traverse City, Michigan 49686

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