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Posted On January 29, 2018

Lecturer and Co-Chair - Glass

The Cleveland Institute of Art is seeking a qualified individual to fill a full-time position as Lecturer and Co-Chair of the Glass Department teaching six courses per year, with a renewable contract for up to three years. The position offers the opportunity to join a vibrant and experienced team of faculty, to provide vision and innovation toward glass, art, and design education, to collaborate and to teach across disciplines. The internationally renowned Glass department at the Cleveland Institute of Art is one of three majors in the Craft + Design Environment, and offers a comprehensive program that includes hot, warm, and cold glass, and a curriculum to afford a breadth of opportunities across contemporary art and design.

Required Experience:

  • MFA or equivalent level of professional experience
  • A significant record of professional work and achievement in the glass field
  • College-level teaching
  • Experience in teaching and operating glass facilities that include a broad range of materials and technologies

Preferred Experience:

  • Working relationships with artists from other craft disciplines, such as Ceramics, Jewelry, and Metals
  • Experience teaching in Foundations

Knowledge & Skills:

  • A strong technical and professional background with capabilities in the full scope of glass practices such as glassblowing, kiln casting, lampworking, kiln forming, hot glass sculpting, imagery on glass, cold working, and digital design/3-D modeling
  • Familiarity with contemporary issues and historical context of both art and design in the glass field
  • Strong problem solving and communication skills
  • Ability to engage students through methods and processes that support research based education, problem solving, team leadership, project development, professional practices, and foster interest in entrepreneurship, and industry
  • Ability to maintain a professional and civil work/studio environment for students and faculty
  • Curriculum development
  • Course management
  • Project management


  • Effective leadership
  • Positive attitude
  • Respectful to co-workers and students
  • Organized
  • Spirit of mentorship and collaboration


The Co-Chair will work in tandem with another experienced Faculty/Chair so as to acclimate to procedures and duties of the Chair position at CIA.

The Co-Chair of Glass is expected to generate opportunities for their students, which includes identifying internship opportunities and building a network of external resources to develop potential partnerships and sponsorships.

All full-time faculty are expected to maintain their professional development/practice/research. The Co-Chair of Glass should be a strong advocate for students, alumni, and the Craft + Design program at CIA.

All full-time ranked faculty members and Chairs are expected to participate in departmental and school-wide committees, curriculum development, advising of undergraduate students, and assessment of programs.

Application requirements:

  1. A 1-2 page cover letter summarizing experience and credentials
  2. A 1-2 page statement to present teaching philosophy
  3. Curriculum vitae
  4. 20 digital files representing your creative work
  5. 10 digital files of student work
  6. Annotated list/descriptions for both personal and student files
  7. Names and contact information (email addresses, phone numbers) for three current references

Applicants are required to set up an account on (free) to submit complete application file to:

Questions can be directed to Maria Rouzzo, Office of Academic Affairs:

Position begins Fall 2018. Review of applications is scheduled to begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Academic transcripts and background check authorization will be required for finalists. The Institute offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. Compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications.


CIA is one of the nation's leading accredited independent colleges of art and design. For 135 years, the college has been an educational cornerstone in Cleveland, Ohio and produces graduates competitive as studio artists, designers, contemporary craftsmen, and educators.

The Cleveland Institute of Art is committed to leadership and vision in all forms of visual arts education with 15 majors in the arts, crafts and design areas. CIA's academic mission, Cores + Connections, connects core values of faculty mentorship, studio and academic rigor, cutting edge curriculum, and state-of-the-art facilities to student engagement in field-based experiential learning, professional projects in collaboration with external partners, and social or community-based practices in art and design.

CIA is uniquely well-positioned among world-class colleges/universities, museums/galleries, parks/gardens, hospitals, major partners in industry, and a rich diversity of neighborhood organizations. The campus is in the heart of Cleveland’s vibrant and culturally rich University Circle and Uptown districts, home to Case Western Reserve University; Cleveland Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland; Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland Museum of Natural History; Western Reserve Historical Society; Cleveland Botanical Garden; and Severance Hall, home of the Cleveland Orchestra. Cuyahoga County provides generous public funding for the arts and supports hundreds of arts and cultural organizations.

To nurture the intellectual, artistic, and professional development of students and community members through rigorous visual arts and design education.

To advance culture, community, and global quality of life.

The Cleveland Institute of Art is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, and to the principles that promote inclusion.

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