Assistant Teaching Professor, Illustration

New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jan 27, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Posting Details

Job # 075534 Job Title Assistant Teaching Professor, Illustration Location Main Campus Pay Range Commensurate w/ Experience FLSA Status Exempt Hours

determined by department/chair

Job Type Full-time Rank Assistant Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

The Syracuse University School of Art invites applications for a full-time non-tenure track Assistant Teaching Professor position in the Illustration Program beginning August 2021. The position offers a 3-year renewable contract, based on exemplary performance and University need. The scope of this position primarily involves teaching undergraduate and graduate courses offered by the Illustration Program.

The successful candidate will engage in teaching and service to the School, College and University as well as contribute to the discipline as appropriate. We welcome job applications from individuals whose experience, expertise, and professional practice will enhance the school’s and college’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.


• MFA in Illustration, Visual Communications, Animation or related program preferred.
• Teaching experience with a successful track record of working well with students from diverse cultural backgrounds and with varied technical expertise and aesthetic sensibilities.
• Evidence of a commitment to working collegially is required. Evidence of a commitment to working with individuals from diverse backgrounds is required.

Job Specific Qualifications

• A knowledge of the history of illustration, design and fine art as a foundation for forward-thinking explorations – both technical and creative.
• An understanding of illustration and art in the context of broader social, cultural, economic, scientific, and technological dynamics and issues.
• A comprehensive knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite programs, as well as Procreate and other widely-used software.
• An ability to connect the illustration program to the professional community facilitating opportunities tailored and suitable to the students’ interests and abilities in illustration and art.
• The ability to communicate clearly and mentor students.
• An interest in working collaboratively within the School of Art, VPA, the University, and with external partners towards the development of shared projects and initiatives.
• Communication skills and cross-cultural abilities that maximize effectiveness with diverse groups of students, colleagues, and community members.


The School of Art offers degrees in Illustration ( BFA, MFA ), Studio Arts ( BFA, BS, MFA ) and Arts Education ( BFA, MS). The successful candidate will:
• Teach introductory through advanced level courses at undergraduate and graduate levels in the Illustration program, with a current teaching load of 3/3, subject to adjust based on enrollment demand.
• Mentor and advise students.
• Pursue teaching excellence from course preparation and delivery to students in support of their learning, to providing adequate assessment through critical feedback and mentoring.
• Contribute to course and curriculum development to enable the School to continue to build academic excellence.
• Engage in service to the School, College and University, through participation in meetings, committees and recruitment as well as contributing to their discipline as appropriate.
• Cultivate and nurture interactions and opportunities in the professional field of illustration and art.


Physical Requirements Tools/Equipment Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, for full consideration, please attach the following:
•Curriculum Vitae
•Cover Letter
•Teaching Philosophy
•Portfolio Website/ URL
•Name and contact information for four references.

Applications will be accepted until position is filled; however, candidates who apply by March 1, 2021 are guaranteed priority consideration.

About The College of Visual and Performing Arts

The College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University is committed to the education of cultural leaders who will engage and inspire audiences through performance, visual art, design, scholarship, and commentary. We provide the tools for self-discovery and risk-taking in an environment that thrives on critical thought and action. To learn more about the college, our distinguished faculty, and our program, please visit our websites at,

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Quick Link Job Posting Date 01/27/2021 Application Deadline Open Until Filled No Priority Consideration 03/01/2021 Job Category Faculty Message to Applicants