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Assistant/Associate Professor in Illustration

Montclair State University
Montclair, New Jersey
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Oct 17, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Other Arts
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time


The Department of Art and Design invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in illustration at the rank of assistant or associate professor. This degree has been newly revised and the Department is looking for an individual with vision and leadership skills to guide the program and integrate new areas of illustration practice (e.g. digital illustration, concept art, medical illustration, etc.).  Qualified individuals who can demonstrate an active professional and creative practice with extensive print and digital experience are strongly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities include teaching senior thesis courses and additional elective and/or core requirements in the program, leading the newly formed BFA program in illustration, advising students, and engaging in student recruitment. As coordinator for the BFA in Illustration the faculty member will have exciting opportunities to shape the program and promote partnerships that support student learning, faculty practice, and research initiatives in Illustration.

Expectations include communicating and working effectively with faculty, students, and staff, engaging community and institutional partners, actively participating in faculty governance and service, participating in the co-curricular life of the university, and establishing a scholarship/artistic practice program in an area of specialization that contributes to the reputation of the department, the College of the Arts, and the University. As Montclair is an R2 research institution, the candidate will be expected to maintain an active creative practice and exhibition/publication record in one or more areas associated with contemporary illustration.


The Department of Art & Design (ARDS) at Montclair State University offers 5 undergraduate degrees: BA in Fashion Design and Merchandising, BA in Visual Art that includes a concentration in Art Education, BFA in Illustration, BFA in Product Design, and BFA in Visual Communication Design. The Department provides its talented student body of approximately 900 majors task-specific studios and facilities including 7 computer studios and analog studios for small fabrication, ceramics, 3D, drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, and apparel. The Department’s Print Center supports course projects across a range of surfaces. Finley Gallery presents student work throughout the academic year. The Programs provide teaching and learning focused toward critical thinking, problem-solving, skill development, disciplinary history and cultural contexts, experiential learning and internships. The faculty of 15 includes scholars, working designers and visual artists committed to affecting positive change in students’ lives and in the community. 


The College of the Arts (CART) at Montclair State University offers 50+ undergraduate and graduate programs and certificates through its four academic units: Department of Art & Design, School of Communication and Media, John J. Cali School of Music, and Department of Theatre and Dance. The College provides a comprehensive education and training to a diverse and talented student body of more than 3,100 majors in first-rate facilities. Programs are rigorous, creative, and designed to meet the needs of students while offering rich opportunities for experiential learning, performance, and internships. The faculty includes scholars as well as working composers, designers, actors, musicians, directors, choreographers, conductors, fine artists, filmmakers and communications specialists, including Fulbright, Guggenheim, and Howard Award winners that bring to the campus community impressive expertise. The College of the Arts also houses the University Art Galleries, Arts and Cultural Programming, and Broadcast and Media Operations and thus has strong arts and corporate partnerships and is proud to offer cultural enrichment of all kinds to the Montclair State University campus and surrounding communities.

Montclair State University is a nationally recognized R2 research doctoral institution that empowers students, faculty, and researchers to rise above their own expectations. Building on a distinguished history dating back to 1908, the University today has 10 colleges and schools that serve 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students with more than 300 doctoral, master’s and baccalaureate programs. Situated on a beautiful, 252-acre suburban campus just 12 miles from New York City, Montclair State welcomes a diverse population of students, many of whom are first generation, and delivers the instructional and research resources of a large public university in a supportive and sophisticated academic environment.

The candidate must have a terminal graduate degree (e.g., M. F. A. or equivalent) in Illustration, or relevant discipline; demonstrate administrative ability; have teaching credentials including two years of teaching experience at the college level; demonstrate active artistic scholarship.


Montclair State University is committed to establishing and maintaining a diverse campus community that is representative of the State of New Jersey through inclusive excellence and equal opportunity. Montclair State University's commitment to access and equity is designed to prepare each graduate to thrive as a global citizen.  As an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution we are working to support a campus-wide agenda to foster a community that both values and promotes the varied voices of our students, faculty, and staff. The University encourages candidates to apply who will contribute to the cultural tapestry of MSU and who value teaching a diverse student population, many of whom are first generation students.

SALARY RANGE       Commensurate with experience    

STARTING DATE      September 1, 2023


Cover letter, curriculum vitae, evidence of creative scholarship, and the names, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references can be uploaded during the application process in Workday. 

APPLY BY:   The position is open until filled and application review begins immediately.

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