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Assistant Professor, Painting and Drawing

Columbia College Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
Competitive salary with full benefits
Start date
Nov 11, 2022

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

Job Details

Columbia College Chicago actively promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion as vitally important to its present and future success. These principles are essential to the educational experiences of our students, staff, and faculty.

The Art & Art History Department of Columbia College Chicago seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Fine Arts with a focus on Painting and Drawing, and the skills and ability to work with students in a wide range of techniques including figurative and representational as well as conceptual and modern approaches to image making. The position begins August 2023.

The primary responsibility of this position is to teach painting and drawing studio coursework in the undergraduate BA and BFA Fine Arts programs, to lead the painting and drawing curriculum in collaboration with colleagues in the related Illustration programs, and to actively engage with students in the department’s interdisciplinary graduate program.

The undergraduate BFA and BA, and the graduate MFA, are general fine arts programs offering courses across all studio disciplines, as well as art history and theory. All faculty in the department work with a range of undergraduate students. Introductory painting and drawing courses attract students from across the college. Courses may include introductory classes with a focus on technique, to more advanced topics informed by the candidate’s practice and interests, with an opportunity to collaborate across the college. Faculty also serve as mentors and advisors for graduate students where appropriate.

The successful candidate is expected to integrate innovative pedagogical and technological approaches, while incorporating a diverse approach to the study of the histories, customs, traditions, and new developments within the fields of painting and drawing.

In addition to expertise in their field, successful candidates must exhibit excellent teaching and scholarly credentials, demonstrate the ability to foster a welcoming, equitable environment, and be passionate about undergraduate and graduate education. The department strongly engages “Columbia College Chicago’s transformation into an anti-racist institution that actively promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion as vitally important to its present and future success,” and the successful candidate will demonstrate the capacity to contribute to these efforts. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience working with underserved student communities.

The Art and Art History Department has approximately 220 majors, 100 minors, 10 Graduate students, 10 full time faculty, over 30 adjunct faculty, and 7 staff. The Department offers a BA degree in Art History, a BA, BFA, and MFA in Fine Arts, and minors in Art History and Fine Arts. It is paired with and provides the foundations program for the Design Department. It is housed within the school of Fine and Performing Arts which is Columbia College Chicago’s largest school.

The School of Fine and Performing Arts (SFPA) houses academic programs in visual arts, performing arts, and business, entrepreneurship, and marketing. Home to more than 100 full-time faculty and over 3,300 students, the SFPA community is deeply committed to rigorous exploration of a wide range of artistic practices and economies, within an inclusive curriculum characterized by a strong focus on a diversity of contemporary styles and current industry trends. Across SFPA, we challenge the next generation of artists, scholars, managers, performers, designers, makers, and entrepreneurs to master the skills and interrogate the foundations of their creative disciplines; imagine new futures; and contribute to the vibrant arts communities of Chicago and beyond.

Duties & Responsibilities
Responsibilities include:

  • Teach 3 courses (9 credits) per semester at the undergraduate and, possibly at the graduate level in areas assigned by the Department Chair.
  • Supervise and mentor students.
  • Contribute to the development, planning and implementation of a high-quality, inclusive curriculum consistent with the Columbia College Chicago commitment to equity and social justice.
  • Commit to continuing professional development.
  • Maintain an active professional presence
  • Engage with the broader artistic, scholarly, and professional communities.
  • Provide service to the department, college, profession, and community.
  • Actively follow and promote Columbia College Chicago policies.

We seek individuals with a demonstrated ability to work with students from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds, and whose creative, scholarly and/or professional work aligns with our commitment to dismantling systems of privilege and oppression. All faculty members are expected to advance the College's DEI mission. For more information on the office of Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion please visit:

Required Qualifications

  • MFA, PhD or other terminal degree in painting, drawing, fine arts, or related studio fine arts. Consideration will also be given to candidates with a bachelor’s degree and a significant track record of professional accomplishments and experience.
  • Prior teaching experience and demonstrated excellence in teaching studio courses with a focus on figurative or representational approaches to image making.
  • Commitment to engaging with best practice initiatives in instruction and pedagogy, mentoring, curriculum design, and development.
  • A significant record of professional achievements and commitment to advancing research/creative activities appropriate to the discipline.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with and evidence of commitment to the development of inclusive curriculum consistent with the Columbia College Chicago commitment to equity and social justice.
  • Demonstrated performance in innovation through teaching, research and/or practice.
  • Experience with teaching using a learning management system for course content, assignments, grading, attendance, and student communication.
  • Evidence of, or potential for, program administration.
  • Ability to engage issues of equity and to promote diversity through a global perspective.
  • A demonstrated specialization in one or more of the following areas: studio education; professional practice; visual culture, history, and theory; color theory; socially engaged practice; or additional focus in an area of contemporary art practice.


  • To apply for this position, submit the following materials online:
  • A letter outlining the applicant’s background, qualifications, and vision for the position.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • Portfolio demonstrating candidate’s work (up to 20 images), and student work (up to 20 images)
  • An Evidence of Inclusive Excellence Statement (up to two pages) describing actions you have taken to support and advance diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in service, teaching, and/or research/creative activity.
  • A teaching philosophy.
  • Contact information for three references. References will not be contacted without prior consultation with the applicant.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, apply by December 5.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee and is subject to change based on the needs of the department and/or college.

About the College
Columbia College Chicago is a private not-for-profit college for creatives serving nearly 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Columbia College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Located in downtown Chicago’s South Loop, the College is centered in one of the world's most lively urban cultural areas. Its many competitive advantages include its strong reputation in the creative industries, outstanding faculty and passionate students, impressive technological and physical resources, and a sincere commitment to bringing diverse voices and experiences into proximity with each other to shape new forms of creative practice.

At Columbia, we offer a rewarding work environment for our faculty and staff. We take pride in offering competitive benefits with affordable health, dental and vision coverage; flexible spending accounts; commuter benefit program, life and accidental, death & dismemberment coverage; paid and unpaid leave options; work/life benefits; educational assistance programs; and retirement and financial planning benefits.

We invite you to join our talented faculty and staff and become part of our collective aspiration to ensure Columbia prepares students for success in their creative fields through innovation, engagement and real-world experiences.

Additional Information

  • Position subject to a background screening.
  • This is a non-union position.
  • This position is overtime exempt.

Columbia College Chicago is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations concerning civil rights. The college does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law.


Columbia's art-splashed urban campus is located in the heart of Chicago, a vibrant city that can be your classroom, your canvas, and your home. At Columbia, we value your expertise in theory and practice. Work alongside award-winning scholars, artists and entrepreneurs and empower students to turn their ideas into creative practice.

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