Tenure Track Assistant Professor Position in Drawing and 2D Media

College of the Holy Cross
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Oct 26, 2023

Job Details


The College of the Holy Cross Visual Arts Department invites applications for a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor in Drawing and 2D Media starting August 2024. The department seeks a candidate with expertise in blending traditional fine art drawing practices with emerging trends in contemporary art. Candidates should have experience teaching drawing courses in a fine arts context ranging from foundations to advanced level courses that develop student technical skills, conceptual thinking, and creative expression. Preference will be given to candidates who can help develop an innovative and dynamic set of courses that will provide foundational entry points for majors and general education students, build essential artistic production skills, and encourage fluidity between artistic disciplines. Candidates invested in teaching thematic courses where students can explore contemporary themes such as climate change, environmental justice, social justice, community engagement, and other cross-disciplinary subjects are of particular interest.

This position carries a 3-2 teaching load with a full-salary one-semester research leave prior to tenure review, and generous sabbatical and fellowship leaves for tenured faculty. All full-time appointments offer competitive salaries and include full benefits, including travel support and reimbursement for relocation. Faculty at the College cultivate a richly diverse academic community, pursue innovative teaching, and create high-impact scholarship. To learn more about faculty life at the College & the Worcester area, candidates are encouraged to visit our Prospective Faculty page .


Holy Cross has a dynamic department of art history and studio art that also supports an interdisciplinary architectural studies major: https://www.holycross.edu/academics/programs/visual-arts

The Millard Art Center studio buildings offer 12,000 square feet of studio space, including printmaking, photography, drawing, digital/new media, painting, and sculpture studios, with woodworking, welding, and 3D printing facilities. Studio art majors have individual workspaces during a yearlong capstone concentration seminar.

Classes actively engage with the arts on campus through the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery , now housed in the Prior Performing Arts Center , a world-class venue for learning through the performing and creative arts, which facilitates a transformative exchange between the arts and other disciplines. Holy Cross students and faculty work closely with the Worcester Art Museum , frequently visiting the comprehensive Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs collection. In addition, Holy Cross art students have access to museums and galleries in Boston and the larger New England area.


Candidates must demonstrate excellence in scholarship and a commitment to effective undergraduate teaching in the context of a liberal arts college. MFA required by the beginning of the appointment.

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter addressing the position requirements listed above, a current curriculum vita, and a statement on teaching that includes a commitment to creating an inclusive classroom environment and teaching a diverse student population. Along with these specific materials, please include the following:
  • Artist Statement
  • Sample Syllabi
  • Documentation of professional work in one PDF file, including:
    • 20 image examples of recent professional work
    • 10 image examples of student work

Additional materials will be requested at a later date.

As a Jesuit, undergraduate liberal arts college, the College values dialogue among people from diverse perspectives as integral to the mission and essential to the excellence of our academic program. In your cover letter and statement on teaching, please highlight how your teaching, scholarship, mentorship, and/or service might support the College’s mission and its commitment to diversity and inclusion.


The College of the Holy Cross uses Interfolio to collect all faculty job applications. Please submit all application materials only through this platform: to https://apply.interfolio.com/135474 . Materials submitted through any other means will not be considered.

Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2023, and continue until January 1, 2024. Initial interviews of selected applicants will take place in Late January/Early February. We will conduct these preliminary interviews by Zoom. Questions about this search may be directed to Matthew Gamber, mgamber@holycross.edu .

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

College of the Holy Cross is a highly selective Catholic liberal arts college in the Jesuit tradition. It enrolls about 3,100 students and is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, a medium-sized city 45 miles west of Boston. The College seeks faculty members whose scholarship, teaching, advising, and on- and off-campus service demonstrate an enduring commitment to academic excellence and who embrace the educational benefits of a richly diverse community. Holy Cross aspires to meet the needs of dual-career couples, in part through its membership in the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts and the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium .

The College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and complies with all Federal and Massachusetts laws concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action in the workplace.


College of the Holy Cross

Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,100 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition. Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work at The College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members, students, faculty and staff. The College's commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Job candidates of all diverse backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Our home city of Worcester, Massachusetts offers cultural, professional and recreational opportunities for students of every interest — from the masterworks displayed in the Worcester Art Museum to the one-of-kind restaurants on Shrewsbury Street. And with the ski slopes of Vermont and New Hampshire, the stunning beaches of Rhode Island and Cape Cod, and the cities of Boston and Providence all within striking distance, there’s much to discover throughout this dynamic six-state region.

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