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Part Time Instructor in Drawing

Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, Kentucky, United States
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Apr 4, 2024

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Part Time Instructor in Drawing

School of the Arts

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Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

Northern Kentucky University ( NKU ) seeks excellence by enriching its educational environment and culture through the diversity of its administration, faculty, and staff and by embracing inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of its work. NKU is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. We encourage applications by members of diverse groups and by persons with a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity and experience in achieving goals relative to inclusive excellence. Our vision is that NKU will be nationally recognized for being a student-ready, regionally engaged university that empowers diverse learners for economic and social mobility. We will do this while promoting a culture of excellence, acting with integrity, fostering a community of belonging, working with creativity and innovation, and maintaining a climate of collegiality. In your role, you will be expected to ensure that students who interact with you have a high-quality experience that supports the vision of the institution.

Purpose of Position

The Art & Design program in the School of the Arts ( SOTA ) at Northern Kentucky University ( NKU ) invites applications for a part-time instructor in Drawing.

The Drawing area at NKU offers an approach to artmaking which is media diverse and emphasizes both technical skills and conceptual development. Additionally, the Drawing area aligns with the Painting area, offers strong support to the Animation area, and is a core foundational support for all Art & Design disciplines. We seek a dynamic artist-teacher that possesses strong observational and perceptual abilities in drawing that can teach all levels of drawing, including figure drawing. The Art & Design program offers BA and BFA degrees in Studio Art. The position will begin in the fall of 2024. We are seeking a dedicated educator-scholar to teach in our dynamic, profession-oriented program. A successful candidate should be knowledgeable and proficient in observational object drawing, figure drawing, all contexts of linear perspective, and be able to converse in and with a variety of contemporary methods of current drawing fine art practice.

The Art & Design, Music, and Theatre & Dance programs make up the School of the Arts which sits in the College of Arts and Sciences at Northern Kentucky University. Art & Design offers an innovative and engaged opportunity for aspiring artists and designers who seek professional training in the arts. Art & Design has 17 full-time faculty and 4 full-time staff that embrace a comprehensive hands-on approach of working with materials and techniques while developing critical thinking skills related to the various art disciplines and studio training.

Established in 1968, NKU is a 15,000-student, nationally recognized, growing metropolitan university located seven miles from downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Greater Cincinnati has one of the most vibrant and multifaceted cultural scenes in the Midwest, with the Cincinnati Art Museum, Contemporary Arts Center, 21c Museum Hotel and a plethora of galleries such as The Weston, Carl Solway and Manifest Gallery. Cincinnati offers an outstanding quality of life, a dynamic arts community, and an affordable cost of living. NKU is committed to active engagement with the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region of over two million people. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, but especially from individuals who contribute to the diversity of our academic community.

Primary Responsibilities

The primary responsibilities of this position are to teach drawing courses at the foundational levels ( ARTD 210), and when needed teach figure drawing (ARTD310), advanced drawing ( ARTD 410), and possibly drawing for animation ( ARTD 317). Additionally, to maintain and work within the set curriculum of our course offerings as we encourage exploration of diversity through our topics courses and collaboration across the campus and region.

Additional responsibilities include some student mentoring, responsible studio management, and provide direction and guidance for advancing the University’s strategic priorities of inclusive excellence, student retention, and graduation. The drawing studio ( FAC 415) is located in the Fine Arts Center that includes state of the art lighting, natural north lit ceiling windows, ample room space, drawing chair/desks, figure model stand, large still life closet, and overhead screen and projector.


Minimum qualifications include an MFA in Drawing/Painting or its equivalent, an active professional creative practice in drawing/painting, a demonstrated knowledge of drawing techniques, and well versed in contemporary / historical practice. Demonstrated commitment and/or experience promoting and fostering a learning environment that is supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds and cross-cultural perspectives. The position includes possible opportunities to shape curricula and be part of a team of committed colleagues and dedicated students.

College-level teaching experience preferred.

Applicants should clearly demonstrate strengths and technical experience in the afore-mentioned areas of expertise. To apply, submit the following items electronically:

1) Cover Letter (outlining qualifications)
2) CV
3) Names and Contact Information of 3 references
4) Diversity Statement *
5) Artist Statement / Research Interests
6) Portfolio of Professional Work **
(20 images of personal work with descriptions/image list)
7) Teaching Philosophy
8) Portfolio of Student Work**
(20 images of student work with descriptions/image list)

** Portfolio of Professional Work and Portfolio of Example Student Work may either be a link to a website or submit a PDF attachment (9MB) maximum for each item):

* The diversity statement should offer insight into the candidate’s distinctive perspective concerning their past and current efforts, as well as their future goals, in advancing diversity, inclusion, and social justice. (In line with the University’s Affirmative Action Policy, candidates are not expected to disclose their identity or membership either in the diversity statement or in other application documents submitted to the search committee. Demographic information is solicited through the application process; however, those data are confidential and are not provided to members of the search committee.)

Any candidate who is offered a position at NKU will be required to go through a pre-employment criminal background check as mandated by state law. Questions regarding the use of the website should be directed to the Human Resources Department at .

Questions regarding the nature of the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Brad McCombs, Art & Design Program Head, via email: .

Preferred application deadline is April 22, 2024. The posting will remain open until filled.

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Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * What is the highest level of education attained?
    • GED
    • High School Diploma
    • Associates Degree
    • Bachelors Degree
    • Masters Degree
    • PHD
  2. * Do you have experience teaching at the college level?
    • Yes
    • No
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  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. References
  4. Diversity Statement 1
  5. Artist Statement
  6. Portfolio of Professional Work
  7. Teaching Philosophy
  8. Portfolio of Student Work
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