The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), an internationally
renowned college of art and design, business and technology, of the
State University of New York, invites nominations and applications
for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in the Illustration
Department, School of Graduate Studies.
The Fashion Institute of Technology, a part of the State
University of New York, has been a leader in career education in
art, design, business, and technology for nearly 70 years. With a
curriculum that provides a singular blend of hands-on, practical
experience, classroom study, and a firm grounding in the liberal
arts, FIT offers a wide range of outstanding programs that are
relevant to today's rapidly changing industries. Internationally
renowned, FIT draws on its New York City location to provide a
vibrant, creative community in which to learn. The college offers
more than 45 majors and grants AAS, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, and MPS
degrees, preparing students for professional success and leadership
in the global marketplace.
With close ties to industry, FIT draws faculty from the city's
art, business, and design elite, and from the rich academic
community of the region. The College continually seeks creative
faculty members who are passionate about their field and
demonstrate exceptional professional capability in the core
competencies of instruction design, learning enrichment, globalism,
and use of technology, as well as mastery of established and
emerging industry practices.
A vital and growing part of FIT's rich educational mix, the
School of Graduate Studies provides advanced professional education
in seven disciplines closely tied to the college's mission,
promotion in the post-baccalaureate study of business, art, fashion
and design. The School is dedicated to advancing research in the
creative industries and fostering collaboration and a dialogue that
links faculty and students to outstanding professionals and
The Illustration Department in the School of Graduate Studies at
FIT confers the MFA through a 60-credit evening and weekend program
delivered over three years. Developed with industry advisors and
industry-active faculty, the curriculum prepares students to be
innovative visual communicators, and fosters the entrepreneurial
approach that professional illustrators need for success in the
world of art and commerce. The department emphasizes a studio
practice in drawing, painting and digital media, and emphasizes the
integration of traditional and digital techniques with the goal of
enabling each student to express their original voice. The faculty
of noted illustrators offer rigorous assignments that elicit high
quality, competitive work. The program requires a written
qualifying paper and culminates in a visual thesis. The curriculum
develops and enriches students' aesthetic, analytical, and
technological abilities by offering progressive, student-centered
scholarship and experiences that integrate theory and practice in
illustration and visual narrative communication.
The mission of the School of Graduate Studies Illustration
Department is to deliver an MFA curriculum that educates students
in the art and practice of Illustration. This mission is consistent
with FIT's mission to prepare students for professional excellence
in design and business through rigorous and adaptable academic
programs, experiential learning, and innovative partnerships. FIT
is located in Chelsea, a leading contemporary art center, with
hundreds of galleries in easy reach of campus; other resources for
the department include the Museum at FIT and the Special
Collections of the Gladys Marcus Library.
The School of Graduate Studies seeks a full-time faculty member
in the Illustration Department. The ideal candidate will maintain
an active professional practice and will have a broad understanding
of required competencies for a career in the field. The candidate
should demonstrate a range of expertise in the industry, with
emphasis on observational drawing techniques and previous
experience instructing a wide variety of courses in both
traditional and digital media A familiarity and understanding of
digital applications and promotion of a personal and professional
practice is essential.
The candidate will hold a terminal degree and have a successful
record in teaching, academic advisement, curriculum building, and
mentoring advanced students. Preference will be given to candidates
with experience in academic leadership. The candidate will exhibit
the ability to work collaboratively with a small group of faculty
peers and will be prepared to contribute to the department and
school by serving on school and college-wide committees, as well as
in elected or appointed positions of leadership. In addition to
having significant professional ability and strong leadership
qualifications, the candidate must commit to advancing the
department in ways that align with the goals of the FIT Strategic
The successful candidate will have significant personal and
professional practice, evidenced through creative work,
exhibitions, publications, conference presentations, and invited
lectures. The candidate should be able to maintain and advance
professional networks and relationships with contemporary
illustrators and organizations and be capable of mobilizing those
contacts for the benefit of the department, the School of Graduate
Studies, and the College.
Successful candidates will excel in the following areas:
- Demonstrate broad knowledge, awareness and industry experience
in illustration and publishing practices in an international
- Possess the ability to communicate a broad range of
cross-cultural and inclusive artistic values in relation to
narrative art, personal artistic practice, and the professional
- Demonstrate knowledge of and engagement with industry
worldwide, through exhibitions, publications, conference
presentations, and professional networks.
- Demonstrate ability to work effectively in international
settings with colleagues from multicultural backgrounds.
- Design and deliver course content that balances the importance
of creative practice with practical application.
- Possess the ability to integrate studio practice with related
curricula, including essays, articles, multimedia art, and
- Adapt course content to adjust to changing industry, global,
and client trends, while respecting local issues and
- Demonstrate intense involvement in a variety of professional
applications of illustration, including connections to industry,
institutions, and academic partners.
- Demonstrate fluency with state-of-the-art technology and
specialized equipment necessary in the classroom environment.
- Demonstrate a capacity for mentoring and leading advanced
students through an intense and empowering curriculum.
- Demonstrate passion for the work and ability to communicate
effectively, both verbally and visually.
- Demonstrate a passion for learning with the ability to inspire
interest, curiosity, and creativity in advanced students.
- Demonstrate the use of a variety of instructional delivery
methods that foster critical thinking and creative problem solving
within the fields of illustration, sequential art, and narrative
- Demonstrate a commitment to interdisciplinary and experiential
- Demonstrate the vision to build and advance the department
through enhanced curricular approaches and regular assessment.
- Demonstrate a commitment to enhancing student interaction,
collaboration, and creativity in the classroom.
- Demonstrate a commitment to facilitating industry networks,
professional experience, and other real-world opportunities for
- Possess the ability to utilize a variety of creative,
studio-based instructional delivery methods to improve student
- Possesses the ability to lead students in developing artistic
practice in the context of critical thinking, problem-solving,
visual and verbal communication skills, as well as critical
analysis, intellectual discourse, and thoughtful skepticism.
- Maintain highly active engagement in creative and/or scholarly
activities relevant to the illustration community.
- Possess willingness to share professional contacts and
opportunities to achieve department and college goals.
- Demonstrate the ability to serve as a college representative on
matters related to illustration, publishing, and visual art
community, as well as issues related to the department and its
- Apply a wide variety of artistic practices and topics in studio
and classroom contexts, possibly including such disciplines as
editorial illustration, publishing, visual narrative, children's
books, comics and graphic novels, advertising art, production and
- Engage in creative and/or scholarly activities within all
applications of illustration in a wide variety of disciplines and
- Demonstrate a high level of technological skills relevant to
illustration, animation, sequential art, and the entertainment
- Demonstrate a commitment to building expertise and leading
students in the development and maintenance of technological
- Demonstrate ability to communicate through technology and to
adapt delivery of course content and management using FIT
- Candidates should have a terminal degree in the field,
significant industry experience (6+ years), significant teaching
experience at the graduate level (3+ years), and academic
- Preference will be given to candidates with a record of
significant creative work, including publications, exhibitions,
and/or industry awards.
This position will be required to constantly read and
comprehend, occasionally perform calculations, constantly verbally
communicate, frequently analyze, and constantly write. The working
conditions for this position will be any combination of the
classroom, lab, and/or office space. Certain roles may be required
to handle machinery and chemicals. The physical requirement for
this position will require occasional sitting, constant standing,
occasional bending, frequent walking, and occasionally lifting 10
lbs. or less.
This is a full-time, tenure-track position beginning in Fall
2022. Review of applications will commence immediately and continue
until the position is filled. Salary and appointment rank will be
based on education level and experience.
Link to FIT Benefits for Full-Time Faculty
Salary Schedule (page 72)
Please note that a background check is required for appointment
to this position.
For consideration, please provide:
- Letter of interest clearly indicating your qualifications for
- Professional resume/Curriculum Vitae;
- A minimum of three professional references, including names,
titles, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail contact
- Digital portfolio in .pdf format (less than 2 MB) of current
work or a URL to a professional portfolio website.
Please note that due to the volume of applications, we will not
be able to contact each applicant individually. Additional
information about the Fashion Institute of Technology can be found
FIT is firmly committed to creating an environment that will
attract and retain people of diverse racial and cultural
backgrounds. By providing a learning and working environment that
encourages, utilizes, respects, and appreciates the full expression
of every individual's ability, the FIT community fosters its
mission and grows because of its rich, pluralistic experience. FIT
is committed to prohibiting discrimination, whether based on race,
national origin, gender, religion, ethnic background, age,
disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other
criterion prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws.
FIT is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment,
including the opportunity for upward mobility for all qualified
The College reserves the right to select one or more
candidates after having been duly reviewed and presented to the
President in conformance with the provisions of Article 15 of the
Collective Bargaining Agreement.