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 Art and Design.
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 instructional design, learning enrichment,
globalism, and use of technology, as well as mastery of established
and emerging industry practices.
The mission of FIT's School of Art and Design is to educate the
next generation of creative, socially responsible and globally
relevant professionals able to succeed in the broad spectrum of art
and design fields. The school challenges students to create new and
valuable ideas through innovation, collaboration and
The Illustration program at FIT emphasizes a strong foundation
in conceptual thinking, drawing, painting and sculpting which
equips students to embrace traditional and emerging technologies
with a high level of craft and innovative thinking.
The strength of our program comes from the belief that we can
embrace new creative technologies while developing a set of skills
that does not change: an in depth understanding of how to develop
verbal prompts into visual stories, how to observe and capture the
form and movement of human and animal figures, understanding how to
use color and how to follow and reimagine aesthetic rules as a
means of creating illusions of proportion, form, movement and
The ideal candidate will be an experienced illustrator/visual
artist who is actively engaged in creating imagery in a range of
specialized disciplines and platforms that include editorial and
commercial print and online media; sequential, key and concept art
for games and animation; production art for film and television;
character design; experiential exhibition design, and individual
and group art exhibitions.
We seek a highly creative artist and educator whose work and
teaching reflect a strong understanding of fundamentals including
anatomy, composition, color theory, form and space. The faculty
member will be expected to teach and lead both in their specialties
and foundation courses. The faculty member will work
collaboratively to contribute and maintain a high level of
creativity, academic excellence, and pedagogical and technological
In the conceptual process, the candidate will teach through
demonstration and by example from their professional experience,
the techniques of research, exploring multiple narrative and
editorial directions, developing visual solutions and determining
an aesthetic approach that best communicates the ideas they choose
or are commissioned to convey.
As a practicing and teaching artist, the ideal candidate
understands the importance of embracing diverse cultural
backgrounds, thought processes and social issues that inform their
work and the work of their students.
Successful candidates will excel in the following areas:
- Demonstrate an understanding of how illustrators, as visual
communicators, can educate and influence public perception and
beliefs that influence global issues with national and
- Demonstrate an understanding of world and national history, as
well as current events, as a means of context and perspective for
effective decision-making in the role of visual communicator and
- Demonstrate an appreciation of the benefits and opportunities
of networking with the New York City Creative District and
incorporate distinguished guest speakers and class field trips to
local museums, galleries and other educational resources as means
of enhancing class material and student learning experiences.
- Demonstrate ability to develop student awareness in the
classroom environment for cultural diversity, and the need to
respect all racial, ethnic, religious and social groups, in support
of diversity and equity, in the classroom as well as in
- Demonstrate ability to implement the newly redesigned
Illustration curriculum by teaching students to apply the creative
power of new classroom technology while synchronously incorporating
the integration of traditional illustration skills and techniques
in conjunction with digital media in class assignments and
- Demonstrate ability to design engrossing class assignments and
other learning experiences to enhance information literacy and
research skills, as well as challenge preconceptions, foster
experimentation, cultivate critical thinking and advanced problem
solving abilities and inspire students' creativity, innovation and
- Demonstrate ability to teach students how to integrate,
synthesize, and utilize information and skills from various
disciplines including photography, design, animation, film,
writing, social sciences, world history, art history and resources
such as the Web, in the process of the creation of exciting and
effective visual communication images and illustrations.
- Demonstrate ability to be an effective verbal communicator and
speaker who conducts enlightening and thought-provoking lectures,
presentations, demonstrations and critiques, as well as applies
current communication, research and promotional resources,
strategies, and technologies, in particular, digitally.
- Demonstrate and generate an excitement and passion for
teaching, illustrating and learning that inspires students to
experiment, innovate and create.
- Demonstrate integration of knowledge of industry and
entrepreneurship in classes, as well as personal career development
strategies and experiences, to support and encourage students'
creative and professional interest and progress.
- Demonstrate ability to formulate and create a clear and concise
class syllabus to enable and empower students to maximize their
potential academically and creatively.
- Demonstrate ability to incorporate innovative technology in
- Demonstrate incorporation of industry developments, including
technology updates and other illustration applications into the
- Demonstrate ability to serve as a mentor, tutor and/or
counselor to students requiring special/focused attention, support
or guidance when addressing academic and/or personal issues.
- Demonstrate continued involvement in professional and scholarly
work and activities related to illustration in the competitive
graphic arts business.
- Demonstrate an understanding and mastery of established and
emerging industry practices and their relevance to the illustration
- Demonstrate expertise in the application of entrepreneurial
skills, a comprehensive understanding of copyright and other laws
as they relate to intellectual property, as well as current
knowledge of billing practices, asset management, marketing and
- Demonstrate ability to apply professional expertise in the
continued advancement of the program, including curriculum, and
program assessment and development, as well as program expansion
into other areas of illustration applications and markets.
- Demonstrate a level of digital skills related to the
application of hardware and software used professionally in
illustration applications in the graphic arts business.
- Demonstrate ability to inspire students' imaginations and
educate them in further developing the integration of traditional
with digital illustration proficiencies consistent with current
industry needs and standards.
- Demonstrate the dynamic application of digital technology to
serve as a research tool on the Web for Illustration assignments,
in developing concepts, and conveying visual communication
- Demonstrate the effective use of technology and electronic
information systems in the Illustration hybrid classroom
- Bachelor's degree required with a minimum of six (6) years
professional experience as an illustrator in one or more visual
- Candidates must present a currently active professional record
demonstrating agility in adapting to new modes of visual
storytelling and an aptitude for adopting new technologies.
Terminal degree in illustration, fine arts, design or other
visual art discipline preferred. College, professional certificate
and/or workshop teaching preferred.
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 faculty position will begin Fall 2022. Review of
applications will begin immediately and continue until the position
is filled. The salary and appointment rank will be based on
education level and cumulative experience.
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.