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Full-Time Faculty Position in Sculpture

Fashion Institute of Technology
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Nov 1, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Other Arts
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), an internationally renowned institution 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 Fine Arts Department.

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 experimentation.

The Fine Arts Department provides the technical, experimental, and conceptual foundations of contemporary artistic expression and discourse, to guide aspiring visual practitioners -students passionate about their work and curious about ideas-to become bold innovators and skilled arts professionals, committed and ready to participate in building a meaningful 21st century creative community.


Job Description:

The ideal candidate will be a passionate and dedicated sculptor with the ability to teach three-dimensional studio processes at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels. The candidate will demonstrate strong teaching skills in woodworking, metalworking, traditional casting and clay sculpture, and digital 3D rendering.

The candidate must have a substantial exhibition record and three (3) years of teaching experience at the college level. The candidate's work and teaching experience must reflect the ability to leverage a strong foundation in traditional artistic skill and practice as a platform for more divergent thinking and innovation. We are open to hybrid forms of creative and interdisciplinary inquiry that will connect to other units in the School and College.

The successful candidate must possess the ability to share extensive knowledge of art history, as well as current practices, approaches, and movements in the contemporary art world. The candidate should be a team-oriented leader who is willing to serve in an active role within the Fine Arts Department including curriculum development, facility management, various administrative responsibilities, and student mentorship as well as cross-disciplinary collaboration throughout the College.


Specific Competencies

Successful candidates will excel in the following areas:


  • Possess experience working with people from various cultural, racial, ethnic, religious and social groups that will support the education of a diverse student population.
  • Demonstrate the ability to share extensive knowledge of art history in both Western and non-Western contexts, as well as current practices, approaches, and movements in the contemporary art world, demonstrating appreciations for cultural diversity and a positive approach to cultural differences.

Instructional Design

  • Demonstrate the ability to educate students in both figurative and non-objective modalities within an integrated Fine Arts program.
  • Serve as an active contributor to curricular assessment and development.
  • Demonstrate commitment to student centeredness with active participation in student work reviews, and the ability to offer productive verbal feedback, assessment, and counseling.

Learning Enrichment

  • Demonstrate a passion for teaching, and the ability to inspire interest, curiosity, and creativity in students.
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize a variety of instructional delivery systems, including various media sources that foster critical thinking and problem solving in students.
  • Enrich the learning experience by creating opportunities for students to engage with professional artists, New York's museums and galleries, and the broader art world.
  • Incorporate interdisciplinary approaches to teaching in the Fine Arts learning environment.
  • Contribute to the ongoing success of students through advisement and mentorship of student clubs and activities.
  • Teach professional development and facilitate student engagement with the artistic community within and beyond FIT.


  • Demonstrate, as a committed artist, the pursuit of creative work with an active studio practice and exhibition record.
  • Demonstrate the ability to teach a breadth of 3D processes to all levels of undergraduate students.
  • Demonstrate collaboration and engagement in contributing to and performing administrative and committee service for the department, the School, and the College.


  • Demonstrate expertise with specific technology and software relevant to Fine Arts, particularly relevant to 3D design.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work with FIT's safety officer as well as the department chair in areas of health and safety, encouraging safe and sustainable practices related to the sculpture studio.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master's degree required.

Preferred Qualifications: 

Previous teaching experience at the college level 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.

Additional Information:

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

Application Instructions:

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 the position;
  • Professional resume/Curriculum Vitae;
  • A minimum of three professional references, including names, titles, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail contact information.
  • Digital portfolio in .pdf format (less than 10MB) with 20 examples of current work.
  • Digital portfolio in .pdf format (less than 10MB) with 20 examples of student work.

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 at: 

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 individuals.

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.

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