Assistant Professor of Illustration

Hartford Art School, University of Hartford
Connecticut, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Nov 30, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Design & Graphic Arts
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position in the Illustration Department to begin teaching in the fall of 2022. The department offers a BFA in Illustration and Minors in Illustration and Animation within the Hartford Art School’s comprehensive undergraduate program accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The Illustration Department emphasizes drawing, proficiency with traditional and digital media, and visual problem-solving skills in a rigorous program focused on developing professional competencies for the illustration market.

The successful candidate will be a recognized professional practitioner of illustration and a passionate educator with knowledge of both historic traditions and current trends in illustration. The applicant must have a high level of knowledge of figure drawing, a strong understanding of illustration business practices and exceptional skill with traditional illustration media. The candidate will bring enthusiasm and rigor to the program, and possess a strong commitment to community and collegiality. Candidates who demonstrate an appreciation for and/or the ability to work with diverse student populations will be given preference. An MFA or equivalent professional illustration experience is required, and experience teaching illustration to undergraduate college students, graduate students or professional illustrators is also essential. The position requires teaching three courses each semester, typically at the sophomore through senior levels of the undergraduate illustration program, but subject to the needs of the department and school. The ideal candidate would have the ability to teach figure drawing, oil painting techniques, the business practices of illustration, and advertising or editorial illustration. Expectations include advising, art school and university committee service, recruitment, program development, and an ongoing production record of creative or research activities that will meet tenure requirements.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with credentials and experience. To learn more, visit

The University of Hartford is an open and welcoming community, which values diversity in all its forms. In addition, the University aspires to have its faculty and staff reflect the rich diversity of its student body and the Hartford region. Candidates committed to working with diverse populations and conversant in multicultural issues are encouraged to apply.

The University of Hartford offers personal attention associated with a small college enhanced by the expertise, breadth and intellectual excitement of a university. Our academic mission is to engage students in acquiring knowledge, skills and values necessary to thrive in, and contribute to, a pluralistic complex world. The full text of our academic mission can be seen at The University of Hartford is located within the greater Hartford area, which is rich in cultural and recreational activities, and is a short drive from metropolitan Boston and New York.

The Hartford Art School is committed to educating the whole artist through rigorous studio-based disciplines in a liberal arts university setting. With an undergraduate enrollment of about 310, students receive unparalleled personal attention from professional artists, designers, and historians in eight diverse studio areas and art history. The Hartford Art School offers BFA programs in art history, ceramics, illustration, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture and visual communication design and low-residency MFA programs in illustration, photography and interdisciplinary art.

All application materials must be submitted by going to

1. Statement on Diversity

2. Application letter – include a description of how your experience, teaching and scholarship will advance the creativity and professional competence of undergraduate illustration students

3. CV or Résumé

4. Contact information for 3 references (letters of reference will be requested only from finalists for the position)

5. Teaching philosophy (up to one page, single-spaced, 12 pt. font)

6. Applicant’s work: 15 images* with image checklist

7. Student work: 15 images* completed under the applicant’s direction, with image checklist

* A link to a website containing these images may be provided.

Screening of applicants will begin on February 1, 2022, and continue until the position is filled.

To apply, please visit

The University of Hartford is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, Male/Female/Disabled/Veteran. Women and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. EEO/M/F/D/V

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