Assistant Professor - School of Art, Illustration

Posting Details

Posting Details

Job # 073586
Job Title Assistant Professor - School of Art, Illustration
Location Main Campus
Pay Range Commensurate w/ Experience
FLSA Status Exempt

As determined by the department/chair.

Job Type Full-time
Rank Assistant
Campus Syracuse, NY
Unionized Position Code Not Applicable
Job Description

The Syracuse University School of Art invites applications for a full-time tenure track faculty position at the rank of assistant professor. Appointment begins August 2018. The scope of this position involves teaching undergraduate and graduate courses offered by the School of Art.

The successful candidate will engage in research and scholarly activity as described in the College Tenure and Promotion guide.

The successful candidate will engage in Service to the School, College and University as well contribute to the discipline sector as appropriate.

An Assistant Professor has a teaching load of 3/3. Teaching encompasses all direct contact with students in support of their learning and this includes critical feedback, mentoring and support, and assessment. Assistant Professors are expected to engage in research and scholarly activity as outlined in the School’s promotion and tenure evidences; faculty are assessed annually as part of the tenure-track review process.


Minimum MFA in related discipline, an MFA in Illustration, Visual Communications, Animation, Studio Arts or equivalent professional experience as an Illustrator.

The successful candidate for Assistant Professor must have:

• Minimum 3 years teaching experience at a university or college, with a proven track record of working well with students from diverse cultural backgrounds and with varied technical expertise and aesthetic sensibilities.

Job Specific Qualifications

• A solid knowledge of the history of illustration and fine art as a foundation for forward-thinking explorations both technical and creative.

• Understanding of illustration and studio arts in the context of broader social, cultural, economic, scientific and technological dynamics and issues.

• An ability to connect the programs to the professional illustration community and varied opportunities appropriate to the students’ interests and abilities.

• The ability to communicate clearly and motivate others effectively.

• An interest in working collaboratively within the School of Art, VPA, the University, and with external partners towards the development of shared projects and initiatives.


• undertake teaching, assessment, studio visits, as directed by the Program Coordinators and the Director of the School of Art.

• write, devise and/or contribute to syllabi, schemes of work and new course proposals, in support of the work of the school and contribute to the organization and administration of courses.

• contribute to course and curriculum development, and undertake appropriate development to enable the School to continue to build academic excellence.

• be familiar with course, program, school and University policy and to ensure student success and high levels of performance; liaise with the administrative offices of the school, college and University as appropriate.

• assist with recruitment of students to the school.

• liaise externally with industry partners and professional bodies as appropriate.

• assist in the effective and efficient operation of the school and undertake such other reasonable duties as may be required by the College and University.

• engage in research and scholarly activity, in support of the School’s research strategy.

• be an active member of such University committees and groups as required by
the Director of the School of Art.

• observe and implement health and safety responsibilities.

• demonstrate professionalism in the role as a representative of VPA and the School of Art, incorporating SU core values in the delivery of duties.

• observe and implement equality and inclusivity practices and promote equality of opportunity at all times.

• observe and adhere to all VPA policies relevant to the role.

Additional Responsibilities:
The School of Art offers BFA and MFA degrees in Illustration, Studio Arts and Art Education. The successful candidate will:

• Teach introductory through advanced level courses at undergraduate and graduate levels.

• Teach a 3/3-course load per academic year, as well as mentor students.

• Engage in course development, meetings, committees and recruitment.

• Work with faculty in other programs in ways that reflect and anticipate marketplace needs for innovative visual interdisciplinary approaches.

• Cultivate and nurture interactions and opportunities in the professional field of illustration and art.

• Participate actively and with distinction in professional, creative and/or scholarly work.

Teach 6, three-credit undergraduate and/or graduate classes across fall and spring semesters. The position will include courses in Illustration, and may include a foundational course in a related studio area such as drawing, painting or print.

Additionally, Independent Study experiences or supervising internships may be included. Assist with the maintenance of studio/lab spaces as needed. Advise Illustration Intensive students academically and professionally, and coordinate with full-time faculty in the School regarding curriculum, events, and visiting artists. Attend faculty meetings and serve on committees as determined by the Faculty and Director of the School of Art.

Physical Requirements




Application Instructions

For full consideration, submit the following materials online: a letter of application, Curriculum Vitae, research interests, teaching philosophy including examples of student work and assignments, portfolio website/URL and contact information for three references.

Files may be no larger than 5MB, however, you may submit an external link to a larger file if needed.

About The College of Visual and Performing Arts

The College of Visual and Performing Arts (SU:VPA) at Syracuse University is committed to the education of cultural leaders who will engage and inspire audiences through performance, visual art, design, scholarship, and commentary. We provide the tools for self-discovery and risk-taking in an environment that thrives on critical thought and action.
The college is comprised of six areas: the School of Art; the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies; the School of Design; the Department of Drama; the Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music; and the Department of Transmedia. With approximately 2,114 students (1,904 undergraduate; 210 graduate), 308 faculty (142 full time; 166 part time), and 66 staff, SU:VPA is the second largest academic unit at SU and the largest professional college on campus. Together, students, faculty, and staff play a vital role in the academic and cultural life of the University and Central New York communities.
The college finds its oldest roots in what was known as the College of Fine Arts. Formally opening September 18, 1873, the college was the first degree-conferring organization of its kind in the United States. Its first alumnus graduated in 1875 with a bachelor of painting degree. Today the college boasts approximately 22,000 active alumni who live around the world and serve as proud representatives of SU and SU:VPA. Learn more about the college, our distinguished faculty, and our program, please visit our websites at,

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private research university of extraordinary academics, distinctive offerings and an undeniable spirit. With a gorgeous campus in the heart of New York State, a global footprint and a history that dates to 1870, we embrace diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.

Our student population includes nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students, representing all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. Our proud commitment to veterans and their families is unrivaled in higher education. Home to 11 schools and colleges, Syracuse University blends the foundational power of the liberal arts with the intense focus of professional programs. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Sport and Human Dynamics, Information Studies, Law, Management, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Public Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts.

A medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of the state, Syracuse, N.Y., is approximately a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and Montreal. With a metropolitan population of 700,000, Syracuse is a center for cultural, recreational and artistic events, including the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse Stage, Symphoria, Destiny Mall, multiple sporting events, and festivals including Jazz Fest and Winterfest. The outdoor enthusiast will enjoy having the Adirondack Mountains, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the Thousands Islands Region within easy driving distance of the Syracuse campus.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Job Posting Date 11/13/2017
Application Deadline
Open Until Filled Yes
Priority Consideration 01/19/2018
Job Category Faculty
Message to Applicants

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Other Document
  4. Teaching Philosophy
  5. Portfolio Website URL
  6. Reference List
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