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Assistant Professor - Illustration

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Work type: Faculty Full Time
Categories: Faculty

Tenure Track, Assistant Professor


The Department of Art + Design in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth invites applications for a tenure track position with a starting date and appointment of September 1, 2020. We seek a colleague with significant professional experience, actively engaged in contemporary illustration and versed in both traditional and digital media, with an emphasis on working digitally.

Candidates should be prepared to teach illustration at all collegiate levels, undergraduate and graduate, from beginning to advanced courses. The primary responsibility will consist of leading five studio courses or 15 credits per academic year (9 credits one semester, 6 credits the other semester). Additional responsibilities include maintaining a rigorous scholarly agenda, advising students and participating in departmental, college, and university service. As our BFA program is dedicated to supporting an integration of the studio arts, ideal candidates will also have experience teaching courses in one or more of our other Art + Design concentrations (see umassd.edu/cvpa/programs/).

Minimum Qualifications: 

An MFA in Illustration or Animation, or an equivalent terminal degree in a closely related field; a demonstrated, significant record of professional or scholarly achievement; current professional working experience in the field of Illustration; well versed in the technology currently used in professional practice; at least two years of college-level teaching experience.

Professional practice and teaching experience in one or more genres of illustration, for example: editorial, commercial, concept art, technical/biological, children’s books, or comics. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Preferred qualifications:
Ideal candidates will have demonstrated professional or teaching experience in 2D animation, evidence of innovative professional activity and cross-disciplinary practices, community engagement, and experience teaching in another one of our eleven (11) Art + Design concentrations (see umassd.edu/cvpa/programs/)

To apply please submit the following: a cover letter that outlines the candidate’s qualifications and interests in the position, a curriculum vitae, complete contact information for three professional references, a link to web-based portfolio of your work, a link to a web-based portfolio of student work. a one-page document outlining a teaching philosophy, a list of courses taught, three sample syllabi and three assignment descriptions. 

Review of completed applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  

Applicants must be authorized for employment in the U.S. on a full time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship not available.


For inquiries about the position, please contact Prof. Bruce Maddocks, Head of the Illustration Concentration, at bmaddocks@umassd.edu.

The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) at UMass Dartmouth has over 500 students and is the flagship visual and performing arts college in the UMass system. Offering an art school experience within a four-year, national tier 1 research university setting, CVPA offers 16 concentrations in Art and Design, Art History, Art Education, and Music. CVPA courses are taught on two campuses: Paul Rudolph’s distinctive architecture of the main campus in Dartmouth, and the Star Store Campus in downtown New Bedford. Centrally located between Boston, Providence, Cape Cod, and Newport, UMass Dartmouth’s enrollment comprises 8,650 undergraduate and graduate students across more than 100 bachelor and master’s degree programs. The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and inclusive faculty and staff committed to excellence in teaching and research.  


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