Assistant Professor of Art

Reports to Department Chair


Mission of the Program: The First Year/Foundations Program in the Art Department at Cornish College of the Arts is a collaborative, team taught, and integrative learning community that actively promotes an intellectual context for artistic experimentation and risk taking. The Program seeks to introduce students to a breadth of disciplinary and interdisciplinary opportunities across art, science, social science, humanities, critical and contextual studies through research led assignments. Studio practice is directly supported and informed by measurable exploration into writing outcomes, creative building/displaying/presenting, along with an understanding of broader cultural structures and systems. Students work in small cohort groups in a shared studio environment with the full support of the Media Lab resource facilities.   


Any Combination of the following:

2D Fundamentals, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Print, (analog and digital Processes) 3D Fundamentals, Fabrication –woods, metals, fabrics, plastics; Arduino, Electronics, Cold-Casting, Vacu-forming, Installation, Sound Performance, New Media, Digital Media, lens and time based

Purpose: To contribute to the development of an integrated curriculum in Foundations through the delivery of instruction and expertise from the studio perspective, while supporting students to apply cross-disciplinary perspectives to their practice as artists. Future teaching assignments will depend upon College needs, coordination with Foundations, and the authorization of the Art Department Chair.

Equal Opportunity Statement: Cornish College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer intent on enriching the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Our goal is to create an intercultural learning environment comprised of people with varied experiences and perspectives. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups for all open positions. 

Job Responsibilities

• Deliver instruction in a theme-based, team taught curriculum. 

• Contribute to the development of curriculum.

• Design and facilitate learning experiences that enable student success and achieve student-learning outcomes.

• Participate in developing and assessing student learning outcomes.

• Participate in recurring student critique/review/presentation & sessions in studio.

• Use instructional technologies such as an LMS (Canvas).

• Maintain current knowledge and skills in disciplinary expertise, pedagogy and curriculum.

• Foster a positive, caring, equitable learning environment where difference and pluralism are valued and all students have opportunities to be successful learners.

• Academic advising. 

• Participate in program assessment. 

• Participate in departmental and college service, including admissions events.

• Participate in department and College governance, contributing to the life and culture of the College.

• Other duties as assigned by Supervisor.

Candidate must successfully complete a full background check. 

Minimum Qualifications

• A MFA in an appropriate studio discipline or equivalent professional experience. 

• Undergraduate teaching experience in art and/or foundations studio practice with a minimum of 2-3 years full time experience.  

• Ability to teach to the student learning outcomes established by the Art and/or Foundations Programs. 

• Demonstrated technical expertise in relevant media.

• Demonstrated ability to work closely and compatibly with a diverse student body, faculty, and staff in a multicultural environment. 

• Demonstrated commitment to multicultural perspectives, inclusivity, and inquiry. 

• An interest in exploring intersections across a broad range of subject areas in art, design, film, media, the humanities and sciences, and the performing arts. 

Record of creative scholarship, studio projects, and peer reviewed professional activities. 

Preferred Qualifications

• Demonstrated excellence in the teaching of studio based practice. 

• Experience with collaborative curriculum planning. 

• Experience teaching to students with diverse levels of academic preparation.

• Experience teaching in an integrative learning environment, such as learning communities. 

• Experience with assessment. 

• Knowledge of contemporary studio practice, including relevant critical discourse. 

• Knowledge of progressive pedagogical theory and practice. 

Strong communication skills. 

Application Procedures

To be considered for this position, please submit the following items to 

1. A written Expression of Interest describing why the role appeals to you, and how you think your skills qualify you for this position. Also identify your key disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary expertise in relationship to  this position. (No more than 2 pages).

2. Include a diversity statement - We would like to know more about your experience with diversity, race and equity, and social justice. Please tell us about your experience engaging and working with diverse communities particularly in the context of your professional, volunteer, or civic work.  Please also address efforts you have made or been involved with to foster diversity competence and understanding. (No more than 1 page). 

The College maintains a policy of nondiscrimination among employees and applicants for employment. As an obligation to Equal Employment Opportunity, we will refrain from submitting any disclosures of protected classes in this diversity statement (i.e. gender, marital status, race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, the presence of any sensory, physical or mental disability, genetic information, political views, veteran status or ethnicity).  

3. Statement of educational philosophy (No more than 1 page).

4. Current CV.

5. A portfolio with: 20 images of personal practice and 20 images of recent student work from your classes.

6. Cornish College of the Arts Employment Application. 

Deadline for applications is February 16th, 2018