Massachusetts College of Art and Design

621 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Date Posted:
November 29, 2018

Eastern Massachusetts



Assistant /Associate Professor - Illustration Tenure Track


The Illustration Department at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, seeks applicants for a full-time tenure-track Illustration faculty position and/or applicants interested in a benefited half-time position, to commence fall, 2019. (Candidates for tenure track to teach 24 credits per academic year, part-time to teach 12 credits per academic year).

As the nation’s oldest public four-year college of art and design, MassArt has a rich history of serving a highly motivated body of students from a wide range of backgrounds; a broad demographic from across Massachusetts, the nation, and the world.

MassArt seeks to be a leader in increasing diversity within its curriculum and support programs, as well as in its faculty, staff, and student populations. As we aim to promote an inclusive environment, we seek candidates who can contribute to our goals and encourage applicants to apply and to identify their strengths in this area.

The tenure-track faculty will promote the College’s commitment to collegiality by:
•Building effective partnerships with co-workers throughout the College by freely sharing appropriate information and providing assistance when needed.
•Ensuring optimum service to all internal and external partners in response to all requests for service and information.
• Maintaining an environment that is welcoming and inclusive to persons of all backgrounds, nationalities, and genders.

Review of candidates will begin
and will continue until the position is filled.

Job Description/ Statement of Duties

Within the last decade, the field of illustration has experienced a breathtaking renaissance. A blurring of traditional boundaries has occurred in our post-digital age, transforming what was primarily a print-dominated discipline into an artistic outlet that provides a myriad of opportunities in a variety of applications and venues.

As a result, we seek a multi-disciplinary colleague with a background in and a mastery of traditional as well as digital media. Applicants should have a first-hand knowledge of the ever-expanding field of illustration and be capable of teaching a wide range of media. Candidates must also be interested in challenging students to think critically and be committed to helping Illustration majors reach their artistic potential and assist seniors with preparation for graduate school.

The successful candidates shall have significant teaching experience, as well as a thriving studio practice that demonstrates a multi-disciplinary skill-set. They must be able to teach a wide-range of courses at all levels within the department and have the potential or demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse student body. Additionally, they will possess experience in course development and assessment, provide academic and professional advising to students and have the ability and desire to assume departmental leadership in the future.

The full-time faculty member will be expected to participate in curriculum development, committee work, various department activities, student reviews, and student advising.


• MFA from an accredited university is required.

• Demonstrated experience in the teaching and practice of illustration (print and other forms) or related area(s).

• 3+ years experience in the field of Illustration or related area(s).

• 3+ years of full-time teaching experience at the college or university level.

How To Apply:

• Professional level writing skills, critical discourse, communication design acumen and/or skills in related fields would greatly enhance and augment our program.

• Well-versed in the history of Illustration and a familiarity with contemporary illustrators and fine artists as well as the markets of illustration and/or related fields.

• Candidates must be committed to teaching and working at an educational institution that highly values its diverse student body and faculty.

• The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the excellence of the academic community through their creative activities, teaching and service.

Letter of interest should address all areas above, with particular attention to the candidate’s clear potential or demonstrated ability to work effectively with and benefit a diverse student body.
Artist’ statement, letter of interest, one page teaching philosophy, comprehensive CV, including a list of courses taught, 3 sample syllabi of courses taught, 20 images of professional work, with image/client list, 20 images of student work, with image list.

Apply by:
January 22, 2019
About this Organization:
Founded in Boston in 1873, Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt)is the only independent public university of art and design in the US. The university enrolls approximately 1800 undergraduate students in 22 disciplines and 195 graduate students in top-ranked MFA programs, M.Arch, and Art Education program.