Winthrop University, a highly ranked, public, comprehensive university, announces a national search for an Assistant or Associate Professor of Illustration. The position is a 9-month, full-time, tenure-track appointment in the Department of Design within the College of Visual and Performing Arts with salary and rank being dependent upon qualifications. Daily contact with students, faculty, and staff on campus is required. Additionally, the successful candidate may be expected to occasionally participate in events in the evenings and on weekends. Winthrop enrolls a diverse student body, which closely mirrors the racial and ethnic diversity in the state. To that end, the ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to working in an interdisciplinary, diverse, and highly collaborative undergraduate environment.
A record demonstrating practical knowledge of contemporary illustration principles and expertise in the history, theory, and practice of illustration is required. The Assistant or Associate Professor of Illustration must have the credentials required to teach a wide range of traditional and digital media. Candidates who are committed to helping illustration students reach their artistic potential and assist them with preparation for professional success and to potentially enter graduate school are ideally suited for this position.
Teach at all levels within the undergraduate curriculum, totaling 12 credit hours/up to 18 contact hours each semester.
Coordinate the illustration program.
Advise and mentor undergraduate Design majors.
Maintain creative and scholarly activity as demonstrated by an active research profile.
Participate in curriculum development, accreditation, assessment, and program planning.
Fully support and participate in the department's student recruitment efforts.
Engage in professional stewardship and academic responsibilities to the department, college, university, discipline, and community, as appropriate.
Assume other responsibilities according to departmental needs and candidate's qualifications.
Terminal degree in illustration, fine arts, or related discipline.
Record of teaching, scholarship, and professional activity.
Evidence of effectiveness in teaching.
Willingness to collaborate, communicate, and contribute to the growth of the department.
Minimum of two years of university-level teaching experience, including experience working with diverse student populations.
Demonstrated expertise in some or all of the following areas:
Awareness of historical and contemporary illustrators, styles, techniques
Digital Illustration/storytelling techniques
3-D work in wireframe, clay and mixed media
About Design and the College of Visual and Performing Arts
The Department of Design, one of four academic departments in the college, has seven full-time and nine part-time faculty serving undergraduate majors pursuing a professional degree in visual communications or interior design. The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) is the academic home to more than 600 undergraduate students majoring in dance, design, fine arts, music and theatre and approximately 40 graduate students in four master’s programs. The College currently has 60 full-time faculty and 50 part-time lecturers, practicing professionals from the surrounding metropolitan area. Winthrop’s academic programs are nationally accredited by NASAD, NAST, NASD, NASM and CIDA. In addition, Winthrop’s arts education programs (art, music, theatre, and dance) are accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Interested individuals are encouraged to submit their credentials as soon as possible for full consideration. Application review will begin onFebruary 25, 2019. Applications received after the start of review may be considered if an acceptable candidate is not identified.
a cover letter addressing interest in and qualifications for the position
a current curriculum vitae
evidence of teaching excellence: a one-page statement of teaching philosophy and up to 20 images of student work with descriptions for each
a one-page research/professional activity statement and up to 20 images of professional work with descriptions for each
the names, email and phone numbers of three references familiar with the candidate’s qualifications
transcript and evidence of highest degree achieved (unofficial transcripts acceptable at this stage)
References will not be contacted without the candidate’s approval/consent. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence. Questions about the position and nominations should be directed to Jason Tselentis, chair of the search committee: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winthrop University is committed to providing a safe campus community. Winthrop conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Winthrop University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Winthrop is a public, comprehensive university that is committed to be among the very best institutions of its kind in the nation. Through an educational experience that blends liberal arts, professional programs, global awareness and civic engagement, Winthrop helps students develop the knowledge, skills, and values that enrich their lives and prepare them for all the future holds.