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Full-Time Faculty Position in Fine Arts, School of Art and Design

Fashion Institute of Technology
New York, New York, United States
Closing date
10 Jul 2023

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Teaching & Education
Full Time

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Job Description:

The School of Art & Design seeks a passionate and dedicated painter and educator with recognized professional achievement including an exhibition record and strong knowledge of teaching painting and drawing at the college level. An MFA or equivalent terminal degree in the field is required. The ideal candidate will excel in the instruction of painting and drawing from the foundation to advanced levels of undergraduate study in the BFA program. Curriculum development is an expected part of this position and we also welcome candidates who would like to serve in leadership roles such as department chair and assistant chair on a rotating basis.

The candidate's work and teaching experience must reflect the ability to leverage a strong foundation in traditional artistic skills and practice as a platform for innovation. We are open to hybrid forms of creative and interdisciplinary inquiry that will connect to other units in the Fine Arts Department and the college at large. The successful candidate must possess the ability to share extensive knowledge of art history, as well as current practices, approaches, and movements in contemporary art. Specialization in a cross-cultural approach to curriculum development is encouraged.

We seek a team-oriented faculty member who is willing to play an active role within the Fine Arts Department in terms of curriculum development, facility management, administrative responsibilities, and student mentorship. The ideal candidate should pursue community-building activities such as curation, conferences or symposia, and leadership in professional organizations. Candidates should be practicing artists with at least three years of experience in teaching painting and drawing at both foundation and upper-division levels. MFA or equivalent terminal degree in the field is required. Strong candidates will foster an inclusive classroom learning environment with sensitivity and nondiscriminatory teaching methods towards race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, physical ability, socioeconomic, or immigration status. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.


Specific Competencies :
Successful candidates will excel in the following areas:

  • Possess experience working with people from various cultural, racial, ethnic, religious, and social groups that will support the education of a diverse student population.
  • Demonstrate the ability to share extensive knowledge of art history in both Western and non-Western contexts, as well as current practices, approaches, and movements in the contemporary art world, demonstrating appreciation for cultural diversity and a positive approach to cultural differences.

Instructional Design
  • Demonstrate the ability to educate students in both figurative and non-objective modalities within an integrated Fine Arts program.
  • Serve as an active contributor to curricular assessment and development.
  • Demonstrate commitment to student-centeredness with active participation in student work reviews, and the ability to offer productive verbal feedback, assessment, and counseling.

Learning Enrichment
  • Demonstrate a passion for teaching, and the ability to inspire interest, curiosity, and creativity in students.
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize a variety of instructional delivery systems, including various media sources that foster critical thinking and problem solving in students.
  • Enrich the learning experience by creating opportunities for students to engage with professional artists, New York's museums and galleries, and the broader art world.
  • Incorporate interdisciplinary approaches to teaching in the Fine Arts learning environment.
  • Contribute to the ongoing success of students through advisement and mentorship of student clubs and activities.
  • Teach professional development and facilitate student engagement with the artistic community within and beyond FIT.

  • Demonstrate, as a committed artist, the pursuit of creative work with an active studio practice and exhibition record.
  • Demonstrate the ability to teach a breadth of 2D processes to all levels of undergraduate students.
  • Demonstrate collaboration and engagement in contributing to and performing administrative and committee service for the department, the School, and the College.

  • Demonstrate expertise with specific technology and software relevant to Fine Arts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work with FIT's safety officer as well as the department chair in areas of health and safety, encouraging safe and sustainable practices related to the sculpture studio.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • MFA or equivalent terminal degree in the field is required.
  • Three years of previous teaching experience in painting and drawing at the college level.


This position will be required to constantly read and comprehend, occasionally perform calculations, constantly verbally communicate, frequently analyze, and constantly write. The working conditions for this position will be any combination of the classroom, lab, and/or office space. Certain roles may be required to handle machinery and chemicals. The physical requirement for this position will require occasional sitting, constant standing, occasional bending, frequent walking, and occasionally lifting 10 lbs. or less.

Additional Information:

This faculty position will begin Fall 2023. A review of applications will commence in August 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please note a background check is required for appointment to this position.

Link to FIT Benefits for Full-Time Faculty

Collective Bargaining Salary Schedules (page 72) ; Successor Agreement (page 6)
Hiring Salary: $69,475 per year; per CBA, the salary and appointment rank will be based on education level and cumulative experience.

Application Instructions:

For consideration, please provide:
  • Letter of interest clearly indicating your qualifications for the position
  • Professional resume/CV with a minimum of three professional references; include their names, titles, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail contact information
  • Digital portfolio in PDF format (less than 10 MB) with 20 examples of current work
  • Digital portfolio in PDF format (less than 10 MB) with with 20 examples of student work

Please note that due to the volume of applications, we will not be able to contact each applicant individually. Additional information about the Fashion Institute of Technology can be found at: .

Returning Applicants - Login to your FITNYC Careers Account to check your submitted application material.

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FIT is firmly committed to creating an environment that will attract and retain people of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds. By providing a learning and working environment that encourages, utilizes, respects, and appreciates the full expression of every individual's ability, the FIT community fosters its mission and grows because of its rich, pluralistic experience. FIT is committed to prohibiting discrimination, whether based on race, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, religion, ethnic background, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military service status, genetic information, pregnancy, familial status, citizenship status (except as required to comply with law), or any other criterion prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws. FIT is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment, including the opportunity for upward mobility for all qualified individuals. Applications from minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged. Inquiries regarding FIT's non-discrimination policies may be directed to the Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator, 212 217.3360,

The College reserves the right to select one or more candidates after having been duly reviewed and presented to the President in conformance with the provisions of Article 15 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

About Fashion Institute of Technology:

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), an internationally renowned college of art and design, business and technology, of the State University of New York, invites nominations and applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in the Fine Arts Department, School of Art and Design.

The Fashion Institute of Technology, a part of the State University of New York, has been a leader in career education in art, design, business, and technology for more than 75 years. With a curriculum that provides a singular blend of hands-on, practical experience, classroom study, and a firm grounding in the liberal arts, FIT offers a wide range of outstanding programs that are relevant to today's rapidly changing industries. Internationally renowned, FIT draws on its New York City location to provide a vibrant, creative community in which to learn. The college offers more than 45 majors and grants AAS, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, and MPS degrees, preparing students for professional success and leadership in the global marketplace.

With close ties to industry, FIT draws faculty from the city's art, business, and design elite, and from the rich academic community of the region. The College continually seeks creative faculty members who are passionate about their field and demonstrate exceptional professional capability in the core competencies of instructional design, learning enrichment, globalism, and use of technology, as well as mastery of established and emerging industry practices.

The mission of FIT's School of Art and Design is to educate the next generation of creative, socially responsible, and globally relevant professionals able to succeed in the broad spectrum of art and design fields. The school challenges students to create new and valuable ideas through innovation, collaboration, and experimentation.

The Fine Arts Department provides the technical, experimental, and conceptual foundations of contemporary artistic expression and discourse, to guide aspiring visual practitioners -students passionate about their work and curious about ideas-to become bold innovators and skilled arts professionals, committed and ready to participate in building a meaningful 21st-century creative community.


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