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Adjunct Faculty Pool - Fine Arts, Sculpture

Fashion Institute of Technology
New York, New York, United States
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

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Teaching & Education
Part Time

Job Details

Job Description:

The Fine Arts department is recruiting a pool of applicants for day and evening adjunct teaching courses in the area of sculpture/3D. Successful candidate must possess the ability to share extensive knowledge of art history and contemporary practices, approaches, and movements in art. Specialization in a cross-cultural approach to curriculum development is encouraged. Strong candidates will foster an inclusive classroom learning environment with nondiscriminatory teaching methods towards learning difference, race, ethnicity, gender expression, sexuality, physical ability, socioeconomic, or immigration status.

Our Fine Arts major area courses require the following skill sets:
  • FA114: Knowledge of basic tools, utility knives, assemblage and structural systems, and the ability to teach a strong foundation of fundamental 3D concepts.
  • FA161: Knowledge of sculpting the figure, ability to teach anatomy and building a full figure and portrait head using an armature working in clay.
  • FA261: Excellent working knowledge of woodshop and welding tools and a commitment to safety are required to teach this course. Skill-sets taught: wood tools such as table saw, bandsaw, jig saw, drill press, miter saw; welding tools using MIG welding and oxyacetylene. Ability to articulate shop-based skill sets relationship to contemporary art and practice.
  • FA361: Excellent working knowledge and use of the woodshop, welding tools, wax, plaster, stone, wood, and clay. Ability to articulate a contemporary approach to sculpture and assist students in the development of concept and form.
  • FA363: Expertise in mold making and casting using both traditional and non-traditional materials.

Adjunct instructors deliver relevant course material, assess student performance, provide guidance and assistance to students both in and out of the classroom, and submit grades in a timely manner. Course descriptions are available online for AAS courses and BFA courses .


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Candidates must have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and/or Master of Fine Arts degree or equivalent.
  • At least one year teaching experience at the college level.
  • Ability to instruct and ensure the safe use of tools and machinery and successfully communicate conceptual ideas for class projects through lecture and visual presentations.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
  • The ideal candidate will have comprehensive expertise in the use of sculptural processes and tools.
  • Effectively teach concepts and instruct and ensure the safely use tools and the shop.
  • Ability to communicate the historical, cultural and theoretical contexts and contemporary sculptural practices through lecture and visual presentations.
  • The ideal candidate must have the ability to write a syllabus, teach learning outcomes as listed in the course outline (provided), deliver relevant course materials with lectures and demonstrations, provide guidance, input, and assistance to students, assess student performance, and submit grades in a timely manner.
  • Effectively communicate and work with shop technicians.

Additional Information:

This is a part-time position, adjunct teaching position. Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. The department will keep this posting open to create a pool of candidates for potential future adjunct assignments. The department will contact applicants who qualifications fit our programmatic needs.

Starting Salary

The UCE-FIT Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA ) dictates the compensation, benefits, and conditions of employment. The hourly rate and appointment rank will be based on education level and cumulative experience.
Starting Rate: $77.43 per hour


The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) provides comprehensive employee benefit programs designed to help keep our faculty and staff and their families healthy, safe, happy, and productive. Our programs also include a variety of components to help our employees improve the quality and balance of their work and family lives, and to help them prepare for their futures.

For a full list of FIT benefits, visit our benefits webpage .

Pay Equity by State Employers

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Visa Sponsorship

Fashion Institute of Technology is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Statement

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,

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Requirements

This position will be required to continuously 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 occasional lifting 10 lbs. or less.

Application Instructions:

In order to be considered for the position, you must submit the following documents online:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Unofficial Transcript*
  • A minimum of three professional references, including names, titles, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail contact information.

*Official transcripts are required within the first 30 days of hire. Applicants with foreign degrees must submit a completed credential evaluation comparing their foreign academic accomplishments to standards in the U.S.

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

Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to contact each applicant individually regarding his or her application status.

Additional information about the Fashion Institute of Technology can be found at: .

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 applications for adjunct faculty opportunities 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 nearly 70 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.

The School of Art and Design offers 17-degree programs and is home to fashion majors, a breadth of visual communication majors and fields as unique as toy design and visual presentation and exhibition design.

Art and Design faculty are industry professionals and foster meaningful curriculum that seeks to maximize the creative and technical potential in each student. Each major in the School of Art and Design is committed to stimulating analytical and independent thinking and faculty are committed to enriching student knowledge of global influences. Faculty members prepare students for entry and advancement in art and design careers and provide a collaborative environment that offers a rich and diverse array of interdisciplinary art and design-related projects and competitions.

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 instruction design, learning enrichment, globalism, and use of technology, as well as mastery of established and emerging industry practices.


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