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Adjunct Faculty Pool - Fine Arts, Painting and Drawing

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

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Teaching & Education
Part Time

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Job Description:

The Fine Arts department is recruiting a pool of applicants for day and evening adjunct teaching courses in the area of Painting and Drawing. Successful candidates will 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.

We seek artists and educators with expertise across 2D mediums of painting and drawing. Required skill sets are specific to the individual course to be filled on an as needed basis.

Our Fine Arts major area courses require a range of skill sets (determined per class) that may include:
  • Knowledge of two-dimensional design concepts with training in the various materials and techniques of drawing and painting and the ability to teach a strong foundation of fundamental 2D concepts.
  • Knowledge of structural drawing concepts and ability to teach the fundamental principles and materials used in drawing from direct observation (not photo sourced) for our foundation level courses.
  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of oil painting is required along with the ability to teach at the introductory level using a perceptual approach to still life and the figure. Ability to teach color mixing, paint application, and compositional strategies from direct observation (not photo sourced) is essential.
  • Working knowledge of drawing the human figure, expanding on the fundamentals of foundation drawing to include the use of color, materials experimentation, exploration of scale and compositional strategies.
  • Ability to teach sustained drawing using mixed media and development of a more complex relationship between the figure and space,
  • The ability to teach a synthesis of approaches (observation, invention, abstraction, process based) and methods to guide students in their investigation of scale, material, content, and process.
  • Ability to articulate a contemporary approach to sculpture and assist students in the development of concept and form.

Responsibilities & Essential Functions:
  • Provide guidance, input and assistance to students in their painting and drawing projects.
  • Encourage creativity and critical thinking while fostering a supportive learning environment.
  • Submit grades for assignments, projects and coursework promptly and accurately.
  • Maintain attendance, and organized records of student performance and progress throughout the course.
  • Fulfill administrative responsibilities, including office hours and participation in department meetings and committees as required.
  • Ensure a safe community learning environment including the proper use of artists' materials and equipment within the classroom/studio.

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 .

We also offer non-major Fine Art courses which are listed in the online catalog .


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 materials 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 painting and drawing concepts, processes, and materials.
  • Student work must reflect strong understanding of structural form beyond image making.
  • Effectively teach visual concepts and instruct and ensure the safely use tools and the studio.
  • Ability to communicate the historical, cultural, and theoretical contexts and contemporary painting and drawing 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 classroom technicians.

Additional Information:

This is a part-time position, adjunct teaching position beginning in Fall 2024. 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 whose qualifications fit our programmatic needs.


The UCE-FIT Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) governs the compensation, benefits, and conditions of employment.

Starting Rate: $84.60 per hour, however, the final rate, step and appointment rank are determined by a candidate's ability to demonstrate that they meet the respective school and departmental hiring criteria in accordance with the CBA Adjunct Salary Schedules (pp 82-83).


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 benefits, visit FIT Benefits .

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Visa Sponsorship
The Fashion Institute of Technology does not 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 Chief Diversity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, 212 217.3360,

Application Instructions:

To be considered for this position, please submit the following documents online:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Unofficial transcript*
  • A list of three references with telephone numbers and email addresses

*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 materials.

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: .

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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