Visiting Assistant Professor of Foundations

  • Alfred University
  • Alfred, NY
  • Apr 22, 2021
Full time Art & Art History

Job Description

Department: School of Art & Design

The Division of Foundations in the School of Art and Design seeks a visiting assistant professor in Foundations who will equip students with a foundational understanding and beginning command of the elements and principles of art and design, diverse media and creative processes, conceptual thinking, and written and verbal communication skills to articulate process, research, and references. The successful candidate will work in a team of faculty to deliver Foundations courses by collaborating with full time faculty, adjunct instructors and graduate assistants in delivering and fostering a learning environment that will encourage conscientious citizenship and prepare students to make informed, intelligent decisions as it pertains to the community of the studio and the outside world. 

The successful candidate will teach Foundations courses Monday-Friday mornings and help coordinate the dynamic and interdisciplinary Foundations program for our first year BFA students. This is a one year sabbatical replacement position.


  • Minimum qualifications include an M.F.A. or equivalent experience developing innovative curricula
  • Experience working with graduate assistants and professional engagement in their respective field 

To apply, please submit the following as two PDF documents:

  1. First PDF document to include:
    • Letter of Interest
    • CV
    • Teaching Philosophy including a statement on equity, diversity, and inclusion (750-word max)
    • Artist Statement
    • Sample syllabus
    • Contact Information for three references
  2. Second PDF document to include:
    • Portfolio of creative research with image information
    • 20 images of student work with image information

**Documents must be under 10 MB

Review of applications will begin on May 1st, 2021. The position is open until filled.  For more information, contact: Katarina Riesing Appointment begins in August 2021. 

Alfred University: 
Located in rural Western NY, Alfred University is the second oldest co-educational college in the United States and one of the earliest to have enrolled African-American and Native American students. Ideal candidates will demonstrate an appreciation of issues that matter to our university community, such as diversity and social justice.

The School of Art and Design at Alfred University is an accredited member of NASAD, with 33 full-time faculty serving approximately 400 students. The School is unique among institutions of higher education, with an open curriculum, allowing a robust and diverse experience in studio art, design, and art history courses. Students and faculty alike thrive in an intensive and supportive learning environment. Art and Design students are fully integrated into Alfred University's community. The New York State College of Ceramics (NYSCC) includes the School of Art and Design, the Inamori School of Engineering, and Scholes Library. The NYSCC was established in 1900 to advance research in art, design, and engineering. That intellectual and creative legacy exists in all of the areas of study in the School of Art and Design. 

Alfred University actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee, student or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, gender identification or expression, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, military or veteran status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction status, political affiliation or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Protected veterans, minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

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