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Teaching Professor at the Instructor Level

Apply now Job no: 497331
Work type: Full-Time
Location: University City - Philadelphia, PA
Categories: Drexel University, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

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Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, a comprehensive global research university and a major engine for economic development in the region. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.

Job Summary

The Department of Art & Art History at Drexel University invites applications for a non-tenure track Instructor appointment in its undergraduate program in Design Foundations at the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. This appointment will be for one year with the possibility of annual renewal. The instructor will teach three courses per quarter and is expected to begin in September 2022. 

Applicants should be skilled and creative instructors with experience in teaching foundation design and color theory at the college level, with a combination of 2-D, digital media and traditional studio practices.  Applicants must have a vision for developing new foundation level curriculum. This position facilitates cross pollination between departments and disciplines.

We are seeking a working artist with an established studio practice that engages both digital and traditional studio processes.

Preferred candidates will have expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration. They will have knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty in higher education; and experience or demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students. We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, and members of under-represented communities.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Essential Functions

  • Teach foundational level, two-dimensional design courses with an emphasis on developing an integrated mix of digital and studio practices as a necessary skill-set in the applied arts and the media arts. Three classes per quarter.
  • Participate in curriculum development across our department’s courses.
  • Service to Department/College/University, including committee work and student advising.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree, MFA or equivalent terminal degree
  • 2 years of teaching experience or comparable experience
  • Proficient knowledge of digital tools including the Adobe Creative Suite.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Teaching 2 years experience at the college level
  • Has an established studio practice that uses digital tools


University City – Philadelphia, PA

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

Candidates must include:

  • Application letter
  • Current CV
  • One to two-page statement of teaching philosophy and description of DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) engagement
  • - Please provide a statement of teaching philosophy that includes a discussion of your demonstrated commitment to, past evidence of, and future     
  •   plans for creating equitable opportunities for learning and mentoring, especially for underrepresented students.
  • One-page description of creative work
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Digital portfolio of images (jpeg or tiff format) of candidate’s work (ten images maximum) in PDF format
  • Digital portfolio of examples of student’s work (ten image maximum) in PDF format

Review of applicants will continue until a suitable candidate pool is identified.

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