First Year Experience/English Language Learner (ELL) Specialist in Studio Faculty Member

Maryland Institute College of Art
Baltimore, Maryland
Mar 11, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Maryland Institute College of Art

First Year Experience/English Language Learner (ELL) Specialist in Studio Faculty Member

Department: First Year Experience (FYE)

Division: Academic Affairs

FLSA Status: Full-time position with a one-year contract, renewable for up to three years, in a non-tenure institution

Reports to: Chair of FYE


One year appointment as an English Language Learner (ELL) Specialist in studio art/design in the First Year Experience. The new First Year Experience was designed in response to the rapid changes in art, design and technology, and the intersections between them that are occurring today. It has been crafted to provide a rigorous, integrated curriculum that reflects the diversity of our community and our learning pathways.

The First Year Experience of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) invites applications for this full-time faculty position with a one-year contract, renewable for up to three years, in a non-tenure institution beginning August 2019. 

We are committed to creating a diverse community of faculty, staff, and students and people of all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Description:

The College seeks an outstanding teacher and accomplished artist/designer with expertise in working with non-native English speaking students, a strong conceptual and technical understanding of their specific field of practice, and an abiding interest in working with developing artists and designers from diverse backgrounds. The studio artist/designer/educator will teach eighteen credits per year (normally three courses per semester) at an art school nationally known for its dedication to teaching excellence, a rigorous liberal arts curriculum and the importance of the fine arts. 

Specific courses taught will include the year-long, 6 credit Forum (most likely two sections, morning and afternoon on Mondays, 12 credits total), First Year Liberal Arts courses [possibly including Art Matters (Art History) and/or Critical Inquiry (Humanistic Studies), and/or Academic Writing Workshops for ELL students], or other FYE and upper level courses relevant to their field of practice. As a faculty member with ELL expertise, the successful candidate will participate in freshman and transfer student writing assessments along with the College’s ongoing efforts in designing and delivering faculty and staff ELL training.

The successful candidate will have a broad understanding of integrating practices, be knowledgeable of contemporary art/design issues and theory, and have the ability to combine theoretical, material, practical and social issues into studio pedagogy in a classroom engaging ELL students.


  • Professional excellence as demonstrated by a strong portfolio of work and a record of professional activity in art/design practice and the field of TESOL
  • Extensive ELL teaching experience in a studio classroom/academic setting
  • Experience with designing outcome-based assessment
  • Personal commitment to teaching on a college level using pedagogical approaches that are relevant and responsive to a student body that is rich in diversity across race, ethnicity, gender and class and the intersections of these markers
  • Knowledgeable about contemporary art issues and theory and their relationship to broader social, cultural, economic, scientific and technological forces
  • Centers teaching resources and content informed by broad worldviews and cultural approaches to theory and practice that reach beyond the heavily Westernized-canon
  • Evidence of successful teaching a variety of art and design skill sets in both analog and digital media at the college level
  • Capable of teaching in multiple levels and multiple departments of the undergraduate program
  • Shows promise or proven ability to enrich the aims for diversity, equity and justice of the FYE department and the College.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment, participating in advising, institutional and departmental committee service and scheduled departmental and student activities
  • Successful candidate will be required to complete employment and education verifications.

Highly Valued, but not required:

  • MA TESOL and MFA degree in studio/design or MA in Art Education is strongly preferred
  • 3 years of higher education teaching experience beyond graduate assistantships
  • Coursework/experience in multi-cultural education
  • Experience living outside of the United States
  • Active member of national TESOL, MDTESOL, WATESOL, and/or other local affiliate

Additional Information:

Salary: Commensurate with experience and college policy; excellent benefits package.

Apply: The College will review applications as received. Although materials received before March 25, 2019 are best assured of receiving full consideration, the position will remain open until filled. All inquiries, nominations and applications will be held in the strictest confidence.

Application Instructions:

Visit You will be asked to login or create a login. Once you have logged in, please follow these instructions. Instructions will also be posted in SlideRoom as you are applying.

(subject to change per specific department requirements such as listed below)

Submit online: Two multi-page PDF documents.

The first multi-page PDF document should include letter of application, comprehensive CV, statement of teaching philosophy, artist statement, and names and contact information including address, phone and email for three references.

The second multi-page PDF document should include a portfolio of 20-25 images of professional creative work and 15-20 images of student work, to include descriptions. Links to live URLs may be submitted as well, but will be considered as a secondary source. Any additional media (MOV, MP3, etc.) should be formatted for Apple computers and have representative still image and description information in PDF portfolio document.

Please format PDF documents for screen resolution and viewing. No physical media are requested nor will be returned.

About MICA:

The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), founded in 1826, is consistently ranked among the very top tier of visual arts colleges in the nation and enrolls approximately 1,800 undergraduate students and 300 graduate students. MICA offers programs of study leading to the BFA, MA, MAT, MPS and MFA degrees, as well as post-baccalaureate certificate programs and a full slate of credit and noncredit courses for adults, college-bound students, and children. MICA is also recognized as an important cultural resource for the Baltimore/Washington region, sponsoring many public and community-outreach programs, including more than 100 exhibitions by students, faculty, and nationally and internationally known artists annually, as well artists’ residencies, film series, lectures, readings, performances. Visit the College’s website at 

MICA is an equal opportunity employer. As an educational institution dedicated to individual development in the visual arts, MICA nurtures, supports, and celebrates diversity in all of its forms including aesthetic, cultural, and philosophical and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, age, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, socio-economic status, and marital status. This requires that the College develop and maintain a diverse community of trustees, administration, staff, faculty, and students; and that diversity is a fundamental philosophic value that informs the content of all of its programs and activities. MICA’s commitment to diversity prepares its graduates to excel professionally and assume leadership roles in a global context.

MICA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Human Resources at 410-225-2363.