Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor in Illustration

Faculty Position: Illustration

The School of Art at the Rochester Institute of Technology invites candidates to apply for a tenure track, Assistant Professor faculty position in the Illustration Program. The appointment begins in August of 2021. The position requires teaching three courses per semester, typically teaching at the sophomore through senior levels of the BFA Illustration Program, but subject to the needs of the department and school. This may include teaching assignments in the first year Foundation level courses that support all programs within the School of Art. BFA students go through a rigorous foundation year, introduction to major areas their sophomore year, then choose from a wide selection of courses at the junior and senior levels. The Illustration Program emphasizes drawing, proficiency with traditional and digital media, and visual problem-solving skills in a rigorous program focused on developing professional competencies for all illustration markets.

As an active practitioner in the field, the successful applicant will be a passionate educator with knowledge of both historic traditions and current trends in illustration. The ideal candidate will demonstrate experience in the game and/or entertainment markets. They will bring rigor and innovation to the program and possess a strong commitment to community and collegiality with a willingness to employ technology. An MFA and teaching experience are required. Experience as an established professional illustrator is required. Expectations include advising; school, college, and university committee service; recruitment; program development; and a record of creative/research activities that meet tenure requirements.

We are seeking an individual who is engaged in diverse practices in illustration and has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness; cross disciplinary opportunities; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. Select to view links to RIT’s core valueshonor code, and diversity statement.

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • MFA Degree
  • Teaching experience beyond Graduate Assistant
  • Expertise in Illustration styles and approaches
  • Expertise in traditional and digital methods for Illustration
  • Expertise creating and delivering content through all media
  • Professional record of work in the Illustration field; especially the game and entertainment fields


To see all College of Art and Design faculty searches with links to apply, please visit, http://rit.edu/artdesign/jobs.

How To Apply Apply online at http://careers.rit.edu/faculty; search openings, then Keyword Search 5434BR. Please submit your application, curriculum vitae, cover letter addressing the listed qualifications, and upload the following attachments:

  • The names, addresses and phone numbers for three references
  • Portfolio of Work: 20 examples of your professional work (Max size 5MB)
  • 20 examples of your students' work (Max size 5MB)
  • A statement of teaching philosophy

The School of Art offers professionally-oriented BFA coursework in ceramics, expanded forms, furniture design, glass, illustration, medical illustration, metals & jewelry design, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. There are 285 undergraduate students, with 148 majoring in Illustration. Graduate coursework is offered in fine arts studio and art education. To learn more about the programs, faculty, and students in SOA, please visit http://cad.rit.edu/art.

RIT does not discriminate. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion. For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov