Assistant or Associate Professor of Art Education

Illinois State University
Normal, Illinois

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Job No: 512202
Work Type: On Campus
Location: Normal, Illinois

Title: Assistant or Associate Professor of Art Education

Employee Classification: TTF

Division Name: Academic Affairs

College/Unit: Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts

Department: Wonsook Kim School of Art

Campus Location: Normal, IL

General Summary

The Wonsook Kim School of Art at Illinois State University seeks a full-time tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor of Art Education to begin August 16, 2022. The successful candidate will have the ability to teach theory and methods at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Responsibilities include teaching a 3/3 load (which may entail supervising student teachers), maintaining an active professional practice, contributing to the administration of community outreach/service components, and forging positive relationships with public schools in the region. The new Assistant or Associate Professor will also serve the school, college, and university on committees and/or in some other capacity. The salary for this nine-month position is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The Wonsook Kim School of Art seeks a knowledgeable, collaborative, and dedicated professional with an understanding of and experience with contemporary issues in education, knowledge of contemporary art and art history, classroom teaching as both practice and research, technology, social justice, disabilities, and student assessment. This search seeks candidates with proven ability to teach communication skills and engage in critical interdisciplinary practice.

The successful candidate is required to possess a terminal degree (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) and art teacher licensure (or international equivalent). State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position.

Additional Information

Faculty members in the Art Teacher Education (ATE) program have a positive relationship with colleagues in the studio concentrations, art history, University Galleries, Illinois Art Station, and the College of Education. The ATE area is an active participant in the National Center for Urban Education, which maintains partnerships with Chicago neighborhoods and schools. The growing student population averages 100 graduate and undergraduate majors in art education. The dynamic ISU National Art Education Association Student Chapter has earned national recognition for excellence.

The Wonsook Kim School of Art is committed to increasing the representation of Black people, Indigenous people, People of Color, women, persons with disabilities, members of LGBTQIA+ community, and those embodying any and all expressions of gender identity and sexuality. Candidates who have experience working with a range of faculty, staff, and students, and can contribute to the culture of openness, belonging, and mutual support are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will show a commitment to serving and/or addressing issues related to underrepresented populations. In keeping with university-wide initiatives to expand the experiences of the campus community in Normal and abroad, we encourage applicants with an interest in working with existing international programs through the Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts and creating new opportunities and collaborations, as well as mentoring the student population. Women, veterans, persons with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ people, and People of Color are encouraged to apply. Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. Illinois State is a co-educational, residential university that emphasizes undergraduate study with more than 20,000 students. Six colleges offer 174 undergraduate majors, 76 minors, 97 master’s programs, 17 doctoral degrees, and 40 certificate options. ISU has repeatedly been named a “Great Place to Work” by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a population of approximately 132,000 and conveniently located approximately two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis. The community is home to GROWMARK, the Illinois Farm Bureau, State Farm Insurance’s International Headquarters, Illinois Wesleyan University, Lincoln College, and Heartland Community College. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems, its citizens’ level of educational attainment, its parks and recreation, health care, job growth, economic opportunity, and low crime rate. Forbes magazine, in a review of the best places for business, ranked Bloomington-Normal the 15th best place for business out of 168 small metros listed. Bloomington was also recently placed on CNNMoney's list of the 100 Best Places to Live. Expansion Management Magazine rated Bloomington-Normal as one of two metro areas with a five-star quality of life, giving the community high rankings in such areas as standard of living, quality of schools, traffic, and commute time. Please visit the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention & Visitors Bureau website at for more information.

Required Qualifications

1. Terminal degree (Ph.D. or Ed.D.); Applicants with anticipated doctoral degree conferrals before August 15, 2022 will be considered.

2. Art teaching experience in a K-12 classroom setting (or international equivalent).

3. Art teacher licensure K-12 (or international equivalent)

4. Candidates must demonstrate oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position, as mandated by state law.

Proposed Starting Date


Salary Rate / Pay Rate

Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Required Applicant Documents

1. Letter of application
2. Current CV
3. Teaching philosophy
4. Diversity statement
5. Names and contact information of three references
6. Examples of course syllabi and/or K-12 curriculum
7. Summary statement addressing research and sample of scholarly writing
8. Multiple examples of student artwork from a specific assignment in PDF form

PLEASE NOTE: These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"

Special Instructions for Applicants

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. First interviews will be held remotely in early December. Please complete the online faculty employment application for posting number 512202 at: Attach a letter of application, current CV, teaching philosophy, diversity statement, names and contact information of three references, examples of course syllabi and K-12 curriculum, summary statement addressing research, and a sample of scholarly writing. Multiple examples of student artwork from a specific assignment are required. A portfolio of personal artwork is encouraged. Artwork examples should also be sent in PDF form to Amy Meyer at [email protected]

For further information contact:
Wonsook Kim School of Art
Amy Meyer
[email protected]

Contact Information for Applicants

Wonsook Kim School of Art
Amy Meyer
[email protected]

Human Resources
Clay Gruenwald
[email protected]

Important Information for Applicants

This position is subject to a criminal background investigation based on University Policy 3.1.30 and any offer of employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 438-3383. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will hold any confidential information you provide in confidence.

If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.

Application Opened: 09/17/2021 09:30 AM CST
Application Closes: Open until filled



Founded in 1857, Illinois State University was the first public university in the state and is one of the Midwest’s oldest institutions of higher education. It is a coeducational, residential university. Its 34 academic departments in six colleges offer 77 undergraduate programs in more than 160 fields of study. The Graduate School coordinates 41 master’s, nine specialist, and ten doctoral programs.

The 1,110 acre campus includes more than 60 major buildings with state-of-the-art technology, and Watterson Towers is one of the most unique structures, as this residence hall is the tallest building between Chicago and St. Louis. Other major facilities include a Center for the Performing Arts, a 360-acre farm, Bone Student Center and Braden Auditorium, a University Planetarium, Redbird Arena, and Hancock Stadium. From meeting facilities to cultural opportunities through the arts, and excitement of numerous sporting events each year, ISU is a vital part of the Bloomington-Normal community.


Illinois State University, a first-choice public university, will be increasingly recognized as a national leader for educating high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized and transformative experience at an institution that:

  • Offers premier undergraduate and graduate programs that integrate traditional knowledge and methods with emerging ideas and innovations
  • Generates knowledge through high-quality research, scholarship, and creative activities
  • Supports student learning and development inside and outside of the classroom
  • Serves the region, state, nation, and world through its commitments to responsible stewardship, meaningful civic engagement, cultural enrichment, and the development of global citizens


We at Illinois State University work as a diverse community of scholars with a commitment to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities. We promote the highest academic standards in our teaching, scholarship, public service and the connections we build among them. We devote all of our resources and energies to creating the most supportive and productive community possible to serve the citizens of Illinois and beyond.


Pursuit of Learning and Scholarship

Illinois State University works with students as partners in their educational development inside and outside of the classroom so that students come to appreciate learning as an active and lifelong process. The University contributes new knowledge through research, scholarship, and creative activities in which all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate. Faculty members embrace a balanced teacher–scholar model that values their contributions as teachers (facilitators of learning) and scholars (creators and discoverers of knowledge and information). 

Individualized Attention

Illinois State University provides a supportive environment that places all learners at the center of teaching and scholarship. Innovative curricular and cocurricular programs, strong student-faculty-staff connections, and superior student services focus on each student as an individual. The University fosters academic and personal growth, recognizes unique educational aspirations, and acknowledges that each faculty and staff member is integral to student success.


Illinois State University affirms and encourages community and a respect for differences by fostering an inclusive environment characterized by cultural understanding, ethical behavior, and social justice. The University supports a diverse faculty and staff who mentor a diverse student population. The University endeavors to provide opportunities for all students, staff, and faculty to participate in a global society.


Illinois State University promotes an environment defined by the highest ethical standards. Leadership of the University is characterized by stability, adherence to shared values, collaborative decision making, and accountable stewardship of all university resources. Members of the University community work collaboratively through shared governance to ensure the success of the University and are dedicated to making ongoing improvements, always enhancing their contribution to Illinois State University and building on prior accomplishments. Teaching and learning, including research and creative activities, are conducted at the highest level of academic quality and integrity.

Civic Engagement

Illinois State University prepares students to be informed and engaged global citizens who will promote and further the goals of society. The University promotes active learning experiences through which students will gain an awareness and understanding of civic engagement as a lifelong responsibility. The University partners with business, industry, government, and educational entities providing leadership in local, statewide, national, and international initiatives; expanding service and outreach; and enhancing financial support for instructional, scholarly, and service activities.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer​.

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