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Painting Lecturer, Department of Art

Rowan University
Glassboro, New Jersey

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Job no: 496226
Work type: Regular Full-Time
Location: Glassboro, New Jersey
Categories: Faculty - Ric Edelman College of Communication & Creative Arts

Rowan University’s Department of Art seeks applications for a non-tenure track lecturer position in Painting beginning in Fall 2022. We seek a dynamic, energetic artist/teacher with recognized professional achievement, demonstrating a significant track record of exhibitions and involvement in the field. Candidate should be capable of inspired criticism and dedicated teaching at all undergraduate levels and have a broad understanding of contemporary art practice and theory. The successful candidate will teach courses in oil, acrylic, and mixed media within the context of contemporary theory and practices. In addition to the primary assignment in painting, the candidate may teach Color Theory as part of the foundation program taken by all art majors and a number of non-art majors. The appointment is renewable based on programmatic needs and offers the opportunity for promotion to senior and master lecturer. An MFA or PhD in studio art is required. Evidence of 2-3 years post-graduate college teaching experience is expected.

We are seeking a collegial colleague who is passionate about teaching painting and nurturing a vibrant studio culture within our department. Applicants should be committed to contemporary pedagogies that inspire each student's potential for introspection and awareness, creative thought, and artistic expression in a supportive environment. They must demonstrate a commitment to or record of working with and mentoring diverse students, faculty and groups (including race, gender, class, LGBTQIA+ identities, and/or disability rights).

The successful candidate will teach 12 credit-hours, which is 3 studio courses, per semester. The faculty lecturer will advise painting students toward their senior thesis exhibitions, participate in curriculum development, serve on departmental and college committees, and maintain the painting studio space that is shared with drawing and figure drawing. Additional responsibilities include managing supplies and budgets within the studio area, and supporting adjunct painting faculty.

The Department of Art serves approximately 150 undergraduate studio art majors. Students are led to engage in an individual search for meaning and cultural representation through the development of strong visual skills, critical thinking and an understanding of historical and social contexts. Painting students’ ideas are rooted in the tradition of painting, openly examined, challenged and refined, as they are mentored toward freedom and discipline by exploring a wide range of aesthetic attitudes through the department’s flexible programing.

The Department of Art is one of six departments in the Ric Edelman College of Communication & Creative Arts that also includes Communication Studies, Journalism, Public Relations & Advertising, Radio, Television & Film, and Writing Arts. Edelman CCCA’s goal is to empower people to be storytellers, artists, critical thinkers, and engaged citizens. The college serves over 1900 majors through twelve BAs, two BFAs, and three MAs. Additionally, we house first-year writing and public speaking, which serve all Rowan students.

Essential Criteria

Candidates must:

  • Possess an MFA or PhD in Painting or a closely related field. Terminal degree is required at time of appointment.
  • Have a record of effective teaching in painting and related coursework at the college level.
  • Be familiar with painting strategy workflows, concepts, media and techniques of contemporary artists.
  • Demonstrate a history of professional exhibitions and achievement.
  • Be willing to engage in service to the Department of Art, Edelman CCCA, and Rowan University.
  • Be willing to engage in service to the wider professional community.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to or record of working with and mentoring diverse students and faculty (such as race, gender, class, LGBTQIA+ identities, and/or disability rights).
  • Be legally authorized to work in the US on a full-time basis.
  • Preferred Criteria

    Candidates should:

    • Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work as a team member.
    • Demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills.
    • Have a record of successful collaboration across disciplines.
    • Have experience developing new courses and curricula.
    • Maintain and develop professional connections within the fine arts industry and professional associations.

    Starting Date: September 2022

    Salary: Competitive

    Application Process: Interested candidate must apply through our online application system.

    Submissions must include:

  • letter of application
  • curriculum vitae
  • examples of artwork and/or website link with exhibitions
  • statement of teaching philosophy
  • examples of student work, if available
  • list of references
  • Candidates are encouraged to speak on how their teaching, service, and/or research activities show commitment or contribution to diversity/equality/inclusion efforts in their application materials.

    For more information, please contact search chair, Nancy Ohanian at [email protected]

    Nancy Ohanian, Search Committee Chair

    Department of Art

    Rowan University

    Glassboro, New Jersey 08028

    Rowan University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. For the complete Rowan University non-discrimination and affirmative action policy see:

    All positions are contingent upon budget appropriations.

    The review of applications will begin on April 4, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

    Advertised: Mar 23 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close:


    Working at Rowan University 

    Rowan University, located a half-hour outside of Philadelphia with its main campus in suburban Glassboro, N.J., is an institution on the move.

    This summer, the University opened Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) in partnership with Cooper University Health Care, in Camden. The first new four-year, M.D.-granting medical school in New Jersey in more than 35 years, CMSRU welcomed its first class in August 2012.

    Rowan continues to work with the Borough of Glassboro and private developers on Rowan Boulevard, a $300 million redevelopment project that links the University’s main campus to the historic downtown. This fall alone, the partners broke ground for a new academic building/parking garage and a Marriott Courtyard Hotel. Rowan Boulevard already includes a Barnes & Noble Collegiate Superstore, housing for approximately 1,300 students and retail space.

    The University also recently created a School of Biomedical Sciences, which joins nine colleges. In addition to CMSRU they are: the Rohrer College of Business, Communication & Creative Arts, Education, Engineering, Graduate & Continuing Education, Humanities & Social Sciences, Performing Arts, and Science & Mathematics.

    Earlier in 2012, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie awarded Rowan state research institution status (not Carnegie classification) as part of the New Jersey Medical and Health Science Education Restructuring Act, making Rowan only the second comprehensive public research institution in the State. That Act also opened the door to Rowan partnering with Rutgers-Camden to create a College of Health Sciences in Camden near CMSRU. The vision for that College calls for schools of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, food science and 16 allied health programs. The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in nearby Stratford, N.J., is to become part of Rowan in the near future. When that occurs, Rowan will be only the second school in the nation with M.D. and D.O. medical programs.

    A selective, medium‑sized public university, Rowan is recognized for its nationally ranked academic and athletic programs, talented professors and high‑tech facilities. The University, which has a branch campus in Camden, N.J., and the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University in Mantua, N.J., prides itself on being able to provide its more than 12,000 students with an outstanding education at an exceptional value.

     The University offers 57 undergraduate majors, including four undergraduate degree-completion programs; three dual bachelor’s/master’s degrees; more than 40 master’s level programs (including specializations); approximately 25 graduate-level certificate programs; 12 post-baccalaureate programs or endorsements; and two doctoral/specialist programs, including the M.D. degree from its medical school. Students can pursue their degrees at the main campus, the Camden campus, online or at several community colleges, as well as at CMSRU.

    Rowan has been recognized by national organizations that evaluate colleges and universities. U.S. News & World Report ranked Rowan 19th among Best Regional Universities—North, third among the public institutions in the category. The Princeton Review named Rowan among 222 institutions in its Best in the Northeast section of its website feature 2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region and included the Rohrer College of Business in its edition of the Best 296 Business Schools. The Princeton Review also listed Rowan, which in the past has been recognized by the U.S. EPA as a Top Green Power Purchaser in its athletic conference, in its Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition.


    Currently, Rowan University employs 1,090 faculty members: full-time tenure-track professors, full-time temporary professors, part-time professors and adjuncts. The University also employs 940 staff members.

    Recognizing that employees, students and the community are valuable resources, Rowan’s Human Resources Department supports the University’s vision and mission; encourages the personal and professional enrichment of employees; provides services appropriate to employees’ needs; and promotes awareness, learning and collaboration.

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