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Part-Time Faculty Pool Art Department

Westfield State University

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Arts & Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts
Employment Type
Part Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Part-Time Faculty Pool Art Department

About Westfield State University:

In 1839, Horace Mann founded Westfield State University as the first public higher education institution without barrier to race, gender or economic class. Westfield State University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination, equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people including minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and other protected persons, or individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds.

Westfield State is the most residential of the state universities in Massachusetts, with over 60% of our 5600 full-time undergraduate students living on campus. The campus is ideally situated on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts just 30 minutes from the thriving cultural centers of Northampton and Amherst, and 1.5 hours from both Boston and Albany.

Job Description:

The Art Department at Westfield State University seeks applications for part-time instructors. This particular job posting is an "Open Pool" position. There may or may not be available openings at this time however, when an opening does occur, the hiring manager will draw from the pool of applicants that we have on file on an as-needed basis.

The Part-Time Faculty Pool is open to qualified and competent experts, external to the University faculty who possess skills, education and experience in an academic and/or professional area. All part-time faculty are responsible for providing our students with a high quality learning environment. Responsibilities include instruction in both traditional and non-traditional learning modes; instructional preparation; assessment of student performance, including submission of final grades in a timely fashion; availability to students by appointment when mutually convenient; course syllabus; a limited number of faculty meetings.

General Statement of Duties:
The Art Department seeks applications for part-time faculty to teach courses to support our department's mission. We seek applications for part time faculty in Studio Art for fall 2020 and spring 2021.

Sculpture 1 on Tuesday and Thursday at 8:15-11:00 am and 3D Animation and 2D Animation classes

NOTE: We seek to develop a pool of instructors to fulfill possible future needs for the following courses

Studio Art Instructors to teach animation classes, illustration classes, drawing classes, design fundamentals, and along with other traditional fine art studio classes. (There are no specific studio instructor positions available for the Fall semester 2020 other than the two listed above.)

  • Teach course(s) in specific discipline
  • Responsible for instructional preparation and assessment of student performance
  • Provide assistance to students by appointment


  • An earned Bachelor's Degree in Animation, Illustration or Studio Art; collegiate teaching experience preferred.

  • A demonstrated commitment to promoting domestic diversity and/or global multiculturalism in the curriculum where appropriate.

EQUIVALENCY STATEMENT: Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them for the responsibilities of this position

Additional Information:

Applications will be accepted continuously into the pool and will be used to fill vacancies as they become available. Candidates are encouraged to revisit their application from time-to-time to update their CV's and contact information, as necessary. Applicants should withdraw their application from the pool if they are no longer interested.

Disability Accommodations:
Westfield State University understands that persons with disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance regarding disability accommodations, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (413) 572-8106.

Background Check:
Employment at Westfield State University is contingent upon a background check that is satisfactory to the University. Failure to provide written authorization for a background check will nullify the offer of employment.

Covid-19 Requirements:

As a condition of employment, you will be required to complete an initial series of COVID vaccination (2 doses of Pfizer/Moderna or 1 dose of J&J) prior to coming to campus. Initial booster doses are strongly encouraged for everyone who is eligible. New employees will be required to provide proof of vaccination to Human Resources prior to onboarding. Employees who require a medical or religious exemption should email Tina Bones, Benefits Manager in Human Resources, at [email protected].

Application Instructions:


An online application is required with the following documents (files) attached:
  • Cover letter that includes your teaching philosophy
  • Resume
  • Submit 10 images of personal work
  • Submit 10 images of student work


1. The online hiring system allows files to be attached in a pdf or Word format. Maximum files size is 2 megabytes each.

2. Contact information for references should be provided on the application's references form.

3. When preparing your cover letter, please refer to the minimum and preferred qualifications, teaching philosophy and, if applicable, include an equivalency statement.

4. Official transcripts will be required at the time of hire.

NOTE: If you need assistance completing your application please contact our online Help Desk. The link to the help desk can be found at the top of the page via Contact Us.
Westfield State University provides equal access to employment opportunities for all applicants, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, age, disability or veteran status in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies.

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Westfield is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, creed or economic status.



Founded in 1838 by educational reformer and political leader Horace Mann, Westfield State was the first co-educational college in America dedicated to free, public education for teaching professionals without regard to race, creed or gender.


The College today calls upon this rich tradition of practical innovation as it develops and refines relevant and rewarding fields of study, opportunities for service, and global experiences. Westfield's residential nature and beautiful setting at the base of the Berkshire Mountains offers every student a rich, classic college experience.

Athletics, superb outdoor recreation, 100+ student clubs and organizations, international studies, leadership opportunities, national and international guest speakers, and close connections with the city of Westfield lend a collegial air to the future-focused Westfield learning community.


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