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Visiting Assistant Professor, Art

Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY

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Arts & Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

The Department of Art at Skidmore College invites applications for a one-year, full-time Visiting Assistant Professor position in Communication Design beginning September 2023. The position requires five courses to be taught in the Communication Design area throughout the academic year. Qualified candidates should have a terminal degree (MFA) in graphic design or visual communication design, and current or recent college-level teaching experience. A successful candidate will have the ability to unite communication design and contemporary digital media. Portfolios (professional and teaching) should demonstrate experience in communication design, typography, visual systems, concept development and innovative design problem solving for print and screen based media. Ideally, the candidate’s own work will be in design/art and may engage with the boundaries of art and design through digital illustration or motion design.  Additional areas of expertise may include branding, a commitment to interdisciplinary practice and/or collaborative approaches to design (community projects, etc.) Applicants should be well versed in design theory, history, and criticism and able to successfully incorporate technology into the classroom. Fluency in Mac OS, Adobe CS and industry-standard print and web design software is required. A successful applicant can present a publication record of scholarly design, demonstrate involvement in professional organization and community service projects and show strong qualities of professionalism and collegiality. Candidates will demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching liberal arts undergraduates at all levels. The College is interested in candidates who can contribute to the growing diversity and excellence of the academic community, particularly through their inclusive teaching. Individuals from underrepresented groups, or who have experience teaching students from diverse backgrounds, are encouraged to apply.

Teaching responsibilities include introductory and intermediate courses such as communication design, typography, and digital foundations and advanced courses in design, interactive design or digital illustration. Successful candidates will be able to teach in at least three of the following areas: digital foundation, communication design, typography, illustration, interactive, or motion graphics.

Review of the applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


  • MFA or equivalent degree in graphic design or visual communication design; and/or substantial professional record with national/international recognition
  • Current or recent college-level teaching experience desirable
  • Active record of recognized professional design activity


  • Letter of interest, including description of approach to teaching communication design in an undergraduate liberal arts college
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Portfolio including 20 images of work completed within the past 5 years (include no more than 20 minutes of time-based work)
  • Portfolio including 20 images of student work
  • Statement describing artistic practice
  • Statement on contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) describing past, present, and future (planned) contributions
  • Names and contact information of three professional references (letters of recommendation are requested once finalists are chosen)


Skidmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college of 2680 students located 3 hours between Manhattan, NY and Montreal, Canada. The college is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The Studio Art curriculum emphasizes a fine art perspective developed through skillful practice and offers concentrations in Ceramics, Photography, Communication Design, Digital Media, Fiber Arts, Printmaking, Sculpture, Jewelry and Metals, Painting, and Drawing. For further information about the Art Departmental and the studio major, please visit the departmental website.

The principal mission of Skidmore College is the education of predominantly full-time undergraduates, a diverse population of talented students actively engaged in the learning process. Skidmore faculty and staff create an enriched academic environment geared to interdisciplinary learning. In this challenging and supportive atmosphere, faculty cultivates students' intellectual and personal excellence. In keeping with the college's principle linking of theoretical with applied learning, the Skidmore curriculum prepares graduates for careers in the professions, social services, and the arts. Faculty provide leadership in the college and community and encourage students to exercise leadership in the greater community.

Pay Range:  Commensurate with experience


Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, dating violence, or stalking, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result.



Skidmore is a highly selective liberal arts college with a reputation for its creative approaches to just about everything. With its relatively small size and student-faculty ratio, the College is a close-knit academic community. Skidmore is known for its faculty of teacher-scholars devoted to the instruction and mentoring of undergraduates—approximately 2,400 talented men and women from some 47 states and 46 countries.

A great education is all about putting academic theory and creative expression into practice. That’s what our founder, Lucy Skidmore Scribner, believed. Skidmore’s not an ivory tower. Never has been. Never will be. It’s a place where faculty and students work together, then figure out how to use what they’ve learned to make a difference in the world. This practical focus often leads to cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, where students carry multiple majors, student-faculty research is common, and internships and community service are standard. It also leads to interesting and unusual combinations of activities, frequently woven into an intellectual passion.

If this kind of experience resonates with you, why not take a closer look at Skidmore?

Skidmore College is located in the historic resort community of Saratoga Springs, New York.  Set in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, Saratoga is located about 30 minutes north of Albany, the state capital. 

Saratoga is a small, cosmopolitan city of 30,000, noted for its Victorian heritage, famed spas, and thoroughbred horse racing.  The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is a site of top rock, jazz, and pop performances as well as the summer home of the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Saratoga is a three-and-one-half-hour drive, train ride, or bus trip from New York City, Boston, or Montreal.


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