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Visual Art/Graphics Faculty Member

Holyoke Community College
Holyoke, MA, MA

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Holyoke Community College is housed on a multi-million-dollar, 135-acre campus, equipped with state-of-the art technology in specialized learning facilities. HCC serves over 9,000 students annually, and provides a variety of recreational and cultural activities, from sports programs to music festivals, for students and community members alike. The college's strongest assets continue to be an innovative spirit, a sincere concern for students and a commitment to strive for even greater success. These are the values which have created a tradition of excellence spanning more than six decades, and which are enabling Holyoke Community College to meet today's challenges.

The Visual Art Department at Holyoke Community College seeks a full-time tenure-track faculty member to bring vision and innovation to our Graphics Option and to help advance the college’s efforts to ensure equitable outcomes for all HCC students. Candidates should bring a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in their teaching practice. This position provides instruction in a wide range of graphics content, including graphic design practices and principles, typography, branding, web/interactive design, and motion graphics. Candidates should have expertise in current graphic design software and be able to teach courses demonstrating this software for students. Faculty members also participate in department initiatives to better prepare art students for transfer and careers and have an interest in actively engaging with the communities HCC serves. Candidates for this position should demonstrate a record of excellence in college-level teaching as well as interest in working collaboratively with colleagues, transfer institutions, and community organizations. The successful candidate will be expected to build and reinforce relationships with relevant local businesses as well as transfer institutions, in order to support students’ pursuit of transfer and career opportunities. This is a fully on-campus position.

1. Teach foundation and advanced courses in all areas of Graphic Design, as well as foundation courses in two-dimensional design as needed.

2. Remain knowledgeable about developments and trends in the field, and proficient in current Graphic Design software and practices.

3.Coordinate and advance the Graphics Program by designing new and updating existing courses to maintain an evolving, contemporary, and forward-looking curriculum.

4. Contribute to department efforts to recruit and retain students.

5.Supervise student work to support design and production of promotional materials for selected fine and performing arts events.

6. Supervise student work on the college’s biannual art and literary journal, Pulp City.

7.Work with IT staff to manage and maintain the computer lab and equipment in the main Graphics classroom.

8.Provide academic advising for Graphics and Visual Art majors.

9.Meet with and assist students during office hours.

10.Participate in shared governance committees, as well as other committees, task forces, and sub-committees.

11. Provide college service as required by the MCCC contract.


  • MFA in Graphic Design or related field completed by August 15, 2024;
  • Minimum two (2) years of teaching Graphic Design at the college level as instructor of record;
  • Evidence of ongoing professional creative practice;
  • Theoretical and technical expertise in graphic design practices and principles, typography, branding, web/interactive design, motion graphics, evolving computer programs, and digital design tools;
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe XD;
  • Knowledge of contemporary and traditional methods in the field, both digital and analog;
  • Experience working successfully with a diverse student body;
  • Demonstrated excellent teaching skills, including varied pedagogical strategies;
  • Experience with culturally responsive pedagogies;
  • Active engagement with current issues in art and art instruction;
  • Excellent communication skills.

  • NOTE: A teaching demonstration will be a required part of the interview process.

  • A record of teaching excellence in graphic design at a community college or at the first year/sophomore college level;
  • Professional experience in the field of Graphic Design;
  • Proficiency in animation.
  • *To be considered for this position, all applicants must submit the following online:
  • Letter of interest (Cover Letter)
  • CV/Resume including three references with contact information (email and phone)
  • Artist/Professional Practice Statement
  • Teaching philosophy with a Statement of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • 15 Images of student work with descriptions (5 megabyte limit per upload)
  • 15 Images of the candidate’s own work with descriptions
  • Sample syllabus

  • Full-time, tenure-track MCCC/MTA position

    Salary: Minimum $51,678-$61,993 Actual salary will be commensurate with education and experience in accordance with MCCC/MTA Collective Bargaining Agreement. Full State benefits.
    Funding: State
    Start Date: August, 2024

    - All candidates must have legal authorization to work in the United States. HCC is not sponsoring H1B Visa.
    - Pre-Employment Background check, including Criminal History will be conducted for all positions.

    Holyoke Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College’s Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.


    Working at Holyoke Community College

    Since its founding in 1946, Holyoke Community College has focused on inspiring futures through education and training, access, and engagement. The goal is simple-exceptional preparation for personal and professional success through education for all learners.

    HCC's highly-qualified, committed faculty and staff engage learners through innovative, relevant instruction and comprehensive student support services, ensuring that our students are well prepared for their next step in life-whether to transfer to a four-year institution, to advance in a career, to build skills, or simply to enhance their quality of life.

    HCC faculty and staff support students in discovering their academic abilities and career aptitudes for the future they choose. We think they'll find that HCC provides the best start for attaining their goals, for one of the best dollar values in education today.


    Located in Western Massachusetts' scenic Pioneer Valley, HCC draws students from more than 70 cities and towns throughout the region and from beyond. As a gateway to quality, accessible education and career advancement, more than 100,000 students have come through the doors seeking to realize their dreams and aspirations. HCC boasts the largest enrollment and awards the highest number of associate degrees and certificates among Western Massachusetts community colleges. At the college's 65th commencement in May 2012,a total of 1,000 students received approximately 1,026 associate degrees and certificates. Graduates ranged in age from 18-80, and came from 70 Massachusetts towns, as well as Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, and from as far away as Florida, Michigan, Missouri and South Carolina. Our international grads included citizens of Israel, Malawi, Peru and South Korea.


    HCC offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate options, as well as adult basic education/GED programs, education and training for business and industry, and noncredit community service personal and professional enrichment courses. To accommodate students' busy lives, HCC offers day, twilight, evening, weekend, and online classes. Academic programs, in a variety of disciplines, are designed for immediate career entry or for transfer to four-year institutions. Plus, for those seeking additional intellectual challenge in their coursework, HCC is known for its exceptional learning communities (team-taught interdisciplinary courses organized around a common theme) and its Commonwealth Honors program, among other programs and services.


    HCC has the highest transfer rate of any community college statewide, holding articulation agreements with more than 27 colleges and universities. Many students attend HCC with the intention of transferring to a four-year college or university. And many do so after graduating-often with generous and even full scholarships-to public and private four-year colleges and universities across the country. Locally, HCC is the largest feeder institution for Westfield State College and UMASS Amherst.

    Immediate career entry

    HCC offers short-term certificates and training for students whose goal is immediate career entry. HCC's Career Center provides additional assistance in helping students obtain employment in the region's many workplaces.

    A vibrant community resource

    Throughout the year, HCC is home to numerous recreational and cultural activities and events that are open to the community. View an art exhibit at the Taber Art Gallery, catch a live performance at the Leslie Phillips Theater, enjoy the college's annual Jazz Festival, or come watch one of HCC's competitive varsity athletic games. HCC has the largest disc golf course in Western Massachusetts, and it's free and open to the public.

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