Assistant Professor - Illustration - RIT (5434BR)

Requisition Number: 5434BR

School/Department: Illustration

College : College of Art and Design

Faculty Rank : Assistant Professor
Tenure Status: Tenure-Track

Anticipated Start Date: Aug 2021

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The School of Art at the Rochester Institute of Technology invites candidates to apply for a tenure track, Assistant Professor faculty position in the Illustration Program. The appointment begins in August of 2021. The position requires teaching three courses per semester, typically teaching at the sophomore through senior levels of the BFA Illustration Program, but subject to the needs of the department and school. This may include teaching assignments in the first year Foundation level courses that support all programs within the School of Art. BFA students go through a rigorous foundation year, introduction to major areas their sophomore year, then choose from a wide selection of courses at the junior and senior levels. The Illustration Program emphasizes drawing, proficiency with traditional and digital media, and visual problem-solving skills in a rigorous program focused on developing professional competencies for all illustration markets.

As an active practitioner in the field, the successful applicant will be a passionate educator with knowledge of both historic traditions and current trends in illustration. The ideal candidate will demonstrate experience in the game and/or entertainment markets. They will bring rigor and innovation to the program and possess a strong commitment to community and collegiality with a willingness to employ technology. An MFA and teaching experience is required. Experience as an established professional illustrator is required. Expectations include advising; School of Art, college, and university committee service; recruitment; program development; and a record of creative/research activities that meet tenure requirements.

We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. We are seeking individuals who are committed to RIT’s core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.


The College of Art and Design offers programs within five schools: Art, Crafts, Design, Film and Animation, and Photography. The College of Art and Design possesses the university’s highest number of national top-ten graduate rankings (glass, ceramics, photography, graphic design, and industrial design). It is one of RIT’s largest colleges, with ten BFA programs and two BS programs, serving approximately 1,700 undergraduate students; nine MFA programs, two MS programs, and an MST in Visual Arts-All Grades, with approximately 270 graduate students overall. Minors in Art History, 2D and 3D Studio Arts, Craft and Material Studies and Imaging Systems are also in the College of Art and Design’s portfolio of academic offerings. To learn more about the College of Art and Design, please visit


The School of Art offers professionally-oriented BFA coursework in ceramics, expanded forms, furniture design, glass, illustration, medical illustration, metals & jewelry design, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. There are 285 undergraduate students, with 148 majoring in Illustration. Graduate coursework is offered in fine arts studio and art education. To learn more about the programs, faculty, and students in SOA, please visit


Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Beyond our main campus in Rochester, New York, RIT has international campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo. And with more than 19,000 students and more than 125,000 graduates from all 50 states and over 100 nations, RIT is driving progress in industries and communities around the world. Find out more at


  • MFA Degree
  • Teaching experience beyond Graduate Assistant
  • Expertise in Illustration styles and approaches
  • Expertise in traditional and digital methods for Illustration
  • Expertise creating and delivering content through all media
  • Professional record of work in the Illustration field; especially the game and entertainment fields


Apply online at; search openings, then Keyword Search 5434BR. Please submit your application, curriculum vitae, cover letter addressing the listed qualifications, and upload the following attachments:

  • The names, addresses and phone numbers for three references
  • Portfolio of Work: 20 examples of your professional work (Max size 5MB)
  • 20 examples of your students’ work (Max size 5MB)
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy

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