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Teaching Artist and Studio Full-Time Faculty Position (Assistant/Associate Professor)
Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Date Posted Nov. 5, 2019
Title Teaching Artist and Studio Full-Time Faculty Position (Assistant/Associate Professor)
University Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Minneapolis, MN, United States
Department Fine Arts
Application Deadline Jan. 6, 2020
Position Start Date August 2020
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Art - Printmaking
    Art - Painting/Drawing
    Art - General
    Art Education
    Fine Arts - General

Job Description:
The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) seeks a dedicated art educator/artist to lead and manage our nationally recognized Teaching Artist program, and teach within the studio program. MCAD’s Teaching Artist program provides students opportunities to develop a reflective teaching practice; research and apply historical and contemporary learning theory in their communities; develop best practices in an arts infused learning environment within a BFA degree; and, though not a licensure program, prepares them for work as teaching artists in the community through educational, non-profit community organizations, neighborhood associations, and other community settings. This position combines leadership and management of the Teaching Artist program and teaching classes in Theory/Methods, and a Practicum, including developing mentors and placement opportunities for students. The successful candidate will also teach 3 courses annually in a studio-based discipline within the Fine Arts department. Additional responsibilities include student advising, curriculum development, building and maintaining educational and community partners, building awareness of the program, and working with Institutional Advancement on grant development.

This position is full-time and begins August 2020. Full-time faculty teach three courses each semester or equivalent, and participate in committee work and other departmental and college activities required of ranked faculty. Full-time faculty are expected to maintain a studio or research practice. MCAD offers renewable, long-term contracts based on a clearly defined peer-review process. Rank will be commensurate with experience. This position is benefits eligible. This position reports to the chair of the Fine Arts Department. The successful candidate will be committed to differentiated instruction and effective teaching methods to reach all learners.


  • Ability to inspire and motivate a diverse student population of artists, designers, and makers.
  • Demonstrated success meeting the needs of underrepresented student populations and/or engagement with diverse communities.
  • Practicing visual artist with established studio or community-based practice.
  • Teaching experience in both studio and art education preferred.
  • Established record of leadership and management skills.
  • Extensive knowledge and involvement in the growing Teaching Artist community and an ability to apply that knowledge locally in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and beyond.
  • Current knowledge in art education theories and applications from children to adults.
  • Ability to build and maintain community partnerships including, but not limited to, school settings.
  • Advanced degree in an applicable field (or professional equivalent).
  • Understanding of national granting opportunities for Teaching Artists.

MCAD/Twin Cities
Founded in 1886, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit teaching institution which educates individuals to be professional artists and designers, creative thinkers, cultural leaders, and engaged global citizens. Located in the Twin Cities, MCAD is an independent, accredited institution with 14 undergraduate degree programs, with BFAs in Fine Arts, Media Arts, Design, and BS in Entrepreneurial Studies, and an established MFA program and two online MA degrees. MCAD also offers five minors anchored in the Liberal Arts, Arts Entrepreneurship, and Fine Arts departments. Dedicated to the creative and professional success of its students, MCAD is also an important participant in the Twin Cities’ thriving cultural community. The state of Minnesota has long enjoyed and valued a rich cultural life that is furthered by the generous support of numerous private foundations. Ranked as the 16th largest metropolitan area in the nation, the area hosts 18 Fortune 500 Companies and seven of the largest private companies in the country. In 2014, CBRE rated Minneapolis as the greenest city in the nation. Notable cultural institutions include the Walker Art Center, the Guthrie Theater, the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Weisman Art Museum. In addition, the Twin Cities are well known for the quality of their live theater, musical venues, galleries, art film houses and festivals, as well as a full array of professional sports teams.

MCAD’s community of staff and faculty enjoy a dynamic, creative, and inclusive work environment. MCAD offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes: medical, dental, 403(b) retirement plan, commuter benefits, as well as generous time off plans. In addition, after six months of service, full-time employees and their eligible dependents can receive free tuition at MCAD, as well the potential to receive reduced tuition at more than 600 colleges nationwide. MCAD faculty are represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

The mission of MCAD is to transform the world through creativity and purpose. Support that mission through working at MCAD!

Deadline: Priority will be given to those who respond by January 6, 2020.
To ensure full consideration, complete application materials must be received by 1/6/20. Preliminary interviews will be conducted via GoToMeeting. A background check will be made prior to employment.

Applications should include:
1. Cover letter detailing teaching philosophy and qualifications
2. Curriculum vitae
3. URL of professional website
4. Examples of personal work.
5. Samples student work and/or relevant community-based projects.
6. Complete information for three professional references: names, institutional affiliations, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers
7. Transcript of degree, showing coursework appropriate to position (copies are acceptable); official transcript required prior to employment.
8. Salary requirements

Electronic application procedure:

  • Submit all materials in a single PDF file in the order as listed above (1-8).
  • Limit PDF file to size 15MB or less and title the file as follows: last name_first name_TEACH.pdf
  • Email complete application file to with applicant’s last name in the subject line
  • All correspondence regarding the search will be conducted via email. Please send any inquiries to and include job Teaching Artist in all correspondence
  • Only complete applications will be eligible for consideration.

  • EOE

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