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SMFA Studio Art: Painting & Drawing
Tufts University

Date Posted Apr. 6, 2023
Title SMFA Studio Art: Painting & Drawing
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Department University College
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Summer 2023
  • Lecturer/Instructor
  • Art - Painting/Drawing
    Art - General

Position Overview 

The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University is seeking a Pre-College Instructor to teach in our SMFA Studio Art Intensive summer program for high schoolers. This on-campus program will invite top tier art students entering grades 10-12 or class of 2023 high school graduates to give art school a test drive by introducing them to the SMFA’s interdisciplinary approach to art-making. For a sample program schedule please visit:  

The program will take place from Monday July 9 - July 28, 2023. 


As a Program Instructor, your duties include, but are not limited to: 

On-Site Studio Art Instruction 

  • Instructors will teach 3 sections (or fewer, pending program enrollment) of their course, each section meets two times per week for 3 hours each session. 
  • Instructors will attend a collaborative planning meeting in the spring of 2023. 

  • Instructors will provide a syllabus to the program lead by June 2023. 

  • Instructors are responsible for communicating with their classroom assistants what their expectations are for classroom support  

  • Instructors will be responsible for overseeing clean-up in their instructional space 


  • Instructors will communicate needed materials to the program lead by May 2023 

  • Instructors will make materials available in the classroom for student use. 

Studio Monitor & Student Mentoring 

  • Instructors will be present during lunch/open studio time to meet with students and monitor the studios 

  • Field Trip Chaperone 

  • Attend one field trip as a chaperone. 


Compensation: $5,000 base rate, plus $500 for each additional section taught, not to exceed $6,000 total. Number of sections will be based on final program enrollment. 


We are seeking an engaging instructor who uses an interdisciplinary approach to teaching through case-studies and hands-on class activities. 


  • Applicants should have facility working with a range of students and artistic abilities 

  • Experience working with high school students 

  • Experience creating and teaching 2D subjects in painting and drawing  

  • Candidates should have an MFA with some teaching experience at the high school level 

  • Candidates should possess the ability to work in a cross-disciplinary arts environment, and the desire to inspire teenage artists to apply to college 

  • Candidates should have the ability to attend 2 two-hour planning meetings in spring 2023 

Application Instructions

Submit your resume and cover letter to be considered for this position.

Please reach out to with a subject line of: Studio Art Instructor if you have any questions.  

  • Tufts University, founded in 1852, prioritizes quality teaching, highly competitive basic and applied research, and a commitment to active citizenship locally, regionally, and globally. Tufts University has also committed to becoming an anti-racist institution and prides itself on the continuous improvement of diversity, equity and inclusion work. Current and prospective employees of the university are expected to have and continuously develop skill in, and disposition for, positively engaging with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students. Tufts University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff and fostering their success when hired. Members of underrepresented groups are welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. See the University’s Non-Discrimination statement and policy here If you are an applicant with a disability who is unable to use our online tools to search and apply for jobs, please contact us by calling the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) at 617-627-3298 or at Applicants can learn more about requesting reasonable accommodations at

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