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Assistant Professor, Art and Design Education
Northern Illinois University

Date Posted Oct. 8, 2019
Title Assistant Professor, Art and Design Education
University Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL, United States
Department College of Visual Communication and Performing Arts
Application Deadline Open Until Filled
Position Start Date Fall 2020
  • Assistant Professor
  • Art Education

The School of Art and Design at Northern Illinois University (NIU) invites applications for one tenure-track position in the area of Art and Design Education, at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning Fall 2020.

NIU, located 65 miles west from Chicago, is a comprehensive teaching and research-based institution with close to 17,000 currently enrolled students. The main campus is located in DeKalb, 65 miles west of Chicago’s "Loop" and 40 miles southeast of Rockford. In addition to the main campus, NIU has three education centers in Hoffman Estates, Rockford, and Naperville. DeKalb/Sycamore, with a population of about 50,000, is a modern paradox, a rural/urban community. It is simultaneously recognized for its manufacturing and rich farmlands. The site of the first manufacture of barbed wire and the development of hybrid seed corn are evidence of its diversified history. The blend of industry and agriculture, coupled with the cultural and recreational facilities of the university and supplemented by easy access to Chicago and Rockford, provide an enjoyable environment in which to live.

The School of Art and Design’s Art and Design Education Division offers three degree programs: B.S.Ed. with Illinois teacher licensure, an M.S. with an option for completing the degree online and a residency option for obtaining Illinois teacher licensure, and a Ph.D.

Position Summary

The Assistant Professor, Art and Design is expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses that emphasize technology and special needs in art and design education, oversight of online graduate program, general methodology for both art and design education majors and general elementary majors, and supervise clinical licensure experiences in school settings.


  • Teach undergraduate and graduate art and design education courses.
  • Supervise clinical experience in schools and on campus.
  • Coordinate the MS in Art and Design Education on-line program.
  • Contribute to undergraduate and graduate program development and evaluation.
  • Undertake professional service inside and outside the University.
  • Participate in the assessment of student progress and report assessment outcomes.
  • Undertake graduate advising.
  • Maintain an ongoing record of research and/or artistry.

Required Qualifications

  • A terminal degree (Ph.D.or Ed.D) in Art and Design Education from an accredited (recognized equivalent) university completed by June 30, 2020.
  • Knowledge of contemporary trends in the field of art and design education.
  • At least two years K-12 teaching experience in art and/or design.
  • Teaching experience with technology in art and design education at the university level.
  • Demonstration of ability to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, creative and scholarly activities, teaching, advising and service.
  • Experience in supervision of art/design education students’ clinical experience in school settings.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Expertise in special education for K-12 art/design students.
  • Expertise in the use of software applicable to public school settings including design tools (e.g. Adobe Creative Suite, , 3D Studio Max, Maya, or ZBrush), programming and game engines (Scratch, Unity or Unreal) as well as innovations in digital hardware.
  • Experience with on-line course delivery.
  • Knowledge of edTPA Licensure requirements
  • Effectiveness as a mentor and advisor of students.
  • Record of active participation in professional organizations.

Application Process

Preference will be given to applications received by December 5, 2020. Applicants must apply online at and upload the following materials:

  • A cover letter that describes the candidate’s teaching, research experience, and interests that address the duties and qualifications as articulated in the position description.
  • A curriculum vitae comprised of at least those elements specified in the application form and including names, titles, addresses, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of at least five individuals who can speak to the candidate’s potential for success in this position.
  • Two examples of the candidate’s scholarly research (these can include unpublished papers delivered at peer-reviewed conferences).
  • An unofficial transcript showing the highest degree earned by the candidate (official transcript will be required upon hire).
    Note: Finalists (individuals who are invited to campus interviews) for the position will be required to provide three letters of recommendation dated within the last two years.

Final candidates being interviewed are expected to make a scholarly presentation to an audience of faculty, staff and students, and to interact with students.

The position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than December 5, 2019. Early response is encouraged. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Northern Illinois University is an AA/EEO institution. Pre-employment background check and verification of eligibility to work in the United States is required.

  • EEO Statement, Visa Policy, ADA Accommodation, Clery Act Information

    In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

    The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

    Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
    Health Services 230 Altgeld Hall 238

    Office for Civil Rights
    U.S. Department of Education
    Citigroup Center
    500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475
    Chicago, IL 60661-4544

    In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

    NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form. This form can be obtained by contacting the Office of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ADEI) at 815-753-8399.

    NIU provides information regarding campus security, personal and fire safety, including topics such as: crime prevention, emergency response procedures and crime reporting policies, in addition to crime and fire statistics for the most recent three calendar years. The Annual Security Report containing security and safety information is available at or by contacting the University Police Department and Public Safety Department at 815-753-9628 to receive a hard copy. The Annual Fire Safety Report is available at or by contacting the Environmental Health and Safety Department at 815-753-0404 to receive a hard copy.

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