Assistant Professor, Art - Painting and Foundations

Posting Date: November 1, 2018

Closing Date: Open until filled

William Paterson University’s College of the Arts and Communication Department of Art seeks qualified applications for a fulltime tenure-track position specializing in Painting and Foundations at the rank of Assistant Professor. Start date for this appointment is September 1, 2019.


The Department of Art at William Paterson University seeks a dynamic and passionate painter who will participate in advancing and growing our visual arts program both in the classroom and as the coordinator of the fine arts foundation program. The successful candidate will have an active exhibition record as well as an extensive knowledge of the media. The candidate will be fluent in the practice and teaching of traditional painting and techniques vital to a strong foundation program, which include but is not limited to drawing, material methodologies, as well as demonstrate an ability to integrate contemporary creative concepts into the undergraduate classroom. Candidates should have a strong background in painting and demonstrate an openness to explore mediums beyond conventional practice. In foundations, we seek to integrate new, emerging and diverse areas in the visual arts — strengthening our existing curriculum.


The foundation program prepares both the Bachelor of Art and Bachelor of Fine Art students through skill and aesthetic development in five core areas: Drawing, Life Drawing, 2D Design, 3D design, and Digital Media. The coursework culminates in foundation portfolio review administered by the foundation coordinator in which the student is evaluated for their preparedness for upper level study.


The department seeks a collaborative and developmental approach in the creation of curricular program expansion consistent with the strategic plan of the University and College.  The Department of Art at William Paterson University is NASAD accredited (National Association of Schools of Art and Design). 


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Duties and Responsibilities:
  • The candidate must be capable of teaching at all levels of painting, which include drawing.
  • Central to this position is creating, coordinating, and managing the foundation program curriculum for the Art Department
  • The successful candidate will work closely in consultation with the chair and faculty in the Department of Art as well as other faculty teaching in the painting and foundations areas
  • Other responsibilities include oversight and coordination of the curriculum and faculty teaching foundation courses as well as the curation of an annual exhibition of student foundation work
  • Service to the Department, College and University are essential aspects of the position
  • The ongoing pursuit and achievement of creative and scholarly productivity in painting, which include, but is not limited to curated exhibitions and publications where applicable  
  • Candidates must have an MFA degree in a studio practice with an emphasis in painting with the ability to take the lead in the coordination of our foundation program.
  • Candidates must have a minimum of three years teaching experience at the university level as well as a successful record of exhibition and professional practice activity and research in painting and the visual arts.  


Invitation to apply:     

Please click to apply for the position.


Interested candidates will be prompted to:

  • Complete an application
  • Submit a cover letter and CV
  • Provide names/contacts of three professional references
  • Applications must include link to online portfolio and a link to examples of exhibitions and/or professional projects and commissions
  • Applicants must include a link with 20 samples of student work with an annotated image sheet as well as syllabi from previously taught courses

(Please upload the requested links in PDF format by selecting "Other" when uploading additional documents.) 


Submission of all documents listed above is required for consideration.

Please email should you have general questions related to this application process.

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William Paterson University is an equal opportunity employer that actively values and supports diversity among faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, and members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.