Assistant Professor, Foundation Art & Illustration

Position Information

Position Information

Position Title Assistant Professor, Foundation Art & Illustration
Open Internally or Externally External
If faculty, tenure track status Tenure Track
Reports to (title) Associate Dean, Division of Visual Art & Design
Department Visual Art & Design
Requisition Number F17029
Position Type New position
Job Category Faculty
FT/PT Full-time
Initial Work Location
Starting Salary $44,393 - $66,590/Academic Yr
Job Open Date 03/02/2018
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Priority Review Date 04/06/2018
Job Summary

Salt Lake Community College seeks to attract an active, culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber, skilled in the scholarship of teaching, discovery, application and integration of knowledge. The successful applicant will join a vital and innovative department as its members are reflective practitioners and knowledgeable teachers in their respective fields. They participate in their professional communities and collaborate with colleagues in developing curriculum. Such faculty members actively serve our students in obtaining the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in their careers.

The selected candidate will work as a full-time, tenure-track faculty member in the Visual Art & Design Department-Foundation Art/Illustration Specialization. A positive commitment to teaching excellence and responsibilities will include an ability to create and instruct in the following:

1. The principles, elements, and theories of visual communication as they belong to general artistic expression and more specifically to the field and discipline of illustration; the conceptual and visual devices of design, drawing, linear perspective theory, light logic, color theory, compositional theories and processes, etc.

2. Physical materials and digital manipulation executions and techniques; using a large variety of wet and dry mediums (graphite, charcoal, pastels, inks, dyes, paints, substrates and primers, etc.); as well as digital software (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.).

3. A variety of delivery modalities and teaching technologies for classes in traditional, hybrid, online, internship, lab environments, etc.

4. A current understanding of contemporary illustration practices regarding physical and digital portfolio promotion and the related business aspects of contracts, licensing, etc.

5. Courses to teach might include but not be limited to: Foundation I Drawing, Design, Foundation II, Illustration I, Illustration II, Advanced Illustration, Figure Drawing, Advanced Drawing, Illustration Portfolio Development, Photoshop Software and Illustrator Software, etc.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties

1. Be available to teach courses at times directed by the academic needs of the program and availability of staffing pool. The Department recommends teaching assignments with final decision by the Academic Administrator.
2. Create an effective learning environment through use of appropriate resources, technologies and delivery modalities.
3. Teach courses consistent with Department procedures appropriate for Course Curriculum Outline (CCO) and catalog description.
4. Teach assigned classes at the scheduled time and place during required contact hours.
5. Provide each student with a syllabus (paper or online) at the first class meeting that complies with departmental procedures and the CCO.
6. Maintain student attendance records and grades.
7. Return graded assignments in a timely fashion per departmental standards.
8. Conduct a variety of appropriate evaluations of student performance, and inform students of progress-to-date periodically, and submit final grades by published deadlines.
9. Respond to voicemail and email communication promptly within 1-2 contract days if possible.
10. Handle/respond to student concerns/complaints as required by policies.
11. Maintain a significant campus presence to respond to instruction and the daily needs of students, Department, College and community.
12. Assist in maintaining a safe and mutually respectful instructional environment.
13. Report inappropriate student behavior to the proper authorities.
14. Collaboratively participate in the update and production of new curriculum development and related activities as a contributing team member of the program area, Department, School, College, campus and state.
15. Consistently improve course quality, design, and course integrity through participation in the College-wide assessment of student learning.
16. Maintain collegial/professional behavior and appearance as defined by College policies and procedures.

1. Participate in professional development such as pursuing advanced degrees, workshops, symposia, conferences, lectures, trainings, etc.
2. Maintain necessary educational credentials, professional skills, and knowledge needed for the teaching discipline.
3. Participate in collegial mentoring relationships, solicit feedback and implement suggestions from students and peers.
4. Participate in professional organizations at various levels of community, state, national, etc.

1. All full-time faculty members are expected to assume responsibilities consistent with the needs of the Department, School and/or College including serving on committees and task forces.
2. Assist in the formulation and implementation of departmental initiatives such as: Concurrent Enrollment, course/program/institutional articulations, promotions, events, and facilities development, etc.
3. Provide leadership and instructional integrity while assisting in faculty recruitment, training, mentoring, peer evaluation and support.
4. Evaluate, update and revise program offerings (materials, textbooks, course content, etc.) on an ongoing basis and develop new curricula as needed.
5. Prepare Program Curriculum Outlines (PCO), Course Curriculum Outlines (CCO), class schedules and the SLCC General Catalog content.
6. Participate in strategic planning and monitor the institutional effectiveness and accountability processes.
7. Attend non-teaching contract days events such as Convocation, Commencement, etc.
8. Attend regularly scheduled Department and School meetings.
9. Complete Mandatory Training for: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Anti-Discrimination Harassment Avoidance (ADHA), Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), Workplace Violence (WPV), and others as become required.
10. Assume an active role in student recruitment and advising, including updating the Advising Office, advising materials, and assessment of prior credit earned as per program and College guidelines.
11. Identify budgetary needs and priorities within the program regarding the purchasing and inventorying of equipment, supplies, tools, etc.
12. Assist in maintaining a safe and secure campus environment by reporting to the appropriate authorities crime and/or maintenance issues, as well as the storage and disposal of hazardous materials.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties Continued
Preferred Qualifications

1. Master’s Degree or actively seeking a Master’s Degree in an art-related field.

2. Minimum of four (4) years full-time paid professional, non-teaching illustration/art production experience.

3. Thirty plus (30+) credit hours post- secondary teaching experience in a variety of foundation art/illustration courses.

4. Published with a record of awards and recognitions.

5. Bilingual

Minimum Qualifications

1. Bachelor’s Degree in an art-related field.

2. Minimum of three (3) years, full-time paid professional, non-teaching illustration/art production experience.

3. Significant teaching experience in art-related fields.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

1. Possess and exhibit a strong ability in the skills of visual communication and expression.

2. Present a strong and proven understanding of the field and discipline of illustration, including the business practices pertaining to it.

3. Exhibit a clear understanding of foundational art philosophies, principles and theories; line quality, linear perspective theory, value staging devices, light logic, color theory, compositional theories and concept development, etc.

4. Demonstrate technical abilities in the application of traditional art materials/media, as well as proficiency in and with digital media.

5. Present a strong proven knowledge of traditional illustration, current illustration and emerging illustration industry development trends.

6. Present and maintain strong proven knowledge of the history and major influences in the illustration industry.

7. Demonstrate teamwork.

8. Communicate effectively through writing and speech.

9. Possess strong management and organizational skills being self-motivated to make decisions, multi-task, prioritize work and manage deadlines.

10. Demonstrate participation in industry/community relationships.

11. Ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of diverse people, culture, ethnic background, and abilities, to maintain good working relationships across the College. The ability to work with all groups in a diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic background of community college students, faculty and staff, including those with disabilities.

Non-Essential Responsibilities and Duties
Special Instructions

Priority Review Date April 6, 2018:
All applications received by this date will receive first priority in screening. All others will be reviewed as needed until the position is filled.

The anticipated date of hire is for the Fall 2018 Semester (August).

The committee requests:

1. Attach Cover Letter: state specifically how applicant meets qualifications.

3. Attach Resume or Curriculum Vitae.

4. Attach a copy of transcripts

5. Please attach reference Letters to the application, or be ready to provide letters upon request.

*In submitting application materials (Cover letter or Resume) please include evidence of experiences working with multi-cultural or inclusivity activities, projects, environments, etc. in a professional/avocational setting.

The hiring committee will request the following items when appropriate:

1. Finalist applicants will be required to submit a digital portfolio and perhaps a physical portfolio/demo reel upon request only.
2. The selected finalist applicants will be required to participate in a teaching demonstration. In addition, finalist applicants will be requested to provide examples of teaching assignments and student work as available.
3. Finalist applicants will be requested to provide student evaluations as available.

Requirements to extend a job offer:

1. Salt Lake Community College’s Human Resources Department will conduct a criminal background check on the selected finalist.
2. Official transcripts are required.

Salt Lake Community College offers a comprehensive benefits package for full-time faculty members. Our benefits summary is listed on the home site @; or please visit our employee benefits web page at:

FLSA Exempt

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you first learn about this position?
    • Newspaper
    • Ethnic Media
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Professional Organization
    • SLCC Website
    • Referral Agency
    • Workforce Services
    • College Placement Center
    • Friend
    • Employee
    • SLCC Email
    • SLCC HR Office
    • Other (please specify below)
  2. * Salt Lake Community College values diversity and encourages all interested persons to apply. Please tell us on which diversity job board or website you saw this position advertised.
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  3. If you saw this posting on a diversity job board/website other than from those listed above, please tell us where:

    (Open Ended Question)

Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume / Curr. Vitae
  3. Transcripts
Optional Documents
  1. Letters of Reference
  2. Other Doc
  3. Student/Faculty Evaluations