Art & Art History- Assistant Professor of Studio Art in Drawing

  • Deadline / Program Start: 2020-12-15
  • Organization: Hope College
  • Organization Type: College/University
  • Career Type: Teaching Artist, Educator
  • Location: Holland, MI
  • Primary Discipline: Arts Education
  • Recurring: Array
  • URL: Link

The Department of Art & Art History invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor of Studio Art in Drawing to begin in August 2021. We are a NASAD accredited, BA granting, fine arts program in the context of a liberal arts college.

The ideal candidate will be a dynamic artist with an active exhibition record whose studio practice is demonstrably based in drawing, with the ability to teach traditional drawing materials and techniques as well as the potential to teach new genres that overlap or intersect with drawing. These genres might include one or more of the following areas: performative drawing, video/film, mixed media, printmaking, painting, large- and small-scale installation, social practice, motion graphics, sound art, digital practices or other hybrid and emerging art forms.

Embracing interdisciplinary explorations and promoting student excellence within a liberal arts context is at the core of the department’s mission. Familiarity or willingness to learn basic online platforms is required of all faculty.

Candidates will demonstrate ongoing engagement with critical theory and methodologies as well as a global perspective that embraces diversity and inclusion through their studio practice, teaching or service.

The department places a high value on administrative vision and collaborative leadership. Experience with, or aptitude for, campus wide service and governance will be expected as the candidate progresses in the tenure track path and beyond.

In addition to drawing courses, the teaching load may include interdisciplinary capstone courses such as the department’s studio/seminars for all senior majors (such as ART 365 or 350, which the faculty teaches on a rotating basis, or a first year or senior seminar. ( Participation in department-wide critiques, portfolios reviews and student advising is required of all department faculty.

The department and college prioritize the creative research of pre-tenure faculty through individual and collaborative summer grants. The Assistant Professor of Art would be eligible for tenure after a probationary period (a standard six-year period). A unique and attractive draw of this position is that the faculty member would be eligible for the Howard R. and Margaret E. Sluyter Endowed Professorship in Art & Design after the probationary period.

This position is currently pending final financial approval.

The successful candidate will have a MFA or related terminal degree.

Hope College is committed to creating a diverse, ecumenical Christian academic community that invites all its members into a holistic and robust engagement with the historic Christian faith. The college’s board, faculty, administration and staff are committed to the Christian faith as expressed in the ecumenical creeds of the ancient church. Individuals interested in this position must demonstrate a commitment to the character and goals of a liberal arts college with a Christian perspective, including a mature understanding of and commitment to the historic Christian faith.

Application Instructions:
To apply, please visit

As part of the online application, candidates will submit:

Letter of application
Teaching philosophy that includes course descriptions with pedagogical overview and reflections on creating an inclusive learning environment
A statement describing your fit with the mission of the College ( and our Christian Aspirations (
Unofficial transcripts
Please enter the contact information for three references on the application. Those references will be contacted by Human Resources to submit a letter of recommendation.
In addition please visit to upload Artistic portfolio of 20 images. Please note there is a $10 fee for using SlideRoom.
Additional materials will be required of candidates who advance in the search process.

Applications received by December 15 will receive full consideration.

About Hope College:
Hope College is a four-year liberal arts college where academic excellence and vibrant Christian faith join together in a supportive and welcoming community. Hope offers an academically rigorous, co-educational and residential education to more than 3,050 students from 37 states and territories and 30 countries. Affiliated with the Reformed Church in America since its founding in 1866, Hope College is known for its invitational ecumenical Christian atmosphere, friendly campus community, and well-balanced academic and co-curricular offerings. Hope’s beautiful campus is located just steps from award-winning downtown Holland, Michigan, and fewer than seven miles from Lake Michigan.

At Hope College, accomplished faculty and staff mentor students to recognize the interconnectedness of the world and cultivate the skills, perspectives and habits that help them flourish inside and outside the classroom. Recognized as a national leader in undergraduate research and scholarship, Hope provides exceptional professional preparation and life-changing educational experiences that equip students for success after graduation. The college has consistently ranked among the nation’s top liberal arts colleges and is featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives.

Hope College is financially sound, with an endowment of over $200 million and no deferred maintenance, and over $140 million invested in the construction of new facilities during the past 12 years. Since 2015, the college has completed four new buildings – the Kruizenga Art Museum (2015), the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts (2015), the Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center (2017), and the van Andel Huys der Hope home for the college’s Campus Ministries programs (2019).

In 2015, Hope College launched its 10-year strategic plan, Hope for the World: 2025, which consists of six goals, focused on: academics; Christian formation; global engagement; community; reputation and influence; and value. Developed by the campus community, the strategic plan supports the college’s mission, “to educate students for lives of leadership and service in a global society through academic and co-curricular programs of recognized excellence in the liberal arts and in the context of the historic Christian faith.”

Hope College is a community that aspires to be faithful, welcoming and transformational. Accordingly, the college is committed to being a place where all experience a sense of belonging. Students of all faiths — and no faith — are welcome at Hope, as are students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. During the 2019-20 academic year, 18 percent of the student body identified as a race other than white. On Hope’s campus, there is broad understanding that, in order to best prepare students for lives of leadership and service in a global society, the college must have diversity among its faculty and staff. Twenty-four percent of Hope’s tenure-track faculty are from underrepresented groups, coming from both the U.S. and abroad.


Holland, Michigan is located in the heart of West Michigan, on the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa. The city is known for being a friendly college town, a beautiful vacation destination, and annual host of both the Tulip Time Festival and Tulipanes Latino Art and Film Festival. With a city population of 33,000, Holland resides within the greater Holland-Zeeland area populated by 100,000 — 30 minutes from Grand Rapids, 2.5 hours from Ann Arbor and Chicago and 3 hours from Detroit. Holland features a picturesque downtown just steps from the Hope College campus — home to restaurants, cafés, shops and a popular farmer’s market — as well as miles of sandy beaches, nationally ranked school districts and charming parks throughout the surrounding area. In recent years, Holland has earned recognition for being one of the “Best Beach Towns to Live In” (WalletHub, 2018), “Prettiest Towns” (Architectural Digest, 2018) and “Best Cities for Global Trade” (Global Trade Magazine, 2017) as well as the #1 “Best Small City to Start a Business” (WalletHub 2018). The City of Holland has also earned several top honors for the “America in Bloom” competition, including awards for “Environmental Efforts” and “Coolest Downtown.” The Holland area is strengthened by its diversity, with people of color comprising 33% of the city’s population. The Latino community is particularly vibrant, accounting for 24% of Holland residents. For more about neighborhoods, recreation, businesses and life in Holland, visit the city’s “Live in Holland Michigan” website.

Hope College seeks to be a community that affirms the dignity of all persons as bearers of God’s image. It is Hope College policy not to discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, family status, genetic information, height, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, or weight, except in the event of a bona fide occupational qualification. Hope College is an equal opportunity employer.