Assistant Professor position in Illustration

  • Deadline / Program Start: 2024-08-01
  • Organization: California State University, Fullerton
  • Organization Type: collegeuniversity
  • Career Type: teachingartisteducator
  • Location: Fullerton, ca
  • Primary Discipline: visualarts
  • Recurring: Array
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The Department of Visual Arts at California State University, Fullerton, invites applications for a tenure‐track Assistant Professor position in Illustration with an appointment to begin in Fall 2024.

California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) is a minority-serving institution, affirmative action, and equal opportunity employer. CSUF is firmly committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum and fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their teaching, research, advising and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences. Individuals advancing the University’s strategic diversity goals and those from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding are particularly encouraged to apply.

CSUF is committed to retaining all faculty and has established affinity groups you can join to support your success.

The successful candidate will be qualified to teach undergraduate and graduate-level courses in the Illustration program. This appointment possesses a strong commitment to teaching three studio art classes offered within the illustration curriculum each semester, plus weekly office hours of student advising and mentoring, attendance at faculty and area meetings, administration of portfolio reviews, and participation in activities and services to the department, college, university, and community. The successful candidate should be able to teach currently offered courses and be willing to develop new courses and course sequences that meet future requirements in an expanding field. Course assignments may include but are not limited to the teaching of traditional and digital illustration, book/editorial illustration, professional practices, and other essential industry skills that support visual narratives and storytelling.

Faculty members are responsible to produce and maintain a creative activity and/or scholarly research relevant to the position and recognized by peer review to achieve tenure. The successful candidate will participate in the life and development of the department, recruitment, and outreach efforts. They will contribute to a dynamic illustration program with a track record of growth and distinction derived from awards earned by its students, the successful art careers of its alumni, and the professional achievements of its faculty.

Required Qualifications

• MFA or equivalent terminal degree in illustration or a related discipline from an accredited institution.
• College or university-level teaching experience in courses specifically relevant to the position.
• A sustained record of professional experience, creative practices, and/or scholarly achievement in the expanded field of illustration.

• Demonstrated proficiency in figurative sketching, drawing, and painting as well as perspective, lighting, color, and design principles.
• Demonstrated proficiency in visual concept and storytelling using traditional and/or digital illustration tools and applications (i.e., Adobe Creative Suite).

• Successful student portfolio examples that demonstrate classroom teaching relevant to the job.
• Demonstrated excellence in and commitment to teaching of a highly diverse student population, including varied socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, and gender identity, etc.
• Demonstrated ability to contribute to a positive work environment with a wide and culturally diverse range of colleagues, faculty, and staff.

Preferred Qualifications

• Demonstrates various skills including, but not limited to, studio demonstrations in methods and media and lecturing ability.
• Demonstrates course development in a contemporary standard and the potential to chart course curriculum for the future; to be forward thinking in light of AI-generated art.
• Exhibits a knowledge of the historical and contemporary artists and events that have shaped the field of illustration.
• Significant professional reputation, creative practice, and industry network with published/produced artistic work in the expanded field of illustration.
• Evidence of leadership, communication, organizational, and management skills, which may include successful recruitment and outreach efforts.
• Ability to connect the illustration program with the professional community, facilitating industry opportunities suitable to student interests and skill sets.

A complete online application must be received by electronic submission to be considered. To apply, please visit, choose full-time faculty, search for the position #532559 and provide the following required materials:
• Cover letter relating your required and preferred qualifications.
• Curriculum vitae in an academic format.
• Teaching philosophy (2-page limit) describing your pedagogical practices.
• A list of three references with relevant contact information
• A digital portfolio of up to 20 examples demonstrating candidate’s expertise related to the position.
• A digital portfolio of up to 20 examples of student work relevant to the position.
• Candidate statement on commitment to inclusive excellence (1-page limit).
o This statement provides the candidate’s unique perspective on their past and present contributions to and future aspirations for promoting diversity, inclusion, and social justice in their professional careers. This statement aims to help the department identify candidates with professional experience, intellectual commitments, and/or willingness to engage in activities that could help CSUF contribute to its mission in these areas. The statement shall address one or more of the following criteria:
1. The candidate has acquired knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty in higher education.
2. The candidate has experience in and is committed to serving underrepresented populations in higher education.
3. The candidate has experience in and is committed to teaching and/or mentoring underrepresented students in a higher education environment.

4. The candidate has experience integrating underrepresented populations and communities into scholarly and creative activities.
• Semi-Finalists will be invited to a Zoom interview.
• Semi-Finalists must submit three letters of recommendation. Please have these ready for the referents to submit. On the References page of the online application, enter information and email addresses for three referents who will provide a confidential letter of reference for your application. At the appropriate time in the search process, they will receive a request via email along with information on uploading the letter. You can verify that CSUF has received each letter by logging back into your applicant portal.

• Over a one-day period, finalists will be invited to participate in a series of interviews, an artist talk, and a teaching demonstration on campus.
• The finalists for this position will be required to submit official academic transcripts from all higher-education institutions attended.
• Additional material such as current course outlines, assignments, and rubrics may also be requested.

Please direct all questions about the position to: Arnold Holland at with “Illustration Search” in the subject line or call 657‐278-3256.

Application Deadline
To be assured full consideration, all application materials must be received by Monday, January 1, 2024. The position will remain open until filled. The anticipated appointment date is August 2024.