Illustration Faculty

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

United States

February 7, 2022


Illustration Faculty


$62,000.00 - $75,000.00 Annually


Boston, MA

Job Type

Faculty - Tenure Track

Division (Department)

Academic Affairs - Faculty

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  • Description

    The Illustration Department at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, seeks applicants for a full-time tenure-track Illustration faculty position to commence fall, 2022. (Candidates for tenure track to teach 24 credits per academic year).

    As the nation's oldest public four-year college of art and design, MassArt has a rich history of serving a highly motivated body of students from a wide range of backgrounds; a broad demographic from across Massachusetts, the nation, and the world.

    MassArt seeks to be a leader in increasing diversity within its curriculum and support programs, as well as in its faculty, staff, and student populations. As we aim to promote an inclusive environment, we seek candidates who can contribute to our goals and encourage applicants to apply and to identify their strengths in this area.

    The tenure-track faculty will promote the College's commitment to collegiality by:

  • Building effective partnerships with co-workers throughout the College by freely sharing appropriate information and providing assistance when needed.
  • Ensuring optimum service to all internal and external partners in response to all requests for service and information.
  • Maintaining an environment that is welcoming and inclusive to persons of all backgrounds, nationalities, and genders.
  • The full-time faculty member will be expected to participate in curriculum development, committee work, various department activities, student reviews, and student advising.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Minimum Qualifications

  • MFA from an accredited university is required.
  • Demonstrated experience in the teaching and practice of illustration (print and other forms) or related area(s).
  • 3+ years experience in the field of Illustration or related area(s).
  • 1+ years of full-time teaching experience at the college or university level.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Professional communication design acumen, and/or skills in related fields, animation/time-based, printmaking, graphic design, and/or public art/murals would greatly enhance and augment our program. Game Design experience also considered.
  • Well-versed in the history of Illustration and a familiarity with contemporary illustrators and fine artists as well as the markets of illustration and/or related fields.
  • Candidates must be committed to teaching and working at an educational institution that highly values its diverse student body and faculty.
  • The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the excellence of the academic community through their creative activities, teaching and service.
  • To Apply: Please complete our online application. All candidates must have legal authorization to work in the United States. Pre-employment background checks, including criminal history, will be conducted for all positions. Candidates for this position may be screened out if there are apparent mistakes in the documents submitted or if there is failure to follow application instructions.

    Please submit the following:

  • Letter of interest addressing the qualifications outlined in this position announcement
  • Artist' statement
  • Letter of interest
  • One page teaching philosophy
  • Comprehensive CV, including a list of courses taught
  • 3 sample syllabi of courses taught
  • 20 images of professional work, with image/client list, uploaded as a single PDF
  • 20 images of student work, with image list, uploaded as a single PDF
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design is a public, independent institution that prepares artists, designers, and educators from diverse backgrounds to shape communities, economies, and cultures for the common good, and demonstrate our values by:

  • Pursuing a just, compassionate, and equitable learning environment.
  • Cultivating rigorous creative practices by observing, questioning, making and remaking.
  • Honoring courage, honesty, mutual respect, and self-expression.
  • Believing in the power of art and design to transform our world.
  • Please note that MassArt does not provide employment-based visa sponsorship or non-student exchange visitor visa sponsorship for administrators, managers, technical staff, library staff or support staff. All offers of employment are based on appropriate U.S. work authorization.

    MassArt currently does not provide reimbursement for travel.

    Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check relative to prior criminal convictions and pending cases, as well as Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) checks relative to prior sexual offenses committed as an adult or juvenile will be conducted on the final candidate prior to an offer of employment. MassArt requires specific written authorization to conduct background checks. Failure to provide such authorization shall preclude your application from receiving further consideration.

    Massachusetts State College Association (MSCA) BENEFITS OVERVIEW

    This overview only highlights benefits and may not list all benefits available to a particular employee category. Many policies relating to benefits, periods of leave, appointment and other aspects of employment are set forth in the collective bargaining agreement. Visit the MassArt Human Resources Office if you have questions about your benefits, college policies, and terms or conditions of employment.

    Insurance Benefits (health, life, flex spending & LTD) - www.

    The Group Insurance Commission (GIC) manages health insurance, life insurance, flex spending accounts and LTD for MassArt employees. You can find when your coverage would begin in the grid below.

    Start Date Coverage begins January 2 to February 1 April 1 February 2 to March 2 May 1 March 3 to April 2 June 1 April 3 to May 2 July 1 May 3 to June 2 August 1 June 3 to July 3 September 1 July 4 to August 2 October 1 August 3 to September 2 November 1 September 3 to October 2 December 1 October 3 to November 2 January 1 November 3 to December 3 February 1 December 4 to January 1 March 1

    A new employee must return completed GIC enrollment forms to the Human Resources Office within 10 days of hire date to activate coverage.

    You can find out more about the benefit options in the Benefits Decision Guide (Download PDF reader). Please ignore anything regarding dental or vision. Those benefits are managed separately.

    Dental Insurance – https: // An employee and eligible dependents are covered under the Board of Higher Education/MTA Health and Welfare Trust Fund's MetLife Preferred Dentist Program beginning on the 181st day of employment. There is currently no employee cost for the premium for either individual or family coverage.

    Retirement Plan (Mandatory) All benefited employees are required to contribute to a pension plan. MSCA employees are eligible to choose between the State Retirement Plan (MSERS) or the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP). The contribution rate is 9% of the first $30,000 or salary and 11% of earnings above $30,000.

    State Retirement Plan - https:// www. board-of-retire/

    The State Retirement Plan is a defined benefit plan governed by Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 32. The plan's retirement allowance is determined by a formula based on:

  • Age at retirement
  • Total years of creditable state service
  • Average of highest 5 consecutive years of salary
  • Group classification
  • An employee is vested in the state retirement system once the employee has accumulated the equivalent of 10 years of full-time state service. Vesting is a term that means an employee has fulfilled the criteria to receive a lifetime retirement allowance from the state if the employee does not withdraw retirement contributions after separation from service.

    An employee is eligible for retirement at age 60 with more than 10 full-time years of service.

    If an employee leaves state service, the employee may roll over his/her retirement contributions into another tax-qualified plan, or the employee may receive a refund with 20% deducted for federal taxes. Under certain circumstances, there may be a federal tax penalty for early withdrawal of retirement contributions.

    Optional Retirement Plan - https:// www. The ORP is a defined contribution plan. An employee's retirement benefit would be based on the total amount contributed and allocated to ORP investment funds and the investment experience of those funds. An employee is vested immediately for the employee's own contribution plus the Commonwealth's contribution which is 4.3%.

    There are currently two ORP Providers to receive and invest ORP contributions: Fidelity, or TIAA.

    Retirement Plans (Voluntary) MassArt employees can contribute additional money towards retirement if they are interested. There are two different plans they can participate in.

    Smart Plan - https: // mass-smart.empower-

    The Smart Plan is run by Empower Retirement. They offer pre and post-tax investment options.

    403b - https:// www.

    The 403b has 3 different providers, TIAA, Fidelity and AIG Valic.

    Social Security Massachusetts state employees do not have Social Security taxes withheld from their earnings. Employees retiring with a state pension who also are eligible for Social Security benefits may have their Social Security benefits reduced by Social Security's windfall elimination provision (www. or government pension offset (www. Since individual circumstances vary, employees should contact their local Social Security office to find out whether these regulations may affect their Social Security benefits.

    Personal Leave Faculty are credited with 1 personal day per semester. Personal leave cannot be carried over into the academic year.

    Sick Leave Sick leave accrues on an hour-per-hour basis and is awarded at the end of each biweekly pay period. Faculty accrue 10 days per year during the academic year. Time off the payroll and leaves of absence without pay will automatically pro- rate and reduce an employee's sick leave accrual amounts.

    Tuition Remission

    After 6 months of employment, an employee, spouse and dependent children may be eligible for tuition benefits in certain state-supported programs at the Massachusetts community colleges, state universities, or UMASS.

    There is also a tuition benefit with the ProArts Colleges (MassArt, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Emerson, Boston Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, and Boston Architectural Center) and the Colleges of the Fenway Schools (Emmanuel College, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Simmons, amd Wentworth Institute of Technology).

    For more information please review the applicable collective bargaining agreement or contact the Human Resources Office.

    Qualified Transportation Benefits Program (QTBP) / Subsidy The QTBP allows employees to pay for transportation and parking expenses incurred commuting to and from work using pre-tax dollars. MassArt also offers employees that participate in the QTBP $20 per month towards the cost of their transportation as long as they do not also have access to MassArt parking.

    Parking All employees of the College must register their automobiles annually with the manager of the artist's residence. Parking decals or hanging placards will be issued indicating where you are authorized to park. Place the College's parking decal on the automobile as directed. If you are not able to find a parking space in your authorized parking area, please notify the attendant on duty at the gate or press the red bottom at the gate for assistance and wait for instructions on where you should park. To sign up for parking, or if you have questions, please contact the Manager of the Artist's residence at 617-879-5103.


    Are you a member of the Massachusetts State College Association (MSCA) union?

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    Do you have a Master's of Fine Arts degree from an accredited university?

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    Do you have 3 or more years of experience in the field of Illustration or related areas?

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    Do you have 1 (one) or more years of experience teaching full-time at the college or university level?

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