Job Information

University of Utah Assistant Professor (Lecturer) - Illustration in Salt Lake City, Utah

Position Information

Proposed Faculty Rank Non Tenure Track

Department 00074 - Art/Art History Department

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Non Tenure Track

New Position to Begin 07/01/2024


Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Illustration

University of Utah / Salt Lake City

The Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah invites applications for a full-time teaching position in Illustration commencing on July 1st, 2024.


The ideal candidate will have an MFA or equivalent terminal degree and exhibit a contemporary approach to Illustration. Applicants should demonstrate exceptional skills in illustration with a strong professional record of industry experience. Teaching experience beyond graduate school is preferred. The ideal candidate will provide evidence of a unique visual voice, a strong application of digital skills, rich conceptual thinking, and an ability to translate these skills into the classroom environment.

Our Program

The Illustration emphasis at the University of Utah is a new and rapidly growing program, with over 50 students interested in a broad range of topics within the industry. Our curriculum aims to expose students to these many topics and allow them to tailor their work towards their desired career path, whether that be editorial, publishing, concept predevelopment, or other avenues. Our courses emphasize process, concept, experimentation, and aim to prepare students for real-world challenges. Our emphasis is uniquely structured in a way where students learn technical skills in courses from the Department of Art & Art History’s various other areas – Painting & Drawing, Graphic Design, Printmaking – and then apply those skills in the Illustration core classes.

Position Scope

The new faculty member will help to broaden, build, and strengthen the diversity of offerings in the Illustration emphasis, as well as develop and teach the Digital Drawing course. This is considered a full-time teaching, nontenure track position. There is a 3/3 course load in a 9-month teaching contract that spans the academic year, from August 16 to May 15. There are also possible opportunities for overload teaching in the summer semester.

Additional teaching-related duties include building curriculum and assisting with the continued growth and recruitment in the Illustration emphasis, as well as Departmental service. The mission of the department is directed towards a diverse, inclusive, rigorous, and responsible environment that reaches across disciplines. Engagement with faculty and students from other College of Fine Arts departments (Film and Media Arts, Dance, Theatre, and Music) is encouraged.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter (including a section on your artistic practice, and a section on how you incorporate diversity into your classroom), teaching philosophy statement, CV, two course syllabi (upload as “Applicant Document – Other”), contact information for three references, a portfolio of 20 examples of the applicant’s work (upload to: Example of Research 1), and 20 examples of the applicant’s students’ work (Example of Research 2). The portfolio should be in PDF format, and include titles/short descriptions, media, size, and year created. References will only be contacted for shortlisted candidates, after the candidate is notified.

Preference will be given to applications submitted by January 16th, 2024. Screening of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Please direct questions about this position to the chair of the search committee: Michael Hirshon, Assistant Professor of Illustration,

Employer Information

The University of Utah, a Research-1 institution and member of the Association of American Universities, is the flagship of the Utah System of Higher Education. It enrolls approximately 25,000 undergraduate and 8,000 graduate students. The University of Utah is located in Salt Lake City, a metropolitan area of 1.3 million people that offers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor recreation, with world-class hiking and multiple ski resorts within minutes from campus and eight national parks within hours of the city. Salt Lake City is home to a major international airport with direct flights to major U.S. cities and international locations such as Amsterdam, London, Mexico City, and Paris. In 2022, the Human Rights Campaign scored Salt Lake City a perfect 100 on its Municipal Equality Index.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Department of Art & Art History at the University of Utah welcomes candidates who understand the barriers facing historically oppressed groups in higher education (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background) and who can clearly articulate participation in equity and diversity advancement efforts with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, and service towards building an equitable and scholarly environment. Activities promoting equity and inclusion at the University of Utah will be recognized as important university service during the faculty promotion process.

The University of Utah’s campus-wide diversity initiatives contribute to a richer overall campus climate, attract academic and professional talent, and strengthen the U’s ability to educate the next generation of leaders. The University supports campus-wide diversity initiatives through The Office for Equity & Diversity, School for Cultural and Social Transformation, Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, Center for Ethnic Student Affairs, Women’s Resource Center, LGBT Resource Center, and American Indian Resource Center.

The University’s centers, including the Black Cultural Center, American Indian Resource Center, the Center for Student Equity & Student Belonging, collectively support and advocate for staff, students, and faculty who connect with Black, Native, Indigenous, and communities of color experiences through research, culturally-affirming education initiatives, and service.

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

All qualified individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA). More information, including the Director/Title IX Coordinator’s office address, electronic mail address, and telephone number can be located at:

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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen. This report includes statistics about criminal offenses, hate crimes, arrests and referrals for disciplinary action, and Violence Against Women Act offenses. They also provide information about safety and security-related services offered by the University of Utah. A paper copy can be obtained by request at the Department of Public Safety located at 1658 East 500 South.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Open Date 10/03/2023

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN01115CF

Type Faculty