Assistant or Associate Professor of Art Education



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Job description

Employee Classification: TTF

Division Name: Academic Affairs

College/Unit: Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts

Department: Wonsook Kim School of Art

Campus Location: Normal, IL

General Summary

The Wonsook Kim School of Art at Illinois State University seeks a full-time tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor of Art Education to begin August 16, 2022. The successful candidate will have the ability to teach theory and methods at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Responsibilities include teaching a 3/3 load (which may entail supervising student teachers), maintaining an active professional practice, contributing to the administration of community outreach/service components, and forging positive relationships with public schools in the region. The new Assistant or Associate Professor will also serve the school, college, and university on committees and/or in some other capacity. The salary for this nine-month position is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The Wonsook Kim School of Art seeks a knowledgeable, collaborative, and dedicated professional with an understanding of and experience with contemporary issues in education, knowledge of contemporary art and art history, classroom teaching as both practice and research, technology, social justice, disabilities, and student assessment. This search seeks candidates with proven ability to teach communication skills and engage in critical interdisciplinary practice.

The successful candidate is required to possess a terminal degree (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) and art teacher licensure (or international equivalent). State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position.

Additional Information

Faculty members in the Art Teacher Education (ATE) program have a positive relationship with colleagues in the studio concentrations, art history, University Galleries, Illinois Art Station, and the College of Education. The ATE area is an active participant in the National Center for Urban Education, which maintains partnerships with Chicago neighborhoods and schools. The growing student population averages 100 graduate and undergraduate majors in art education. The dynamic ISU National Art Education Association Student Chapter has earned national recognition for excellence.

The Wonsook Kim School of Art is committed to increasing the representation of Black people, Indigenous people, People of Color, women, persons with disabilities, members of LGBTQIA+ community, and those embodying any and all expressions of gender identity and sexuality. Candidates who have experience working with a range of faculty, staff, and students, and can contribute to the culture of openness, belonging, and mutual support are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will show a commitment to serving and/or addressing issues related to underrepresented populations. In keeping with university-wide initiatives to expand the experiences of the campus community in Normal and abroad, we encourage applicants with an interest in working with existing international programs through the Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts and creating new opportunities and collaborations, as well as mentoring the student population. Women, veterans, persons with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ people, and People of Color are encouraged to apply. Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. Illinois State is a co-educational, residential university that emphasizes undergraduate study with more than 20,000 students. Six colleges offer 174 undergraduate majors, 76 minors, 97 master’s programs, 17 doctoral degrees, and 40 certificate options. ISU has repeatedly been named a “Great Place to Work” by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a population of approximately 132,000 and conveniently located approximately two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis. The community is home to GROWMARK, the Illinois Farm Bureau, State Farm Insurance’s International Headquarters, Illinois Wesleyan University, Lincoln College, and Heartland Community College. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems, its citizens’ level of educational attainment, its parks and recreation, health care, job growth, economic opportunity, and low crime rate. Forbes magazine, in a review of the best places for business, ranked Bloomington-Normal the 15th best place for business out of 168 small metros listed. Bloomington was also recently placed on CNNMoney’s list of the 100 Best Places to Live. Expansion Management Magazine rated Bloomington-Normal as one of two metro areas with a five-star quality of life, giving the community high rankings in such areas as standard of living, quality of schools, traffic, and commute time. Please visit the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention & Visitors Bureau website at  for more information.

Required Qualifications

1. Terminal degree (Ph.D. or Ed.D.); Applicants with anticipated doctoral degree conferrals before August 15, 2022 will be considered.

2. Art teaching experience in a K-12 classroom setting (or international equivalent).

3. Art teacher licensure K-12 (or international equivalent)

4. Candidates must demonstrate oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position, as mandated by state law.

Proposed Starting Date


Salary Rate / Pay Rate

Commensurate with experience and qualifications

For further information contact:
Wonsook Kim School of Art
Amy Meyer
[email protected]

Contact Information for Applicants

Wonsook Kim School of Art
Amy Meyer
[email protected]

Human Resources
Clay Gruenwald
[email protected]

Important Information for Applicants

This position is subject to a criminal background investigation based on University Policy 3.1.30 and any offer of employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 438-3383. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will hold any confidential information you provide in confidence.

If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.

How to apply

Required Applicant Documents

1. Letter of application
2. Current CV
3. Teaching philosophy
4. Diversity statement
5. Names and contact information of three references
6. Examples of course syllabi and/or K-12 curriculum
7. Summary statement addressing research and sample of scholarly writing
8. Multiple examples of student artwork from a specific assignment in PDF form

PLEASE NOTE:  These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on “Apply”

Special Instructions for Applicants

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. First interviews will be held remotely in early December. Please complete the online faculty employment application for posting number 512202 at: Attach a letter of application, current CV, teaching philosophy, diversity statement, names and contact information of three references, examples of course syllabi and K-12 curriculum, summary statement addressing research, and a sample of scholarly writing. Multiple examples of student artwork from a specific assignment are required. A portfolio of personal artwork is encouraged. Artwork examples should also be sent in PDF form to Amy Meyer at [email protected].

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