Assistant Professor in Painting & Studio Art

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

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PAFA is an equal opportunity employer. Women and diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply to work in our pluralistic community.

PAFA invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor in Studio Art and Painting. This is a full-time appointment to begin on August 1, 2020. Primary duties will include serving as a critic in PAFA’s interdisciplinary graduate programs, and teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses in painting and studio art.


We seek an artist who is an active practitioner with a deep knowledge of historical and contemporary approaches to painting and studio practice. Candidates should consider painting as an expanded field incorporating multiple modalities, and must be able to engage critically with work in a variety of disciplines. They will be able to teach hands-on techniques, introduce students to key theoretical concepts, and help prepare students for a creative, professional life beyond graduation.

PAFA’s diverse student body includes graduate and undergraduate students working across disciplines in an environment that is both rigorous and supportive. Outstanding facilities, including printmaking and sculpture shops, digital labs, and a paper making studio, allow for hybrid and interdisciplinary approaches. PAFA’s museum exhibitions and collections provide an immense resource for faculty to teach from.

Faculty members are expected to excel at teaching, keep active professional lives, and engage in the life of the institution through activities such as advising, thesis reading, overseeing independent study projects, and serving on committees.


Candidates must have a Master of Fine Arts degree or equivalent experience, at least two years of teaching experience, and a strong professional record. Applicants should submit a letter of interest that addresses their qualifications, an artist statement, a teaching philosophy that includes the applicants approach to supporting a diverse and inclusive classroom, a link to artistic work, and the work of students if available, and contact information for three references.

How to Apply

Applications should be emailed to Please include “Assistant Professor in Painting and Studio Art” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin December 16 and will continue until the position is filled.

Posted on November 13