Part-Time Director of Creative Art Therapy

JOB TITLE: Part-time Director of Creative Art Therapy

DEPARTMENT: Creative Art Therapy


The University of the Arts is expanding our Art Therapy minor into a Creative Arts Therapy program that will support our students across numerous disciplines.  The Creative Arts Therapy undergraduate minor will provide practical, professional training balanced within a contemporary and arts-infused context.  UArts provides an environment that fosters professional and conceptual development, the Creative Arts Therapy minor will prepare students to engage in advanced studies in creative arts therapies (art, dance, music, or theater).

The University of the Arts is seeking to hire a part-time faculty member who will teach courses each semester and also lead the process of developing a new program as the director of the minor in Creative Arts Therapy.  This is a part-time faculty position with a contracted academic administrative appointmentThe expected teaching load is a minimum of 3 credits per semester, or as articulated in separate faculty appointment letters each term, and an additional 5-7 hours per week of administrative time.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Teach a minimum of 3.0 credits per term
  • Provide academic leadership for faculty and students in the minor
  • Create all course schedules and review all course syllabi each semester
  • Hire and supervise part-time faculty, maintaining strong and effective relationships and communication to both mentor and resolve issues
  • Work with faculty on course development, assessment and improvement,
  • Mentor and advise students and coordinate and oversee external initiatives for students such as student internships and graduate program applications
  • Coordinate recruitment efforts for the minor
  • Work with the Dean of Graduate & Professional Studies on the development of a new Creative Arts Therapy program, working from the existing Art Therapy minor.  Develop courses and revise program as appropriate to maintain program relevance with industry standards and practices
  • Advise on an annual budget for the program
  • Establish relationships and create a network of graduate arts therapy programs, ensuring curriculum is adequate and rigorous enough for graduates to enter

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent; they do not purport to describe all functions.  Incumbent may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may change from time to time as necessary.

Education: : MA or MS degree in a related field, PhD or EdD preferred

Experience: Faculty member with professional experience (6+ years) appropriate to the rank of Associate Professor, 5-7 years of professional clinical experience serving as a licensed arts-based Creative Arts therapist in any one of the related artistic disciplines (art, dance, music, or theater).

Faculty should be a leader in the art-therapy field and have a demonstrated record of excellence in the industry, with a broad range of professional accomplishments, knowledge, awareness and experience in art therapy studies.  They should have strong connections to the arts therapy community as evidenced through scholarship, conference presentations, invited lectures, publications, and professional networks.  Faculty should have a strong mastery of research and writing skills and conceptual problem solving and inform their practice with practical application.

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

This position is responsible for teaching a minimum of 3 credits per semester and also for providing leadership for the faculty, students and staff in the Creative Arts Therapy undergraduate minor. The program director reports to the dean of Graduate & Professional Studies and establishes a vision for the program and advances it through the development and assessment of curriculum and program objectives that foster relevance and inclusivity in the field.

About The University:

University of the Arts’ mission is simple: to advance human creativity. Established in 1876, UArts believes creativity is the most essential skill for success in today’s society and has educated generations of groundbreaking artists, performers, designers and creative leaders for more than 141 years.  After being granted university status in 1987, University of the Arts became the largest institution of its kind in the nation, offering programs in design, fine arts, media arts, crafts, music, dance, theater and writing. It now features 30 undergraduate arts majors, 15 graduate programs and the nation’s first PhD program in Creativity. UArts is also home to innovative centers across disciplines, including the Center for Immersive Media, Lightbox Film Center, Philadelphia Art Alliance and Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery. Learn more about UArts.

TO APPLY: Interested, qualified applicants should submit letters of application and resumes to the Human Resources Department via email to Please ensure job title is in the Subject line.

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Preferred Deadline - November 30, 2021.


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