Adjunct Assistant Professor for Book Arts & Printmaking

JOB TITLE: Adjunct Assistant Professor for Book Arts & Printmaking

DEPARTMENT:  Book Arts + Printmaking MFA

REPORTS TO:  Lori Spencer, Associate Professor


The Book Arts + Printmaking MFA Program at University of the Arts located in Philadelphia, PA looking for a person to teach The Visual Voice: Image, Language and Typography in the spring 23 semester. Classes will be taught in-person.

Course Description:

This course will focus on the development of each student's independent visual voice in applied, investigative and experimental elements of typography, design, book arts and printmaking. Projects will focus on exploring the relationship between text and image and an integration of the fine and design arts. The grid and essential design elements will be covered in order to institute an understanding of typographic canons.  A myriad of digital exercises will complement major projects completed over the semester.

Course Outcomes:

Through visual skills and assigned readings, students will learn to identify typographic classifications. Through typographic exercises and projects students will hone their use of typography as visual language. Through class projects students will strengthen their letterpress printing skills. Students will continue to explore what the relationship of image, text and the book/print means to their art making practice through broadside and book projects. In creating a prospectus for a book project, students will articulate their ideas and process.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Part time faculty are expected to prepare a syllabus for the course outlining outcomes, week to week schedule, and project expectations.
  • They are expected to facilitate classroom activities, direct critical studies and lead discussions.
  • The PT faculty member is responsible for communicating with the program director and shop supervisor concerning studio needs and/or concerns.
  • Part time faculty are expected to be positive thought leaders and demonstrate a desire to work collaboratively with a diverse student population.

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.


  • MFA in Printmaking, Book Arts, or Graphic Design or relevant Advanced degree in a related field and/or significant professional experience.


  • Active and established printmaker/book artist/designer with a nationally recognized exhibition record
  • Prior teaching experience at the college level

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • The Part-Time Instructor in Book Arts + Printmaking is expected to provide special teaching expertise in the following areas;
    • Letterpress: Metal, wood, polymer
    • Typography
    • Design/Book Arts
    • Adobe Illustrator and InDesign
    • Articulation of ideas visually, verbally, and in writing

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.

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