Adjunct Faculty for Art Education & Graduate and Professional Studies

JOB TITLE: Adjunct Faculty for Art Education with Part-Time Administrative Responsibilities for the Coordination of Student Teaching

DEPARTMENT: Art & Design Education, Graduate & Professional Studies

REPORTS TO: Program Director of Art Education


The MAT in Visual Arts Education provides practical, professional training balanced within a contemporary and arts-infused context. UArts provides an environment that fosters professional and conceptual development, preparing students to be a visual arts educator in a variety of educational settings and levels or advanced studies in art education. Through lectures, experiential learning, student teaching, critically rigorous coursework, visiting artists/educators, field trips, exhibitions, and access to a diverse faculty, students develop professional skills, proficiency, and a dossier within an innovative, creative environment to prepare them for a career in the diversity of arts-infused educational settings. Building on field experiences throughout the program of study, the MAT culminates in a semester-long student teaching experience.

The Art Education Department seeks an adjunct faculty member to teach the Art Education Student Teaching Seminar, and will also have additional part-time administrative responsibilities to provide support to our students in regards to their student teaching responsibilities and in coordination with cooperating teachers, including providing oversight of field experiences and all aspects of student teaching and related supports.

Course Description: AEDU 665 Student Teaching Seminar

This graduate-level seminar course is taken concurrently with the student teaching experience. With a focus on supporting the student teacher and the development of professional practices, the course includes discussion and analysis of field experiences, teaching portfolios, career preparedness, advocacy and collaboration. Continuing development and refinement of skills in reflective practice is emphasized as well as the needs of special learners.

This position is expected to maintain a constant presence in regards to the student teaching requirements of the curriculum and support the instructional goals of the program, nourishing a culture of research, thinking, making, innovation and experimentation.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Teaches the Student Teaching Seminar course and/or supervises student teachers in their placements as needed;
  • Secures and assigns student teaching placements; Follows up with appropriate approvals and contracts between school districts, schools, cooperating teachers and UArts;
  • Maintains and expands a broad range of partnerships with local school districts and teachers; Works with the Program Director and area faculty on the selection of student placement sites and cooperating teacher placements, ensuring a wide range of diverse placements for each student;
  • Acts a liaison between schools and the university, maintains clear communication;
  • Collects student clearances, ensuring students are aware of and follow the process;
  • Maintains and distributes Student Teacher Handbook and related to assessment forms;
  • Maintains organized records of all assessments from supervisors and coops; Provides required data and feedback for courses and accreditation as needed, ensuring compliance with the Pennsylvania Department of Education accreditation reviews and policies;
  • Manages and approves TIMS applications and Title II reporting;
  • Organizes and facilitates end of semester meetings and community events in regard to the student teacher placements, including the exhibition of student teaching work;
  • Maintains strong communication with cooperating teachers, the community of art education undergraduate and graduate students

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.


  • Faculty members should have a PhD or EdD in Art Education or a closely related field. Candidates without a terminal degree, but with a comparable combination of education and professional experience, will also be considered.


  • 3-5 years of experience teaching at an accredited institution;
  • 3+ years of experience teaching art in a k-12 setting;
  • Prior experience supervising student teachers preferred;
  • Demonstrated leadership in the field and record of excellence with a broad range of professional accomplishments and knowledge in visual arts education;  
  • Strong connections to the art education and k-12 communities as evidenced through conference presentations, exhibitions, publications, and professional networks;  
  • UArts encourages applications from candidates from historically underrepresented populations in the field of Art Education.

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple placements
  • Familiarity with current and emerging best practices in visual arts education
  • Commitment to excellence through field experiences and throughout the student teaching experience

Supervisory Responsibility: None

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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