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JOB TITLE: Visiting Assistant/Associate Professor and Curriculum Coordinator (Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technology)
DEPARTMENT: School of Critical & Professional Studies

JOB SUMMARY:  The University of the Arts seeks an assistant/associate professor to serve as program coordinator of curriculum related to business, entrepreneurship and technology (BET) in the School of Critical & Professional Studies. The delivery of this curriculum is supported by numerous part-time instructors and related programs throughout the University. Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience.  The appointment is for a two-year (renewable), visiting, faculty position with initial appointment defined by rank, beginning as soon as possible.

This position offers the unique opportunity to build on an existing curriculum able to prepare artists, makers and performers to survive and thrive in the economy of the 21st Century. Intended to be unique, flexible and visionary, we wish to shape a curriculum that can serve as a model for the education of artists – one that supports creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship while also providing the professional skills and professional experiences required of artists and performers who must be able to invent careers and their futures in a highly dynamic economy.

UArts is seeking a faculty member who can teach and lead. As coordinator, the appointee will work closely with the dean of the school and director of Critical Studies, as well as with faculty, internal and external advisory boards, other university constituencies, and with members of the professional and business community.  As professor, the appointee will teach courses in the program in order to demonstrate the principles informing the curriculum.  


  • Provides leadership for the BET suite of courses, including faculty hiring and oversight, curriculum development, and student advising
  • Develops and delivers a cohesive and comprehensive curriculum for BET in discussion with faculty within the unit and across the University
  • Works to ensure that the curriculum engages in an interrelated and inclusive manner with the curriculum and/or initiatives provided through other entities of the University
  • Ensures that student experience is of the highest quality 
  • Represents BET at University and College fora, committees, and groups as required
  • Establishes partnerships with the external business and entrepreneurial community

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.


  • Required
    • Bachelor Degree at time of application; 
    • Three or more years of undergraduate teaching experience;
    • Excellent communication and organizational skills;
    • Proven, successful experience in a leadership role and/or as an academic program manager, including curriculum development, faculty oversight, and general administration; and
    • A record of program development, publications and/or evidence of leadership as a founder or partner of a start-up that demonstrates an understanding of business and arts entrepreneurship.
  • Preferred
    • Advanced and/or terminal degree in appropriate area and/or five years experience in the start-up, business or entrepreneurial community;
    • Experience working with professional practicing artists and/or performers

UArts is especially interested in candidates with demonstrable knowledge and deep understanding of an emerging culture of creative entrepreneurship within the arts and the creative economy. They will be responsible for curriculum development in new and existing courses in business, marketing, communications, and technology. It is expected that they would work collaboratively with faculty across numerous departments to develop courses that would meet the needs of students in multiple disciplines. We seek an individual with a strong interest in fostering diversity and inclusionary practices within the curriculum

TO APPLY: Interested, qualified applicants should submit the following materials to the Human Resources Department via email to jobs@uarts.edu. Please ensure job title is in the subject line. The preferred submission format for all materials is a single email attachment (single PDF or zipped folder), two to five MB in size. Submissions other than cover letter, CV, teaching philosophy, syllabus, reference list, and PDF digital portfolio (PDF) will not be reviewed. Please do not submit supplemental materials or letters unless they are requested.

  • A letter of application 
  • An up-to-date CV
  • A statement of teaching and curriculum philosophy that includes thoughts about a curriculum in business/entrepreneurship directed to artists, makers, and performers.
  • A sample syllabus that demonstrates innovation and creative assignments for a course in business or entrepreneurship 

UArts will be accepting applications through December 1, 2019, with review beginning immediately after the deadline. Position can begin as early as Spring 2020.

The School of Critical & Professional Studies at the University of the Arts exists at the intersection of creative practice and critical reflection. It offers a broad and interdisciplinary curriculum designed to connect the practice of art with an understanding of our culture and our economy.   

University of the Arts mission is simple: to advance human creativity.  A leader in developing visual and performing artists and designers, University of the Arts has educated generations of innovative artists, performers, designers and creative leaders since 1876.  UArts believes creativity is the most essential skill for success in today’s society.  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, 30 minors, 15 graduate programs, and the nation’s first PhD program in Creativity. UArts is home to innovative centers across disciplines, including the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, and the new Center for Immersive Media launching in November 2019.  Our nearly 1,900 students study and create on our campus in the heart of Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts, the city’s cultural center, within walking distance of hundreds of galleries, museums, theaters and other performing arts venues. Learn more about UArts.

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