Herron School Of Art and Design, IUPUI — Full-Time Faculty Position in Foundation Studies

Herron School of Art and Design invites applications for a full-time, tenure track faculty position in the school’s Foundation Studies Program. We are looking for colleagues who are committed to building something truly special and unique with an interest in helping lead and champion our first-year students as they begin their educational journey.

The ideal candidate will bring energy and enthusiasm as well as a broad range of skills, abilities, and interests. They will have a comprehensive understanding of contemporary art and design theory and practice and a commitment to collaborative engagement with school, campus, and community colleagues to support an inclusive, diverse, and multicultural student population.

We seek candidates with an innovative and experimental mindset, and a passion for expanding the potential of first-year learners within a creative community through an immersive, multi-disciplinary approach to teaching contemporary art and design fundamentals. We value and promote the incorporation of both traditional and emerging technologies and teaching practices that provide our students with stimulating learning experiences that are relevant and essential to their creative growth. 

This position includes opportunities to co-coordinate and eventually lead our Foundations Studies Program. For the emerging educator, Herron is a space to learn and expand upon their teaching and organizational skills. They will develop a broad understanding of Foundations curricula (development, implementation, and assessment). For faculty with a sustained commitment to teaching in Foundations, they will direct the Foundation Studies Program and provide creative leadership in collaboration with faculty and school administration; mentor faculty, oversee department budget and scheduling. They will support efforts to hire part-time faculty and oversee their mentoring and review. Foundation Studies teaching experience and familiarity with the scholarly discourse on Foundations theory and practices in teaching and learning are valued as additional assets for this role.

Faculty scholarship (whether research publications, whether exhibited or commissioned creative activities), teaching, and service are highly valued and supported by school, campus, and university resources including mentorship, professional development initiatives, and grant support intended to advance faculty success, growth, and advancement.

Herron School of Art and Design and Indiana University are committed to equitable and inclusive hiring practices. We seek excellent candidates with a demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of diverse communities and related pedagogical approaches. Diversity is highly valued at IUPUI including a broad range of ability, age, gender, gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic and academic experience, and veteran status. The successful candidate will have demonstrated an overall commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity including the ability to communicate and work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Foundation Studies Program Profile
Herron’s 20-credit Foundation Studies Program is a year-long creative adventure focused on providing first-year students with a comprehensive and immersive educational experience that emphasizes experimentation, problem solving, critical thinking, idea generation, and a wide array of digital and hand (making) skills. The program builds confidence while introducing students to contemporary creative fields as they begin developing an individual voice and while fostering critical engagement within social and cultural contexts. The ideal candidate will serve as a partner to Herron’s Coordinator of First-Year Experience programming, collaborating on curriculum for the first-year seminar and participating in school and campus first-year experience efforts such as the IUPUI Bridge Week.


  • Teach within the Foundation Studies program
  • Teach 15 credit hours per academic year (2/3 teaching load)
  • Collaborate effectively with faculty, staff, and administration in curriculum and program development including a close working relationship with the admissions coordinator and advisors
  • Participate in Herron’s recruitment and retention activities/events
  • Maintain professional creative and/or research or other scholarly agendas to advance through the promotion and tenure processes
  • Foster relationships with professional organizations such as FATE, and other relevant opportunities
  • Serve on school and university committees
  • Partner with Herron’s Coordinator of First-Year Experience (FYE) programming on curriculum development and integration with campus FYE efforts

Education Requirement: MFA degree in Studio Art, Design, or related field


  • A minimum of (3) years teaching at the college-level beyond graduate teaching experience with emphasis in foundations studies
  • Experience and demonstrated approach to creative and effective teaching methodologies
  • Knowledge of practices and theoretical frameworks pertinent to contemporary art and design
  • Knowledge of and commitment to contemporary, foundations-level art and design pedagogy
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing professional scholarship in teaching, research, and/or service
  • Evidence of exemplary student engagement and advanced pedagogical strategies through student work, project examples, and faculty mentorship, etc 

Interested applicants should submit:

  • Letter of application
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Artist statement (listed as “Other” on application website)
  • Sample of research/creative activity (images and/or published work; listed as “Research Paper/Publication/Writing Sample” on application website)
  • Sample of student work (listed as “Other 2” on application website)
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Provide a statement that describes how your research, teaching, and/or service has contributed or will contribute to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion considered integral to the institution and the intellectual work of faculty
  • Names and contact information for three references

Application Deadline: January 31, 2022; open until filled
Applications received by January 31, 2022 will receive priority review. The position will begin in August 2022. Salary is commensurate with experience and IU offers competitive benefits; information about which can be viewed at https://hr.iu.edu/benefits/neweeo/index.html. 

Application Procedures
Submit application materials at https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/11819 

About Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI
Founded in 1902, Herron School of Art and Design is the premier accredited professional art and design school in the state of Indiana and is part of the thriving urban campus of IUPUI.  Herron has more than 30 full-time faculty serving 11 undergraduate and three graduate programs and a curriculum that prepares graduates to be leaders in a world that requires a unique combination of creativity, conceptual skills, and technical abilities. Herron is fully accredited by NASAD.

For more information about Herron School of Art and Design visit: https://herron.iupui.edu/ 

About the Campus
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is located in the heart of a metropolitan area of more than two million people, the state’s capitol and a vibrant business, arts museum and cultural community.  With 30,000 students from 49 states and 122 countries, and more than 200 academic programs, the campus is among the Top 10 “up and coming” universities in US World and News Report’s ranking, earning national recognition as a model for urban higher education for the 21st century. IUPUI is committed to serving the need of both non-traditional and traditional students. For more information about IUPUI, visit www.iupui.edu

As the state’s premier urban research institution, IUPUI is committed to being a welcoming campus community that reflects and enacts the values of diversity, equity and inclusion that inform academic excellence. We seek candidates who will not only enhance our representational diversity but whose research, teaching, and community engagement efforts contribute to diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environments for our students, staff, and faculty. IUPUI condemns racism in all its forms and has taken an anti-racist stance that moves beyond mere statements to interrogating its policies, procedures, and practices. We hope to identify individuals who will assist in our mission to dismantle racism so that everyone has the opportunity to succeed at IUPUI.

Indiana University is an equal employment and Affirmative Action Employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination which includes contact information. 

Individuals who require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application process should notify Jennifer Fedor (jenfedor@iu.edu) for support.