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Art Instructor

at UC San Diego

Posted: 10/6/2019
Job Reference #: 1105
Keywords: teaching, instructor

Job Description

Title:Art Instructor
Area of Interest:Arts and Humanities

Art Instructor

As part of our Professional Certificate in Art & the Creative Process, UC San Diego Extension offers students a hands-on approach to gaining the knowledge and skills necessary to develop as an artist. Instructors in the art program should have a comprehensive understanding of artistic processes and be prepared to teach a variety of foundation level art courses such as Drawing, Painting or Mixed Media.

Please visit our website to see our current course offerings. To ensure that our students receive the background and develop techniques necessary to meet their educational goals, we often add new courses to our portfolio. Taught by qualified professionals, our courses feature practical applications, underlying concepts, and current issues, which can be applied to students’ technical and artistic development. We encourage you to apply if you have an idea for a new course not currently offered and meet the qualifications outlined below.

Specific Duties

  • Use subject-matter expertise to impart knowledge to students
  • Stay current regarding the professional body of knowledge in field of practice
  • Design syllabus and curriculum as assigned
  • Communicate expectations to students
  • Prepare and deliver course materials
  • Evaluate student learning and assign grades
  • Design interactive and motivational activities to fully engage participants and to reinforce student learning
  • Update materials periodically, and regularly monitor course evaluations in order to make adjustments and improvements to the curriculum
  • Respond to student needs and questions
  • Create a high-performance environment in which students of diverse backgrounds are motivated to succeed
  • Apply technology and leverage resources appropriately to enhance the curriculum (e.g. use Blackboard or make arrangements for guest speakers)
  • Handle mechanics of position according to deadlines (LOAs, texts, A/V, grade submission, etc.)
  • Communicate with Program Manager and Instructor Services Team on a timely basis

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience required
  • Current knowledge of and demonstrated proficiency in subject area
  • Recognized leadership or authority on subject matter
  • Highly effective oral and written communication skills, including the ability to convey conceptual and complex ideas and information
  • Highly effective interpersonal skills
  • Experience teaching adults strongly preferred
  • Experience designing curriculum and measuring student performance preferred

Special Conditions of Employment

As an academic department within UC San Diego, all Extension Program instructors and courses must be formally approved according to the regulations of the Academic Senate of the University of California. Eligibility to teach a course is contingent upon this formal academic approval. Once approved, teaching assignments are "by agreement". The instructor's Letter of Agreement outlines the deliverables for the course, the course schedule, and compensation terms, and is subject to department policies and procedures. UC San Diego Extension makes no commitment to hire an instructor until it has sent and received a signed instructor Letter of Agreement. Should the course section an instructor plans to teach be cancelled for any reason, the instructor agreement, including rights to compensation for future section meetings, is voided. Remuneration is for classroom hours only and does not include time spent for course preparation or other events.

Application Requirements

A portfolio of your artistic work is required. If you have an online portfolio, please supply the web address (URL) as your personal website on the following application. If you do not have an online portfolio, we recommend you embed a few jpeg images as part of your cover letter.

Please complete all relevant fields in the application, and optionally include a resume and cover letter to provide further information relating to your professional and teaching backgrounds. Even if you upload a resume, you must answer all of the questions in the application, when applicable. Failure to do so may result in the rejection of your application.

Please note: We receive and review applications for instructors on an ongoing basis. If we do not currently have teaching opportunities available, we may keep your application on file and contact you if an opportunity that matches your specific skills becomes available. UC San Diego Extension operates on a quarterly schedule and course planning typically takes place six weeks to six months in advance of the start of any quarter.

UC San Diego is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values a diverse workforce.