Assistant or Associate Faculty - Lens/Screen-based courses and The Foundation Program

Posted On: December 7, 2018

Hours: Full Time



The Cooper Union was founded in 1859 by philanthropist Peter Cooper to provide an education "equal to the best" to all who qualify, regardless of race, religion, gender, wealth or social status. Today, The Cooper Union provides a rigorous professional education in the Schools of Art, Architecture, and Engineering, including a broad curriculum offered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Fostering a culture of collaboration among a diverse student body and faculty, The Cooper Union teaches students that art, architecture, and engineering have cultural, environmental, and ethical contexts and consequences. As students develop their professional abilities, they recognize their responsibility to advance science and art and to create a sustainable future.


The mission of the School of Art is to educate artists in the broadest sense, both as creative practitioners engaged with a wide range of disciplines in the visual arts and as enlightened citizens of the world who are prepared to question and transform society. The program is structured around an integrated curriculum that fosters connections between disciplines, as well as between traditional and new media. The studio experience affords the opportunity for the development of individual artistic vision in dialogue with collective debates and experiments within an intimate community of artists. The study of history, theory and criticism in the visual arts and general studies in the humanities and social sciences are considered essential in intellectually grounding studio practice. Central to the school’s philosophy is the advancement of the artist’s role in relation to the prevailing forms and institutions of cultural production. Students are challenged to expand their research and experimentation across The Cooper Union, as well as in the surrounding urban environment and in the wider public sphere.


The School of Art invites applications from artists committed to teaching lens/screen-based courses and in the Foundation program. Candidates with knowledge of analog and digital technologies, histories and theories of contemporary art and the moving image are encouraged to apply.  This is a tenure-track position.

School of Art faculty are expected to engage in the ongoing tradition and practice of self - governance, and in shaping the school’s mission, curriculum and studio facilities


Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required. Masters degree or equivalent experience preferred. Evidence of teaching at the undergraduate level and/or graduate level; and a strong record of national and international exhibitions, projects and publications are required.

Awareness of bodies of knowledge from historically underrepresented communities and/or geographical regions related to the practice and theory of art are desired.


Please apply through SlideRoom using this link:

1) Letter of intent (attach to tab labeled “Cover Letter”)
2) Statement of teaching philosophy (should include a statement about how the candidate attends to diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to the learning experience)
3) Curriculum vitae
4) Documentation of recent professional work (20 images maximum, the images should be submitted in slideshow format and include an image description list or descriptive captions)
5) Examples of student work (10 images maximum, the images should be submitted in slideshow format and include an image description list or descriptive captions) and/or sample syllabi.

6) Submit the names and contact of three references. If you are selected as a semi-finalist, we will require letters of recommendation from your three references.


We encourage and are interested in engaging with candidates from a diversity of experiences and perspectives with the talent to challenge our students to maximize their learning potential.


Review of applications will begin immediately and will remain open until the position is filled.

Application Deadline January 31, 2019.


Cooper Union is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This is a unionized position.

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.