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Director of Foundation Studies

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Director of Foundation Studies



Full-Time Faculty Position in Foundation Studies

Herron School of Art and Design and Indiana University are committed to equitable and inclusive hiring practices. They seek excellent candidates with a demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of diverse communities and related pedagogic 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 part of the first-year experience and aspires to be 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 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 first-year experience efforts such as Bridge Week.


  • Direct the Foundation Studies program and provide creative leadership in collaboration with faculty and school administration: evaluate foundations faculty, oversee department budget and scheduling,
  • Support efforts to hire adjunct Foundations faculty and oversee their mentoring and review.
  • Teach twelve credit hours per academic year (2/2)
  • 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/research activities 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
  • The Director will also 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


  • Three (3) to five (5) years post-graduate teaching experience with emphasis in foundations studies with demonstrated expertise in art and design principles.
  • Experience and demonstrated approach to creative, collegial and effective leadership and program administration.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to contemporary foundations-level pedagogy
  • Demonstrated expertise and ability in curriculum building and teaching in the areas of foundation studies, fine arts, and design.
  • Knowledge of practices and theoretical frameworks pertinent to contemporary art and design
  • 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
  • Twenty images of personal work and twenty images of student work. Digital portfolios only: please note that images must be compiled in a single PDF file. Image information should be included in the portfolio: a caption for each individual image is preferred — a separate image list of personal and student work with thumbnails is also acceptable. (listed as “Other 2 “on application website)
  • Artist statement (listed as “Other” on application website)
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Three (3) current letters of reference
  • Three (3) additional professional references

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 40 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 http://www.herron.iupui

Application Deadline: January 31, 2021/Open until filled

Application Procedures

Submit application materials at

You will be asked to create an account, and then complete the application that is a combination of fill-in fields and uploaded documents.

Required Documents: convert all word documents into pdf format before uploading

  • Cover Letter: stating interest and qualifications
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three references are required at time of application. References will be notified with directions on how to electronically submit recommendation letters to Herron School of Art and Design.

 Applications received by 1/31/21 will receive priority review. The position will begin in August 2021. Salary is commensurate with experience and IU offers competitive benefits; information about which can be viewed at


 About the Campus

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), located in the heart of a metropolitan area of more than two million people, is 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 a leader in progressive, socially responsive community engagement. For more information about IUPUI, visit

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. They seek candidates who will not only enhance their 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. They hope to identify individuals who will assist in their mission to dismantle racism so that everyone can 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 based on 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 Laura Kernodle (, well in advance.


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