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Studio Art Foundations, Drawing, and 2D Design Instructor


Littleton, CO
ID: 530

The Studio ART Program at Arapahoe Community College has an immediate opening for a part-time Studio Art Foundations Instructor to teach at the Littleton campus during the Summer and Fall semesters. Classes may be held days, evenings, or weekends. Instructional delivery requires face-to-face teaching and preparation for class demonstrations.

Courses may include ART 121, Drawing I; ART 221, Drawing II; ART 131, 2D Design; ART 124, Watercolor I, ART 224, Watercolor II, ART 151, Painting I; and ART 251, Painting II, dependent on instructors areas of expertise. Courses are open to both majors and non-majors. Topics may include: Charcoal, pencil and pen and ink drawing, painting, watercolor and pastel media, as well as digital imaging in Adobe Photoshop and/or Illustrator.

Part-time Instructors provide instructional duties for the college in their respective areas of expertise. They report to the department chair within the discipline and do not have any supervisory responsibilities. Responsibilities include: instruction, student assessment, and other related instructional duties.

The instructor must be patient, and respectful, while also providing their expectations for what is considered acceptable work. The instructor must display dedication to the class as well as the goals of the Studio ART Program.

This posting will be used to fill multiple Instructor vacancies. Finalist must be willing to make Colorado their primary workplace, including for online courses.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master of Fine Art degree in the specific studio art discipline/medium; OR
  • Master’s degree plus 18 graduate credit hours in the specific studio art discipline/medium; OR
  • Master’s degree, or higher, in any field AND experience in the specific studio art discipline/medium that meets all of the following exhibition and portfolio criteria:
    • Exhibition record includes a minimum of 3 shows per year for each of the past 5 consecutive years
    • Exhibition record consists of juried, professionally-vetted, or peer-reviewed shows in galleries, museums, or centers for the arts
    • Exhibition works are in the specific studio art discipline/medium
    • Portfolio displays an advanced, professional level of technical proficiency in the specific studio art discipline/medium
    • Portfolio is comprised of conceptually and visually-related art works created during the past 5 consecutive years in the specific studio art discipline/medium
    • Artist statement accompanying the portfolio addresses his/her current works within a conceptual framework that demonstrates understanding of contemporary practices in the specific studio art discipline/medium

Preferred Qualifications

  • 3+ years of teaching experience at the college level
  • Experience teaching online
  • Teaching experience in a community college setting

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Self-management: sets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; works with minimal supervision; is motivated to achieve, and demonstrates responsible behavior.
  • Interpersonal skills: shows understanding, courtesy, tact, empathy, and concern; develops and maintains professional relationships; may deal with people who are difficult, hostile, and/or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and situations, and is sensitive to individual differences.
  • Diversity: is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, and other individual differences in the workforce.
  • Conflict management: manages and resolves conflicts, grievances, disagreements in a constructive manner to minimize negative personal impact.
  • Integrity/honesty: contributes to maintaining the integrity of the organization; displays high standards of ethical conduct; understands the impact of violating these standards on an organization, self, and others, and is trustworthy.
  • Organizational awareness: knows the organization’s mission and function and how its social, political, and technological systems work and operates effectively with them including the program, policies, procedures, rules and regulations of the organization.
  • Teaching others: helps others learn through formal and/or informal methods; identifies training needs; provides constructive feedback; coaches others on how to perform tasks; and acts as a mentor.
  • Computer skill proficiency; particularly in M/S Office programs including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Experience with online course management systems and classroom Smart Room technology.

Physical & Cognitive Demands 

The following are some of the physical and cognitive demands commonly associated with this position.

  • This position operates in a standard office and/or classroom environment. Constantly uses a computer and routinely uses standard office equipment including phones, copiers, etc.
  • Cognitive demands include comparing, copying, computing, compiling, analyzing, coordinating, synthesizing, negotiating, communicating, instructing, and interpersonal skills.
  • Occasionally moves, positions, and transports classroom and art materials, up to 20 lbs.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement 

Arapahoe Community College provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Angela Johnson, Director of Human Resources, at (303) 797-5715 or

To Apply 

All applicants must submit a resume, detailed letter of interest addressing the job announcement, unofficial transcripts, copies of applicable certifications, and names and contact information for three professional references. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their qualifications as related to the duties and responsibilities of the position. Scroll to the bottom of this page to submit your application. 

If you have questions regarding this position, please contact us at

Closing Date

This position will be open until filled. 

Notice to all Applicants

  • Final candidate will be subject to successful completion of a background check, and, if applicable, a motor vehicle record review.
  • Former employees of the Colorado Community College System, or one of its 13 colleges, who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this information in their application material.
  • Final candidate is required to submit official transcripts to Human Resources within thirty (30) days of hire.
  • ACC participates in the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) and as such, PERA-eligible employees are required to contribute to PERA in lieu of Social Security for retirement benefits. For more information, visit the COPERA web page.
  • Direct deposit of payroll is a condition of employment.
  • Arapahoe Community College participates in E-Verify.
  • Arapahoe Community College is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.
  • Finalist must be willing to make Colorado their primary workplace, including for online courses.

Arapahoe Community College is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment including those that violate federal and state law, or the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education Board Policies 3-120 and 4-120. The College does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, religion, genetic information, gender identity, or sexual orientation in its employment practices or educational programs and activities. 

We respect, understand, and embrace the differences and similarities among our students, staff, faculty, and the community we proudly serve. As a community, ACC encourages the richness of diversity and values the dignity of all persons. We strive to foster an equal and positive learning environment that reflects the diverse nature of the people of Colorado and the nation.

For information regarding Arapahoe Community College Security, including Clery Act / Crime Statistics for the campus and surrounding area, please see the Arapahoe Community College Annual Security Report. For a hard copy report, please visit ACC Campus Police Department, Room AM2600 at 5900 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, Colorado 80120.