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Candidates must submit both a cover letter, highlighting relevant experience and interest in this position, and a cv/resume. Only submissions with both documents will be considered.

Job Summary

The Stamps School of Art & Design Pre-College Program is looking for educators to join our staff this summer as Instructors. 

This year, our summer Pre-College programs are formatted as online classes. These classes are designed to introduce content synchronously and asynchronously. This format will give students the opportunity to get direct feedback from their instructor and time to build their skills and to apply new concepts. Lectures, demonstrations, handouts, and slides will enhance covered material.

Instructors play a critical role in the success of the Stamps Pre-College Program. Instructors help develop a curriculum for each online class and introduce college-level art and design content to high school students. Instructors introduce participants to the rigor of studio art/design and engage with all students through demonstrations, group critique and personal guidance. 

Instructors are responsible for the health and safety of all participants in the virtual classroom and work in concert with the Pre-College Program Coordinator to cultivate a supportive and creative online learning environment. Instructors administer University of Michigan policy, the rules and protocols of the Stamps Pre-College Program and observe the Pre-College Program schedule.

We are looking for Instructors to teach online classes synchronously and asynchronously for both summer sessions of our Virtual Pre-College Program

Asynchronous Programming

  • Session 1 & Session 2 | June 21, 2021 - July 26, 2021

Synchronous Programming

  • Session 1  | July 12 - 23, 2021
  • Session 2  | July 26 - August 6, 2021

Each session will offer five studio classes; Portfolio Studio, Drawing Studio, 2D Studio, 3D Studio and 4D Studio.

Portfolio Studio is an online class in which students will learn strategies to build a portfolio admissible to Stamps. Coursework introduces students to best practices of documentation, photo editing, written statements/descriptions and curation.

Drawing Studio is an online class in which students will learn drawing concepts fundamental to contemporary art and design practice. Our participants will gain knowledge and experience in a variety of approaches, ranging from observational to experimental drawing.

2D Studio is an online class introducing students to fundamental visualization skills used by artists and designers when working creatively in two dimensions. Students will gain familiarity and hands-on experience with a variety of two-dimensional practices and media.

3D Studio is an online class that surveys the elements of 3D design and introduces students to the rigor of a college-level course in 3D Design and/or Sculpture. Students will learn the fundamentals of working with form and space by exploring materials and processes used to create three-dimensional works of art and design.

4D Studio is an online class introducing students to techniques used by artists and designers when working creatively with the fourth dimension, time. Students will learn the fundamentals of working with time by exploring basic audio, video and animation techniques that can easily be used at home to make creative work.

Successful candidates will have experience teaching high school and/or college students in a comparable artistic discipline. Expertise in the course material is essential to the success of our program. Candidates should indicate their ability to instruct a specific online class in a cover letter. 

Learn more about the Stamps Pre-College programs HERE.

Required Qualifications*

  • MA/MFA degree (completed or in progress)
  • High school/college teaching experience
  • Engagement with contemporary art/design through personal practice
  • Respect for diversity and a willingness to learn about other cultures

Desired Qualifications*

  • Fluency in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere
  • Familiarity with the Stamps School of Art & Design and the University of Michigan
  • Excellent communication, time management and organizational skills
  • Maturity and integrity
  • A positive and caring personal attitude

Additional Information

Instructors will be paid commensurate with experience in education and/or instructing past Stamps Pre-College Programs. Instructors will be paid between $25.00-29.50 per hour.

Background Screening

This is a temporary position that is contingent upon completion of required criminal background screening, as specified in SPG 601.34 (Policy on Minors Involved in University-Sponsored Programs or Programs Held in University Facilities). 

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.