Munson, located in Utica, NY, is seeking to fill a full-time Assistant Professor of Jewelry and Metal Arts in its Pratt Munson College of Art and Design program starting Fall 2024. Application deadline is January 31, 2024. Review of applications will begin immediately.  

The School of Art is dedicated to our existence as an anti-racist institution, proudly diverse in our student body. We seek continuous improvement as we become a place where our collective experience is enriched through the celebration of diverse cultures and experiences. Applicants of all identities are encouraged to apply.  

The qualifications of the candidate should include an MFA in Jewelry, Metalsmithing, or related field. Preference will be afforded to applicants with significant experience working in a range of jewelry techniques including cold-connection, fabrication, soldering, casting, metal forming, and basic-advanced stone setting. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to teach introductory to intermediate levels of traditional methods along with contemporary methods including rapid prototyping technologies. The position includes a 3/3 course load for the academic year including the following courses: Jewelry I, Ideation & Concept for Jewelers, Jewelry II, Lost Wax Casting for Jewelry, Perspectives in Jewelry: CAD/CAM Technology, and a History of Jewelry Design (or a Foundation class depending on enrollment). There is potential to teach in the Community Arts program under an additional contract. 

The ideal candidate will oversee and maintain the Jewelry and Metal Arts area studio and equipment that is utilized by both the Pratt Munson college classes and Community Arts programming. They will manage the budget and work with the Jewelry Studio Technician on coordinating the inventory and ordering materials. Our jewelry facility includes a fully equipped metalworking studio, equipped with acetylene/ambient air torch stations, rolling mills, flex shafts, buffing wheels, tumbler, hydraulic press, casting station equipped with 2 kilns, vacuum table, electromelt, and individual benches for students.    

Faculty members are expected to be active as creative and exhibiting artists or designers and participate in service to the Pratt Munson program and the organization. Preference will be given to candidates with at least three years experience teaching in higher education. 

Salary/Benefits - Academic Year salary of $48,000 with full benefits including health, dental, vision, and group life insurance.

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Submit:  ● Letter of application  ● Curriculum vitae  ● Teaching philosophy including statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion  ● Artist/designer statement  ● 20 images of professional, creative work  ● 20 images of student work  ● Link to website if available  ● Contact information for three references (reference will be contacted for finalists)  Incomplete submissions will not be accepted or reviewed.

Pratt Munson College of Art and Design is a NASAD accredited foundation college art program, created through an affiliation between Munson in Utica, NY, and Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. Students complete their first two foundation years of a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree at Pratt Munson, and then matriculate to the Brooklyn campus for completion. The Pratt Munson campus houses approximately 200 students majoring in Fine Arts, Communications Design, Photography, and Art and Design Education.  Munson is located in the heart of New York State, foothills of the Adirondack Mountains and centrally located with easy travel to Cooperstown, Albany, Syracuse and a few hours from Boston, NYC, Lake Placid and Montreal. Munson is a multicultural arts center with three main divisions: Museum of Art, School of Art, and Performing Arts. Together, the programs of the three divisions make Munson the chief provider of cultural resources in the region. 

Community Arts Instructor @ Munson Community Arts

Job Description
Munson is continuously seeking applications for the instructor pool of potential part-time and one-time instructors to teach daytime and evening Studio Art classes and workshops. Specifically, artists who qualify to teach in the School of Art non-credit community arts program for kids, teens, and adults.

Ongoing areas of specialization that will be considered include Drawing, Painting, Jewelry, Ceramics, Fashion, Sculpture, Fine Craft, Graphic Design, Digital Media, Animation, Illustration, Art Appreciation, Portfolio Development and more. Artists that focus on teaching specific age groups are also welcome.

All applications will be reviewed and retained for potential opportunities. This position is a “pool” position meaning that openings may or may not be currently available. Munson Community Arts maintains a “pool” of applications for workshops or instructor positions which are needed on an ongoing basis. When a position becomes available, the director may immediately begin screening "pool" applications submitted here. Your instructor application will be kept current for a period of three years.

Teaching rate: $25.00 per teaching hour

Preferred One or More Qualifications:

  • Professional practicing artist or designer
  • Arts Education Degree (K-12)
  • Bachelors of Fine Arts
  • Masters of Fine Arts or equivalent experience


Required Materials Submitted Online:

  • Contact Information
  • Brief Letter of Interest (450 Word Limit)
  • CV (PDF)
  • 10 Images of personal Artwork or Projects
  • (optional) 10 Images of Student Artwork
  • (optional) Artists Website

Special Instructions to Applicants:

  • References only needed upon request.
  • Applications will only be accepted through our online application form (via
  • Please do not email or mail any materials.
  • Questions? Please email

Munson is a community-centered, anti-racist organization where we foster diversity, equity, and inclusion through action. The Community Arts Education Instructor will model the values and culture of the organization to colleagues and the public by being welcoming, inclusive, and respectful and will value collaboration across the organization.

About Us
Founded in 1919, Munson-Williams-Proctor-Arts-Institute, and updated in 2023, Munson continues to evolve while maintaining traditions of fine art and culture. The Museum of Art features a renowned permanent collection, fascinating exhibitions, and education for all ages in an International-style gallery building designed by architect Philip Johnson and also in Fountain Elms, a Victorian-era Italianate mansion with galleries and period rooms.

The Performing Arts division presents world-famous soloists and ensembles, rising stars, recitals with commentary, cinema, family programs, outdoor festival concerts, special events, and educational activities.

The School of Art offers a large community arts program in art and the nationally accredited college art program affiliated with Pratt Institute of Art and Design. Pratt Munson is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Middle States Association, and the New York State Education Department. Pratt Munson students spend the first two years of their bachelor of fine arts degree program at our campus in Utica, New York before they complete their studies at Pratt's main campus in Brooklyn.

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