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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position at Mercyhurst University, Fall 2015

Published June 18, 2015

Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania is currently accepting applications for a full-time, tenure-track Professor of Art Therapy position. The position is to begin in late August, 2015.

Mercyhurst has published this further information about the position:

Teaching responsibilities include a four-course undergraduate Art Therapy sequence including the following: Introduction to Art Therapy, Materials and Methods, Practices, and Senior Seminar. Curriculum includes the history of the profession, founding practitioners, approaches, populations, settings, directives, professionalism and experiential learning, including proposals, implementation, reflection and closure. The Career Services office facilitates an internship course. Depending on qualifications, interest, and experience, the candidate may also have opportunity to teach a course in a secondary area of expertise such as art appreciation or studio practice.

Other responsibilities include the following: advising and directing the program major, which includes 20-25 art therapy students; serving as faculty advisor for the Art Therapy student organization; attending Art Department faculty meetings; and participating in Sophomore Review and other Art Department initiatives.


  • ATR certification is required, Registration and Board Certification as an Art Therapist (ATR-BC) is preferred
  • Doctoral degree (ABD considered) in art therapy, creative arts therapy, or expressive arts therapy
  • Current evidence of professional and scholarly engagement with the field of art therapy, research, and/or creative activity in studio art
  • Experience in college teaching
  • Experience in clinical practice

The art therapy classroom, with an adjoining office, features an abundance of natural light and secure storage space, including substantial supplies in 2-d and 3-d media.

Located near Lake Erie in Erie, PA, Mercyhurst is close to major metropolitan areas including Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Buffalo and affords the conveniences of a large city with the friendliness of a small town.  Presque Isle State Park, a peninsula on Lake Erie, offers 11 miles of recreational paths, beaches, and lagoons. The health and therapeutic care community in the Erie region is strong and varied. Art therapy students find many opportunities for internships and collaborations with psychiatric hospitals and community arts organizations.

Instructions to applicants:
Review of applications will begin June 10, 2015, and continue until the right candidate is identified. To be considered, please submit all application documents as PDFs via email. Please submit a curriculum vita with complete contact information for three references, statement of teaching philosophy, and a cover letter to:

Jodi Staniunas-Hopper, art department chair,

Employment offers are contingent upon the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening. Mercyhurst University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer that encourages members of diverse groups to apply.