SDSU Research Foundation

Teaching Artist- Fresno, CA

Req No.
Part-Time Contract
$22/hr - $26/hr DEO
Dept/Proj Name
College of Arts and Letters


This position is open until filled with first review of applicants to take place on 10/28


This will be a part-time position in the Fresno area consisting of 10-20 hours per week.


Prison Arts Collective (PAC) is the only university-based Arts in Corrections program in the state and offers high-quality instruction in visual arts, creative writing, music, and yoga with the dual goals of facilitating the development of creative and technical skills in art, alongside the development of interpersonal and intrapersonal skills (confidence, communication, patience, relaxation, and decision-making). PAC also leads Arts Facilitator Training for incarcerated participants to learn to facilitate their own classes and provides ongoing mentorship for peer facilitators. PAC invites artists, scholars, and experienced teachers to participate in the exciting expansion of this project as Teaching Artists with leadership roles in the organization.


The Teaching Artist position is competitive opportunity which offers a multitude of valuable opportunities for professional development and personal growth and the chance to be an integral part of a model university-prison partnership in California. The Teaching Artist will be responsible for, but not limited to:


Program Planning and Facilitation: 70%

  • Plan and teach integrated arts classes inside correctional partner sites leading two 15-week sessions and one 4-week workshop over the one-year Fellowship (to be done remotely for at least the start of fall 2020 if not much longer due to the global pandemic).
  • Collaborate with participants to create a calm, focused, positive, and supportive learning environment for all.
  • Onsite, develop and organize program materials, track program attendance, and collaborate with members of the teaching team, including other Teaching Fellows, incarcerated peer facilitators, and interns, to ensure smooth implementation of classes.
  • Provide guidance and mentorship to teaching interns and incarcerated peer facilitators.
  • Participate in ongoing program and curriculum development for multidisciplinary classes, and ongoing support and training for peer facilitators.
  • Collaborate with PAC team including students, staff, faculty, and volunteers; share ideas and contribute to discussions; help innovate solutions to programmatic questions
  • Lead certificate ceremonies for program participants following the end of each program session (if on site).
  • Collaborate with the correctional staff at partner sites.

Administration: 25%

  • Attend and participate in weekly teaching team meetings sharing successes, challenges, and recommendations for improvements to the program.
  • Support the PAC team with at least one special project to be determined based on program need and Fellow’s expertise and interest
  • Complete weekly data reports including instruction hours, attendance numbers, and narrative reflections.
  • Maintain clearance at correctional partner sites and attend in-person and online volunteer and PAC trainings.
  • Maintain clear records of supplies, attendance, and feedback to incarcerated peer facilitators in mentorship role.
  • Identify program supply needs and submit supplies requests to the Chapter Coordinator.

Other duties as assigned: 5%


Minimum Qualifications

  • Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field related to the program/project
    2- years of previous experience providing training, workshop facilitation and/or leading group discussions.
  • Or a combination of education and relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Art or a related field. Preference will be given to candidates who have obtained or are currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Art or a related field
  • Seeking formerly incarcerated individuals
  • At least 6-month experience teaching art with diverse populations
  • Candidates must be able to commit a full year to the Fellowship position
  • Applicants must be creative and energetic, self-starters with the ability to adapt to a challenging environment and have strong communication and problem solving skills.
  • Applicants must have the ability to work effectively with a diverse population and to serve as an advocate for participants and teaching teams while working under administrative guidelines and timelines.
  • Applicants must have the ability to establish and maintain open and clear lines of communication with faculty, team, and participants; possess excellent oral and written communication skills (including use of standardized English grammar, spelling and punctuation). Applicants must possess good organizational skills and attention to details.
  • Applicants must possess the ability to handle confidential and sensitive information along with the ability to work cooperatively with employers, staff and students. Selected candidates must provide their own transportation.



  • The COVID-19 vaccine is required by the CSU for all SDSU Research Foundation employees as a condition of employment. Should you be offered a position, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination status. Individuals who obtain an approved medical or religious exemption on file will be required to complete regular COVID-19 testing


San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer


A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with SDSU Research Foundation


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