Graphic Design Tenure-Track Faculty Search

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The Department of Art & Design at the University of Minnesota Duluth invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Graphic Design (job code 9403) to join eight full-time faculty teaching in our BFA Graphic Design program. The position begins August 22, 2022. This is a full time, 9-month position.
Responsibilities include teaching, research, and service. The successful candidate is expected to have an active design portfolio or research agenda and will demonstrate a commitment to antiracist practices.. The candidate will teach upper-and-lower undergraduate courses in the major and the History of Graphic Design. Courses will be assigned based on expertise and department needs. Additional responsibilities include advising undergraduate students, service to the department including program coordination and curriculum development; service to the college, campus, university, discipline, and/or to the local community is expected.
We are especially interested in recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.
In Graphic Design we equate social justice with social consciousness. We aim to bring equity to humanity and foster the sustainability of our environment within our spheres of influence locally and beyond. We do this through engaging in self-reflection, being stewards of our communities, and pushing the boundaries of the ever-evolving nature of graphic design. Our work seeks answers, provokes debate, and develops solutions for social justice issues of our choosing. Regardless of the mediums and platforms we use, our work raises social consciousness about the intersectionality of people and the world around us. This means that we honor and take into account the many ways people identify or ally themselves. We embrace flexibility and process, but also maintain an ethic of self, as well as collective accountability.
The University of Minnesota Duluth values of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential to achieving excellence. We strongly encourage women, Indigenous, LGBTQIA+, Black, Latinx, Asian American, Hawaiian/Island Pacific, mixed race, and people with disabilities to apply. We favor candidates who can contribute to the University’s educational objectives, which promote multidisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, and a commitment to social justice.
Required Qualifications
  • MFA, MDes, or PhD in Graphic Design, Interaction Design, Communication Design, Visual Communication Design, or a related field from a regionally accredited university by 6/15/2022.
  • Two years college-level teaching experience in a Mac-based lab environment or Mac laptop classroom, may include graduate-TA experience
  • Two years professional work experience in the design industry.
  • Expertise in the relevant digital design tools for print and electronic media
  • Evidence of social justice, culturally responsive, and/or antiracist practices in teaching, scholarship, advising, and/or service
Preferred Qualifications
  • Strong design skills in traditional and/or interactive media
  • Command of contemporary design discourse and graphic design history, including a critical engagement with the design process as well as its impacts on daily life, observations, and assumptions
  • Expertise in at least one of the following areas: design history, design research & packaging design, web, motion, interactive, mobile, social media, marketing & advertising, typography, editorial & publishing, environmental, illustration.
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