Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, Core Curriculum

Minnesota, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jan 11, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of Art at St. Cloud State University seeks an individual to teach introductory through advanced courses within the BFA Graphic Design major. We are seeking a candidate with a solid knowledge of core curriculum of typography, visual communication and the profession. Designers with an active practice, professional engagement in the field, and a comprehensive understanding of current software and emerging technologies are strongly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will have a strong spirit of collaboration, and will be invested in working with diverse groups. A willingness to grow the department to meet the realities of the contemporary job marketplace and to help develop course curriculum relating to the department’s future goals.


The successful candidate will teach three to four classes per semester, dependent on whether courses are studio- or classroom-based. Course load in the fall and spring semesters will include introductory graphic design with an emphasis on typography as well as intermediate and upper-level coursework including pre-press, branding, data visualization, information graphics, and professional practice. The department strongly encourages developing community contacts for our internship program. The successful candidate will also mentor and advise graphic design majors who seek internships and careers as design professionals as well as work with graphic design minor students.

In order to be considered for tenure, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to: 1) teach and/or perform assignments effectively; 2) conduct scholarly research and/or engage in creative works; 3) continue preparation and study in their discipline; 4) contribute to student growth and development; and 5) provide service to the university and community. (IFO Article 22, Section B)

Required Qualifications

  • MFA or equivalent in graphic design or related field required by date of appointment.
  • Strong body of design work relative to the position description.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness of teaching in higher education, which may include teaching assistantships.
  • Record of assessment and continuous improvement.
  • Strong working knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud.
  • Evidence of demonstrated ability to teach and work with persons from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Record of professional experience as a designer.
  • Evidence of successful online teaching and assessment.
  • Evidence of collaborative design work across disciplines.

Other Requirements

Only complete applications will be considered. A complete application will include each of the following as a PDF document:

  • 20 images of candidate’s professional work or related materials
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Evidence of Teaching Experience and Effectiveness (examples from at least two of the following: sample assignments, summaries of student evaluations, or examples of student work)
  • Contact information for three (3) current, professional references
  • Unofficial Transcript(s) (undergraduate/graduate/PhD); official transcripts will be required upon hire

To learn more about the school and department:

The Department of Art.

The Department of Art serves more than 200 studio art, graphic design, art education, and art history students. It is situated within the School of the Arts and has a strong commitment to contemporary art and design education. Cross-disciplinary research and collaboration are encouraged in the department and university. The Kiehle Visual Arts Center sits on the banks of the Mississippi River, sixty miles north of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, home to the Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Both the Twin Cities and St. Cloud have thriving design communities as well as a range of galleries and art centers. St. Cloud State University is a comprehensive university of approximately 12,000 students and is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

The successful candidate is expected to establish and maintain a professional goal to become an outstanding teacher-scholar through the use of research-based, best-practices pedagogy. They are expected to teach using both in-person and alternative delivery methods such as online and hybrid. They will regularly engage in ongoing professional development and innovation opportunities focused on pedagogical growth.

The successful candidate will share St. Cloud State’s commitment to our mission, and in particular, the value we place in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as outlined in SCSU’s It’s Time strategic framework. Notably, we uphold the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion and engage in intentional actions to address systemic inequities throughout the university and surrounding environment. DEI values, practices, and strategies are embedded into the fabric of our institution and campus community, and they align with the priorities expressed in the Minnesota State system’s Equity 2030 initiative. SCSU expects all of its employees to help advance these practices and to contribute to the development of an anti-racist, inclusive community.

*Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Inter Faculty Organization which can be found here.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

St. Cloud State University is committed to excellence and actively supports cultural diversity. To promote this endeavor, we invite individuals who contribute to such diversity to apply, including minorities, women, LGBT, persons with disabilities and veterans. St. Cloud State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regards to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or status as a U.S. veteran. The Interim Title IX coordinator at St. Cloud State University is Judith Siminoe. For additional information, contact the Office of Institutional Equity & Access, (320) 308-5123, Admin. Services Bldg. Rm 121