Assistant Professor of Graphic Design/Digital Media - NOTICE OF FILING

Wisconsin, United States
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Sep 15, 2020
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Assistant Professor of Graphic Design/Digital Media - NOTICE OF FILING

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College of Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities

Description of College / Department / Program / Division / Unit

The College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities ( CASSH ) includes departments and programs in the humanities, social sciences and interdisciplinary studies, as well departments in the School of Visual and Performing Arts ( VPA ). CASSH / VPA continues the established liberal studies tradition of providing curricula leading to the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degree.

CASSH / VPA is dedicated to providing quality innovative instruction and creative learning experiences which prepares students for future careers and education. More broadly, such learning allows students to continue to develop meaningful, responsible lives. Graduates of the college will have developed the ability to communicate effectively, to think critically, to conduct sound research, to understand complex issues, to use knowledge in all aspects of life, to participate meaningfully as global citizens, and to discover and apply carefully considered values.

CASSH / VPA faculty and staff are committed to maintaining academic integrity and high ethical standards. CASSH / VPA, through its faculty, students, and curricula, also is dedicated to advancing cultural diversity. Furthermore, by developing partnerships and encouraging professional connections, the college works diligently to establish its membership in the broader community.

The academic community within the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities and School of Visual and Performing Arts supports a strong general education program, nurtures exceptional disciplinary programs, and creates innovative interdisciplinary and international programs, which together promote lifelong personal and professional learning for every individual who comes through their programs.

Position Summary

The Department of Art in the School of Visual and Performing Arts, part of the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2020.

The successful candidate for this position will be an artist/designer/educator with strong collaboration and communication skills who is committed to teaching excellence and to maintaining an active undergraduate program. The candidate should have a thorough grounding in two-dimensional design skills and should be able to articulate the interrelationships of traditional and emerging technologies along with the History of Art and Design in their practice and pedagogy.

The graphic design program at UWL has seen tremendous growth in the last four years and recently developed an interdisciplinary Digital Media and Design Minor. The department seeks a dynamic and flexible colleague to collaborate in building an innovative curriculum that integrates a wide range of media and technologies from publication, interactive design, large format and 3-D printing.

The Department of Art at UWL is a thriving and diverse community of artists, educators, engaged community members and cultural influencers with world-wide artistic reach, resonance, and recognition. The department houses programs/courses in Art Education, Art History, Blacksmithing, Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. We seek a colleague who is an accomplished artist, has professional experience in graphic design, and demonstrates a commitment to inclusive teaching excellence as well as to the goals of the Department of Art and the University. The Graphic’s lab/studio is located on the first floor in the Center for the Arts building. We have 23 iMac desktop computers with the Adobe Creative Suit software, a 90” display monitor (perfect for class demonstrations), a 6 color Epson inkjet printer, Xerox office printer and a new Large format HP Printer near the back of the studio.

Responsibilities include:
● Teach across the curriculum including: Introductory/Intermediate/Advanced Graphic Design, Graphic Design for Non-Majors, Design Foundations, and/or General Education as assigned by department chair
● Develop Curriculum
● Engage in a robust program of creative endeavors/scholarship in the discipline of art & design
● Continually developing skills in emerging technologies in graphic design
● Participate in the recruitment and advising of students in the Art program consistent with the goal to build and sustain the program
● Service to the department/university
● Coordination and maintenance of graphic design studio
● General Education course offerings

Candidates from diverse backgrounds and those who have experience working with diverse populations are particularly encouraged to apply. Academic year salary is set by the Dean’s Office and includes excellent fringe benefits and insurance programs.

General position summary statement for UWL faculty positions:
Under general supervision of department chair, a person in this position is responsible for teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses, and advising students. In addition to preparing for and holding classes [face-to-face, hybrid, and/or online], teaching involves maintaining currency in the content area related to the teaching assignment, evaluating students’ work, assessing student outcomes, maintaining appropriate records, and holding office hours. The individual is expected to maintain an active, on-going program of scholarship appropriate to the discipline. In addition, this individual will provide service to the department, college, and university and is likely expected to provide service to the community and/or the profession. Other duties may be assigned by the chair or dean.

Required Qualifications

● Master of Fine Arts ( MFA ) in Graphic Design or equivalent degree in graphic design or closely related field
● Established academic or professional career with promise of development, and nationally or internationally recognized research and/or creative scholarship
● College-level teaching experience

Preferred Qualifications

● Full time college-level teaching experience
● Expertise in Graphic Design print media, design for electronic media (including web design), and Adobe Creative Suite
● Experience with 2D and 3D motion graphics
● Experience with community outreach and recruiting activities
● Experience in the graphic design field as a working professional
● Experience with digital art in various media and as a form of artistic expression
● Demonstrated commitment to an inclusive and rigorous learning environment

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A competitive recruitment and selection process was conducted for this employment opportunity and a U.S. worker was not selected. An application for Alien Employment Certification is being filed on behalf of an alien to fill the employment opportunity. Anyone with documentary evidence relative to the application, or available workers, wages and/or working conditions, may contact the Regional Certifying Office of the Department of Labor at the following address:
U.S Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration Foreign Labor Certification National Processing Center Harris Tower
233 Peachtree Street, Suite 410 Atlanta GA 30303 Phone: 404-893-0101, Fax: 404-893-4642

The position has been filled. This posting is mandatory to meet a United States Department of Labor requirement. See the job posting for more details.


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Please submit the following materials as separate documents:
● Cover letter that addresses the teaching experience, studio practice, and qualifications noted in the position announcement
● Curriculum vitae
● Contact information for three references who can speak to the applicant’s skills in teaching, creative work, and/or professional experience
● Professional portfolio (“Multimedia/Presentation Example”): Upload a single, multipage PDF including up to 20 samples of personal / professional design work with brief descriptions and artist statement. Inclusion of hyperlinks to interactive and time-based work are welcome(maximum file size allowed is 9MB).
● Evidence of teaching excellence (“Other Document”): Upload a single, multipage PDF which may include up to 20 examples of student work, syllabi, course materials
● Teaching philosophy

Additional information including academic transcripts may be required at the time of hire

Please contact the Search and Screen Chair if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process.

Per UPS Operational Policy: TC 1, UW System requires reference checks related to sexual harassment and sexual violence to be conducted at a minimum with a final candidate’s most recent employer and with all previous UW System institution and State of Wisconsin agency employers from the past seven (7) years. UPS -OP-TC-1-Recruitment_FNL.pdf

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Dr. Brad Nichols, Search and Screen Chair

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  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Reference Contact Information
  4. Teaching Philosophy
  5. Multimedia/Presentation Examples
  6. Other Document
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Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).
    • I prefer my identity remain confidential and have read and understand that if I am the successful candidate for this position, my name may be released.
    • I do not request that my identity remain confidential.
  2. * Are you currently employed by or have you been employed by a UW System institution or a State of Wisconsin agency during the last seven (7) years? Please answer yes or no. If yes, provide the institution or agency name, your supervisor and contact information, including phone number and email address.

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  3. * Please provide your most recent employer, supervisor name and contact information, including phone number and email address. (Pursuant to UW System Administrative Policy 1275, UW System requires reference checks related to sexual harassment and sexual violence to be conducted at a minimum with a final candidate’s most recent employer and with all previous UW System institution and State of Wisconsin agency employers from the past seven years.)

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Chronicle of Higher Education Web Site
    • Discipline-Specific Publication/Web Site
    • HERC Web Site
    • Web Site
    • Job Center of Wisconsin Web Site
    • Minority Publication/Web Site
    • University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Social Media (i.e. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter)
    • University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Web Site
    • La Crosse Tribune
    • Personal Referral

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