Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

North Carolina, United States
$68,000.00 - $68,000.00
Feb 10, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Department of Art & Art History is seeking an innovative researcher and experienced teacher to contribute to a new BFA in Graphic Design degree, which launched in January 2021. Research areas of expertise might include human-centered design; social-, civic-, or community- engaged design; digital media; motion graphics; web development; and/or UX/UI design. The successful candidate will teach 5 courses a year and contribute to the ongoing development of curriculum in Visual Communication at all levels. The program includes courses in digital and print design, typography, web and UX/UI design strategies, design research and design thinking, as well as
senior professional preparation and capstone projects courses. The Department is interested in candidates who have a record of success in advising/mentoring individuals from groups underrepresented in higher education.

Minimum Education Experience Requirements
UNC Charlotte gives primary consideration to the earned doctorate or terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline. A minimum of an MFA in Design or Studio Art, or an MDes in Graphic Design or closely related field (completed/verified at time of hire), and teaching experience effective for undergraduate level instruction are required.

Department Preferred Education Skills, and Training Experience
Applicants should demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching Visual Communication specific courses and provide evidence of quality pedagogical outcomes and teaching with technology. Also desired is an ability to teach courses in emerging topics of Visual Communication such as human-centered design, social-, civic-, or community- engaged design, and/or an ability to teach courses in supporting fields such as Digital Media, Motion Graphics, Animation, or Digital Illustration.

Candidates should demonstrate a record of achievement in research. In order to maintain a trajectory towards tenure, a program of creative research must be disseminated through peer-reviewed venues of significance that are consistent with departmental mission and expectations. This can include commissioned and applied work (per AIGA Design Educators’ guidelines), exhibition of creative work, and/or scholarly publications and presentations.
Other desired requirements include an ability to contribute to diversity initiatives and/or an MFA degree in Community-Centered Practices that is being developed by the College of Arts & Architecture, professional experience in the field of Graphic Design, as well as service to an institution, community, or profession.

Application Schedule & Requirements
Screening will begin in early February 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants are required to complete an electronic application.

In addition to a letter of interest, applicants should address their ability to contribute to the University's diversity initiatives in a separate statement, which includes a discussion of working with a diverse student population. (see Diversity Information below)
For electronic application: please go to; the Position Designation is Faculty; and the Position Number is 05032. Please prepare each of the following documents to be submitted and uploaded individually:
1) A Letter of Interest;
2) Diversity Statement;
3) Curriculum Vitae;
4) Research Statement that also addresses the current trajectory of your work;
5) Teaching Philosophy that also addresses evidence of teaching effectiveness such as curriculum development or peer teaching evaluations;
6) Portfolio of personal work (.pdf, which may include a link to an online digital reel for animation or motion graphics);
7) Portfolio of 20 samples of student work (.pdf, which may include a link to an online digital reel for animation or motion graphics);
8) Unofficial Graduate Transcripts;
9) Contact information for three references.
Please note that applicants will be subject to a criminal background check, and materials will not be returned.
Propose hired date August 16, 2021. Salary and start up package commensurate with qualifications. Nine-month contract includes 5 courses per year with potential for summer teaching for additional compensation.
Diversity Information

UNC Charlotte is an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained. Therefore, we celebrate diversity that includes, but is not limited to ability/disability, age, culture, ethnicity, gender, language, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. For more information about our commitment to diversity, please see

About the College and Department
The Department of Art & Art History is one of five units housed in the College of Arts + Architecture, which includes Dance, Music, Theatre, and the School of Architecture. The Department is accredited by NASAD, consists of 30 full-time faculty, 350 art students, which includes over 100 Graphic Design majors. In addition to the BFA in Graphic Design, it offers a BA in Art, BA in Art History, a minor in Art History, and a BFA in Art that includes 9 concentration areas; Art Education, Ceramics, Digital Media, Fibers, Illustration, Painting, Print Media, Photography, and Sculpture. For more information, please see

About the University
UNC Charlotte is categorized as a doctoral-granting institution with higher research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Located in one of the nation’s fastest growing metropolitan areas, the University is approximately 10 miles from uptown on an expanding modern campus. It is part of one of the oldest public university systems in the US and offers approximately 29,000 culturally diverse students a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. For more information about the university, please see

Description of Work
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte recognizes the differentiation of mission, goals, and objectives inherent in the diversity of disciplines represented by its colleges and departments. Thus, the Job Responsibilities and Essential Functions for Tenured and Tenure Track Faculty should be interpreted in the context of the related departmental and collegiate goals. Teaching, Advising, Curriculum and Instructional Development – Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to teaching may include but are not limited to: subject matter competence, course design, course presentation, advising and consultation, directing student research, curriculum and instructional development, and grading student work. Scholarly Research, Creative, and Other Professional Activities – All tenured and tenure-track faculty are expected to participate in expanding the knowledge base of her/his academic field by conducting research or engaging in other creative activities as appropriate to the faculty member’s discipline. Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to research may include but are not limited to: research/creative activity that generates new knowledge and/or synthesizes and/or integrates existing knowledge, publication, an on-going agenda for research, scholarly, and creative activity, and are expected to seek extramural support for their work. Service to University, the Public, and the Profession.
All tenured and tenure-track faculty are expected to engage in a program of service appropriate to their discipline. Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to service may include but are not limited to: service to the administration and governance of the University, public service, and service to the profession.
To view the complete Job Responsibilities and Essential Functions for Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty document visit our website:

Primary Purpose of Department
The Department of Art & Art History inspires students to expand their vision of the world and themselves through study and practice in Art and Art History. The department aims to foster innovative and thoughtful art practices, scholarship, and arts-based education and believes that art is vital to our students, our university, our communities, and our future. The Department currently offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art, a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art History, a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Art with nine concentrations. Additionally, a B.F.A. degree with a concentration in Art Education, a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Graphic Design and a minor in Art History are offered. An Honors Program in Art History is offered and the department participates in the College Honors Program. Additionally, the department plays an important role in the delivery of required coursework within the University General Education program.

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