University Faculty Design

Utah, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 17, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

University Faculty Design

Requisition Number: F00173P: Visual Arts

Job Description:
The Department of Visual Art and Design [DOVAD] at Weber State University seeks an established educator/professional designer to lead our design area. This is a tenure track appointment at the assistant or associate professor level to begin July 2021. Rank will be determined based on candidate qualifications.

DOVAD values the examination of the world through diverse cultural discourses which inform pedagogy, scholarship and forms of collaboration with university, industry, local, and regional communities. We seek a faculty member who is a well-rounded designer committed to undergraduate teaching and mentoring, who is able to teach throughout the curriculum, understands emerging trends in the areas of graphic design and user experience, and is committed to inclusion and equity efforts in design practice.

We seek a candidate who can expand the areas of expertise within our department and extend departmental connections beyond the university. We are especially interested in candidates from underrepresented groups, and individuals who have experience working with diverse student and community populations.

Weber State University is a dual mission institution, providing associate, baccalaureate, and master's degree programs in liberal arts, sciences, and technical and professional fields.

Program Information
Weber State University offers a BFA in graphic design that includes the study of design thinking, principles, theory, and practices, with courses including typography, web design, interaction design, and the history of design. We recognize that the field of design is expanding, with increasing emphasis on interaction, new content structures, human-centric communication strategies, and emerging platforms. Graphic design is an integral part of DOVAD's academic offerings, which also include BFA and BA degrees in art, art education, and a minor in art history. In addition to teaching, design faculty mentor students in AIGA and other professional activities and reviews.

Faculty are eligible for research and professional development grants at the college and university level. There is also opportunity to collaborate with the newly established Matthew S. Browning Center for Design.

Job Duties:
Full-time faculty teaching load is 3/3. Teaching responsibilities will include design courses at all levels as well as design history. Full- time faculty in all disciplines teach foundation courses on a rotating basis. The successful candidate will collaborate with other design faculty and participate in program development. Department faculty are expected to maintain active professional practices contributing to their field, through exhibitions, publications, or other venues appropriate to their discipline. Active participation in service, community engagement, faculty governance at the departmental, college, and university level is also required.

Required Qualifications:
A terminal degree from an accredited university in Graphic Design, Visual Communication, or other relevant field of study is required by July 1, 2021. ABD will also be considered.

Preferred Qualifications:
Preferred candidates will have expertise in design methodology, visual communication theory, digital and interactive technologies, human-centric design, socially-engaged design, and/or other contemporary design practices. Teaching experience at the college level is required. Professional client-based experience is a plus.
Commitment to inclusion and equity efforts in design practice, as well as experience with collegial and student mentorship are desirable. We seek candidates with experience supporting the learning needs of students from diverse and underserved backgrounds. The ideal candidate will also serve, promote, and advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice issues related to the arts and broader culture.

Background Check? Yes

Benefits Summary:
WSU offers a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, long-term disability, life insurance, retirement, a wellness program with release time and paid incentives, tuition benefits, free tickets to athletic and performing arts events, and paid holidays.

Full/Part Time: Full Time
Open Date: 02/12/2021
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes

Notes to Applicants:
To apply, all applicants must complete the required online faculty/staff data form and electronically submit the following:

1) Use the Cover Letter option to attach as one PDF (10 MB max):
- Cover letter specifically addressing candidate’s experience in art/design pedagogy. As part of the cover letter, we invite candidates to describe their experiences engaging in a diverse student body and/or community.
- Statement of design/teaching philosophy
- Curriculum Vitae
- Contact information for three professional references (phone and email)

2) Use the Other Document 1 option to attach as a separate PDF (10MB max) a current professional portfolio with image list (include, title, media/project type, dimensions, date, and short description), or URL to a website with equivalent information.
Note: video and other digital submissions of work not well represented by still images are acceptable where applicable, sent as URLs.

3) Use the Other Document 2 option to attach as a separate PDF (10MB max) a portfolio of student work, intern work, or professional lead projects, with image list (course/assignment, dimensions, media/project type, date, and short description). Also include up to three sample course syllabi, and any other evidence of teaching effectiveness.

For full consideration, submit a completed application by March 14, 2021. The position will be open until filled.

Successful applicants will be contacted for an interview via Zoom.

We actively encourage applicants who can contribute to the diversity and inclusivity mission of Weber State University through teaching, service, and/or scholarship.

Criminal background check required as a condition of employment.


DOVAD is housed in the Ethel Wattis Kimball Visual Arts Center, one of the most comprehensive studio arts facilities in the Intermountain West. The department is also home to the Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery, which produces and mounts exhibitions of national and international scope, in addition to showing student works and works by regional artists. Weber State University is located in Ogden, Utah, home to The Monarch and Nine Rails Creative District. The City of Ogden is 35 miles north of Salt Lake City. Northern Utah, site of the 2002 Winter Olympics, provides many world-class outdoor recreational opportunities.

Physical Activity of this position: Expressing or exchanging ideas. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important instructions to other workers accurately or quickly. , Ability to receive detailed information with or without assistance.

Physical Requirements of this position: Sedentary work. Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or consistently to move objects, including the human body. Sitting most of the time. Walking and standing only occasionally if ever.

Visual Acuity Requirements including color, depth perception and field of vision: Required to perform activities such as preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; using a computer terminal; extensive reading.

The conditions the worker will be subject to in this position: None. The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or administrative work).

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