Visiting Lecturer of Visual Communication Design

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Indiana, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Apr 16, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Herron School of Art + Design invites applications for a one-year visiting appointment as a Lecturer in Visual Communication Design. At Herron, lecturer positions are teaching-intensive, making them an ideal position for someone who is wanting to work closely with students or hone their skills as an educator. We seek candidates with a record of excellent creative or professional practice, innovative pedagogy, and relevant teaching experience in visual communication design. Candidates should demonstrate a strong interest in and capacity for delivering courses in both VCD and the foundations undergraduate programs. Candidates should also be open to collaborating with faculty in the areas of Drawing & Illustration, Photography, or Printmaking to explore new educational opportunities for our students.

The Herron School of Art and Design and Indiana University are committed to diversity. We welcome candidates with a demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of a diverse community. Diversity, in all its forms, is welcome at IUPUI including a broad range of ability, age, gender, gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic and academic experience, and veteran status. The successful candidate will have demonstrated an overall commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity including the ability to communicate and work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures.


This teaching position entails instructing, coaching, and preparing students studying visual communication design and working with faculty across the department and school to deliver and improve upon our course offerings. This faculty position will entail a 4-4 course load. Teaching might entail a combination of on-the-ground, hybrid, and online platforms. The position is for one year with the possibility of renewal.

In addition to teaching four classes per semester (or the equivalent), the position requires the successful applicant to plan and administer courses and programs in conjunction with the faculty and administration. Additional service to the school and university may also be required.

Visual Communication Design Responsibilities:

  • Teach using professional tools and demonstrate proficiency and/or professional experience in some combination of following possible areas: typography, publication design, UI/UX, infographic design, design research methods, visual culture, design foundations, or design history.
  • Minor service activity including department and school faculty meetings.
  • Research and professional creative activity are not required for this position, but candidates are encouraged to maintain those efforts where possible.

Qualification Requirements:

  • We seek candidates who are actively addressing critical discourse of contemporary art and/or design in their professional practice.
  • A master’s degree (MFA, MDes or equivalent) in Visual Communication Design or a related design discipline is required.
  • Evidence of successful teaching at the college level.
  • A commitment to community and socially engaged practices.
  • The qualified applicant should demonstrate understanding of the role of professional creatives and designers in describing and responding to audiences and contexts that design solutions must address.
  • A creative approach that includes recognition of the physical, cognitive, cultural, and social human factors that shape art and design decisions is required.
  • The qualified applicant must demonstrate expert skill in the manipulation of typography and imagery as a means to clarify, energize and humanize communication in contexts where audience needs are prioritized.
  • Experience working in collaborative, cross-disciplinary teams is desired.

Applicants Should Submit

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact information for 3 professional references
  • Portfolio of professional and/or educational experience
  • Statement of your teaching philosophy
  • Diversity statement (optional)
  • If available, samples of student work from courses you have taught
  • If available, examples of course syllabi and teaching evaluations
  • Application deadline: Open until filled

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About Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI

Founded in 1902, Herron School of Art and Design is the premier accredited professional art and design school in the state of Indiana and is part of the thriving urban campus of IUPUI. Herron has more than 40 full-time faculty serving 11 undergraduate and three graduate programs and a curriculum that prepares graduates to be leaders in a world that requires a unique combination of creativity, conceptual skills, and technical abilities. Herron is fully accredited by NASAD.
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About the Campus

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), located in the heart of a metropolitan area of more than two million people, is the state’s capitol and a vibrant business, arts, museum, and cultural community. With 30,000 students from 49 states and 122 countries, and more than 200 academic programs, the campus is among the Top 10 “up and coming” universities in US World and News Report’s ranking, earning national recognition as a model for urban higher education for the 21st century. IUPUI is a leader in progressive, socially responsive community engagement. For more information about IUPUI, visit

As the state’s premier urban research institution, IUPUI is committed to being a welcoming campus community that reflects and enacts the values of diversity, equity and inclusion that inform academic excellence. We seek candidates who will not only enhance our representational diversity but whose research, teaching, and community engagement efforts contribute to diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environments for our students, staff, and faculty. IUPUI condemns racism in all its forms and has taken an anti-racist stance that moves beyond mere statements to interrogating its policies, procedures, and practices. We hope to identify individuals who will assist in our mission to dismantle racism so that everyone can succeed at IUPUI.

Indiana University is an equal employment and Affirmative Action Employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate based on sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University's Notice of Non-Discrimination which includes contact information.


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