Assistant or Associate Professor of Graphic Design

Auburn University
Alabama, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Jul 13, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Design & Graphic Arts, Other Arts, Communications, Digital Media, Professional Fields, Architecture
Employment Type
Full Time

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Assistant or Associate Professor of Graphic Design

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Job Description Summary

About Auburn University

As a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant university with “R1” Carnegie classification, Auburn University maintains high standards for externally funded innovative, transformational research.

Auburn, AL is a historic college town and one of Alabama’s fastest-growing metropolitan areas with increasingly diverse cultural and recreational opportunities. With close proximity to Birmingham, AL, Atlanta, GA, and the Gulf Coast, Auburn is an attractive place to live.

About the Graphic Design Program

Housed within the School of Industrial and Graphic Design ( SIGD ) in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction ( CADC ), the Graphic Design ( GDES ) Program ( at Auburn University prepares students to practice visual communication in a competitive global environment. Auburn’s nationally regarded B.F.A. in Graphic Design is NASAD accredited, and the curriculum emphasizes a systemic approach to design that enables students to become versatile designers, art directors and economically viable professionals.

GDES students receive hands-on instruction in a professional studio environment that fosters a strong sense of community among students and faculty. Students establish a foundation in drawing, 2D / 3D design, and typography in lower-level coursework. Foundational skills are then applied and extended in upper-level coursework experiences that include interactive design, user experience design, strategic branding, publication design, packaging, illustration, and image-making.

The GDES program introduces students to the professional design community by hosting exhibitions, symposia, and guest lectures by industry leaders. An internship program provides students with real-world experience and networking opportunities.

Job Description Summary

SIGD at Auburn University invites candidates to apply for a tenure track Assistant / Associate Professor position, appointment based on experience, with teaching responsibilities in existing graphic design studios and a specialized topic area, commencing Spring / Fall 2022. We are interested in candidates who can play a vital role as our Graphic Design Program evolves, preparing students for both the traditional print environment and the new demands of emerging digital technologies.

Candidates are expected to continue and/or develop an active program of scholarly, creative practice and funded research within the discipline that aligns with the SIGD / CADC and AU strategic plans.

Tenure-track faculty assignment of responsibilities is broken down as follows: 70% for teaching, 25% for research and scholarly related activity, and 5% for service. The teaching load consists of 2 design studios plus participation on a senior thesis committee per semester, subject to enrollment demand and or institutional policy.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must hold an M.F.A. in Graphic Design from an accredited institution or a terminal degree in a related field with a concentration in Graphic Design at the time employment begins. Previous teaching experience in a post-secondary education environment and/or professional experience is desired. Recent M.F.A. graduates are also encouraged to apply.

The GDES program is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the academic community’s diversity and excellence through their teaching, funded research/creative scholarship, and service. Excellent interpersonal skills are required.

The candidate selected for this position must meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time this position is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment. Auburn University is an EEO /Vet/Disability Employer.

Desired Qualifications

Desired candidates should have the ability to teach a variety of graphic design studios and related courses in a professional degree program, and demonstrate evidence of developing and maintaining funded research, scholarship or creative scholarship that has the potential to secure external funding and/or yield visibility and prestige to the program through publications, exhibitions, fellowships, etc. Interest in pursuing or assisting in the development of a design-based PhD program is encouraged.

We seek individuals with interest areas of teaching and funded creative research related to digital media and emerging visual communication related technologies.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Required submission materials include:

1) A letter of interest that identifies an area of teaching specialization and scholarly plan
2) A curriculum vitae
3) A statement of teaching philosophy
4) Names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three references
5) A pdf with 20 examples of professional work, creative work, and /or research (.pdf, which may include a link to an online digital reel for animation or motion graphics)
6) A pdf with examples of prior teaching experience if possible (.pdf, which may include a link to an online digital reel for animation or motion graphics)

Apply online at the following URL :

Any communication about this position should be sent to:

Graphic Design Faculty Search
School of Industrial and Graphic Design
207 Wallace Hall
Auburn University
Auburn, AL 36849
Attn: Clark Lundell, Head, SIGD

Review of applications shall begin 1 September 2021, and continue until the position is filled.

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EEO Statement

AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER . It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

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  1. Do you have a M.F.A. in Graphic Design from an accredited institution or a terminal degree in a related field with a concentration in Graphic Design?
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Optional & Required Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  4. Portfolio
Optional Documents
  1. Other
  2. Teaching &/or Personal Work Portfolio (1)

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