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Assistant Professor of Visual Communication Design (VCD)

School of Art + Art History + Design, University of Washington
University of Washington, Seattle
commensurate with experience and qualifications
Posted Date
Sep 15, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Design & Graphic Arts
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Division of Design in the School of Art + Art History + Design at the University of Washington in Seattle invites applications for a full–time tenure–track appointment as an Assistant Professor of Visual Communication Design (VCD). The appointment starts in September 2023 on a 100% full-time, nine-month service period. The teaching load is five courses over three quarters.

Faculty in UW’s School of Art + Art History + Design provide comprehensive, interdisciplinary education to a highly diverse student population, on a campus with more than 60,000 students, including 31% first-generation college students, over 30% Pell Grant-eligible students, and over 31,000 faculty and staff from over 70 countries across its three campuses. The candidate is also expected to actively contribute to the diversity, equity and inclusivity goals of the School and the University (as articulated in departmental statements and in the UW Diversity Blueprint

The UW VCD program is nationally recognized for its strong practice-oriented and process-centered approach to visual problem solving. The program seeks a designer/educator who will engage in teaching and research in one or more of following areas:

  • Motion and animation
  • Visual communication design
  • Interaction design
  • User interface design
  • User experience design
  • Visual storytelling

The candidate is expected to teach at all levels of the design curriculum, from foundations to graduate level Master of Design courses. In addition to teaching, the new faculty member will actively engage in service and research. In the Division of Design, we value critical, practice-based creative research that uses design as a tool to respond to the new social, economic, ethical, and environmental realities of the 21st century. Current faculty in the Division of Design focus on professional practice (developing creative, forward-thinking, award-winning design work) as well as scholarly design research (e.g., climate change, inequity, and the development of humane, positive technology.)

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in a wide variety of facets of the discipline, including critical creative practice, the growing field of self-authored and/or participatory design, diversity, accessibility, sustainability, design ethics, or other design issues. The candidate will be expected to collaborate effectively across the Division’s tracks in Industrial Design, Visual Communication Design, and Interaction Design. The candidate could also build bridges with other disciplines and units on campus through collaborative research projects, conferences and/or course work.

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A Masters degree (or foreign equivalent) is required, as well as a minimum of two years of professional practice in visual communication design, motion design and/or interaction design.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit a letter of application (two pages maximum), CV, a portfolio of current design work (20 images maximum), a statement of teaching philosophy and interests, a diversity statement, and a list of three references. All materials must be submitted via Interfolio. Please request letters of reference using the Interfolio application. Send questions about this position to the search chair, Annabelle Gould, at Preference will be given to candidates applying on or before December 1. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

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Disability Services

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements and Information

Under Washington State Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1, University of Washington (UW) workers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof thereof, or receive a UW-approved medical or religious exemption. This requirement will be a condition of any offer associated with this recruitment. For more information, please visit

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