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Assistant Professor, Communication Design, College of DAAP

University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio
Competitive salary
Posted Date
Oct 21, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Design & Graphic Arts
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Professor, Communication Design, College of DAAP

Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation's best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls "the most ambitious campus design program in the country."

With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, eight straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC's momentum has never been stronger. UC's annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.9 billion.

About the College
The College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) at the University of Cincinnati invites applications for Communication Design's Sallie Baldwin Endowed Professorship faculty position in the top-ranked Myron E. Ullman, Jr. School of Design. This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position, to begin on August 15, 2023.

The primary mission of the College of DAAP is the creation of a better cultural and design environment. The Myron E. Ullman, Jr. School of Design's role in advancing that mission is to prepare our approximately 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students to be responsible professional designers and citizens in a complex and evolving world. We achieve this through a distinctive, rigorous, carefully sequenced curriculum that includes a substantial cooperative education program component dating back 100 years. This curricular model, expressed in classrooms, research labs, and professional offices all over the world, integrates practice and theory. It inspires interdisciplinary projects, builds solid corporate partnerships, and contributes to our strength as a leading design institution.

About the Department
The Myron E. Ullman, Jr. School of Design prepares its students to be skilled professionals who can ably work in local and global markets while respecting the diversity of humanity. The Myron E. Ullman, Jr. School of Design is innovative in teaching and evolving the design disciplines by infusing learning with the newest design thinking methods and technologies. Through inspired interdisciplinary projects and solid corporate partnerships, the Myron E. Ullman, Jr. School of Design is devoted to furthering its role as a leading design institution.

Our undergraduate and graduate programs empower students in our Myron E. Ullman, Jr. School of Design with a core of knowledge that provides a solid educational base. Our students are prepared for careers in Communication Design, Fashion Design, or Industrial Design by a passionate faculty, rigorous academic endeavors, and a world-class professional practice (co-op) program.

Communication Design: In this program, students receive a foundation in visual communication problem solving. The core of the curriculum is a series of sequential design studios that help students develop critical and visual thinking skills along with essential design processes. Students develop in areas including graphic design, interaction design and motion design, and reinforce their skills in a unique 5-year curriculum alternating semesters of education with professional practice experiences. Faculty develop research or creative work in a broad range of areas.

Essential Functions

  • This position requires a full-time teaching load of 15 credit hours per academic year, which entails developing and delivering course content, projects, and supporting materials for skill-based demonstrations. This includes integrated theoretical and practical design assignments with emphasis in interaction, interface, and/or experience design and attention to form-making with digital media, information, and communication technologies. Teaching will primarily occur at the undergraduate level but may include opportunities to teach in the Master of Design program. Candidates are expected to conduct and publish research in the field of communication design and/or User Experience/User Interface (UX/UI) design and, in time, will also be expected to provide leadership in faculty and/or student research initiatives and curricular development within the program. Successful candidates are expected to maintain current knowledge and skills related to the field of communication design and UX/UI design, which include but are not limited to, information visualization and navigation, computational and generative visual systems, interactive prototyping and product service design, design with AI/ML, and design for accessibility, theory, methods, and collaboration. As the Sallie Baldwin Endowed Professor, candidates will be expected to apply alternative learning and teaching methods, and mentor/work with students with disabilities. A full-time faculty member serves on various School, College, and/or University committees.

Minimum Requirements
Include all the following prior to effective date of the appointment:

  • Master's degree in communication design, interaction design, or related field. One year industry experience in the field of interaction design or related field.

Application Process
The position is available August 15, 2023. Review of applications will begin January 1, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. For more information about the School of Design and the Programs, please visit:

Interested applicants must apply online only at

To be considered for this position, please upload: 

  • CV/Resume.  Cover Letter. Statement of Teaching Philosophy.  Three References. Portfolio of Candidate Work (submit as a link or web address).  Portfolio of Work Created by Students Under Candidate Teaching - if applicable (submit as a link or web address). Please use the "Additional Documents" feature to upload these additional documents.

Compensation and Benefits
UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience. Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage. Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program. Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans. Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave. Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents. Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.




The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.

As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


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