Assistant Professor - Sustainable Futures: Communication Design

San Jose State University
California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jan 27, 2023

Position Rank and Title: Assistant Professor of Design

Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank as established by the CSU Salary Schedule . See Benefits Summary for details about the CSU’s excellent employment benefits. Anticipated salary range: $85,000 - $90,000 annually.

Target Start Date: August 17, 2023

Application Deadline: February 28, 2023 (Applications accepted until position is filled or closed)

Position Description

Sustainable Futures: Communication Design

The Department of Design invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position to direct the Bachelor of Arts Design Studies Program (BADS). The ideal candidate will be able to operate within the theme of “Sustainable Futures: Communication Design.” The appointment will be made at the level of Assistant Professor. The anticipated start date is August 1, 2023.

BADS, launched in 2019 as a liberal arts degree, allows students to curate an educational experience that spans animation, graphics, industrial, interaction, and interior design. The program graduated 500 students in the spring of 2020, however, it needs direction and focus. We wish to hire a designer to develop a curriculum that will address ways that design can be characterized and practiced through creative, sustainable, and accessible technological experimentation and will prepare students for future challenges that no longer conform to the boundaries of traditional and siloed design disciplines. We live in the Anthropocene, an era of human change that has caused climate change, rapidly changing media systems, migratory populations, and pandemia. The convergence of design and bootstrap technologies can offer unique insight and skills on how to navigate these complex conditions within our society and in California specifically. Successful candidates will be dedicated to design research, scholarship and creative activities that leverage multidisciplinary collaborations, creative computation, and digital tools to create new approaches and impact. These might include but are not limited to design as an interface to information, the creation of intelligent design tools, speculative and creative computation, data-rich installations, critical approaches to machine learning and artificial intelligence. We are interested in new modes of design practice, and new approaches to the social, cultural and ethical aspects of design, which will benefit our students from our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

This new faculty member’s academic assignment will include the creation of a clear path(s) for students enrolled in the BADS program, 90% of whom are currently focused on the area of graphic and communication design. The candidate will share student advising, curriculum development for BADS, and student assessment responsibilities. The candidate is expected to bring new ideas and suggestions for developing cross-disciplinary foundation skills and broad knowledge in interdisciplinary design practices for the future of the BADS program. The candidate may also be involved in the forthcoming Master of Design (MDes) program.

The Department of Design and San José State University value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our research, teaching, and service excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. SJSU enrolls more than 36,000 students, many of whom are historically underserved, around 45% are first-generation and 38% are Pell-recipients. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. The university’s commitment to social justice extends from its vibrant, inclusive campus to an international network of over 275,000 alumni. As such, San José State is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service. We ask that all applicants include a Diversity Statement with their application package. A guide to writing this statement can be found at SJSU Diversity Statement Guidelines , along with information about how these statements will be evaluated.

Required Qualifications

  • A terminal degree (MDes, MFA, Ph.D.) in Graphic Design or related discipline is required. Completion of the degree must occur before the targeted start date.
  • The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability and skills to teach principles of graphic design, interdisciplinary approaches in the fields of graphic design and problem solving skills for visual communication design.
  • The candidate must exhibit an understanding of design within historical, socio-cultural, economic, and technological contexts and demonstrate a command of fundamental visual literacy and exploration.
  • Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a socially and economically diverse student population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Priority will be given to candidates who possess one or more of the following:
  • At least 2-5 years of professional experience in design and university teaching experience in design or design-related courses are desired qualifications
  • Professional experience and mastery in three or more following specializations: graphic design, information design, interaction design, motion graphic design, and design thinking, emerging technologies.
  • A track record of successful or demonstrated potential for success, research, or creative activities that are relevant to the position and that results in recognition (published, exhibited, awarded).
  • Expertise in image making, typography, and visual exploration using digital media with applications.
  • Candidates should be able to teach at all levels (both lower division and upper division courses) in graphic design (e.g., basic 2D design, typography, digital software for graphic design, fundamental motion design, and interaction design) and demonstrate the ability to interact and/or collaborate with colleagues in a multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary environment.

Key Responsibilities

  • Along with regular teaching assignments, the appointee will share student advising, curriculum development, and student review responsibilities. The ability to attract funding and project sponsorship is also expected. Effectiveness in academic assignment, scholarly, creative, and professional activity, and department/college/university service are all required to achieve tenure and promotion.
  • Responsibilities will include major advising of students, program and curriculum development, new student recruitment, grant writing, and associated organizational duties. Candidates must address the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language, and academic preparation – through course materials, teaching strategies, and advisement.
  • The candidate will participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committees and other service assignments.
  • Faculty shall organize all their classes within the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS).
  • The candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.

Other Duties

Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and CSU systemwide policy, some faculty duties may lead to designation as a Campus Security Authority (CSA). CSAs are required to complete Clery Act training and to immediately report Clery incidents to the institution.

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents. For full consideration, please send the following materials by January 25, 2023.
  • letter of interest (PDF)
  • Resume / CV (PDF)
  • Diversity Statement (PDF)
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Samples of Student Works (PDF)
  • Statement of Research Intent (PDF)
  • Design Portfolio (PDF/Link to Website)
  • Three References with contact information (search committee will contact the references for only final candidates)
Questions may be directed to Associate Professor Han ( Include Job Requisition Number on all correspondence.

Conditional Offer

The work for this faculty position is located in the State of California. Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Proof of immunization against COVID-19 or proof of a medical or religious exemption and compliance with testing protocols is required for employment. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current employee who was conditionally offered the position.

San José State University: Silicon Valley's Public University

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley — one of the most innovative regions in the world — San José State University is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system and the first public university in the West. Recognized as a leading transformative educational institution, San José State is an essential partner in the technological, economic, cultural, and social development of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area, and California. SJSU is a top-200 school nationally in research funding and the second highest in research productivity in the CSU system. Cutting-edge research, world-class scholarship, student-centered learning, diverse communities, and commitment to social justice, allow SJSU to provide life-changing opportunities and advance the public good locally and globally.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University prohibits discrimination on the basis of Age, Ancestry, Caste, Color, Disability, Ethnicity, Gender, Gender Expression, Gender Identity, Genetic Information, Marital Status, Medical Condition, Military Status, Nationality, Race, Religion, Religious Creed, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Sex Stereotype, and Veteran Status. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Campus Security and Fire Safety Notification

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now available for viewing at . The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and Sexual Assault prevention information, and information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San José State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at 408-924-1501 or by email at

Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) is available at . The purpose of this report is to disclose statistics for fires that occurred within SJSU on-campus housing facilities for the three most recent calendar years and to distribute fire safety policies and procedures intended to promote safety on Campus. A paper copy of the AFSR is available upon request by contacting the Housing Office by phone at 408-795-5600 or by email at

Advertised: January 27, 2023 (9:00 AM) Pacific Standard Time
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