Assistant/Associate Professor of Graphic Design

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
Arkansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Apr 25, 2023

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Type of Position:Faculty - Non-Tenure

Workstudy Position:


Job Type:Regular

Work Shift: Day Shift (United States of America)

Sponsorship Available:


Institution Name: University of Arkansas at Fort Smith

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is a vibrant mid-sized public university dedicated to breaking the higher education mold by bringing truly transformative, hands-on experiences to every student. From high school seniors to senior professionals, first-generation students to second-chancers, our goal is to provide a high-quality, future-focused education that honors each student's unique, personal situations and goals. Our tiered approach to learning offers students access to more than 80-degree plans and programs including certificate, associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse population of Arkansas, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, and perspectives.

Located on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border and situated in a region of lakes, Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and features a vast array of cultural activities, shopping, dining, and entertainment, including a thriving downtown entertainment district. Parks, trails, and water recreation are all within the city limits, and true outdoor enthusiasts will find the area’s lakes, streams, and mountains offer adventure only minutes away from campus. Fort Smith was recently named by Forbes as the number one city in America for the cost of living, and a top city in the nation for the highest-paying tech jobs. The city is within easy driving distance of Tulsa, Kansas City, Dallas, Little Rock, and Memphis.

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Department:Art and Graphic Design

Department's Website:

Summary of Job Duties:The Department of Art and Design seeks a committed educator with a demonstrated ability to teach broadly throughout a generalist Graphic Design curriculum. Candidates should have knowledge of a diverse range of approaches in the field of graphic design. Successful candidates will have emphasis in typography, branding, publication design, and/or emerging technologies. Candidates with interest in collaboration between Graphic Design and the Department’s other disciplines will be viewed favorably; such disciplinary areas include Book Arts, Letterpress, Printmaking, Drawing & Painting, and Art History.

This position will be assigned courses in lower- and upper-level Graphic Design and relevant Foundations courses. The appointment includes a 3/2 teaching load, maintenance of scholarship/creative practice, and service expectations including, but not limited to committee service, student advising, and departmental collaboration. The Art Department at UAFS offers a B.A. in Studio Art, a B.S. in Graphic Design, and minors in Art History and Studio Art. The program holds NASAD accreditation. The B.S. in Graphic Design at UAFS boasts an active alumni network and strong job placement rates. It is housed within the Windgate Art & Design building, home to robust facilities for Design, Book Arts and Letterpress, Printmaking, Digital Photography, Drawing, and Painting.

The position reports to Art Department Head.


Required Education and/or Work Experience
: Terminal degree in Graphic Design, visual communication preferred; notable equivalent experience may be considered in extraordinary circumstances. Documented creative practice in Design. Qualifying terminal degrees must be complete prior to date of hire.

Preferred Education and/or Work Experience: Area of expertise is open; those with interests or training in more than one subject area are preferred. Experience teaching at the college or university level strongly preferred. Preferred research interests include: typography, branding, and/or emerging technologies. Experience with print production and/or digital fabrication will be viewed favorably. Ability to draw curricular connections between Graphic Design and Book Arts, Letterpress, and/or studio art preferred. Membership in professional organizations related to field of expertise is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

To perform the job successfully, the following competencies are required for the essential functions of this position:
  • Diverse knowledge in the field of Graphic Design;
  • Excellent pedagogical knowledge and skills;
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills;
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with a team;
  • Knowledge and experience with assessment of student learning in the discipline, as well as in general education.
  • Ability to appropriately use instructional technologies
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Teach upper and lower-level courses in graphic design and related courses, including Foundations
  • Participate in professional, university, and departmental service
  • Maintain active creative practice appropriate to discipline
  • Advise and mentor students
  • Assess and evaluate student learning
  • Facilitate and respond to diverse student learning needs
  • Employ an inclusive and inventive approach in the classroom
  • Other duties as assigned
Other Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • A commitment to inclusive teaching practices, with specific knowledge of such practices’ implications for pedagogy and professional training in Graphic Design
  • Knowledge of the historical and cultural context with which the candidate’s work and teaching engages.
  • Maintain productive working relationships with students, faculty, and staff of diverse backgrounds
  • Implement a variety of teaching methods, with potential teaching in diverse instructional modalities
  • Contribute to recruitment and retention efforts
  • Collaborate with colleagues and department head to plan, implement, and evaluate curriculum
  • Support student organizations and related activities
  • Attend and participate in an all faculty and administrative meetings, Student Research Symposium, commencement ceremonies, and other meetings/events as required
  • Other duties as assigned.
Responsible for maintaining a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner to foster teamwork and by providing leadership to subordinates. Requires consistent on-time attendance.

Additional Information:

Salary Information:


Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, Diversity Statement, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Other (see special instructions for details), Statement of Teaching Philosophy, Unofficial/Official Transcript(s)

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Special Instructions to Applicants:Portfolio (10-15 works, pdf accepted, website preferred); Student Work Samples (10-15)

Recruitment Contact Information:

HR 479-788-7080

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

This position may be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check, sex offender registry check, financial history background check, and/or drug screening. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background checks and drug screening information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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Benefits Eligible:Yes

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