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Assistant Professor - Graphic Design - (FAC003181)

University of Houston
Houston, Texas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Nov 2, 2023

The School of Art at the University of Houston, a Tier-One public research university, seeks applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Graphic Design to begin Fall 2024. The program seeks outstanding candidates who understand the implications of design in relationship to broader social, cultural, economic, scientific, and technological forces; has the ability to inspire students and to help them develop skills necessary for the translation of meaningful ideas into innovative and actionable solutions to real world problems; and can assist with the development and support of the program’s relationships with external partnerships and non-profit institutions. The successful candidate will have an active research practice with the potential to achieve national or international recognition and a developing record as a teacher and mentor.

Responsibilities include teaching a 2/3 load each year. Courses may include foundation, intermediate and advanced undergraduate courses as well as graduate-level studio courses. Advanced and graduate courses will likely include studio courses for majors in the candidate’s area of expertise. Outside of the classroom, the candidate will be responsible for mentoring students; maintaining an ongoing record of design research and/or creative/critical practice; sharing responsibilities within the Graphic Design Program; and serving on committees at the School, College, and University levels.

About the School of Art
The School of Art faculty are leaders in their fields, with MacArthur, MacDowell, and Guggenheim Fellows among their ranks. The School is situated in the McGovern College of the Arts, the culturally rich and innovative home of the visual and performing arts at the University of Houston, which is located in the thriving and dynamic arts city of Houston. The University of Houston has been recognized as one of the most diverse public research university in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. It is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) by the U.S. Department of Education.

About the University of Houston
The University of Houston is the leading public research university in Houston and the third largest university in Texas. In 2021, UH enrolled more than 47,000 students in 276 undergraduate and graduate academic programs. UH awards more than 11,000 degrees annually and has more than 360,000 alumni. The City of Houston, Texas is the fourth-largest city and one of America’s great arts destination cities for the twenty-first century.

How to Apply
Applicants are required to submit:
  • Cover letter/Letter of application
  • CV
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Three professional references (names and contact information only at this time)
  • Link to creative/academic/professional work (20 slides)
Applicants have the option to submit:
  • Link to portfolio of representative student work (15 slides)
Preferential deadline is January 5, 2024 but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The University of Houston is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples.

The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution and recognizes protected classes of race, color, sex (including pregnancy), genetic information, religion, age (40 and above), national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or status, and gender expression as required by federal law. Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Qualifications :

Minimum Qualifications

MFA or MDes in Graphic Design; engagement with emerging technologies; experience with user experience design; interaction design or the equivalent. An ability to build on a personal/professional design research agenda and/or creative/critical practice.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of and skills with emerging technologies; HTML+CSS, JavaScript and CMS.

Applicants for the position are expected to exhibit the following core values and competencies:
  • Passion, energy and tenacity;
  • Integrity and collegiality;
  • An ability to attract resources, including grants or other external sources of support, that advance the school’s mission;
  • An aptitude for building dynamic degree programs and recruiting top-tier students;
  • An ability to find creative solutions to difficult problems.
School of Art faculty are also committed to:
  • Excellence in the arts, arts education and arts scholarship;
  • Fostering student growth and success;
  • Collaboration with others, both within and across disciplines.
Notes to Applicant: Official transcripts are required for a faculty appointment and will be requested upon selection of final candidate. All positions at the University of Houston are security sensitive and will require a criminal history check.

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