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Assistant Professor of Art - Graphic Design, Fine and Performing Arts

Northwest Missouri State University
Maryville, Missouri
Salary for tenure track positions is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience
Start date
Nov 21, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Design & Graphic Arts
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

CONTRACT TERMS: 9 month, Tenure-Track


PRIMARY DUTY:  The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to teach both lower and upper division courses in graphic design. They will exhibit knowledge of the graphic design industry, computer graphics, and emerging trends in contemporary art and design. They will display evidence of professional and creative activity. The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of conceptual approaches and various design practices and their practical applications in a variety of media. They will demonstrate an understanding of design history and methodology. They will have extensive working knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud and its updates. 


The Art Program at Northwest provides a rigorous, student-centered education that encourages risk-taking, exploration, and collaboration. We are a vibrant faculty with a vision for revitalizing our program to meet the challenges of the 21st century. We seek a dynamic colleague in graphic design to help shape the curriculum and grow the program over the next several years. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching graphic design within a robust and collaborative art program at a comprehensive state university. The successful candidate will also demonstrate the ability to work with diverse populations, work collegially, and develop and maintain effective professional relationships within a multi-disciplinary department.



Teach courses and lead and coordinate related activities that incorporate rigorous critical thinking, challenging problem solving, and sound and creative artistic principles to prepare students for success as professional graphic designers. Engage in creative professional activity and in service activities that support the success of the program and department.

  1. Teach lower-division and upper-division graphic design courses, including digitally based courses that employ Adobe Creative Cloud and computer graphics. Teach and serve as department liaison for the interdisciplinary course Knacktive, a student-driven integrated digital marketing communications agency. Maintain, develop, and foster strong relationships with professional agencies, the Graphic Design/Digital Media Advisory Group, the arts community, and university alumni. Teach other courses in art (when so qualified) and perform other program-related duties as assigned by the chair. Demonstrate creative and/or scholarly achievement in the field. Engage in student support by advising and mentoring students. Engage in department and university service.



  1. MFA Degree or equivalent terminal degree. Extensive experience with Adobe Creative Cloud.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Highly collaborative academic environment in a Fine and Performing Arts Department at a regional, comprehensive university. Faculty use Canvas, an online learning management system, and are provided a laptop computer.                  


SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Management of a Mac based computer teaching lab, and supervision of student interns.  The successful candidate will also demonstrate the potential to supervise student employees.


EQUIPMENT/MATERIALS USED:  Laptop computer, Mac and PC-based hardware and software, online course and information management systems as needed, university instruments.            

TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Ability to lift and carry 20 pounds. 


COMMUNITY: Northwest Missouri State University is located in Maryville, Missouri, a community of 12,000 with a diverse economy and a strong industrial base. Maryville is located 45 miles north of St. Joseph, Missouri, 90 miles north of Kansas City, Missouri, and 110 miles southeast of Omaha, Nebraska. For more information visit the city’s website at


UNIVERSITY: With an enrollment of about 10,000 students, Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university that offers a broad range of undergraduate and selected graduate programs on its Maryville campus as well as its Northwest-Kansas City location at the Northland Innovation Center and through Northwest Online.

Founded in 1905 and ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the top public regional universities in the Midwest, Northwest places a high emphasis on profession-based learning to help graduates get a jump start on their careers. Students have opportunities to build their résumés with experiences on campus in nearly every area of study, including the Horace Mann Laboratory SchoolNational Public Radio affiliate KXCV, the R.T. Wright Farm, Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area and Knacktive, a student-driven integrated digital marketing communications agency.

The University is a national model for student success and career placement. In addition, 97 percent of Northwest bachelor’s degree earners and 99 percent of master’s degree earners secure employment or continue their education within six months of graduation, according to the most recent data.

Furthermore, its vibrant and diverse learning community offers more than 150 student organizations, and textbooks and a laptop are included in tuition, which is among the lowest in the nation, saving students an estimated $6,800 over four years. Northwest also offers 1,200 student employment positions, allowing students to build professional skills through its internationally benchmarked student employment program. Designated the Missouri Arboretum, the Northwest campus was named one of the “50 Most Amazing University Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in the U.S.”

For more information about Northwest and its performance, visit


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The search committee looks forward to meeting with candidates for preliminary interviews at the College Art Association’s annual conference in Chicago from Feb 14-17, 2024.





  1. Please complete a Northwest application online form by clicking: .

In addition, on your online application you will also need to submit the application materials listed below for your application to be considered complete. Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 660-562-1127 or email for more information.


APPLICATION MATERIALS: A letter of application, statement of your teaching philosophy, statement of your design philosophy, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcript(s) (official transcripts are needed prior to offer of contract), a pdf of 20 examples of student work from a range of courses, a pdf of 20 examples of your own work, a web link to your website/professional portfolio, and at least three references with current email addresses.



Dr. Karen Britt, Search Committee Chair



Northwest Missouri State University

Northwest is in the middle of everywhere. Everything a college town needs and nothing it doesn’t. We are an active campus with a championship culture. Our goal is student success – every student, every day. We go beyond hands-on learning with profession-based learning. The kind of training that allows a student to know if they are on the right path for their individual journey. At Northwest, we support students in every facet of the college journey.


Northwest has a history of bringing up educators, innovators and leaders since 1905. With 11 academic schools and departments and more than 200 degree programs, students can follow their passion with the support they need to succeed.

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