Assistant Professor - Graphic Design

Marshall University
West Virginia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Oct 18, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Design & Graphic Arts
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
The School of Art & Design at Marshall University seeks applicants for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Graphic Design, beginning August 2022. The successful candidate will teach three undergraduate courses per semester in the graphic design area. Responsibilities will also include teaching design principles and Adobe CC in the Foundations area, mentoring students in research and creative activity, supporting student design internships, area management, and maintaining scholarly/creative design research. Additional related duties include academic advising, curriculum development, and service to the institution and community. The School of Art and Design strives to have its faculty and staff reflect the diversity of its student body and encourages those from diverse and underrepresented identities/communities to apply.  

The School of Art & Design is housed in two separate facilities dedicated to Art Education, Art History, Ceramics, Fibers, Foundations, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. Faculty teaching in all disciplines are committed to providing students with a rigorous, interdisciplinary curriculum that encourages both conceptual and aesthetic innovation. Specifically, the Graphic Design area prepares students for a career in the design field by emphasizing client- and community-based practices, requiring internship experience, and mentoring students in AIGA and other professional activities. It is our largest area of emphasis for BFA majors. 

  The School of Art and Design is uniquely located in the Tri-State area. Visit for more information about our school. Marshall University plays an important economic and cultural role in the local community and region as a driver of change. Current university commitments include the President’s Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, fellowship opportunities from the Marshall Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia to promote innovative regional scholarship, and a partnership with Fairfield West, a predominantly African-American neighborhood in Huntington and site of the Memphis Tennessee Garrison House.  

Applicants are required to complete an electronic application at by creating an account, filling out the general Marshall University application, and uploading all required materials. Hard copy submission will not be accepted.    A complete application must include the following information.   ·  letter of application ·  CV (with link to personal website) ·  teaching philosophy ·  statement on personal creative and/or client-based work ·  list of three professional references with contact information (no letters) ·  unofficial graduate transcripts  ·  course syllabi (optional) ·  20 examples of professional/creative work containing links for time-based media, description of media, design objectives, and date (combined in one PDF not to exceed 10 MB) ·  20 examples of student work containing links for time-based media, description of media, project, and course (combined in one PDF not to exceed 10 MB)   Applications submitted by January 1, 2022 will receive priority consideration, but the search will remain open until filled. Candidates selected for interviews must have official transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) forwarded by their degree-granting institutions directly to Wendell Dobbs, Interim Dean, College of Arts and Media, Marshall University, Huntington, WV 25755, who must receive these official transcripts before an on-campus interview takes place. Marshall University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Background check will be required.   Applicants must have an MFA in Graphic Design, Visual Communication, New Media, or related field by the time of appointment. Alternatively, applicants who have an MA with three or more years of relevant industry work experience are eligible to apply. The qualified candidate will be an energetic educator and collaborator, and will demonstrate effective communication and problem solving skills. Demonstrated knowledge of traditional design principles and theory, along with contemporary issues/emerging platforms in visual communication is required. Familiarity with typography, print design, and graphic design history is also expected. Applicants must be fluent in Mac OS, Adobe CC, and other industry-standard design software.   The preferred candidate will have college-level teaching experience in a rigorous studio art and design environment and/or a record of of client-based, industry experience. Preferred applicants will demonstrate expertise in one or more of the following areas: print design, web design, application design, information design – IA/UI/UX, brand identity, data visualization, creative coding, or illustration. Interest in team-taught studio art Foundations courses and evidence of commitment to student recruitment/retention are desired. The university places a high priority on candidates who can contribute to the general education curriculum with core courses designated as community-based learning and critical thinking.

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