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Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Digital Media

University of North Florida
Florida, United States
$60,000.00 - $62,000.00
Posted date
Oct 21, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Design & Graphic Arts
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of Art, Art History, and Design at the University of North Florida invites applications for a full-time tenure-track assistant professor position in Graphic Design and Digital Media to begin in August of 2022.

The University of North Florida’s Department of Art, Art History, and Design is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The Department comprises six major areas of undergraduate study: Art History, Ceramics, Graphic Design and Digital Media, Painting/Drawing/Printmaking, Photography, and Sculpture. The Department expands learning opportunities for students and provides professional enrichment for faculty and staff through a partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Jacksonville, a cultural institute of UNF. In addition, the Department maintains an extensive permanent teaching collection of approximately 500 works by world-renowned artists.

The Graphic Design and Digital Media (GDDM) program is a competitive limited-access BFA program of study that prepares students for professional practice in visual communication. The curriculum emphasizes design process and principles, technical skills and production methods, and research-driven problem-solving that considers social impact as well as commercial potential. Coursework focuses on print publications, branding and identity programs, typographic design, packaging, UI/UX, and screen-based experiences.

Position Description
The GDDM program seeks a graphic design professor to teach a combination of foundation-level design and specialty courses. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about working with pre-majors to help them develop the fundamental skills necessary for success and advancement in the GDDMprogram. They will bring their own creative experience and professional expertise into the classroom, and will be dedicated to integrating new technology into the curriculum in innovative ways. 

In addition to teaching, the candidate must show ongoing excellence in research, scholarship and/or creative activity. The ideal candidate will demonstrate an outstanding approach to their own creative research through projects, writings, lectures, and other creative activity. Service to the department, college, and university is expected. 

Required Qualifications
Expert knowledge of design principles, typography, layout, and process—in both print and digital media—is required as demonstrated by a creative portfolio. 

Demonstrated experience with practicing, teaching, or researching in two or more of the following areas: typography, publication design, identity design, motion design, interaction design, UI/UX design, art direction, social design, design research, or data visualization.

Candidates must show evidence of advanced technical and production skills using the most current Macintosh operating system, Adobe Creative Cloud, and other design-related software. Excellent communication, collaboration, and organization skills are essential. 

Qualified candidates will have an M.F.A. degree from an accredited institution in graphic design or a related field at the time of appointment in August of 2022. Responsibilities will include a 3/3 undergraduate teaching load, research/creative activity, and service to the department and university.

Preferred Qualifications
Two or more years of college-level teaching experience or graphic design industry work experience, and a background in motion, UI/UX, web, application, interaction or emerging media design.

Required Documentation
The deadline for receiving application materials is January 6, 2022. All documentation must be submitted correctly by the application due date to be considered for the position. 

Please submit the following Required Supplemental Documents as a PDF or website:
  1. Cover letter detailing your professional activity and how it resonates with the position criteria 
  2. Statement of teaching philosophy 
  3. Curriculum vitae 
  4. Unofficial transcripts (finalists will be required to submit official transcripts) 
  5. Portfolio of personal/professional work (labeled), no more than 20 examples 
  6. Department Specific Document: Portfolio of student work (labeled), no more than 20 examples 
  7. Example of a course syllabus, course assignments 


Please address all questions to the search committee chair Blake Coglianese at:

University Statement
UNF is a Carnegie Community Engaged Institution. This designation celebrates the University’s collaboration with community partners from the local to the global level. UNF strategically supports an aim to operate as a preeminent, vibrantly inclusive employer in higher education. UNF cultivates a shared commitment to diverse and inclusive perspectives and a culturally competent and inclusive university environment that values and respects the human differences, dignity, and well-being of every community member. The successful candidate should demonstrate a capacity to work among diverse constituencies in the immediate university community and beyond.

You must apply online at and submit all required documents to be considered an applicant for this position. UNF is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action Institution.
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