Assistant or Associate Professor of Graphic Design - Human-Centered Design

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Nov 10, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Design & Graphic Arts, Other Arts, Humanities, Women's & Gender Studies, Professional Fields, Architecture
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Description

The School of Visual Arts (SOVA) at Virginia Tech ( ) invites applications for an Assistant- or Associate-level, tenure-track faculty position in graphic design, with a specialization in human-centered design. The ideal hire will complement the current faculty within the Graphic Design Program in the areas of research focus and teaching qualifications.

This position will support both the Graphic Design Program and the Academy of Transdisciplinary Studies , which fosters teaching, research, and service activities that aim to solve complex problems that challenge the boundaries of traditional disciplines. Transdisciplinary research is a key aspect of the Academy of Transdisciplinary Studies, and as such, the successful candidate will have many opportunities to engage with colleagues across the University in their teaching, research and outreach. The candidate will also be expected to provide service to the Academy of Transdisciplinary Studies as needed.

SOVA is housed within the College of Architecture and Urban Studies (CAUS) at Virginia Tech, a comprehensive land grant research university in Blacksburg, Virginia. SOVA has approximately 275 undergraduate majors within four areas (Graphic Design, Creative Technologies, Studio Arts and Art History). The Graphic Design Program currently has three full-time faculty, three part-time/ adjunct instructors, approximately 80 majors, and has been included in GDUSA’s list of “Top 20 Graphic Design Schools” for each of the last four years.

Duties and responsibilities:
  • Teach two courses per semester (four courses per academic year) split between SOVA's Graphic Design Program (typically three courses per year, based on programmatic needs) and the Academy for Transdisciplinary Studies (typically one course per year, based on candidate’s areas of expertise and research)

  • Maintain a strong national/international creative research agenda

  • Maintain an up-to-date proficiency with digital tools and software as they relate to teaching and creative research in design (e.g. Adobe Creative Cloud, iOS, Android, web design, app design, etc.)

  • Maintain contemporary understanding of best practices in design (e.g. UI/UX methodologies, design theories, design ethics, etc.)

  • Contribute to the success of our program, school and the Academy of Transdisciplinary Studies through engaged participation in a collaborative, cross-disciplinary work environment

  • Contribute to school, college, and university-level service and outreach

  • Contribute to curriculum development in the Graphic Design Program

  • Provide service to the Academy of Transdisciplinary Studies as needed.

Required Qualifications
  • Terminal degree in Graphic Design (i.e., MFA, MDes in Graphic Design) or a closely related discipline by appointment start date

  • Demonstrated record of creative research/activity in one or more of the following areas: Human-Centered Design, Human-Computer Interaction, UI/UX Design, Immersive Experiences in Design).

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity.

  • Position requires occasional travel to attend conferences and meetings.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated ability to teach graphic design courses at the introductory, intermediate, advanced and graduate levels as well as additional courses depending on area(s) of specialization

  • Ability to teach graphic design courses to non-majors

  • Demonstrated commitment to transdisciplinary teaching and/or research in areas that align with the Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Academy of Transdisciplinary Studies (

  • Demonstrated record of creative research, practice, and/or teaching in one or more of the following areas: motion graphics, illustration, immersive experiences, environmental graphics, data visualization, web/interaction, typography, branding, design history, and/or design research

  • Demonstrated ability to work with industry in graphic design (e.g. ability to work with national and/or international clients)

  • Demonstrated commitment to leadership in an academic setting.

Required Applicant Documents
  • Letter of intent that includes the candidate’s proven experience and potential capacity to fulfill duties and responsibilities as well as required and preferred qualifications as listed above

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Statement of teaching philosophy including pedagogical approach and values as well as demonstrated understanding of and commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching

  • Research Statement indicating focus of past and current research and future trajectories

  • Diversity Statement highlighting candidate’s efforts to address issues of diversity and inclusion in their professional experience and/or creative work

  • Up to 20 examples of professional work

  • Up to 20 examples of student work (if available)

  • Three references (names and contact information only).

Preferred Applicant Document
  • Summarized teaching evaluations in a table.

For additional questions about this position contact the Search Committee Chair, Jeff Joiner (

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience and rank.

Review Date

January 3, 2022

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Roslyn Garrison at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: November 10, 2021
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