Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) - Design (22-23)

DePaul University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Nov 29, 2021

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


The School of Design within the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University invites applicants for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in September 2022. Job responsibilities include teaching, maintaining research or creative activity, and providing service to the School and the broader institution. The successful candidate will be appointed as a faculty member in the School of Design but will have primary teaching responsibilities in the undergraduate and graduate Graphic Design programs.

Who We Are

Located in the heart of Chicago, the School of Design prides itself on nurturing a diverse body of students to become visionary designers who will become leaders in their fields. The School of Design uniquely comprises a range of design disciplines (graphic, game, interactive, industrial) working closely alongside one another. We are interested in applicants with a focus in graphic design who can foster collaborations with students and colleagues across the school. Our faculty builds bridges within and outside DePaul and engages in community outreach that reflects DePaul's Vincentian Mission. The school has a nationally ranked graphic design program with a faculty engaged in diverse practices from design futures and radical technologies to brand strategy, illustration, and type design. DePaul is on the quarter system, and the teaching load is two courses per quarter. You can learn more about the School of Design and its various programs here:

Faculty in the School of Design are given many forms of support to develop their careers. Faculty have access to cutting-edge equipment and lab spaces, including two well-equipped makerspaces with facilities for fabricating wood, metal, plastics, soft goods, and electronics; recording, film, stop-motion animation, and motion-capture studios; and several VR and AR production spaces. The position features well-paid compensation and support for exhibiting and presenting work at festivals, galleries, museums, and conferences. Colleagues in the School of Design program are dedicated to mutual success and growth, and we are interested in someone who will add new dimensions to our programs.


We are seeking candidates with strong typography skills and expertise in any areas related to graphic design. Qualified candidates should have a terminal degree (MFA, MDes, or equivalent) in graphic design or a related field. A proven commitment to quality teaching at the undergraduate level, a record of professional creative practice, and evidence of working collaboratively are required. Ideal applicants will be able to teach both theoretical and practical hands-on courses, will have experience in design research, and be motivated to work with faculty and students on building curriculum, leading school-wide initiatives, and participating on collaborative projects.

We are especially interested in candidates whose work and interests align with DePaul’s Vincentian mission which calls on the university to address the great questions of our day, promoting peaceful, just, and equitable solutions to social and environmental challenges. Specifically, the School of Design is working to develop curricula that address diversity and anti-racism and respond to contemporary industry trends, societal issues, and dynamic, intersecting design disciplines. You can read more about DePaul’s mission here:

DePaul University seeks applicants that reflect the diversity of its student body and the city of Chicago. Applicants who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to an inclusive climate are encouraged to identify their experiences in these areas in their diversity statement. Women and members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions

For priority consideration, apply by December 15, 2021; applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

To apply please submit the following application materials:

  1. a cover letter describing your experience and interests
  2. a CV
  3. a statement of teaching philosophy
  4. a portfolio of creative work
  5. syllabi from prior courses or a detailed syllabus for a proposed course
  6. a diversity statement that addresses your values, experiences and future plans concerning diversity, equity, and inclusion in your teaching and/or creative work/research
  7. names and contact details of three references who have agreed to provide a reference letter


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

DePaul University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, martical status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.

Safety and Security Statement - Clery Act:

A copy of DePaul University's Safety and Security Information Report and Fire Safety Report is available upon request.  The report includes statistics about crimes that occurred on campus and public property immediately adjacent to campus.  The report includes institutional policies concerning campus security, sexual assault and other matters.  It also includes fire statistics, fire safety practices and standards of the institution.  A copy of this report can be obtained by contacting the Crime Prevention Office at 773-325-7775 or by visiting the DePaul Public Safety website at

Title IX Statement:

Federal Title IX policy requires that all colleges and universities make known the contact information for the person responsible for coordinating its efforts to comply with Title IX responsibilities.  At DePaul University, the Title IX Coordinator is Kathryn Statz.  Her office is located in Lincoln Park on the 3rd floor of the Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield Avenue.  She can be reached at 312-362-8970, or

Required COVID-19 Vaccination:

Employment at DePaul University is contingent upon receiving all recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccine or having a valid religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated.  To request a medical or religious exemption, please email

Required Background Check:

Employment at DePaul University is contingent on passing a background check.  Only final candidates who are extended an offer of employment will undergo a background check.

Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse & Neglect:

Upon accepting an offer of employment with the university, you will also be required to sign an Acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status at the time of hire.  A mandated reporter is required to make a report to the Illinois DCFS Hotline whenever there is a reasonable cause to believe that a child known to them in their professional or official capacity may be abused or neglected.  For more information, please visit the following pages: 

Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS)

Illinois Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act


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