The Art Department at Siena Heights University seeks applicants to fill a one-year, limited-term, full-time position teaching Graphic Design at the rank of Assistant Professor. This position will begin in August of 2019 and consists of a 3/3 teaching load (9 credit hours per semester) to include introductory through advanced level classes in graphic design. This position includes a benefits package.
Siena Heights University is a private, Catholic, coeducational institution, sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters, located in Adrian, Michigan. The University has an enrollment of approximately 1,100 students on the main campus. The Art Department, Studio Angelico, is a NASAD accredited program with 6 full-time faculty and about 70 majors (approximately half of which are Graphic Design majors). The program offers instruction in Ceramics & Sculpture, Graphic Design, Art History, Painting & Drawing, Photography & Video, and Printmaking & Book Arts with BFA degrees offered in Studio Art and Graphic Design. In addition, the Art Department is home to Klemm Gallery, which hosts exhibitions by a wide range of contemporary artists from across the country.
The Art Department at Siena Heights is a highly collaborative work environment. Faculty work together in developing learning outcomes and curriculum that meet University and NASAD guidelines, assessing students, and participate with recruitment efforts. Philosophically, the faculty encourages its students to take a contemporary, multidisciplinary approach to their work, becoming proficient in additional art media outside their primary focus. This allows students the space to combine any materials and processes in the development of a body of work that reflects their focus, yet is uniquely their own.
The Assistant Professor of Graphic Design is responsible for teaching 9 credit hours per semester to include introductory through advanced level classes in graphic design and in accordance with relevant academic policies. The successful applicant in Graphic Design will provide students with material that are contemporary/experimental in their approach while following NASAD BFA guidelines, and will support the Art Department’s philosophy, its learning outcomes, and the mission of the University. Assist the art department in recruitment and retention efforts. Serve as an academic and professional mentor as well as senior project advisor to Graphic Design majors. Provides feedback and grades to students on a timely basis. Meets deadlines set by the Registrar’s office for grading, including midterms and finals. Participates in learning outcomes assessments and faculty critiques. Ability to design dynamic curriculum, innovative projects and teach professional design practices and workflow from idea generation, through the iterative process, to finished product. Extensive experience working with the Adobe Creative Suite on a Mac platform. Ability to help students incorporate various fine arts practices as well as other academic areas into graphic design. Ability to help students find their unique aesthetic and give voice to their personal interests. Prepare students to be competitive in the field of design or in applying to graduate programs. Assist students in professional development through organizations such as AIGA or UCDA as well as finding internships. Place an emphasis on helping students become critical thinkers and creative problem solvers. Attends to professional development and scholarly/artistic activity. Participates in department, division and faculty meetings, as well as committees, convocations, commencement activities, and faculty workshops. Complete other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the department and division chairs, and the dean.
MFA in Graphic Design, preferred two years teaching experience and/or professional experience in graphic design. Maintain a high degree of excellence in teaching and curriculum development while balancing personal research, professional development and/or an active exhibition record. Additional experience preferred, but not required:
Commercial Print Design
Qualified candidates are invited to submit a combined PDF file containing a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vita, Teaching Philosophy, Sample Syllabi, Embedded links to website with 10-20 examples of personal and student work, and contact information for three professional references (name, address, email, phone number, and work title). The PDF file should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line of the email, please reference the job title of this position to ensure timely review and distribution of your materials. Review of application will begin April 29, 2019 and application materials will continue to be accepted until the position has been filled. EOE
About Siena Heights University
Siena Heights University is committed to attracting, encouraging, and retaining a highly qualified workforce to support our mission of assisting people to become more competent, purposeful, and ethical through a teaching and learning environment which respects the dignity of all. Siena Heights University is a renowned liberal arts institution located in Adrian, Mich. Siena?s success is the result of a diverse workforce coming together to help shape the future. Siena Heights University is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.The results, released today in The Chronicle?s fifth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 46,000 employees at 294 colleges and universities. In all, only 103 of the 294 institutions achieved ?Great College to Work For? recognition for specific best practices and policies. ?We are honored to be recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education,? said SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD. ?Siena Heights tries to build a sense of not only community ? but family ? for our employees. This honor reinforces our belief that Siena Heights is a great plac...e to be, not only for our students, but our faculty, staff and administration as well. We will continue to live our mission of being more competent, purposeful and ethical.?In addition, Siena Heights was only one of two institutions in Michigan to be placed on the Honor Roll, with the University of Michigan being the other. Only 42 institutions nationwide earned this special recognition for being ?the best of the best.? Those that make the Honor Roll are cited most often across all recognition categories. Results are reported for small, medium and large institutions.Siena Heights won honors in five categories this year:Collaborative governance,Confidence in senior leadership, Respect and appreciation Supervisor or department chair relationship, and Work/life balance