The Art Department is announcing a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor. The Art Department is committed to excellent teaching, providing students with a rigorous intellectual environment, in a modern, fully-equipped art facility featuring dedicated studios, two galleries, and a MAC computer lab. Students gain knowledge and skills that support their creative process in the visual arts. The core art courses provide the foundation in artistic form and content, while upper-division offerings expand each student’s artistic vision and conceptual foundation for content in their work, and all courses encourage lifelong learning and a passion for making and understanding art. Graphic Design is currently a track within the Art Major.
PRIMARY TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES:
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to teach 21 credit hours (approximately seven courses) per year, mainly within the Art Department, typically three in the fall semester, one during January Term, and three in the spring semester. Potential courses include Graphic Design, Typography, Web Design, Photoshop/Adobe Suite, Digital Photography, and other courses in an area of specialty.
Along with teaching, the professor will be responsible for oversight of the graphic design curriculum, including the Graphic Design track within the Art major and the Front-End Design Development interdisciplinary major, support programs with a graphic design component, serve as mentor and advisor to students, and engage in research and/or creative work. Possibility of developing new courses that contribute to the university’s innovative, interdisciplinary Shared Curriculum. Additional responsibilities include participation in departmental activities and governance, professional and research activities, attending state, regional and national professional association meetings; attending faculty assemblies, development days, and retreat, serving on committees and advising.
REQUIRED JOB KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Demonstrated excellence in creative work, with evidence of current scholarly activity and/or current practice in the field of graphic design
Working knowledge of history and theory relating to design and visual communication
Interest in global/intercultural design issues
Must meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States
Evidence of promise in effectiveness at college-level teaching (demonstrated effectiveness preferred)
A personal commitment to the Christian faith and to the integration of faith and learning
Strong potential for an on-going stream of research in the candidate’s area of specialization
Desire and commitment for increasing the effectiveness in establishing relationships and positive communications across multiple dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to, race, gender, physical limitations, or religious faith (evidence of experience preferred)
A commitment to equal opportunity for all persons
A commitment to the educational mission of Whitworth University as a Christian liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church
About Whitworth University
Since 1890, Whitworth has held fast to its founding mission of providing "an education of mind and heart" through rigorous intellectual inquiry guided by dedicated Christian scholars. Recognized and ranked as one of the top regional colleges and universities in the West, Whitworth University has an enrollment of 2,900 students and offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Located on a 200-acre campus of red-brick buildings and tall pines, Whitworth offers a beautiful, inviting and secure learning environment. More than $83 million in campus improvements have been made over the past decade, including a new center for the visual arts, a landmark general academic building, a new science facility, three new residence halls and several outdoor athletics facilities.