The Graphic Design program at Western Carolina University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in Graphic Design to begin Fall 2020 at the rank of assistant or associate professor (a maximum of 2 years university service is negotiable towards tenure for previously tenured faculty. Appointments with tenure are not available).
Situated in the School of Art and Design, the Graphic Design program merges innovative graphic design with print, digital and interactive media into a dynamic interdisciplinary curriculum. Students are expected to learn an expanded definition of design, a wide range of process-oriented skills, conceptual project development, formal experimentation, critical thinking, and to practically apply and expand upon this learning through an internship experience.
Located in the heart of the western Carolina mountains WCU is a regional, comprehensive university that emphasizes diversity, community engagement and collaboration with partners from business, industry, nonprofit sectors, health care fields, arts and cultural organizations, and other educational institutions.
This position seeks candidates with interdisciplinary design and art experience who are able to teach a variety of courses in print, emerging technologies, and digital design practices. Ideal candidates will be conversant in both historical and contemporary issues within the discipline, and will be able to connect design practice to issues relevant to global and community concerns. In addition to teaching undergraduate studio and lecture classes the position entails curriculum development, service to the program, school, college, and university, and continued research/creative scholarship. Candidates should have both broad and specialized knowledge in technologies, techniques, and practices in the digital and print spheres, and a minimum of three years of undergraduate teaching in the area of graphic design.
MFA, MDes or equivalent terminal degree from an accredited college or university.
Evidence of design expertise through professional experience or design achievement through peer review, as demonstrated through application materials.
Demonstrated expertise in typography working with print and digital media.
Demonstrated expertise in design utilizing print and emerging interactive technologies.
Degree emphasis in Design related field.
Professional experience in area of design expertise.
Knowledge of issues of professional practice.
Commitment to working effectively with diverse students, faculty and staff, and cultivating equitable and inclusive working and learning environments.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
To be considered, you must apply online.
Hard copy application materials are not considered.
Please attach (1) a letter of application stating how your experience and credentials fulfill the requirements for this position (not to exceed two pages), (2) a teaching philosophy statement addressing your current creative work in relationship to the future of the graphic design discipline including approaches to diversity and inclusion (one-page maximum), (3) a curriculum vitae, (4) a portfolio containing up to 20 digital files (multi-page, single PDF) representing 10 of your creative/scholarly works (may include time-based excerpts no longer than five minutes each), digital files (multi-page, single PDF) of 15 student works created under your direction – if available, an annotated list for both personal and student files, (5) unofficial transcripts, and (6) contact information (e-mail address, phone numbers) for three current references.
Examples of web/video/animation/motion graphics must be listed as hyperlinks within the PDF file and link to portfolio web sites or video sharing sites such as Vimeo. Do not upload motion graphics files. For personal work, state title, media, and date. For student work, provide course title, media, date, and assignment.
The anticipated starting date is August 1, 2020. For questions or additional information, please contact Erin Tapley, Director of the School of Art and Design, 828-227-3598 or [email protected]
WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship
As the westernmost institution in the University of North Carolina system, WCU provides comprehensive educational opportunities to residents in the state’s western region and attracts students from around the globe to explore the region’s vast natural diversity. Founded in 1889 as a teaching college, Western Carolina now provides an education to more than 10,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.