The Department of Art in the School of Visual and Performing Arts, part of the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2020.
The successful candidate for this position will be an artist/designer/educator with strong collaboration and communication skills who is committed to teaching excellence and to maintaining an active undergraduate program. The candidate should have a thorough grounding in two-dimensional design skills and should be able to articulate the interrelationships of traditional and emerging technologies along with the History of Art and Design in their practice and pedagogy.
The graphic design program at UWL has seen tremendous growth in the last four years and recently developed an interdisciplinary Digital Media and Design Minor. The department seeks a dynamic and flexible colleague to collaborate in building an innovative curriculum that integrates a wide range of media and technologies from publication, interactive design, large format and 3-D printing.
The Department of Art at UWL is a thriving and diverse community of artists, educators, engaged community members and cultural influencers with world-wide artistic reach, resonance, and recognition. The department houses programs/courses in Art Education, Art History, Blacksmithing, Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. We seek a colleague who is an accomplished artist, has professional experience in graphic design, and demonstrates a commitment to inclusive teaching excellence as well as to the goals of the Department of Art and the University.
The Graphic’s lab/studio is located on the first floor in the Center for the Arts building. We have 23 iMac desktop computers with the Adobe Creative Suit software, a 90” display monitor (perfect for class demonstrations), a 6 color Epson inkjet printer, Xerox office printer and a new Large format HP Printer near the back of the studio.
Teach across the curriculum including: Introductory/Intermediate/Advanced Graphic Design, Graphic Design for Non-Majors, Design Foundations, and/or General Education as assigned by department chair
Engage in a robust program of creative endeavors/scholarship in the discipline of art & design
Continually developing skills in emerging technologies in graphic design
Participating in the recruitment and advising of students in the Art program consistent with the goal to build and sustain the program
Service to the department/university
Coordination and maintenance of graphic design studio
General Education course offerings
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Graphic Design or equivalent degree in graphic design or closely related field
Established academic or professional career with promise of development, and nationally or internationally recognized research and/or creative scholarship
College-level teaching experience
Full time college-level teaching experience
Expertise in Graphic Design print media, design for electronic media (including web design), and Adobe Creative Suite
Experience with 2D and 3D motion graphics
Experience with community outreach and recruiting activities
Experience in the graphic design field as a working professional
Experience with digital art in various media and as a form of artistic expression
Demonstrated commitment to an inclusive and rigorous learning environment
Candidates from diverse backgrounds and those who have experience working with diverse populations are particularly encouraged to apply. Academic year salary is set by the Dean’s Office and includes excellent fringe benefits and insurance programs.
Review of applications will begin on February 1st and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit the following materials as separate documents:
Cover letter that addresses the teaching experience, studio practice, and qualifications noted in the position announcement
Contact information for three references who can speak to the applicant’s skills in teaching, creative work, and/or professional experience
Professional portfolio: Upload a single, multipage PDF including up to 20 samples of personal / professional design work with brief descriptions and artist statement. Inclusion of hyperlinks to interactive and time-based work are welcome.
Evidence of teaching excellence: Upload a single, multipage PDF which may include up to 20 examples of student work, syllabi, course materials
Additional information including academic transcripts may be required at the time of hire
If you have any questions about this position, please contact Brad Nichols, Search & Screen Chair, at [email protected]
Note: Electronic submission of application materials is required. For additional information about this position and to apply, please visit https://employment.uwlax.edu
Please contact the Search and Screen Chair if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process.
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW–La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.
UW-La Crosse's diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as “... our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive." The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience. UW-La Crosse ranks 6th nationally among the Top LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges for 2018-19 by AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO).
For more than a decade UW-La Crosse has been named one of Kiplinger’s 100 Best Values in Public Universities and has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than 15 years, and is ranked #4 on its list of the Best Regional Public Universities in the Midwest.
With a student population of roughly 10,500, the university offers 91 undergraduate programs, 21 graduate programs, and 2 doctoral programs in the following colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education, Professional and Continuing Education. There are over 600 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 75 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 83 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 70 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.
UW-La Crosse’s strategic plan Sustaining Excellence continues to move our community forward through its four pillars: increasing community engagement, achieving excellence through equity and diversity, investing in our people, and advancing transformational education. More information about the ongoing work of Sustaining Excellence is available at www.uwlax.edu/info/strategic-plan.
The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 52,000) located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.
UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives. In support of the Wisconsin Veteran Employment Initiative we encourage veterans and veterans with disabilities to explore employment opportunities at UW-La Crosse.
Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, UW-La Crosse does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UWL fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UWL is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.