Assistant Professor - School of Art - Graphic Design
Bowling Green State University
Location: Bowling Green, Ohio
Higher Education Institution
Assistant Professor in Graphic Design/Integrative Design, tenure-track, at Bowling Green State University. The successful applicant will join a collaborative and engaged Graphic Design division dedicated to graduating thinkers with curious minds. Our program values design context to social, political, technological, ecological, and economic issues across the relationship of the message between the medium, place, and receiver. We emphasize the understanding and development of visual language that influences behaviors and experiences to improve everyday lives. We seek a candidate with a zeal for teaching and supporting diverse groups in the classroom, our community, design work, and beyond. A successful candidate will have strong design history, thinking, or making background supported by practice and research interests that address contemporary design areas and issues.
Expectations of the role
1.Teach undergraduate and graduate courses across all levels in graphic design and integrative design with a learner focus.
2.Contribute to the development, planning, maintenance, and revisions of the Graphic Design curriculum in context to social, political, technological, ecological, and economic issues.
3.Engage in undergraduate and graduate student advising, recruitment, and mentorship, which requires in and out of class time meetings and events.
4.Promote the value of design, design education, and our programs by contributing to design advocacy across campus and communities and actively participating in conferences, workshops, and lectures.
5.Be critically engaged in the changing field of graphic/communication/integrative design with commitment to social responsibility, equity, justice, inclusion, and advocacy through research, creative practice, and service.
6.Actively participate in a collaborative team environment across all levels of the institution and the field of design through service roles.
7.Demonstrate leadership that supports diverse identities, positionality, and a sense of belonging.
8.Participates in promotion and content creation of social media, program website, and events of the Graphic/Integrative design programs.
redentials Required for Application
Only complete applications will be considered. Please include:
•Formal cover letter of application
•Current curriculum vitae
•Statements of design and teaching philosophy
•Names and contact information of three individuals who will provide a current, original letter of recommendation (dated within past year).
•15–20 examples each of professional AND student work with a description list (title of work, year, media, and specification of student/personal/client/etc.)
The examples of professional and student work materials must be submitted as a URL or as a consolidated and organized PDF uploaded to Hire Touch.
If you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation to apply for a position with Bowling Green State University, please call 419-372-8421. Finalists must provide official transcripts and pass a background check prior to employment.
Application Deadline: Position is open until filled, but for fullest consideration, please submit a completed application by January 20, 2023
Bowling Green State University is a nationally ranked public university, on a residential 1338-acre campus centrally located between Chicago and Cleveland in Bowling Green, Ohio, named among the top “100 Best College Towns in America.” BGSU is the largest employer in Wood County with more than 1200 faculty members. In 2021, Forbes ranked BGSU as the No. 3 midsize employer in the United States, while The Wall Street Journal ranked BGSU as the No. 3 public university for teaching quality. Approximately 19,000 students (including 2,900 graduate students) attend BGSU with over 17% identifying as persons of color, and nearly 5% international. The University invests over $55 million each year to support research and has been awarded more than $20 million in research grants annually. BGSU is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association and the National Association for Schools in Art and Design (NASAD).
The School of Art supports traditional and emerging studio and scholarly practices and is composed of five disciplinary divisions: Art History, Studio Art, Digital Arts, Graphic Design, and Art Education. Currently enrolling 560 undergraduate majors and 32 full and part-time graduate students taught by 34 full-time faculty, the School of Art is the largest program within a public university in Ohio. The School offers BA degrees in Art History, Art, Studio Art and Digital Arts; BFA degrees in Studio Art, Graphic Design, Digital Arts and Art Education; MA degrees in Art History and Art Education (online); an MFA degree with specializations in Two-Dimensional Studies, Three-Dimensional Studies and Digital Arts; and an MDes degree in Integrative Design (hybrid/online). Students and faculty offer their skills and capacities to a wide range of impactful community projects and partnerships. The School celebrates the extraordinary range of backgrounds, cultures, perspectives, work styles, education, rank, skills, and experiences integral to the advancement of culture through art, design and scholarly practices -- approaching inclusion as a collaborative and ongoing process leading to an ever stronger and more vibrant learning community. Additional information about the School of Art and its programs may be found at https://www.bgsu.edu/arts-and-sciences/school-of-art.html
Bowling Green State University’s Graphic Design and Integrative Design division educates and mentors its students to become independent and collaborative innovators and leaders in graphic and integrative design. Our program is dynamic, enterprising, and responsive and leads to a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Graphic Design or a Master of Design (MDes) in Integrative Design. Our multi-faceted curricula merge design ideologies and research with appropriate aesthetic and communication methods through intensive critical analysis, exploration, and experimentation. Students are taught and trained to be mindful professionals and socio-politically aware stewards of the profession and the world. Our practical and theoretical approach to fostering and promoting communication clarity is the foundation for a progressive and fluid curriculum that graduates thinkers with curious minds. In May 2023, the division will host the 18th annual UCDA Design Education Summit, Same/Difference: Creating accessible, integrative, and inclusive futures.
Any questions can be directed to Jenn Stucker, Graphic Design Search Chair, [email protected] All finalists will be required to authorize and pass a background check prior to offer of employment.
BGSU is an AA/EEO/Vet employer. We encourage applications from women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities regardless of age, gender identity, genetic information, religion, or sexual orientation.
•Completion of the requirements for a terminal degree (e.g., MFA, MGD, MDes or PhD) in a design-related field (e.g., graphic design, design/visual communications, design and technology) from an accredited university by the start of employment in August 2023.
•University-level teaching experience as instructor of record in design-related programs and at least two semesters as a TA.
•Creative/research work in one or more of the following areas of focus; Design for Social Impact/Justice, Accessibility, Design Ethics, Machine Learning (AI), Prototyping in hybrid environments, Phygital experiences, Design Thinking and Strategy, or UI/UX design. Candidates should have a record of contributing to critical discourse in design, and through their work demonstrate an awareness of the cultural context of the discipline.
•Advanced technical proficiency of appropriate software applications (Adobe CS, HTML, CSS) for interactive and print outputs, as demonstrated in portfolio work (see application materials).
•Recognized professional practice as a graphic/communication/strategy designer of client-initiated or self-initiated design development; and/or demonstrated record of academic scholarship in graphic/communication/strategy design.
•Demonstrated expertise in Emerging Media Design (Interaction/Experience Design, UI/UX Design, Motion/Time-Based, Machine Learning, et. al.), AND one or more of the following areas: Design Justice, Information Design/Data Visualization, Integrative Design, Design Thinking and Ethics, Design Entrepreneurship, Human-Centered Design, Design Theory/Criticism, Service Design, or Social Impact Design.
•Awareness, understanding of, and appreciation for the practical and theoretical issues and methodologies surrounding graphic/integrative design, both in physical and digital environments., as demonstrated, for example, by recognized conference presentations, workshops, leadership and facilitation activities, community projects, academic writings, or design works on practical and theoretical issues and methodologies surrounding graphic/integrative design, both in physical and digital environments.
•Mastery of technology currently used in professional practice (prototyping, Web 3.0, AI/AR) of communication design, and willing to self-educate about technology as standards and practice change.
•Creative/ research work reflective of social responsibility in justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.
•Demonstrated ability to develop partnerships or grants within and outside of the university, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
•Experience in interdisciplinary collaborations, connections, or community engagement (such as project creation, facilitation, and leadership).
Bowling Green State University is a nationally ranked public university committed to redefining student success in a high-achieving, innovative environment. In 2021, Forbes ranked BGSU as the No. 3 midsize employer in the United States, highlighting the University’s commitment to its faculty and staff. Serving as the core of the University’s academic community, more than 800 full-time faculty members are engaged in teaching, research and creative activities, with over 2,000 full-time staff members to support the operations and education of over 20,000 students. Bowling Green State University provides experiences that enhance lives. Students are prepared for lifelong career growth, lives of engaged citizenship and leadership in a global society. U.S. News and World Report names BGSU as one of the top public universities nationwide with a strong commitment to first-year programs that lead to success. Within our transformative learning community, we build a welcoming, safe and diverse environment where the creative ideas and achievements of all can benefit others throughout Ohio, the nation and the world.