Assistant Professor, Graphic Design

Lindenwood University


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Job Title: Assistant Professor, Graphic Design                

Department: Graphic Design

Evaluation Group: Faculty

FLSA Status: Exempt

Reports To: Program Chair of Graphic Design


Lindenwood University is seeking a full-time faculty member to teach a full range of courses in the graphic design department within the School of Arts, Media and Communication for the 2017-2018 academic year. The successful candidate will teach three studios courses per semester, advise, and mentor in the Graphic Design Program.

An ideal candidate would possess thorough knowledge in one or more of following areas: advertising art direction, brand strategy, UI/UX design, information visualization, and environmental/experiential design. Candidate should also be fluent in historical and contemporary design methodology, theory, and practice; demonstrate a broad knowledge of technology and emerging media related to design. Candidate should have the ability to teach all levels of graphic design from theory to practice, utilizing research methodologies, strategy-based problem solving, and a user-centered design approach. Applicant should possess effective communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.

Candidate should be student centered and willing to take a leadership role in the growth and expansion of the program. Additional responsibilities will focus on active participation in departmental affairs; program reviews, curriculum development and recruitment of students, course assessment, and service on University committees. In addition, the candidate will provide engagement outside of the classroom with student activities and learning practices in the University and larger community. The successful candidate should be able and willing to provide support for a program that is pursuing NASAD accreditation.

Qualified applicants are invited to apply for the nine-month position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to begin in August 2017. 

Essential Job Functions and Performance Indicators:

Student Learning

  • Teach three studio courses per semester
  • Align course objectives with ILOs.
  • Align course delivery with course/ program goals.
  • Utilize course evaluations to improve student learning in future offerings.
  • Foster an engaging educational environment in the classroom.
  • Integrate personal research, professional work, and/or scholarship into course delivery.        
  • Attend conferences and/or seminars on student learning and pedagogy.

Teacher Learning

  • Show an on-going dedicaton to being current in the design field
  • Demonstrate commitment to professional development in the education field
  • Expand knowledge of teaching methodology in the field.

Student Focus

  • Provide mentorship for art and design students
  • Advise graphic design majors and minors
  • Keep regularly scheduled office hours
  • Connect with students and alumni outside the curriculum.
  • Facilitate internships, professional and/or employment opportunities for students.

Shared Responsibility

  • Participate in committee work when commensurate with departmental needs
  • Address institutional needs in collaboration with colleagues and administration
  • Engage and recruit prospective students
  • Address programmatic needs in collaboration with colleagues.

Subject Matter Expertise

  • Attend conferences and/or seminars related to graphic design
  • Maintain active membership with professional organizations appropriate to the field
  • Remain an active scholar

Job may require other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications – Required qualifications to effectively perform the job.  An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered.  (Additional requirements may be designated by position.)

  • An M.F.A. in Graphic Design or comparable terminal degree is required
  • Two years of university-level teaching experience is preferred with strong evidence of professional achievement, at least five years of industry experience. 

Physical Abilities - Activities that are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.  The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • Ability to occasionally assist in moving design related equipment (i.e. iMac) or loading printing materials (large format inkjet paper)
  • Ability to occasionally assist with installing exhibitions (i.e. hanging artwork or adjusting lighting)

Equal Opportunity Employer

Lindenwood University is an Equal Opportunity employer. The University complies with appropriate federal, state, and local laws and provides equal employment opportunities and access to education programs without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, veteran status, disability, or any other protected status to all qualified applicants and employees. Lindenwood University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and dedicated to providing a positive discrimination-free educational work environment.

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