Assistant Professor, Graphic Design

Lehigh University | Bethlehem, Pa

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2 weeks ago

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Job description

The Department of Art, Architecture and Design at Lehigh University invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Graphic Design. Applicants should hold an MFA or equivalent terminal degree in their field and have previous teaching experience. The position will begin August 2022.

Applicants should have an exemplary creative practice and scholarship that are already being recognized for their excellence and impact, and that engage with and contribute to the critical issues and questions of their field today. Evidence of these may include exhibitions, residencies, awards, reviews, publications, and other forms of juried or peer review work, as well as professional and client-based projects comparably recognized.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach introductory through advanced-level undergraduate courses in graphic design and web design in regular rotation. Additional expertise in a secondary area of specialization—such as interaction accessibility, communication, or user-experience design; data visualization; or design history, theory, and criticism—that will contribute to and deepen the department’s course offerings is desirable. The appointee will also have the opportunity to teach and advise the department’s student-run design studio, Fusion, an interdisciplinary laboratory for impactful community-focused, design-build, and experiential learning projects beyond the classroom. The standard teaching load for tenure-track faculty is two courses per semester.

Applications should be received by December 20, 2021. Applicants should apply and submit the following materials through

• Curriculum vitae.
• Letter of interest, outlining the candidate’s creative practice, scholarship, and teaching focus.
• Portfolio of the candidate’s own creative work and scholarship (collated as one PDF)
• Examples of work by candidate’s students, focused on one assignment or project, with explanation of its scope (collated as one PDF)
• Sample syllabi from courses taught or developed
• Response to the statement of values in the department description below, and how candidate intends to contribute to its stated ideals.
• List of three references with contact information (references will only be contacted if the candidate advances in the search)

About the Department of Art, Architecture and Design

This position is one of four concurrently advertised openings in the Department of Art, Architecture and Design, one of Lehigh University’s largest enrolling undergraduate departments. The department offers BA degrees in four majors—art, architecture, design, and art history—as well as minors in each of these areas, museum studies, and apparel design.

We offer an undergraduate education in the arts that combines the depth of an art and design school training with the breadth and flexibility of a liberal arts curriculum. We aim to enable students to become makers and designers, builders and creators—backed by the resources of a national research university that has for generations helped shape innovation, industry, and design in the United States. We also aspire to excellence and distinction in experiential learning by providing students with opportunities to harness the skills they learn in the classroom, both for real-world application and as the basis for service in the community and the world at large.

The department is housed in a 40,000-square-foot teaching and research facility with studio and classroom spaces serviced by the latest technologies and resources, including computer labs, printing facilities, and digital fabrication. We are part of the College of Arts and Sciences—the heart of Lehigh University—offering a wide variety of academic majors, minors, and interdisciplinary programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

The department is particularly interested in providing support to faculty who approach their work as a means for dialogue, inclusion, remediation, and service in both the university setting and within the community, and who are thinking in innovative ways about the future of their discipline in contemporary and post-pandemic life. It is strongly committed to centering diverse identities and experiences among its faculty and curriculum, and modeling for students of all backgrounds, particularly those from historically underrepresented and structurally marginalized groups, that there is a place and opportunity for them within the arts at both the academic level and in professional life. These values are central to the department’s mission and purpose.

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