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Assistant Professor, Art & Design (Graphic Design)

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Work type: Faculty 9-Month
Location: Jacksonville (Main Campus)
Categories: Faculty

Jacksonville State University

Assistant Professor, Art and Design

Jacksonville State University is seeking applicants for a tenure-track position in Visual Communication/Graphic Design at the rank of Assistant Professor. The selected candidate will be expected to teach a 3/3 at all levels of visual communication design from undergraduate to graduate with an emphasis on UI/UX and motion graphics classes, fully engage in departmental duties, committee work, campus activities and scholarship.

The Department of Art + Design at Jacksonville State University, accredited by NASAD, offers an MFA in Visual Communication Design and BA and BFA degrees with concentrations in Ceramics, Illustration, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, and Printmaking. The department also offers minors in Studio Art and Art History.

The Visual Communication/Graphic Design program at JSU is extremely competitive, and fosters a culture of passion, craftsmanship, and an atmosphere of play. Both graduate and undergraduate design students are winning local, regional, national, and international awards.

The College:

The JSU College of Arts, Humanities, & Sciences (CAHS) strives for academic excellence by providing a learning-centered environment where students cultivate critical thought, intellectual curiosity, and an expansive worldview. The College offers graduate and undergraduate degrees across a wide variety of disciplines including Art, Biology, Chemistry, English, Film, Foreign Languages, History, Geography, GIS and Technology, Integrated Studies, Mathematics, Music, and Theatre. The College also supports the university’s general education curriculum and specialized programs, encouraging global engagement and ethical leadership.  Its diverse and accomplished faculty promote scholarly, creative, and service activities consistent with the College's academic and professional strengths. 

The University:

Jacksonville State University, also known as the “Friendliest Campus in the South,” dates back to 1883 and offers 24 fields of study for bachelors’ and masters’ degrees and an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students.

Located one hour east of Birmingham, an hour and a half west of Atlanta, and two hours south of Chattanooga, the city of Jacksonville is surrounded by the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains & Talladega National Forest. The area offers breathtaking scenery year round, miles of hiking trails, biking, bird watching, hunting, fishing, and camping. Specific points of local interest are the Chief Ladiga Trail (Alabama’s premiere rail-trail), The Berman Museum & Anniston Museum of Natural History, and Cheaha State Park.


Essential Functions:

The selected candidate will be expected to teach all levels of visual communication design from undergraduate to graduate; fully engage in departmental duties such as committee work; engage in campus activities; and maintain an active record of scholarship/creative activity.

Physical Requirements:

Candidates should possess the ability to prepare and present lectures, evaluate students, and be available for advising students during office hours. Candidates should be capable of reading documents written in English. Candidates should be able to move from building to building on campus and travel off-campus occasionally for professional meetings or development.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

Successful candidate must have a broad understanding of contemporary critical theory and practice, mastery of current industry standard design software, and a strong grounding in traditional design, typography, UI/UX, and motion graphics principles demonstrated in her/his own and students’ work. Applicants should demonstrate a strong record of scholarly/creative activity.

Minimum Qualifications:

This position requires an MFA from a regionally accredited institution in Graphic Design, Visual Communication, or similar design degree.

Experience using current Adobe Creative Suite and industry standard UI/UX software required.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Strong grounding in traditional design, typography, UI/UX, and motion graphics principles in her/his own and students’ work, will be demonstrated in the candidate’s portfolio.

To demonstrate a record of professional and creative accomplishment, creative work samples are required to be submitted in a digital portfolio. Submission of 20 samples of creative work in pdf or URL format, and 20 samples of students' work in pdf or URL format are required.

Application must be made online with a curriculum vitae, artist statement, teaching philosophy, cover letter, and unofficial copies of transcripts.

Review of applications will begin after the position closes on January 8, 2024.

This position has an anticipated start date of August, 2024.

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Equal Employment Opportunity: JSU is an Equal Employment, Equal Opportunity, and Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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