The Department of Art, Architecture and Design at Lehigh University invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, effective August 2023.
Applicants should hold an MFA or equivalent terminal degree in Graphic Design, Interactivity Design or related field. They should have at least one year of teaching experience in the university setting, beyond the level of a teaching
The successful candidate will join a large and multidisciplinary department with undergraduate major programs in art, architecture, graphic and product design, and art history. They will be expected to teach introductory- through advanced-level courses in a broadly-based graphic design curriculum including web design and development which assumes technical proficiency and in-depth knowledge of front-end development and coding as well as a commitment to evolve with current industry standards in the discipline. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to teach in a secondary area of specialization such as interactive design, motion graphics, design history, or design for user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) that will contribute to and deepen the department’s course offerings. As researchers, they will be expected to develop and maintain an active program of individual scholarship and creative practice. In addition, they will contribute to departmental, college, and university service. The standard teaching load for tenure-track faculty is two courses per semester.
The position offers the opportunity of affiliation with one of the university’s many interdisciplinary programs and centers, with possibilities for further research advancement and collaboration in scholarship and teaching, including cross-listing of courses. Relevant interdisciplinary centers, programs, and majors include the university’s Integrated Degree in Arts, Engineering and Sciences (IDEAS); dual-degree program in Arts and Engineering; Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity, and Innovation; Creative Inquiry; Environmental Studies; Health, Medicine and Society; Africana Studies; Latin American and Latino Studies; Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
How to apply
For full consideration, applications should be received online by October 21, 2022. Applicants should submit their materials at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/22523
- Letter of interest, outlining the candidate’s creative practice, scholarship, and teaching focus - Curriculum vitae
- Portfolio of the candidate’s own creative practice and scholarship (collated as one PDF)
- Examples of work by candidate’s students, focused on one assignment or project, with explanation of the assignment’s purpose and scope (collated as one PDF)
- Sample syllabi from courses taught or developed
- Response to the department’s statement of values, outlined in the fourth paragraph below, with an explanation of 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, graphic and product design, and art history—and minors in each area, as well as in 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. 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 housed in a 40,000-square-foot research and teaching facility with studio and classroom spaces serviced by extensive resources, encompassing a range of computer labs, printing and digital fabrication technologies, shops, and finishing areas. This includes adjacent resources of the university’s Design Labs, a network of fabrication facilities across campus; and the collections and exhibitions of the Lehigh University Art Galleries (LUAG), with a permanent collection of over 18,000 works of art.
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.