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Assistant Professor

University of Maryland k

College Park, MD

Nov 4
Job Description

The Department of Art at the University of Maryland invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Graphic Design. We seek an individual who can equip students with traditional graphic design, motion graphics, and emerging digital technologies (UX/UI, AR, and VR). The successful candidate will possess an understanding of graphic and interactive design’s critical, historical, and theoretical aspects and engage in evolving practices in the field.

This candidate will be able to apply this understanding to different areas within interactive design and be willing to collaborate on building a curriculum for a 21st-Century design program that encompasses the innovative platforms of 2D, 3D, interactive work, VR, and AR. This individual should be eager to contribute to a forward-thinking program and will cultivate positive relationships and motivate students in a highly collaborative environment.

The Graphic Design Concentration at the University of Maryland is rooted in an appreciation of graphic design as a vehicle for social change. An ideal candidate should demonstrate an affinity for this principle through their scholarly or professional and creative background. The successful candidate should skillfully articulate a vision of graphic design education in the 21st century that aligns with the department’s mission on how graphic design can communicate and address social issues and injustice.

In addition, the Department of Art at the University of Maryland is embarking on an ambitious interdisciplinary new academic program; a dual-track major in Immersive Media Design. Candidates whose professional or scholarly research emphasizes new and emerging technology use within the field are strongly encouraged to apply

The University of Maryland is an equal opportunity employer. The Department of Art is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity, are encouraged to identify their experiences in these areas. Minorities and women who explore themes of identity, social categorizations, intersectionality, race, class, gender, and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply. This search is contingent upon the continued availability of funds. For best consideration, submit application materials by 1/23/23


Maintain an active practice of creative research with a national and international trajectory through client-based practice, exhibition, publication, curatorial projects or other engagement in Graphic Design.

Teach two undergraduate courses per semester in a range of Graphic Design courses based upon the applicant’s areas of expertise and departmental need.
Advise and mentor in the Graphic Design concentration.
Advise and mentor undergraduate students in our Departmental Honors Program on an individual basis, and participate in a variety of group critiques with the collective Honors faculty.
Advise and mentor MFA students in all disciplines on an individual basis, and take part in semester reviews with the collective graduate faculty.
Serve as Director or committee member on MFA thesis committees.

Provide guidance in the adoption of emerging technologies in the Department of Art across disciplines, with particular attention paid to the Graphic Design concentration.
Participate in the ongoing governance of the Department of Art and Immersive Media Design.

Minimum Qualifications:
An MFA or equivalent terminal degree from an accredited institution.
Demonstrable investment in the uses and implications of emerging technologies in the field of Graphic Design.
A record of active creative research, as demonstrated through client-based practice, exhibition or publication that shows potential for national or international recognition.

2 years of teaching experience at the university or college level

Application Details

Additional Certifications:
Please upload the following materials as a single collated PDF file (please name the PDF file ‘LastName_FirstName.pdf’) to the following link:
Documentation of personal creative research (up to 20 images or 10 minutes of video – provide URLs for video and multimedia documentation where necessary)
20 examples of student work and the assignment description.

University of Maryland

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.