The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis seeks a dynamic and committed tenure-track Assistant Professor in Communication Design, whose research interests include some combination of the following: typography, editorial design, image-making, data visualization, socially-engaged design, brand identity design, exhibition design, motion graphics, user experience/user interface design, and/or design research. We are looking for a key contributor to our typography program with potential to play a leadership role in it. The successful candidate will have a teaching focus on typography for page and screen, as well as on other courses in alignment with their expertise and research interests. The appointment begins August 2022.
The Communication Design program is led by a group of accomplished, enthusiastic, and supportive makers and thinkers whose expertise spans a broad range of applications in graphic or communication design, illustration, interaction design, and cultural history. The program is unusually synthetic and collaborative. All students take a series of gateway courses including Typography I and II. Specialization occurs slowly, supported by faculty in team-taught settings. The program has continued to grow and diversify; emerging collaborations in Human-Computer Interaction with the McKelvey School of Engineering and a Creative Practice for Social Change are extending the reach and scope of the program. Faculty draw on truly extraordinary resources including the Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Studio for the Illustrated Book (featuring extensive letterpress capacity as well as a risograph); University Library Special Collections, including the D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, featuring illustration holdings and professional archives of considerable note; and distinguished Rare Books and print history collections.
The faculty seek a dynamic colleague working in communication design with a highly cultivated sense of form and methodology as well as a critical or conceptual trajectory for their studio practice. The university looks forward to supporting the new faculty member’s research agenda with opportunities for collaboration and grant support across the campus. Candidates’ research orientation should be well-established and can be scholarly, critical, client-driven, or self-generated with a trajectory for making a significant contribution to the field. Visual fluency in teaching design principles and advanced software is required. We seek a candidate who demonstrates a potential for excellence in teaching. The Sam Fox School strives to increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in our community.
Our new colleague will teach 5 courses per academic year in the BFA in Communication Design and BA in Design programs, advise students, conduct ambitious research, and provide service to the school, university, and profession. A Master of Fine Arts in Design or a related field is required. Salary for the position is commensurate with experience.
Applications should include a letter of intent that addresses your expertise and research/creative activities, a CV, approximately 15 samples of visual work in PDF form, a brief summary of teaching philosophy that also addresses your approach to supporting diversity, samples of student work (if available), and the names of three references, all submitted through Interfolio. Candidates should demonstrate an ability to nurture an inclusive learning and work environment and to promote a culture and ethos that values diversity, inclusion, and equitable success.
Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2021. Applications will be accepted until the search concludes; however, the committee will give preference to applications received before November 1, 2021. Questions? Contact Douglas Dowd, Search Committee Chair and Professor in the College of Art, firstname.lastname@example.org.