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Assistant or Associate Professor in Graphic Design

University of Florida, School of Art + Art History k

Gainesville, FL

Nov 4
Job Description

Position: Full-time, 9-month, tenure-accruing faculty position
Date of Expected Hire: August 16, 2022
Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Eligible for a comprehensive and competitive benefits package.

The School of Art + Art History at the University of Florida, College of the Arts invites applications for a tenure-accruing graphic design faculty position at an advanced Assistant or early Associate level. This position will contribute to the growth of our vibrant graduate and undergraduate programs in design. We seek forward-looking and visionary educators with the skills to advance our design program through research, teaching, and service. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a conceptual, scholarly approach to design practice and research; an understanding of contemporary design issues, methods, and technologies; and engage questions of culture, community, pluriversality, interculturality, and anti-racism. We welcome applicants who can contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. In addition, the successful candidate can expect to work with students, faculty, staff, and communities from a wide range of disciplines, and social and cultural backgrounds.

The University of Florida College of the Arts is a transformative community, responding to and generating paradigmatic shifts in the arts and beyond. As artists and scholars, we embrace the complexity of our evolving human experience and seek to empower our students and faculty to shape that experience fearlessly through critical study, creative practice, and provocation. We seek a colleague who identifies as a change-maker. We seek a colleague who will prepare students to access and unsettle centers of power in a radically changing world. We seek a colleague who will position emerging artists and researchers as catalysts for equity on local and global levels.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty, seeking faculty of all races, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.



-Teach a 2-2 load of courses in graphic design/design & visual communications at the undergraduate and graduate levels
-Supervise graduate committees, internships, and independent study students
-Share responsibility for leading and administering the Graphic Design program
-Contribute to curriculum design, program development, and program outreach
-Actively participate in our learning community


-Conduct a strong program of research appropriate to the discipline


-Participate in shared governance through service to the School, College and University

Minimum Requirements:

-Terminal graduate degree (MFA, MDes, MGD, PhD) in graphic design or related field.
-Research and Teaching emphasis within Graphic Design that includes expertise in UX/UI.
-Record of teaching, research, and service commensurate with that of an experienced Assistant Professor or an early Associate Professor
-Knowledge of contemporary design issues, concepts, methods, and technologies
-Evidence of success in promoting an environment that advances access, equity, and inclusion

Preferred Qualifications:

-Demonstrated commitment to pluriversal design and concern for design impact
-Strong organizational, management, relational, research, and communication skills
-Experience working collaboratively and across disciplines
-Record of excellence in graduate teaching
-Professional and/or research experience in one or more of the following areas: social impact in the digital space, data visualization, speculative design / design futures, design and ______(tell us what you bring with you)

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin on January 3, 2022 and continue until an applicant pool is established. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority.

Application Process: Applications must be submitted via the University of Florida’s online application system at Online applications must include the following:

(1) a detailed letter of application that explains how you match the particular qualifications of this position and how your work and perspective will contribute to and enhance our transformative community; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) research philosophy; (4) teaching philosophy; (5) creative or academic research samples (up to 10 examples)—included or links to view online; (6) examples of students’ work (up to 10 examples )—included or links to view online; (7) names and contact information of three professional references. The search committee will notify the applicant before contacting these references. The Search Committee may request additional materials at a later time, including letters of recommendation.

Inquiries may be sent to:

Dr. Dori Griffin
Chair, Assistant/Associate Professor of Graphic Design Search

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call +1 (352) 392- 4621 or the Florida Relay System at +1 (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

The selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida's Government in the Sunshine and Public Records Laws. Search committee meetings and interviews will be open to the public, and applications, resumes, and any other documents related to the search will be available for public inspection.


We offer an undergraduate degree in graphic design and an MFA in Design & Visual Communications. The BFA program in Graphic Design is centered on a uniquely collaborative studio/classroom environment where students work together within a vibrant learning community. This structure is key to our curriculum, as it empowers and prepares students for life-long careers as design professionals. The graduate program attracts an international, interdisciplinary group of students interested in the study of design as a transformative social and educational practice. In our programs, we foster an understanding of cultures, contexts, and impact and consider design to be a catalyst for change. We encourage students to participate actively in their learning experiences, cultivate their backgrounds and interests, and bring these to bear within the learning community and in their work. Our alumni work in a range of positions including art direction, user experience design, design strategy, brand development, environmental and exhibition design, and numerous other specialties within and beyond communication design. For more information, visit


Organized within the College of the Arts, the School of Art + Art History nurtures a culture of critical inquiry in our scholarly and creative work. Our educational mission is to empower each student with knowledge, skills, and insight to engage thoughtfully with our changing world. The SA+AH believes that art, design, and scholarship are critical to our local, university, regional, national, and international communities. We pursue positive transformation and impact through socially engaged, local and global education, research, and creative works. Our community asks challenging questions, takes risks, and strives for excellence through an interdisciplinary, inclusive, and often collaborative practice. School of Art + Art History faculty publish, curate, and exhibit widely and internationally. They bring their scholarship and production into their teaching, offering innovative, engaged learning experiences to their students. We foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community through mutual respect and acceptance, assuming the best in others to enable a culture where everyone can flourish. Degree programs include the BA, BFA, MA, MFA, and PhD. Areas of study include art education, art history, design, museum studies, and studio art. The school has 400 undergraduate students enrolled in our majors and 190 graduate students in our residential programs and online art education MA. Also a part of the School of Art + Art History are the 4Most Gallery and the University Galleries—University Gallery, the Gary R. Libby Gallery, and Grinter Gallery — which provide exhibition space for contemporary art, including student work. The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The art education program is accredited by NCATE. For more information, visit

THE COLLEGE OF THE ARTS: The mission of the College of the Arts is to be a transformative community, responding to and generating paradigmatic shifts in the arts and beyond. We achieve the university’s mission by training professionals and educating students as artists and scholars, while developing their capacities for critical study, creative practice, and provocation. The College offers baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Approximately 1,700 students are pursuing majors in degrees offered by the College of the Arts under the direction of 130 faculty members in its three accredited schools— the School of Art + Art History, the School of Music, and the School of Theatre + Dance, and in the Center for Arts in Medicine, the Digital Worlds Institute, and the Center for Arts, Migration, and Entrepreneurship. In addition, the college comprises the University Galleries, and the University level of the New World School of the Arts in Miami.

University of Florida, School of Art + Art History

THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA: The University of Florida is a comprehensive learning institution built on a land grant foundation, ranked one of the top five best public universities in the nation in U.S. News & World Report. We are The Gator Nation, a diverse community dedicated to excellence in education and research and shaping a better future for Florida, the nation and the world. Our mission is to enable our students to lead and influence the next generation and beyond for economic, cultural and societal benefit. UF is a graduate research institution with more than 50,000 students and membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. Gainesville, which is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s most livable cities, is located midway between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Together, the University and the community comprise the educational, medical and cultural center of North Central Florida, with outstanding resources such as the University of Florida Performing Arts (Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Squitieri Studio Theatre, the Baughman Center, University Auditorium), the Harn Museum of Art, the Florida Museum of Natural History and in the community, the Hippodrome State Theatre and Dance Alive National Ballet.