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Faculty Non-Tenure Track-9 Mo Visual Communication Design

Kent State University

Kent, OH

Jan 23
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Faculty Non-Tenure Track-9 Mo
Visual Communication Design
[Job # 996986]
Kent Campus – Kent, OH

The Kent State University School of Visual Communication Design invites applications for a non -tenure track assistant professor position. This is a 9-month, teaching-intensive, full-time faculty position available starting August 2023.

We highly value candidates who will advance the school’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEI&B) through their research/creative activity, teaching, and student-centered engagement. Diversity involves recognizing the value of differences and the inclusion of all members of the community. This is one of several core values we embrace as we strive for a culturally diverse student body, faculty and staff that reflect the multicultural nature of Ohio, the nation, and our world. Candidates who demonstrate a commitment to best practices in DEI&B are strongly encouraged to apply.

The selected candidate will be expected to teach all levels of design, and to engage in departmental duties and committee work. The position offers continuing annual appointments contingent upon performance and budget, with annual reviews and opportunity for promotion in rank.

The School of Visual Communication Design (VCD) is a rigorous and dynamic program that offers comprehensive undergraduate (BA and BFA) and graduate (MA and MFA) degree programs. Our undergraduate and graduate students have become leaders, scholars, and active participants in the national and international design community. Recently, VCD moved into a newly renovated facility that provides students with an abundance of studio space, photo studios, a large computer lab, a gallery and a Creative Lab. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), VCD is uniquely housed in the College of Communication and Information (CCI). CCI is the only college in the nation that combines design, technology, media, information, and communication in one interdisciplinary college. CCI and its schools offer a supportive and collaborative environment that values both research/creative activity and teaching.

Kent State University is committed to the creation and nurturing of a diverse community of individuals through inclusive excellence. Founded in 1910, the university is the third largest in Ohio, with an enrollment of approximately 24,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Kent is a small but vibrant college town close to the cultural, dining, and professional sports activities of Cleveland, Akron, and other Northeast Ohio cities, along with the recreational opportunities of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the many lakes in the region.

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education has awarded Kent State University the esteemed R1 status for research, which is the highest recognition that doctoral universities can receive.

The Chronicle of Higher Education identifies Kent State as one of the Great Colleges to Work For, and U.S. News & World Report ranks Kent State in the coveted top-tier of Best Colleges.

Kent State University and the School of Visual Communication Design are committed to fostering and maintaining an inclusive culture that respects the rights and dignity of each individual, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, caste, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender expression, height, weight, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, or veteran status.

For priority consideration, applications should be submitted by February 28, 2023, but the search will stay open until the position is filled. Specific questions may be addressed to the Search Committee Chair, Jessica Barness at

Please reference position number: 996986

Minimum Qualifications
Candidates must:
- Possess a terminal degree (MFA, PhD, MDes, MGD, or equivalent) by the position start date
- Demonstrate a strong commitment to higher education and the professional practice of visual communication design
- Support and complement our faculty members in the areas of graphic design, interaction design, illustration, and/or photography

Application Process
Applicants will need to submit the following items:
- Cover letter
- Curriculum Vitae
- Portfolio of creative, professional, and/or scholarly work (submitted as a pdf/link/web address with 10-20 samples)
Candidates who advance to the next stage of review will be asked to provide the following:
- Three references.
- Statement of Teaching Philosophy (limit to 1 page).
- Statement detailing their demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at their institution, within the discipline, and/or in the community (limit to 1 page).

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