Now Hiring: Graphic Design Faculty Position in Design Justice
Part of the Design Justice Cluster Hire– several openings in various programs across two years: Architecture, Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Product Design
About the Design Justice Cluster-Hire Initiative
Design Justice is a new initiative within the College of Design, seeking to create space, policy, and practices that support the inclusion and retention of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) as well as other communities who have been historically underinvested. Design Justice is supported by a group of individuals across design disciplines, known as the Collective, who are committed to anti-racism, decolonized pedagogy, and the liberation of communities underinvested historically in design academia and the design industry. Areas of scholarship, teaching, and/or service will involve anti-racism, racial justice, racial disparities, and/or racial discrimination; equity, power/privilege, and/or bias; benefits to the BIPOC, immigrant, and refugee populations; environmental and social justice; and/or other forms of studying and countering systemic oppression. Successful candidates for all positions will have the clear potential, demonstrated ability, and/or related scholarship to support our BIPOC and other marginalized communities.
About the Graphic Design Program
Graphic Design is one of the largest programs in the College of Design. Graphic Design and the College of Design are situated within a major research university that hosts a broad range of disciplines, faculty, and students. Faculty in particular pursue the mission of the Land Grant university through scholarship, teaching, and outreach. We have a strong culture of interdisciplinary collaborations and engagements that enables us to forge partnerships and productive connections with other highly-ranked colleges, departments, and programs, such as computer science in the College of Science and Engineering, the Medical School, and the Carlson School of Management.
A major metropolitan area, the Twin Cities has the highest number of Fortune 500 companies per capita, vibrant design and arts communities, diverse cultures, and a strong spirit of entrepreneurship. There are numerous opportunities to develop connections across the University and with businesses and communities statewide. Share your experience and vision in a community with colleagues and students who are actively engaged in shaping the future.
For the Graphic Design Position
- Conduct teaching, research/scholarship/creative work, and/or service centered around areas of design justice.
- Serve as a member of the Design Justice Collective for the first two years of your appointment.
- Contribute to the cultivation of policies and practices that exemplify the college’s commitment to the mission of the Design Justice Collective.
- Collaborate with faculty across the College and University and establish ties to partners locally, nationally, and globally, from a variety of communities, to leverage research and teaching.
- Establish a program of nationally and internationally visible scholarship in graphic design, and disseminate scholarship and creative production in peer-reviewed research venues.
- Pursue internal and external funding.
- Develop and teach current courses that will expand and strengthen the graphic design program’s curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate levels, effectively addressing a variety of diverse backgrounds, communities, and identities.
- Advise/mentor undergraduate and graduate students in the design program and contribute to recruitment and retention strategies of students who have been historically underinvested.
- Support interdisciplinary initiatives in teaching and research, collaborating with fields in the College of Design and across the University.
- Participate in faculty governance at the program, department, college, and/or university levels.
- Contribute to and support the mission of the University of Minnesota, a public research institution.
For the Graphic Design Position
- Terminal or professional degree by the start date in visual communication, graphic design, interaction design, or a closely related field, recognized by the individual disciplines or in a related field.
- Commitment in teaching, scholarship, and/or service with a demonstrated ability, interest and/or potential to intersect with design justice and/or anti-racism.
- Experience and/or commitment to teaching and/or mentoring students who have been historically underinvested.
- Demonstrated ability in one or more of the following areas: motion graphics, illustration, immersive experiences, environmental graphics, data visualization, web/interaction, typography, branding, and/or design research.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively teach design.
For the Graphic Design Position
- Having a vision for a widely recognized scholarship with a strategy to procure external funding, national visibility for work, and/or to form ongoing and impactful community partnerships.
- Experience in teaching the design of digital experiences that include but are not limited to animation, interaction design, or creative coding.
- Ability to collaborate with multiple disciplines, having a vision for interdisciplinary design practice.
- Experience teaching at the collegiate, graduate, or professional level.
- Evidence of collaboration and a strategy for developing connections with the graphic design profession, related professions, and diverse communities and cultures beyond the University.
To Apply to the Graphic Design Position, Submit the Following:
- Cover letter identifying your interest in and qualifications for the position. In this letter, please address your comments explicitly to the required and desired qualifications for the Design - Justice Graphic Design position.
- Curriculum vitae
- Portfolio of scholarship consisting of no more than 15 examples of work that includes original designs, creative practice, and research papers, if available
- Portfolio of teaching consisting of no more than 15 examples of work
If you advance to the next level of the search, we will reach out to you to submit additional materials including:
- 1–2 page statement of vision for scholarly work
- 1–2 page statement of vision for teaching
- Transcripts of your graduate work (may be unofficial transcripts at time of application)
- Summary of recent teaching evaluations or a peer review of teaching
- Contact information for three references
The Priority application deadline is October 15, 2022.
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Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.