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Assistant Professor Specializing in Graphic Design

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Work Type: Faculty Full Time
Location: Dayton, OH
Category: Faculty
Department: Art & Design - 208560
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Position Summary:

The Department of Art & Design invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor specializing in Graphic Design to begin August 16, 2022.

The Department of Art & Design and the Graphic Design program strive to equip students with skills and knowledge grounded in both theory and practice. We encourage a conscientious approach to art and design grounded in critical thinking, problem solving, and technical skill. Our students are also encouraged to examine human rights and social justice through diverse and inclusive programming that includes experiential learning, community-based internships, and cross-disciplinary projects.

In 2021, The University of Dayton launched The Hub which houses the Department’s classroom and maker spaces in a downtown multi-use community resource center. The graphic design area within the Hub provides state-of-the-art facilities with unlimited real-world working opportunities that connect students to the greater Dayton community. This unique educational space fosters the University’s vision for a more inclusive, just, equitable and accessible future. The successful candidate will have opportunities to utilize these spaces for teaching, research and service.

The successful candidate will have opportunities to engage in and contribute to the University of Dayton’s interdisciplinary centers for scholarship, teaching, and creative practice. For example, the  Hanley Sustainability Institute supports student and faculty research, the development of sustainability curriculum, and sustainability initiatives in the greater Dayton community. The Human Rights Center  supports global initiatives and justice-oriented solutions through education, research, and advocacy. The Fitz Center for Leadership in Community maintains relationships with local neighborhoods, non-profits, and governmental agencies for community-engaged learning and teaching. These centers represent the multiple avenues that the successful candidate might find for their scholarship, teaching, and creative practice.

Dayton is a city on the rise and is one of the Midwest's most affordable places to live. With a burgeoning downtown area, 20 expansive metroparks, a bike (and now scooter!) share program, world-class art museums and galleries, several historic neighborhoods, and of course, the Dayton Aviation Heritage and National Historical Park. This is a great place for those who want a bit of everything with a low cost of living, great schools, and manageable traffic.

The primary responsibilities of faculty members are: teaching, research, and service to the department, college, university and to the community. The typical teaching load is three undergraduate courses (12 credit hours) per semester in various levels of graphic design/Visual Communication Design. Service includes: advising and mentoring students in the graphic design program, maintaining office hours, supervising senior capstone projects, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and developing new and existing curriculum in graphic design program and Common Academic Program, which serves as the foundation of a UD education and is a learning experience that is shared in common among all undergraduate students at UD.

At the University of Dayton, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation and critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage all interested candidates to apply.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • MFA or Terminal degree in Graphic Design, Visual Communication Design or an equivalent design degree, or an international equivalent degree in design, completed by August 15, 2022
  • Fluency in industry standard practices for graphic design
  • Practice and theory in graphic design
  • Evidence of creative research in graphic design
  • Potential for excellence in teaching
  • Effective written communication skills
  • Commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion
Preferred Qualifications:

While not everyone may meet all preferred qualifications, the ideal candidate will bring many of the following:

  • Successful experience in one or more of the following: environmental design, sustainability and social design, digital publishing
  • Successful experience teaching in higher education demonstrating effective classroom management skills
  • Creative research in graphic design/visual communication design focusing on one or more of the following: typography, package design, advertising design, branding, identity design, infographics
  • Successful development of innovative design curriculum
  • Mentoring in, working with, or teaching socially and culturally diverse communities
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills
  • Effective oral communication skills
  • Successful experience collaborating within a department, university, greater community and/or professional community
  • Willingness to engage with the Marianist educational mission of the university, including; teaching for social justice, integrating faith and reason, a commitment to community, and education of the whole person
Special Instructions to Applicants:

A complete application consists of:

  • A letter expressing interest in this position that describes all of the minimum qualifications and the applicable preferred qualifications met
  • A current curriculum vitae or resume
  • Statement of research no more than two pages
  • Provide links to an on-line portfolio of recent creative work and student work (upload a list of links in a Word document).
  • Statement of teaching interest and philosophy no more than two pages
  • A statement describing your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Contact information for three references to provide letters of recommendation. Letter writers will be sent instructions on how to upload the letters upon the completion of application.
  • if MFA or Terminal degree is not complete, a letter from your advisor indicating progress and anticipated completion by August 15, 2022 is required.

Update Regarding Executive Order 14042 Effective Nov. 30, 2021

A federal court on Nov. 30 issued a ruling that suspends the requirement that applies to federal contractors in Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. With this development, the University will pause any enforcement action against employees who work in these states and who have not complied with the requirement to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 8 or to have requested an exemption to maintain their employment status.

The University will continue to monitor the state of the pandemic on campus and in the community as well as developments in federal and state requirements, and also will continue to regularly consult with public health officials and our medical panel. As has been the case throughout the pandemic, our protocols and requirements are subject to change depending on conditions on campus or in our community, and government requirements.

The following requirements remain in effect for all positions located in states other than Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee: To comply with federal rules, UD will require all employees, including student employees, for all positions performed outside Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The University will accept valid religious or medical exemptions and seek to reasonably accommodate them. Links to the most up-to-date COVID-19 health information, an easy-to-navigate index of the University's COVID-19 guidelines, and resources can be found at https://udayton.edu/coronavirus

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Posting closes at 11:55 PM EST

Closing Statement:

The University of Dayton is a top tier, Catholic research university with offerings from the undergraduate to the doctoral levels. Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary, the University is a diverse community committed to advancing the common good through intellectual curiosity, academic rigor, community engagement and local, national and global partnerships. Guided by the Marianist educational philosophy, we educate the whole person and link learning and scholarship with leadership and service.

Informed by its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Informed by this commitment, we seek to increase diversity, achieve equitable outcomes, and model inclusion across our campus community. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, women, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The University is also pleased to provide support for spouses of prospective and newly hired faculty through its dual career program. While we cannot guarantee placement, we serve as an effective resource and support system for your spouse. Information can be found at http://www.udayton.edu/hr/employee_resources/dual_career_resources.php


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