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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, 2023.The Department of Art & Design and the Graphic Design Area successfully equip students with skills and knowledge grounded in theory and practice. We foster a conscientious approach to art and design based on 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 projects, design internships, and cross-disciplinary opportunities.

In 2021, The University of Dayton launched The Hub which houses additional department classrooms 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, creative 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.

The primary responsibilities of faculty members are: teaching, research, and service. The typical teaching load is three undergraduate courses (9 credit hours) per semester in various levels of graphic design courses; Foundational level courses such as Design Processes I, Form and Concept, and upper level courses such as Typography II, Graphic Design I, II and III. Internal grant opportunities and additional department funding is available to assist faculty in their creative practice with the goals of peer-reviewed research. These avenues include: publications, exhibitions, awards/honors, contribution to the professional field and interdisciplinary research. Service to the department, college, university, profession, and/or community is expected.

At the University of Dayton, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. Because we seek a community with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage all interested candidates to apply.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • MFA in Graphic Design/Visual Communication Design, MDes, MGD or an equivalent degree in design or an international equivalent degree in design, nearing completion
  • Knowledge of contemporary design issues, concepts, methodologies, and technologies
  • Research within graphic design
  • Potential for excellence in teaching
  • Effective written communication skills
  • Articulated commitment to breadth of education including educating the whole person in the
    Marianist tradition to support inclusive excellence and the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Preferred Qualifications:

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

  • Professional and/or creative research experience in one or more of the following areas: Typography, UX/UI, social impact in design, data visualization, design accessibility
  • Potential for excellence in one or more of the following:
    • design curriculum development
    • teaching in higher education
    • employing active and inclusive learning strategies to foster and maintain student engagement;
    • teaching, mentoring or collaborating with socially and culturally diverse communities
    • collaborating across disciplines within the department, university, and community
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills
  • Effective oral communication skills
  • Effective classroom management skills
Special Instructions to Applicants:

A complete application consists of:

  • A cover letter expressing interest in this position that describes all of the minimum qualifications and the applicable preferred qualifications met
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Statement of research no more than two pages
  • Provide a PDF of creative work and student work. This can contain a link to an online portfolio
  • Statement of teaching philosophy that includes a description of your approach to teaching informed by your diversity, equity, and inclusion practices no more than two pages
  • 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 an MFA or Terminal degree is not complete, a letter from your advisor indicating progress and anticipated completion by August 15, 2023 is required.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. We will not sponsor applicants for work visas for this position.

Posting closes at 11:55 PM EST

A federal court on December 7, 2021, issued a ruling that suspends the COVID-19 vaccine requirement that applies to federal contractors nationwide. With this development, the University will pause any enforcement action against employees who have not complied with the requirement to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 8, 2021 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.

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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