December 14, 2022

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts

Bradley Sinanan, I Begin at the Water, 2022. White risograph on black card stock, 238 x 11 inches. Photo: Nicole Killian.

Dellil Mohammed, Void of a Misfit, 2022. Hand-sewn garment, projection, glow-in-the-dark paint, variable. Photo: Terry Brown.

Are We On the Same Page?, 2022. Large format prints, variable. Photo: Bradley Sinanan.

Assistant Professor—Graphic Design: This full-time, nine-month position is at the rank of Assistant Professor, is tenure eligible, and begins August 16, 2023. The Department of Graphic Design at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position from design, or design adjacent field, working with a focus in computational media and the craft of technology.

The Department of Graphic Design invites applications from collaboration-minded colleagues with qualifications, experience, and demonstrated strengths across design theory, criticism, and research. Strong candidates will be informed by enthusiastic studio practice and well-versed in concepts driving graphic design research, critique, and speculative production. We seek candidates who have a demonstrated expertise and international profile in design and/or media arts, or the ability to achieve one.

Major responsibilities
This position is a nine-month tenure-eligible faculty position in the VCUarts Department of Graphic Design with an academic rank of Assistant Professor. Instructional responsibilities include developing and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in design methodologies and theories of making and thinking. The ability to relate contemporary tendencies in design practice to historical, theoretical, and critical issues is essential. An annual teaching load will be determined in consultation with the Chair of the Department of Graphic Design.

Required qualifications
–Terminal degree in design or design-related field
–Strong record of teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level
–A demonstrated record of inclusive leadership
–Well-versed in the concepts driving graphic design research, critique, and speculative production
–Proof of sustained critical practice that contributes to the dialogue and discourse of contemporary graphic design
–Evidence of community engagement and collaborative practices
–Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment and commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU
–Demonstrable interest in developing productive connections across creative disciplines
–Strong collaboration skills, and demonstrate enthusiasm toward teaching and working with faculty, staff, and students within the university; and to building and maintaining professional relationships outside of the university on the program’s behalf
–Practitioner from design, or design adjacent field, working with a focus in computational media and the craft of technology
–Strong record of writing, enabling, and collaborating through programmatic thinking
–Background in the areas of race, decolonization, post-coloniality, and cultural literacy, as well as in the praxis of design justice. We are looking for someone who has an interest in expanding pedagogy to address the systemic structures of power that continue to shape our society

Application instructions
For the full position announcement and application instructions, please visit the VCU Jobs Website. Only electronic applications submitted via the VCU Jobs Website will be accepted. For best consideration, completed applications are due by Friday, January 6, 2023.

Ranked by US News & World Report as a top-five arts and design school, VCUarts includes over 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students with nationally recognized programs in design, visual, and performing arts, and has an annual budget of 38 million USD and an endowment of more than 13.5 million USD. Students are taught by over 175 full-time teaching and research faculty members and the school is supported by over 60 staff members that assist in daily processes. The School includes two campuses; one in Richmond and one in Doha, Qatar. The Richmond campus is located on the university’s 75-acre Monroe Park campus in the city’s historic Fan District. Ultimately, the work of the School of the Arts extends globally with partnerships throughout the world and across fields as diverse as the humanities, health care, and business.

Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to providing accessible and equitable living, learning, and working environments free from discrimination and harassment based on race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or disability.

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