Assistant Professor of Graphic Design - Tenure/Tenure Track - 520975
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Internal Number: 520975
Department/Organization 204211 - Art
Rank Assistant Professor
Position Summary The Department of Art and Art History at the University of Alabama invites applications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor in Graphic Design, beginning fall semester 2024.
Detailed Position Information The Department of Art and Art History at The University of Alabama invites applications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in Graphic Design beginning fall semester 2024. The successful candidate will demonstrate commitment to creative activity, teaching excellence, scholarship, and university and community service. The Department of Art and Art History especially values the importance of a diverse and inclusive community; minorities, women and/or those of diverse gender identities and expressions, are strongly encouraged to apply.
The successful candidate will teach courses at the undergraduate level and will serve on the graduate faculty. This position includes research and teaching responsibilities. The candidate’s primary creative engagement should be within the graphic design field. While a broad range of skills is required, one or more of the following focus areas are sought but not limited to: interactive design, motion design, print media, branding/identity, packaging design, and commercial/industry practices. The applicant should be well versed in the theory of graphic design pertaining to contemporary practice, as both a fine art and applied discipline. The individual will work with other faculty members in the area on curriculum development, facilities management, coordination of instructors, and scheduling. Other responsibilities include: participation in departmental duties such as student advising and mentorship; program assessment and management; service to departmental, college, and university committees; and participation in community outreach and program recruitment.
Importantly, the candidate should demonstrate an ability to conduct a sustained program of creative research and production. An established record of creative activities, awards, and/or industry recognition that demonstrates a high level of professional engagement with contemporary practice is essential.
Minimum Qualifications • Master of Fine Arts degree in graphic design or related field. • Evidence of active professional engagement, exhibition record, and/or scholarship. • Demonstrated excellence and recognition of dynamic ongoing creative research that can build towards tenure. • Evidence of commitment to university level teaching.
Instructions and Required Materials for Application Applicants should upload the following documents directly in appropriate section: • Cover letter addressing qualifications; • Curriculum vitae/resumé; • Teaching philosophy that addresses both your personal teaching approaches to graphic design, as well as what you feel is important for a contemporary graphic design program; • Contact information for three professional reference (letters of reference will only be requested from finalists); • 20 examples of professional work, please include size, date, and media; • 20 examples of student work
Links to pertinent websites are also welcome in lieu of, or in addition to a pdf document; Web-links to examples of time-based media can also be included. PDFs should not exceed 15 MB Only fully completed applications will be reviewed. Review of applications will begin January 8, 2024, and continue until the position is filled.
About the Division/College/School The College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Alabama offers an exciting and dynamic environment for faculty seeking to make an impact in their field and in the lives of the innovators and changemakers of tomorrow.
As the largest college at The University, we house over 8000 students and 1000 faculty and staff across our 25 departments.
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The College is committed to the liberal arts philosophy that fosters creative and critical thinking and a lifetime of learning.
About the University The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state’s flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research and service. With a global reputation for excellence, UA provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200 degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus.
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With a metro area population of 235,000, the Druid City lies about an hour southwest of Birmingham, in west-central Alabama. It’s within a few hours’ drive of Gulf Coast beaches and major cities like Nashville, New Orleans and Atlanta, making it a great base for growing better acquainted with the South’s finest offerings.
Background Investigation and EEO Statement Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and information obtained from social media and other internet sources. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags before a hiring decision is made.
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