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Assistant Professor, Visual Communications

College of Arts and Sciences

University of Delaware


Applications close: Dec 02 2019 Eastern Standard Time

The Department of Art & Design at the University of Delaware (UD), seeks qualified candidates for appointment as Assistant Professor, tenure-track, beginning Fall Semester 2020. We are seeking a dynamic and energetic individual who believes in the value of design fundamentals while embracing innovative and diverse technologies in their creative practice and teaching.

The ideal candidate will show evidence of success and impact on their profession and students as well as strong potential within a research-driven university. The candidate should have an in-depth knowledge of typography and a unique perspective and understanding of contemporary media and technology. Professional experience in a design-related field is desirable. UD and our department are committed to socially and community-engaged practice and research.

Our program engages students in an educational experience where they learn by doing. In our small classes, students have intense studio experiences exploring their creativity, developing skills, and designing in multiple media.

Visual Communications alumni have received the highest honors in design and advertising.  Even more, they have experienced and impacted culture in lasting ways. Faculty-led study abroad programs have taken students to such places as Antarctica, Australia, England, South America, and South East Asia. Visual Communication’s internship program places students nationally and internationally. Guest speakers visit campus regularly. UD’s Visual Communications program has an exceptionally strong undergraduate portfolio program. Field trips and portfolio reviews, conducted in cities such as New York, Philadelphia, give students inside career experiences.

The Department of Art & Design has a diverse and inclusive faculty. We welcome all candidates, desiring to expand our knowledge and experience base, and cultivate creative innovation.

QUALIFICATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  Candidates must have a graduate degree (MFA, MS, PhD, MA, MDes, MAD, MGraph, or equivalent terminal degree) in graphic design or related field and preferably at least two years teaching experience at the college level.

The full-time, tenure-track Visual Communications faculty teaching load is 3/2 (5 courses a year), comprising a variety of design related courses throughout the department. In addition to teaching, full-time faculty members are expected to maintain active creative research, advise students, participate in curriculum development and other departmental activities, and contribute to the vibrant intellectual life of the University.

The successful candidate will teach primarily in the department’s undergraduate Visual Communications BFA program, as well as contribute to curriculum development within the program and the department’s core courses. This person will also engage in critical dialog across the department degree programs, which include Visual Communications, Bachelor of Art, Fine Arts and the two graduate programs, Studio Arts and Interaction Design.

About the Department of Art & Design:  For more information about our degree programs, facilities and faculty, visit https://www.art.udel.edu/. 

TO APPLY: Applicants should upload to http://www.udel.edu/careers, a (1) letter of application, (2) letter of intent: describe how specific experiences shaped your qualifications for this position and your vision for the role of design in a global society, (3) curriculum vitae, (4) teaching philosophy, sample syllabi and URL link to a digital portfolio of student work, (5) list of names and contact information of three references who can attest to your teaching or creative research capabilities, (6) portfolio of featured creative projects with a URL link to your full digital portfolio or website. Please clearly specify your role(s) if your portfolio includes collaborative projects. You may also include samples of other accomplishments including evidence of exhibitions, conference papers, published writings, commissioned work, etc. Deadline to apply is December 2, 2019. For additional information, please contact Bill Deering (bdeering@udel.edu) Chair, Visual Communications Search Committee, Department of Art & Design, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Compensation packages are highly competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The UD benefits package is one of the best in the nation.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The University of Delaware is an Equal

Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at




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