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Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Communication, Roger Williams University

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Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Communication

About Roger Williams University:

Roger Williams University, located on the coast of Bristol, RI, is a forward-thinking private university with 45 undergraduate majors and more than a dozen graduate programs spanning the liberal arts and the professions, where students become community-minded citizens through project-based, experiential learning. With small classes, direct access to faculty and boundless opportunities for real-world projects, RWU students develop the ability to think critically while simultaneously building the practical skills that today's employers demand. In addition to its 4,000 undergraduates and 300 graduate students, RWU is home to a thriving University College based in Providence as well as Rhode Island's only law school.

Roger Williams University is committed to creating and supporting an intellectual community devoted to teaching and learning and providing the opportunity for personal and intellectual growth for students, faculty and staff. The University credits much of its growth and success to the hard work and dedication of its employees.


Job Description:

The Department of Communication, Graphic Design and Web Development seeks applications for a full-time tenure-track position in Graphic Design Communication starting in Fall 2020.  The Department is looking for a dynamic educator to participate in ongoing curricular design and to bring innovative approaches and subjects to the Roger Williams Graphic Design Communication program. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Teaching foundation courses in graphic design, including, but not limited to, introduction to design communication, typography, and history of design.
  • Teaching upper-level courses in respective research and areas of expertise.
  • Participating in curriculum development, recruitment, student work evaluation, and student extra-curricular design activities
  • Extending beyond the classroom to develop experiential, internship and applied educational opportunities and/or travel programs.
  • Advising and mentoring undergraduate Graphic Design students for success at the University and beyond

If you have specific questions regarding this position, please contact:

Dr. Cynthia Scheinberg, Dean
School of Humanities, Arts, and Education

* Please do not send application materials to this email address.



In addition to the primary responsibilities listed above, successful candidates will be equipped to offer innovations in both pedagogy and curriculum that respond to the demands of this evolving field. We are seeking candidates who primarily identify as designers and who have demonstrated pedagogical expertise in design education. Successful candidates should have a terminal graduate degree in Graphic Design, at least two years college-level teaching experience in graphic design, and at least two years of leadership experience or other activities within a professional design agency or company. In addition, candidates should be able to move between both print and screen-based platforms. Candidates with one or more teaching and research interests in the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply: information design, motion design, design research, respectful design, design anthropology, design authorship and entrepreneurship, among other emerging areas.


Additional Information:

As an institution committed to strengthening society through engaged teaching and learning as well as building the university that the world needs now, Roger Williams University values inclusion, seeks to reflect the diversity of the region and create access to higher education and career success.

The University seeks candidates who, through their work and life experiences, service to the community, and teaching or research, can contribute to our diversity, inclusivity, and equity goals.

Roger Williams University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse workforce. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable state and federal law.

For information on our Non-discrimination and Title IX policy, visit: rwu.edu/NDT9


Application Instructions:

Please submit a cover letter of interest, a statement of teaching philosophy, a curriculum vitae that includes a link to online portfolio with 10-20 images of student work and 10-20 images of professional work, and the names, institutional addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers of three (3) references.  In your cover letter of interest, in addition to listing how your qualifications meet the requirements of the position, please include information about how you would be able to contribute to RWU's diversity, inclusivity, and equity goals.  Preference will be given to applications received by December 2, 2019.

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