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Iowa State University Department Chair of Graphic Design in Ames, Iowa

Faculty Position Information:

Position Title:Department Chair of Graphic Design

Appointment Type:Faculty

Job Description:Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

The Department of Graphic Design in the College of Design at Iowa State University is seeking a dynamic and accomplished leader, with an interest in collaborative and interdisciplinary design education, to join the faculty in the role of Department Chair at the rank of associate or professor with tenure. This position is a full-time (9 month) appointment with a standard additional month of salary support during the summer. Additional summer support is negotiable.

Design faculty members are designated educators who support the comprehensive mix of accredited and nationally ranked degree programs within the College of Design. Our faculty help educate our students to become successful designers, planners, artists, and scholars who enhance human experience and improve the natural, social, and built environments.

The Chair is the designated executive officer of the department and is responsible for leadership and oversight of central departmental administrative operations. In this capacity, the chair serves at the pleasure of the Dean of the College of Design. The Graphic Design department is seeking candidates with a passion for design education and professional commitment to excellence that supports all three dimensions of the land-grant mission: education, research/creative inquiry, and outreach.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Articulate departmental mission, values and interests, within the University and beyond;

  • Implement a clear vision for advancing the department in all three dimensions of the land-grant mission: education, research/creative inquiry, and outreach;

  • Supervise curricular development and teaching, overseeing program assessment and accreditation;

  • Manage the departmental budget, personnel and governance;

  • Maintain and enhance inter-disciplinary connections with other College/University programs, as well as with communities, professionals and other internal relations (alumni, donors and industry partners);

  • Support college/department/university efforts in recruitment, marketing, communication, and fundraising;

  • Actively promote and expand the reach of graphic design across the state, increasing national recognition of the program and our graduates;

  • Represent department and college at professional organizations and/or academic symposia;

  • Engage in research, scholarship and teaching activities;

  • Advise students and mentor faculty and administrative staff;

  • Understand tenure and advancement requirements at the university-level, as to guide both tenure and advancement review processes;

  • Commitment to the expanded role of design in society as agent of change and advocate for quality of life and sustainability;

  • Commitment to all aspects of diversity and inclusion;

  • Commitment to the broad and interdisciplinary education of design professionals;

  • Lead effectively through collaborative engagement with faculty, students, and administrators.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Professional practice and/or terminal degree in Graphic Design and/or other related fields;

  • Meet the qualifications for a tenured faculty in the College of Design at Iowa State University;

  • Leadership experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Significant experience in academic administration and/or supervisory experience, including fiscal and personnel management;

  • A successful record of professional accomplishments in Graphic Design and/or other related fields (e.g. industry awards and/or recognition, strong portfolio);

  • A successful record of academic accomplishments in Graphic Design or a related field (e.g. funded research/creative scholarship);

  • Active engagement in interdisciplinary collaborations;

  • Demonstrated commitment to Diversity and Inclusion;

  • Excellence in design education, including studio teaching and/or coordinating graduate level coursework;

  • Professional and/or community service.

Department/Program & College Description:

Iowa State University launched the Graphic Design program in 1978, as part of the process to create one of the most comprehensive Colleges of Design in the country. The program became the Department of Graphic Design in 2010 with the vision to bridge the intersections between design academics, practitioners and end-users, by exploring new models, tools, and modes of working that strengthen design practice, promote quality of life, and build a world-class learning environment. The department includes 11 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 4 term faculty, 2 lecturers, and approximately 240 undergraduate and 24 graduate students. The Graphic Design department offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design (BFA), a Master of Arts in Experiential Graphic Design (MAXGD), and a Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design (MFA). Both the undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited. Moreover, the department offers minors, industry-sponsored projects, study abroad programs, an internship program, many interdisciplinary initiatives, and strategic collaborations with other highly-ranked colleges and departments.

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Proposed Start Date:January 1, 2022

Number of Months Employed Per Year:09 Month Work Period

Time Type:Full time

Application Instructions:

The guaranteed consideration date for this position is midnight 10/24/21.

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae

2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter addressing your qualifications for this position

3) Vision statement related to the future of graphic design education, research and design practice

4) PDF Portfolio including research, practice and/or student work examples (5MB maximum, may include links to audio/video content)

5) Names, email and phone numbers for Three References

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Original Posting Date: May 24, 2021

Posting Close Date:October 24, 2021

Job Requisition Number:R5124

Iowa State University ( is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities ( AAU ), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 30,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community ( .

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email .

If you have questions about the application process please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485 . Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485 . TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942 .

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