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Iowa State University Lecturer and/or Assistant Teaching Professor of Graphic Design in Ames, Iowa

Position Information:

Position Title:Lecturer and/or Assistant Teaching Professor 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 welcoming applications for part-time Lecturer position(s) and/or an Assistant Professor of Teaching to join our 14-person graphic design faculty and assist in advancing the department’s future goals. Applicants should demonstrate interest and ability to teach in all areas of Graduate and Undergraduate Graphic Design. This especially includes one or more of the following areas: interaction design, digital photography, creative technology, typography, experiential design, UX/UI design, or motion graphics. The successful candidate will have a strong spirit of collaboration and be committed to interdisciplinary teaching and dialogue and working with diverse groups.

We seek a candidate(s) to join our faculty as at least a part-time Lecturer (25%-50%) and/or Assistant Professor of Teaching at (100%) basis for a 9-month service period. A Lecturer is expected to teach 1-2 courses, and an Assistant Professor of Teaching will teach 3 courses per semester. Appointments may be 1-2 years, renewable, and are not tenure eligible. Classes are set to start January 25th, 2021.

The successful candidate(s) must be able to:- develop and teach independent courses, as well as teach current courses as part of a coordinated and dynamic team of Graphic Design instructors- demonstrate a clear understanding of design processes and methodology as part of the creative process.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

MFA in Graphic Design OR BFA in Graphic Design + Masters in related discipline OR BFA in Graphic Design + 5 years' professional experience

Preferred Qualifications:

-Experience developing and teaching Graphic Design courses.

  • Experience teaching at the Graduate-level-Demonstrated understanding of design processes, design research, and design methodology as part of the creative process.

Department/Program & College Description:

The Department of Graphic Design is part of ISU’s College of Design, along with Departments of Architecture, Art and Visual Cultures, Community and Regional Planning, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture. The Department offers a NASAD accredited BFA in Graphic Design, an MA in Experiential Graphic Design, and an MFA in Graphic Design. The department enrolls over 200 undergraduate and over 25 graduate students, all of whom engage in both traditional and emerging technologies and are prepared to become leaders in the field of visual communication.

The College of Design is dedicated to all forms of diversity and inclusion, and committed to the expanded role of design as an agent of change in society. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples and is dedicated to supporting work-life balance through an array of flexible policies.

Department Unit/Website:

Proposed Start Date:January 1, 2021

Proposed End Date or Length of Term:December 31, 2021

Number of Months Employed Per Year:09 Month Work Period

Time Type:Part time

Pay Grade:00 (Faculty)

Application Instructions:

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

3) Contact Information for Three References

4) Teaching Philosophy that includes diversity/inclusion statement

5) Portfolio of creative work / student work (up to 20 images as a single PDF)

Review of applications will begin on December 4, 2020 However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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:November 18, 2020

Posting Close Date:December 16, 2020

Job Requisition Number:R3643

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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