Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication, Specialist in Graphic Design and Web Design

Valparaiso, Indiana
Jan 29, 2018
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Valparaiso University is a selective, international university with a Lutheran heritage in Valparaiso, Indiana, an hour’s drive from Chicago. Founded in 1859, Valpo offers a thorough grounding in the liberal arts as well as professional training and graduate study, helping students find their own paths to lifelong personal, spiritual, and professional growth.

The Department of Communication, within the College of Arts & Sciences, currently serves 130 undergraduate and 40 graduate students. Degree offerings include: B.A. in Communication with concentrations in Communication Law, Public Relations, General Communication, Journalism, Digital Media, and M.S. in Digital Media or Sports Media. As the Department grows and the industry evolves, we have a greater need for faculty in digital and emergent-media production.

This three-year Visiting Assistant Professor position is housed in the Department of Communication but works closely with the Department of Art, as many courses are cross-listed between the departments. The Candidate we are seeking will teach in both the undergraduate and graduate programs and have expertise in graphic design and web design. Primary teaching responsibilities will be in these areas; however, faculty are encouraged and expected to support the broader university and department goals, which may include teaching in a variety of related areas in graduate and undergraduate media courses.

Qualifications include:

  • Experience teaching graphic design, web design, and/or visual communication is preferred.
  • Must have an MFA or a Ph.D. (ABD applicants will be considered). Applicants holding or pursuing a Ph.D. must also hold a Masters of Design, Masters of Graphic Design, or similar degree at time of hire.
  • Experience in program development is a plus.

Applicants are asked to submit a Letter of Application (include in your letter a link to an on-line/digital portfolio), Curriculum Vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, (3) letters of recommendations, and official transcripts to Interfolio at: Application review will begin January 15, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

Candidates should be interested in working at a university engaged in issues in Christian higher education in the Lutheran tradition. Valparaiso University does not unlawfully discriminate and aims to employ persons of various backgrounds and experiences to develop and support a diverse community. Its entire EOE policy can be found at:

Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity and the ability to work with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds. In addition to strong academic qualifications and excellence in teaching, the University highly values experience in working across cultural and other significant differences.  Traditionally underrepresented groups and women are encouraged to apply.

Employment at Valparaiso University will require a satisfactory criminal background check. 

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