Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

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Assistant Professor of Graphic Design
Susquehanna University

About Susquehanna
As a living, learning and working community, Susquehanna University affirms its commitment to being an engaged, culturally inclusive campus. As we seek to embody the rich diversity of the human community, we commit ourselves to the full participation of persons who represent the breadth of human difference. The university encourages candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Susquehanna University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college committed to excellence in educating students for productive, creative and reflective lives of achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, dynamic and interdependent world. Its more than 2,200 undergraduates come from 35 states and 22 countries, and all students study away through Susquehanna's unique Global Opportunities program. Susquehanna University's 325 acre campus, noted for its beauty, is located in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, 50 miles north of Harrisburg in the scenic Susquehanna River Valley, about a three hour drive from Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York City. For more information, please visit

Position Summary
The Department of Art and Design at Susquehanna University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in graphic design, beginning in fall 2019. The successful candidate will join a small but thriving department offering degrees in art history, studio art, and graphic design. Graphic design is the largest area within the department, serving approximately 60 undergraduate majors, most of whom will go on to work at design and advertising agencies, publishing houses, and corporations in urban centers such as New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

The successful candidate will teach a 3/3 course load, with primary responsibilities in design software applications, web and interactive graphic design, independent studies, and internships. Secondary teaching responsibilities depend on departmental and university need, and may include courses ranging from advanced graphic design to 2-D art foundations. The successful candidate should be well-versed in design thinking and professional practices, and eager to work in a highly collaborative teaching environment. Enthusiasm for recruiting, undergraduate graphic design competitions, field trips, portfolio reviews and career days, and assisting new graduates with job-seeking is essential. Other responsibilities of the position include university and departmental service, advising, and maintaining a sustained research profile.

Required Qualifications
Terminal degree in graphic design (MFA, MDes or equivalent) and an exceptional portfolio are required.

Preferred Qualifications
Significant full-time professional experience (beyond freelance) as an agency or in-house designer, art director, or creative director is preferred. College-level teaching experience is preferred.

Special Instructions to the Applicant
Please submit the following online at

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Two sample graphic design course syllabi (preferably for an introductory course and an interactive course)
  • Statement on how the applicant will contribute to the university's commitment to diversity and inclusion, including applicant's knowledge of and experience with inclusive pedagogical practices in classroom teaching, advising, and mentoring.
  • List of three references with contact information.
  • Design portfolio. Provide a PDF of a minimum of 10-20 clearly labeled and credited examples (detailing your role) of professional work and a minimum of 10-20 clearly labeled examples of student work. Include a web address or link where your work can be viewed in your letter of application.

    Any inquiries should be sent to the department chair, Mark Fertig, at [email protected]. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2018.

    Benefits EligibleYes
    Number of Months9 months
    Other Number of Months
    Full-Time/Part-TimeFull Time
    Posting date08/16/2018
    Closing date
    Open Until FilledYes
    Anticipated Start Date
    Posting NumberF00082

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    Posted: 9/10/2018
    Application Due: 9/20/2018
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