Assistant or Associate Professor - Graphic Design

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Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois

Assistant/Associate Professor in Graphic Design


The College of Fine Arts at Illinois State University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in multicultural environments. We strongly encourage applications from minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. This would include an awareness of the complexities of gender fluidity and marginalized communities. We encourage applicants with a body of innovative work that challenges traditional academic and cultural delineations of artistic production. 


The School of Art at Illinois State University is seeking a full-time tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor of Graphic Design to begin August 16, 2019. This is a nine-month, tenure-track position, and salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Candidates should possess strong visual design skills, demonstrate a capacity for conducting original creative design and research, and have a background in creative practice or industry. The successful candidate will teach at all levels in the undergraduate graphic design sequence, with an emphasis in interactive digital design and time-based media.


The graphic design sequence challenges students to demonstrate strong typographic and methodological skills, innovative conceptual thinking, and design research across multiple platforms of 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional, and interactive work. Therefore, applicants should demonstrate excellent teaching and creative skills in traditional design, typography, image making, complex information design, environmental design, web design and coding, motion graphics and emerging digital media. The candidate will join our faculty prepared with innovative ideas to further integrate digital interactive tools and concepts into our design curriculum.


The graphic design program is part of a comprehensive school of art, which also includes programs in studio art, art history and visual culture, and art education. Offering BA, BS, and BFA degrees and a newly revised curriculum, faculty in the graphic design program enjoy small class sizes, closely engaging with students to develop excellent work. In addition to an active internship program, graphic design students have the opportunity to participate in “Design Streak” a pre-professional design studio offering graphic design services to area businesses, organizations, and institutions throughout central Illinois.


Responsibilities include teaching three courses per semester, continued engagement in professional research activities, and university service. Requirements include an MFA in Graphic Design/Visual Communications or Master of Graphic Design, evidence of innovative professional activity, and teaching experience. State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position.


Applications will be accepted until January 4, 2019. To ensure full consideration, please complete an online faculty application for posting number 0711304 at, and attach a single PDF file that contains the following:

-Letter of application

-Curriculum vitae

-Statement of teaching philosophy

-Statement of creative research philosophy

-List of three references with contact information

-20 examples of personal work (interactive work can be shared through links)

-10 examples of student work.


Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. Illinois State is a coeducational, residential university that emphasizes undergraduate study with almost 21,000 students. Our 34 academic departments in six colleges offer 63 undergraduate programs in more than 160 fields of study. Illinois State University ( is committed to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large university opportunities and promoting the highest academic standards in teaching, scholarship, and community service. Illinois State University has been named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education for four consecutive years.

Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a population of approximately 167,000 and conveniently located approximately two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems and educational attainment, parks and recreation, health care, job growth, economic opportunity, and low crime. For information on Illinois State University, please visit:


Inquiries can be directed to Vikkie Cossio at [email protected]


Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action university encouraging diversity.





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Posted: 10/29/2018
Application Due: 12/28/2018
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Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience