School of Art: Associate or Full Professor Graphic Design

Nov 07, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

School of Art: Associate or Full Professor - Graphic Design

Job Class Code: 00021
FLSA: Exempt
Posting Number: FRGV0828
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Division/Organization: Division of Academic Affairs
Appointment Period for Non-Tenure Position:
Tenure Status: Tenured
FTE: 1.0

Scope of Job:
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is seeking applications for a graphic design educator, researcher, and BFA Graphic Design Program Coordinator to help lead our large and already successful area into an even more promising future by keeping pace with an ever-changing industry. This is a tenured faculty position (rank of Associate or Full Professor) scheduled to begin Fall 2019.
Responsibilities include:
  • Coordinate BFA Graphic Design Program (course scheduling, program communication, curriculum, purchasing, personnel and general management).
  • Provide a creative and innovative vision along with long-range planning to lead a dynamic Graphic Design program to excellence including regional and national recognition.
  • Promote an environment of collegiality by fostering a culture of transparent, clear and consistent communication with faculty and staff in the department, as well as with university and community partners.
  • Mentor and develop faculty teachers and scholars as part of their ongoing engagement with our global, diverse, and technological society.
  • Teach at the BFA and/or MFA level as assigned by the Director.
  • Pursue research/creative activity in relevant discipline and maintain a substantive record of professional/peer recognition.
  • Engage in service to the school, college, university, community and profession.
  • Demonstrate ability to teach graphic design for digital and print media devices.
  • Embrace new forms of critically engaged disciplinary practice in the changing field of graphic design.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to social responsibility and advocacy as related to the field.
  • Maintain an active and recognized professional practice of client-initiated or self-initiated design development and/or academic research investigations.
  • Actively participate in departmental, college and university service and leadership, including committee work and academic support services such as portfolio reviews, student advising, and recruitment activities.
  • Implement and assess program outcomes, conduct program review; participate in maintaining the graphic design area's accreditation with NASAD; engage in student advising, supervision of student organizations and work well with colleagues within and outside the School, particularly in building interdisciplinary collaborations.

    UTRGV faculty will be expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to student success and to advancing the university, college, and program missions, as well as a commitment to UTRGV's guiding principles ( ), which include promoting access to postsecondary education to a diverse student body and to become one of the largest and most successful Hispanic-serving emerging research institutions in the U.S.A.

    Minimum Qualifications:
    Terminal degree (MFA, PhD.) required in Graphic Design, Visual Communication or related fields, such as Interaction Design, UX Design or Interface Media. A record of successful university teaching in Graphic Design. Record of professional activity and/or research that demonstrates established national recognition in the field of graphic design is paramount. Candidates will continue professional research that is relevant to the current and future practice of graphic design. Demonstrate outstanding verbal, written, interpersonal communication skills. Applicants should have proven leadership experience within academic, corporate/industry or community environments. Applicants should have a working knowledge of current practice, history and theory of graphic design with a vision towards future developments. A commitment to quality, student-centered education and working as a team member and a demonstrated and ongoing commitment to serving diverse student populations is a must.

    • To be eligible for hire at the associate professor rank, candidate must meet the requirements for that rank as established by the school. The successful applicant will receive the appropriate rank and title based on established university and school standards.
    • In addition to the requirements for associate professor, appointment at the full professor rank requires an extensive and sustained record of quality research as well as an outstanding record of service, and leadership that would qualify the candidate for tenure at UTRGV.

    Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:

    Preferred Qualification:
    • Experience in interdisciplinary collaboration, and forming industry partnerships regionally, nationally, and internationally.
    • Record of professional activity and/or research that demonstrates established international recognition
    • Curriculum development for Graphic Design.
    • Expertise and experience teaching in one or more of the following areas: UI/UX design, animation, motion graphics, 3D, 4D or new media.
    • Successful funding procurement and grant activity.
    • Graduate-level research/ thesis supervision and advising experience.
    • Online teaching experience.
    • Demonstrated commitment to diversity with experience working with diverse student populations and first-generation students is highly desirable.

    The Search Committee will be conducting interviews at the CAA’s 107th Annual Conference in February 2019 in New York, NY.

    Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
    License or Certification Required?: No
    Number of Vacancies: 1
    Desired Start Date: 09/01/2019

    EEO Statement:
    EEO Statement
    UTRGV is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that strives to hire without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or veteran status. UTRGV takes affirmative action to hire and advance women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

    Diversity Statement
    UTRGV is a Hispanic-serving Institution dedicated to student success and building a diverse faculty committed to working in a multicultural environment. UTRGV has an NSF ADVANCE grant to increase the representation of women in STEM fields and to promote a positive, family friendly workplace for all faculty. We strongly encourage applications from women and minorities.

    Open Date: 11/01/2018

    Special Instructions to Applicants:
    Dear Applicant,

    Human Resources will not be held responsible for redacting any confidential information from the documents you attach with your application. The confidential information includes the following:

    *Date of Birth
    *Social Security Number

    Please make sure that you omit this information prior to submission. We are advising that Human Resources will be forwarding your application to the department as per your submission.
    Complete all sections on the application. If you are applying for the first time please complete all biographical information including address, email and phone. You may update this at any time by selecting to edit your profile in the application. Security sensitive; All UTRGV employees are required to have a criminal background check (CBC). CBCs will be conducted for all candidates invited for an on-campus interview.

    To apply for this job posting visit:
    Letter of Interest (addressing your ability to meet the above responsibilities)
    Curriculum Vitae
    Teaching Philosophy - Statement of teaching philosophy and Artistic Philosophy - Statement addressing current creative work in relationship to the future of the graphic design discipline
    Unofficial transcripts - (graduate and undergraduate - Once hired, official transcript are required)
    List of 3 References - List should include name, title, contact information, email, phone
    Other Documents:
    - Include applicant’s artist website address & provide URLs to online video files where necessary

    Additional Documents:
    -A PDF of up to 20 images of personal work representing 10 of your creative works.
    - A PDF of 20 images of student work with accompanying image lists
    - If possible, student work should reflect the content of the courses this individual would be teaching at UTRGV.

    Additional Information:
    UTRGV is a distributed institution. As such and as assigned, the position may
    require presence at multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Work is
    performed primarily in a general office environment. This position is security sensitive
    and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code
    §51.215. The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of
    Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least
    135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement
    Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week
    and at least 135 days in length.

    Please Note:
    Texas law requires faculty members whose primary language is not English to
    demonstrate proficiency in English as determined by a satisfactory paper-based
    test score of 500 (computer-based of 173 or internet-based of 61) on the Test of
    English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a satisfactory test score of 6.0 on the
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Incomplete applications
    will not be considered. All positions are subject to budget approval.

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