Assistant Professor of Graphic Design
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF GRAPHIC DESIGN
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
CONTRACT START DATE: JULY 1, 2019 Application review begins October 18, 2018. The position remains open and applications will be reviewed until filled. Campus interviews are anticipated for spring of 2019, but may be held earlier in some cases.
ABOUT WHITWORTH UNIVERSITY
Founded in 1890, Whitworth has been consistently ranked among the top regional colleges and universities in the West. Whitworth combines a strong liberal arts perspective, the Christian heritage of the University, its commitment to academic rigor, and its long-standing orientation toward human service. A community of Christian scholars carries out the university’s mission “to provide its diverse student body an education of the mind and heart.”
THE POSITION: ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF GRAPHIC DESIGN
The Art Department at Whitworth University invites applications for a tenure-track position in art at the rank of Assistant Professor. For an exceptional candidate, approval to hire at the level of Associate Professor may be sought. A successful candidate will have the opportunity to teach 21 credit hours (approximately seven courses) per year, mainly within the Art Department, typically three in the fall semester, one during January Term, and three in spring semester. Potential courses include Graphic Design, Typography, Web Design, Photoshop/Adobe Suite, Digital Photography, and other courses in an area of specialty. Along with teaching, the professor will be responsible for oversight of the graphic design curriculum, including the Graphic Design track within the Art major and the Visual Design in Computing interdisciplinary major, support programs with a graphic design component, serve as mentor and advisor to students, engage in research and/or creative work, and participate in departmental activities and faculty governance.
TO SUCCEED IN THIS ROLE CANDIDATES WILL NEED:
- M.F.A. in graphic design or closely related field. Other degrees considered with exceptional experience.
- Demonstrated excellence in creative work, with evidence of current scholarly activity and/or current practice in the field of graphic design.
- Working knowledge of history and theory relating to design and visual communication. Interest in global/intercultural design issues is a plus.
- Demonstrated interest and effectiveness in college-level teaching, possessing strong relational skills with students and colleagues.
- Personal commitment to the Christian faith and to the integration of faith and learning.
- Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to issues of diversity, including but not limited to differences of race, gender, physical capability, class, and faith. Commitment to mindfully teaching, mentoring, and communicating across differences.
- Must meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States by the time the appointment is scheduled to begin.
- A commitment to the educational mission of Whitworth as a Christian liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church.
- Background check and education verification required.
IF THIS SOUNDS LIKE THE JOB FOR YOU
The following documents are required to complete the online application form at www.whitworth.edu/jobs:
- A letter of interest relating your education and experience to the required qualifications
- Curriculum vitae
- The names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three references
- Graduate and undergraduate transcripts (may be unofficial at this time; official transcripts will be required when an offer to interview is extended)
- Three sets of student course evaluations for courses you recently taught, or a note explaining why they are not available
- Twenty (20) samples of personal work (in PDF format) and annotated index of works stating the media, design objectives, and date, if available. Images should be 300dpi, and 2,000 pixels in the longest dimension. Please name the file using the following format: “lastname_personalwork.pdf”
- Twenty (20) samples of student work (in PDF format) and annotated index of works stating the media, design objectives, and date, if available. Images should be 300dpi, and 2,000 pixels in the longest dimension. Please name the file using the following format: “lastname_studentwork.pdf”
- A link to your website
- A short personal essay (approximately 300 words) characterizing your Christian faith. For expanded guidelines, please see www.whitworth.edu/facultyfaithessay
Please direct questions about the application process to Elise Forman ([email protected]). Please direct questions about the position to the search committee chair, Professor Gordon Wilson ([email protected]).
ABOUT THE ART DEPARTMENT AND GRAPHIC DESIGN MAJOR
The Art Department is situated within the College of Arts and Sciences, which bears primary responsibility for providing an education that is grounded in the tradition of liberal arts and sciences and committed to the integration of faith and learning. The Department is committed to excellent teaching, providing students with a rigorous intellectual environment, in a modern, fully-equipped art facility featuring dedicated studios, two galleries, and a MAC computer lab. Students gain knowledge and skills that support their creative process in the visual arts. The core art courses provide the foundation in artistic form and content, while upper division offerings expand each student’s artistic vision and conceptual foundation for content in their work, and all courses encourage lifelong learning and a passion for making and understanding art. Graphic Design is currently a track within the Art Major. In addition to graphic design courses, Graphic Design majors complete core courses including drawing, 2-D and 3-D design, two art seminars, three art history courses, and participate in junior and senior exhibitions. Professionally active faculty members, who have participated in exhibits and juried competitions throughout the nation, encourage students to participate in making and critiquing art, to develop skills and concepts through theory and practice, and to immerse themselves intellectually and spiritually. To read more please visit the art department website at www.whitworth.edu/art/.
ABOUT THE SPOKANE AREA
Spokane (population approx. 210,000) is located on the Spokane River west of the Rocky Mountain foothills in eastern Washington State. The region enjoys four seasons with the associated outdoor activities (mountain biking, climbing, swimming, boating, snowmobiling, skiing, etc.). Spokane is within 4-5 hours of three major national parks (Mt Rainier, North Cascades, Glacier) and the Canadian Rockies. The city is large enough to have a thriving downtown area with a riverfront park yet small enough to avoid the heavy traffic associated with larger cities. The Spokane area has a number of strong school districts including the Mead School District in which Whitworth is located. Besides the strong public schools, the Spokane area has a number of highly ranked private schools, faith-based schools, and schools that have developed specialized options such as the Mead Riverpoint Academy with its emphasis on STEM and Entrepreneurial curriculum. In summer of 2018, the city provided grants to NGO’s to support and promote multicultural events and activities reflecting different cultural groups in the community. For more information on Spokane, please visit www.movetospokane.com/
ABOUT THE ARTS IN THE SPOKANE REGION
Spokane has a supportive art community encouraged by organizations such as Spokane Arts (www.spokanearts.org), Washington State Artist Trust (www.artisttrust.org), and Laboratory Spokane (https://laboratoryspokane.com/). These organizations provide funding for projects, exhibition opportunities, residencies, and support for artists at any stage in their career. The region also features museums, galleries and art spaces, as well as regular art events, which provide opportunities for artists to interact with one another and the community. The vibrant art departments at several local and regional universities foster a rich and collaborative community of art professors.
Whitworth complies with all federal, state, and local nondiscrimination laws that are applicable to religious nonprofit institutions and does not engage in unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability. With our commitment to building a diverse community, the university encourages applications from populations underrepresented at Whitworth including members of racial/ethnic communities, women, and persons with disabilities.