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Department of Visual & Performing Arts:

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Department of Visual & Performing Arts

Clark University

950 Main St., Worcester, MA 01610

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The Department of Visual & Performing Arts (V&PA) at Clark University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Studio Art, in the area of graphic design. The position begins in the fall semester of 2020. At Clark, graphic design is a concentration within the studio art program. The area of specialization in graphic design is open but may include a focus on typography, interactive design, web design, information graphics, publication design, social media design, environmental graphics and exhibition design, or other design-based topics. Knowledge of graphic design software (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator) is required. Experience with video editing software and html and CSS language preferred. Moreover, candidates must understand graphic design’s educational, commercial, cultural, political, artistic and functional purposes, and be well versed in both analog and digital technologies. Knowledge of graphic design’s history and contemporary practice along with the creative methodology of ‘Design Thinking’ theory is essential. An additional consideration is the ability to contribute to one or more of the college’s interdisciplinary programs and institutes, including the Higgins School of the Humanities (supports humanities faculty research and public events); The Center for Gender, Race, and Area Studies; the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies; the George Perkins Marsh Institute (conducts collaborative research around the complex relationship between humans and our environment); the Hiatt Center for Urban Education; and the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise (research on the behavioral health of adolescents and young adults).

The successful candidate will join a collaborative department with six thriving programs: Studio Art; Art History; Music; Screen Studies; Theatre Arts; and Media, Culture and the Arts. These programs represent individual majors within V&PA that offer focused study in specific fields as well as opportunities for interdisciplinary creative research and teaching at the undergraduate level. Studio Art is a BA program with an average of 45 majors and minors across five concentrations: Graphic Design, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. The teaching expectation includes courses in beginning, intermediate, and advanced graphic design, as well as specialty courses in an area of expertise. An MFA in Graphic Design is required by August of 2020 and preference is given to candidates that have at least 2 years of teaching experience (graduate school teaching included).

Clark University is a private, selective institution with a demonstrated commitment to outstanding faculty teaching and research. Tenure-track faculty members normally teach a 2 – 2 load. In addition to providing ongoing support for teaching and research, Clark offers pre-tenured faculty a reduced teaching load in the first year, and a semester’s sabbatical after a successful third-year review. Further information regarding support for faculty research and teaching may be found here: .

Further information about the Department of Visual & Performing Arts may be found here:

Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, professional website URL, a design philosophy statement, a diversity and inclusion statement, a portfolio with 20 sample designs (with the images compiled into one .PDF file and, if applicable, links to video or animation files), and contact information for three references. Use of a dossier service is recommended and please submit all materials to: <[email protected]> . Priority will be given to applications received by November 30, 2019. Preliminary interviews will be conducted via Skype, followed by campus visits for finalists. Questions may be addressed to Toby Sisson, Associate Professor and Program Director of Studio Art, at <[email protected]> .

Clark University embraces equal opportunity and affirmative action as core values: we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.




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Posted: 7/17/2019
Application Due: 9/15/2019
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