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Associate Professor of Graphic Design

School of Art + Design

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for an Associate Professor of Graphic Design. We encourage applications from the Graphic Design discipline, but applicants from all traditional as well as nontraditional and interdisciplinary areas of Design are also urged to apply. This is a full-time tenured appointment with an anticipated start date of August 16, 2020.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit


Terminal degree (MFA, MDes, PhD, or equivalent) in Graphic Design (or Design) is required. The successful candidate will bring leadership experience, an active research agenda and accomplished research history, evidence of innovative teaching in undergraduate and graduate design, and a distinguished record of impact in design that meets the qualifications for the rank of Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The successful candidate should be a skillful cross-disciplinary collaborator with experience in both professional and/or research-based practice to play a key role in advancing and advocacy of a new campus emphasis on design (in collaboration with the Siebel Center for Design). This candidate will be involved in serving periodically as Program Chair – including mentoring, evaluating, and supervising faculty, helping to grow design research on campus, and provide a mentorship and leadership role in the promotion of new undergraduate and graduate curricula regionally and globally.

Knowledge of professional practice as well as the processes and methods common to disciplinary research is required; an excellent working knowledge of appropriate graphic design software is assumed. Research in areas such as: data visualization, design history, process/methods, traditional print media, race, social impact, sustainability, systems thinking, connected communities, ethics, or speculative design is preferred.


Building upon its longstanding reputation for excellence, the Graphic and Industrial Design Programs at the School of Art + Design are responsive to the changing realities of the contemporary design landscape. Staffed labs for traditional and contemporary media, support student and faculty work and include spaces for digital imaging, audiovisual editing, rapid prototyping, darkroom and digital printing. Bookbinding, letterpress, screen-printing, and printmaking facilities are also available. The School offers undergraduate and/or graduate degrees in Art Education, Art History, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, New Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture.

University of Illinois

As a part of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at Illinois, the School of Art + Design offers ready opportunity for collaborations with Krannert Art Museum and Krannert Center for Performing Arts, and with active Schools of Architecture and Music, and Departments ofLandscape Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, Dance, and Theatre.

The University of Illinois is strongly international, and recognized for excellence in the Sciences, Engineering, Humanities and the Arts. Supported by the nation’s third largest research library and abundant technological resources, Illinois provides a rich environment for both disciplinary and interdisciplinary ventures. Champaign-Urbana is located in East Central Illinois, within short driving distance to Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis. For more information, please visit: for the University, for the college, and for the School.

Application Procedures

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by Oct. 31, 2019. Please create your candidate profile at and search for JOB ID 121738. Applications not submitted through the listed webpage will not be considered. Complete submissions will include the following:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research philosophy
  • Teaching philosophy
  • Names and complete contact information for three references
  • Portfolio of professional work (up to 20 images)
  • Portfolio of student work (up to 20 images)

Please submit items 1-7 combined into a single multi-page, letter-size PDF (NOT an Acrobat “PDF portfolio”). Use the naming convention of “lastname_docs.pdf”. At the start of each new section of the PDF, please make sure you include a page header with the section title (for instance Research Philosophy) to ensure ease of use and access.

Interviews may take place prior to the closing date; however, no decision will be made until after that date. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

For additional information regarding the position, please contact:

Associate Professor Eric Benson

School of Art + Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

408 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL 61820 USA

217-333-0855 (phone) | [email protected] (email)

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

College Name or Administrative Unit:Fine and Applied Arts Category:1-Faculty Title:College of Fine + Applied Arts: Associate Professor (Graphic Design) - School of Art + Design (121738) Open Date:09/11/2019 Organization Name:Art and Design




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Posted: 9/13/2019
Application Due: 11/28/2019
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