Assistant Professor of Art - Graphic Design

Job description

Valparaiso University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Art - Graphic Design in the Department of Art (  Valparaiso University (“Valpo”), a community of learning grounded in the Lutheran tradition of scholarship, freedom, and faith, prepares students to lead and serve both church and society.  Located one hour southeast of Chicago on a 310-acre campus, Valpo is a comprehensive university with an enrollment of over 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students.  Valpo is consistently recognized as one of the best private universities in the Midwest and is located in Valparaiso Indiana, a county seat of 30,000 residents with high quality schools and an active social community.

The Department of Art, within the College of Arts & Sciences, currently serves 40 undergraduate student majors and an equal number of minors along with majors and minors in the Department of Communication.  Degree offerings include: B.A. 30-credit Art major, 45-credit Digital Media Arts major and 45-credit Studio Art major.  This tenure-track Assistant Professor position is housed in the Department of Art but works closely with the Department of Communication on several courses that are cross-listed between the departments. Communication majors with concentrations in General Communication, Public Relations, Journalism, Digital Media, and M.S. in Digital Media or Sports Media also enroll in cross-listed courses with the Art Department.  As the Art Department grows and the industry evolves, we have a greater need for faculty in digital and emergent-media production.

The Candidate we are seeking will teach in both the undergraduate and graduate programs and have expertise in graphic design and web design and related topics with a 21-credit teaching load, plus additional research and campus citizenship activities.   Faculty are encouraged and expected to support the broader university and department goals, which may include teaching in a variety of graduate and undergraduate media courses.

Qualifications include:

  • Experience teaching graphic design, web design, and/or visual communication is preferred.
  • Must have an MFA or a Ph.D. (ABD applicants will be considered). Applicants holding or pursuing a Ph.D. must also hold a Masters of Design, Masters of Graphic Design, or similar degree at time of hire.
  • Experience in program development is a plus.

As a campus with an increasingly diverse student body, we encourage applications from individuals with a commitment to mentoring students from underrepresented communities.  Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, research statement, and contact information for three references to Interfolio at  In your cover letter, please include brief statements of (a) how you might contribute to the university’s distinctive mission, and (b) what experiences you have had which will enable you to mentor a diverse student body.  Candidates who submit names of references should expect that the search committee will contact these references, in confidence, and that credentials will be confirmed prior to hire.  Employment will require a satisfactory criminal background check.  Applications will be considered until the position is filled; however, applicants are encouraged to apply by December 1, 2019, for timely consideration.

Valparaiso University does not unlawfully discriminate and aims to employ persons of various backgrounds and experiences to develop and support its diverse community.  Its entire EOE policy can be found at .




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Posted: 9/18/2019
Application Due: 11/17/2019
Work Type:
Salary: Competitive