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Teaching Assistant Professor of Graphic Design
School of Art + Design
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign invites applications for two full-time Teaching Assistant Professor of Graphic Design appointments with a desired start date of August 16, 2021. The selected candidate will join an exciting and diverse team of faculty engaged in active transformation of design education and practice at the intersection of traditional craft, emerging technologies, and demands for renewal in contemporary social and cultural systems.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit


Terminal degree (PhD, MFA, MDes, or equivalent) in Visual Communication, Graphic Design, or allied disciplines is required. Demonstrated excellence in teaching Design with three years of experience at the undergraduate and/or graduate level is highly desirable; studio teaching experience is preferred. Candidates should possess a demonstrated record of professional accomplishments and be in dialogue with contemporary design discourse, particularly as it relates to practice or pedagogy. An excellent working knowledge of appropriate software is required. Any extensive professional or research expertise such as: web-coding, user experience, motion, illustration, sustainability, service, or active critical practice would be considered an asset. Applicants with demonstrable commitments to social justice and a reflective approach to transforming the discipline with respect to inclusion and anti-racism are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Teaching responsibilities will include: typography, HTML/CSS, cross-media editorial design, User Interface/User Experience (UI/UX), Design Thinking, and studios infused by candidates’ research expertise that enhance knowledge, methods, and skills necessary for entry-level professional practice.
  • The candidate’s responsibilities will be divided between teaching and service to the program.
  • A candidate’s typical course load will include three courses each fall and spring semester. The academic calendar begins August 16, 2021 and ends May 15, 2022.
  • Candidate is expected to contribute to program service involving curricular development and/or industry connections.

Teaching Professors at the University of Illinois enjoy paths to promotion, representation by the Non- Tenure Faculty Coalition IFT-AFT, AAUP, voice and vote in shared governance processes, and potential for multi-year contracts based on promotions and performance.


Building upon its longstanding reputation for excellence, the Graphic Design Program (undergraduate) and Design for Responsible Innovation Program (graduate) 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. Printmaking facilities are also available including bookbinding, letterpress, and screenprinting. The School offers undergraduate and/or graduate degrees in Art Education, Art History, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, and Studio (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 Departments of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, Dance, Theater, and Music.

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 a 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

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 25 January 2021. Please create your candidate profile at and search for JOB ID 140882. Complete submissions will include the following:

  1. Letter of application
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Teaching philosophy
  4. Names and complete contact information for three references
  5. Portfolio of professional work (up to 20 images)
  6. Portfolio of student work (up to 20 images)

Please submit items 1-6 combined into a single multi-page, letter-size PDF (NOT an Acrobat “PDF portfolio”). Use the naming convention of “lastname_docs.pdf”.

All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.

Appointment and Salary: This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, non-tenure-track position. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

This appointment requires service for one nine-month academic year, with the possibility of an extension beyond the first year at the School's discretion.

For additional information regarding the position, please contact:

Professor Deana McDonagh
School of Art + Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
408 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL 61820 USA
[email protected]

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.

College Name or Administrative Unit:College of Fine and Applied Arts Category:1-Faculty Title:College of Fine + Applied Arts: Teaching Assistant Professor (Graphic Design) - School of Art + Design (140882) Open Date:12/23/2020 Organization Name:Art and Design




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Posted: 12/25/2020
Application Due: 3/25/2021
Work Type: Full Time