Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Tenure Track

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Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Tenure Track

Classification Title:

9-Mo Tenure-Track/ Tenured Faculty


Col of Arts & Architecture (Col)


Art & Art History

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Employment Type:

Permanent - Full-time

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Primary Purpose of Department:

The Department of Art & Art History inspires students to expand their vision of the world and themselves through study and practice in Art and Art History. The department aims to foster innovative and thoughtful art practices, scholarship, and arts-based education and believes that art is vital to our students, our university, our communities, and our future. The Department currently offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art, a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art History, a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Art with nine concentrations. Additionally, a B.F.A. degree with a concentration in Art Education, a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Graphic Design and a minor in Art History are offered. An Honors Program in Art History is offered and the department participates in the College Honors Program. Additionally, the department plays an important role in the delivery of required coursework within the University General Education program.

Vacancy Open to:

All Candidates

Description of Work:

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte recognizes the differentiation of mission, goals, and objectives inherent in the diversity of disciplines represented by its colleges and departments. Thus, the Job Responsibilities and Essential Functions for Tenured and Tenure Track Faculty should be interpreted in the context of the related departmental and collegiate goals.
Teaching, Advising, Curriculum and Instructional Development – Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to teaching may include but are not limited to: subject matter competence, course design, course presentation, advising and consultation, directing student research, curriculum and instructional development, and grading student work.
Scholarly Research, Creative, and Other Professional Activities – All tenured and tenure-track faculty are expected to participate in expanding the knowledge base of her/his academic field by conducting research or engaging in other creative activities as appropriate to the faculty member’s discipline. Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to research may include but are not limited to: research/creative activity that generates new knowledge and/or synthesizes and/or integrates existing knowledge, publication, an on-going agenda for research, scholarly, and creative activity, and are expected to seek extramural support for their work.
Service to University, the Public, and the Profession – All tenured and tenure-track faculty are expected to engage in a program of service appropriate to their discipline. Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to service may include but are not limited to: service to the administration and governance of the University, public service, and service to the profession.

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Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Department of Art & Art History is seeking an innovative researcher and experienced teacher to contribute to a new BFA in Graphic Design degree, which launched in January 2021. Research areas of expertise might include human-centered design; social-, civic-, or community- engaged design; digital media; motion graphics; web development; and/or UX/UI design. The successful candidate will teach 5 courses a year and contribute to the ongoing development of curriculum in Visual Communication at all levels. The program includes courses in digital and print design, typography, web and UX/UI design strategies, design research and design thinking, as well as senior professional preparation and capstone projects courses. The Department is interested in candidates who have a record of success in advising/mentoring individuals from groups underrepresented in higher education.

Minimum Experience/Education:

UNC Charlotte gives primary consideration to the earned doctorate or terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline.

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience:

A minimum of an MFA in Design or Studio Art, or an MDes in Graphic Design or closely related field (completed/verified at time of hire), and teaching experience effective for undergraduate level instruction are required.
Applicants should demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching Visual Communication specific courses and provide evidence of quality pedagogical outcomes and teaching with technology. Also desired is an ability to teach courses in emerging topics of Visual Communication such as human-centered design, social-, civic-, or community- engaged design, and/or an ability to teach courses in supporting fields such as Digital Media, Motion Graphics, Animation, or Digital Illustration.

Candidates should demonstrate a record of achievement in research. In order to maintain a trajectory towards tenure, a program of creative research must be disseminated through peer-reviewed venues of significance that are consistent with departmental mission and expectations. This can include commissioned and applied work (per AIGA Design Educators’ guidelines), exhibition of creative work, and/or scholarly publications and presentations.

Other desired requirements include an ability to contribute to diversity initiatives and/or an MFA degree in Community-Centered Practices that is being developed by the College of Arts & Architecture, professional experience in the field of Graphic Design, as well as service to an institution, community, or profession.

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Special Notes to Applicants:

Candidates should upload a Portfolio of 20 samples of student work w/image list as a supplemental attachment listed as “Other Document”.

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Contact Information:

Shannon Ray, Office Manager
Assistant Professor, Graphic Design Search Committee
UNC Charlotte | Department of Art and Art History
9201 University City Blvd | Charlotte, NC 28223
Phone: 704.687.0200 | Fax: 704.787.0210




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Posted: 2/12/2021
Application Due: 5/13/2021
Work Type: Full Time