Assistant Professor, Graphic Design

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Assistant Professor, Graphic Design


Franklin College Lamar Dodd School of Art

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department:

The Lamar Dodd School of Art

Housed within a Tier One research university, the Lamar Dodd School of Art is a comprehensive, nationally-­ranked art school administering undergraduate and graduate programs in areas of studio art, design, art education, and art history. The mission of the School is to promote art and design as a significant means of inquiry, integral to problem-solving and the production of knowledge; to educate students to be empathetic and engaged citizens and to prepare them for careers as creative professionals; and to address critical issues facing Georgians and the nation through innovative research in art and design.

The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the Lamar Dodd School of Art, and the University of Georgia are committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students, and sustaining a work and learning environment that is inclusive. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and candidates of all cultures, identities, and communities are encouraged to apply.

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For more info about the Lamar Dodd School of Art, UGA, Georgia and Athens, visit:,, and

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Benefits Eligible

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

The search committee will begin to review applications on April 9, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, applications should be submitted by April 9, 2021. Applications will be accepted through the University of Georgia, UGAJobs website Applicant materials should demonstrate how the candidate’s background, accomplishments, research interests, and teaching philosophy align with the position. Complete applications will include the following supporting documents:

●Letter of application
●Curriculum Vitae
●List of references with contact information
●Teaching portfolio with sample course materials and up to 10 examples of student or mentee work with brief project description
●Research portfolio with up to 10 examples of current research and/or creative practice

Questions and other inquiries should be directed to Julie Spivey, Search Committee Chair, at [email protected]

Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EEO Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

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Assistant Professor

Faculty Rank:

Assistant Professor

Contract Type:

Academic (9 mo.)

Tenure Status:

Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications:

Terminal degree appropriate for the discipline.

Position Summary:

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design
The Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia invites applicants for a position at the Assistant Professor rank with a focus in graphic design/visual communication design. The anticipated start date is August 2021.

The successful candidate will contribute to shaping the future of the program, placing value on design fundamentals while embracing innovative and diverse technologies, ideologies, and methodologies in creative practice and teaching. The faculty member will pursue an active program of research and/or creative practice, teach a 2/2 load of courses, collaborate with design area faculty in curricular and program development, and contribute to service to the School, University, community, and the design profession. Faculty members are expected to support the college’s goals of creating and sustaining a diverse and inclusive learning environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.

Additional Requirements:

A terminal degree (i.e., MFA, MDes, M.Arch or PhD) in graphic design or a related field is required.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

Ideal Candidates will show the following:

●Facility with typography and communication design fundamentals
●Evidence of successful mentorship or teaching at the college level and of potential for success in a research institution
●Ability to teach design principles and theories in graphic design courses focused on dynamic media and digital platforms, and a range of design ideation, materials, and methods
●Record of engagement in contemporary design communities or emerging media practices adjacent to design
●Appreciation for the inter-and cross-disciplinary nature of design, valuing collaboration, engaging in design across various media and platforms.
●Familiarity with inclusive pedagogies, issues related to unconscious bias in design, and/or accessible design
●Research and professional practice that addresses issues relevant to promotion of just societies, sustainability, and future methodologies of visual communication
●Research and pedagogical focus in any of the following areas: human-centered or user experience design; mobile and/or emergent technologies; UX/UI design; interactive or motion design; design strategy, research, history, theory, and criticism; service design or community engagement; generative design and data visualization; or speculative technologies such as VR, AR or AI

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Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.




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Posted: 3/9/2021
Application Due: 6/7/2021
Work Type: Full Time