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Visiting Assistant Professor

University of North Texas
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UNT System Overview:

Welcome to the University of North Texas System, or UNT World as we like to call ourselves. UNT World includes the University of North Texas in Denton, the University of North Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. We are the only university system based exclusively in the robust Dallas-Fort Worth region and we are committed to transforming lives and creating economic opportunity through education. We are growing with the DFW region, enrolling a record 47,000+ students across our system and awarding nearly 12,000 degrees each year.

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Visiting Assistant Professor




College of Visual Arts and Design

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Department Summary:

The BFA program in Communication Design at the College of Visual Arts and Design (CVAD) is guided by a curriculum that emphasizes the development of conceptual thinking as a means to address design problems in a graphic design industry job position. Our students create work that is competitive on a national level, having garnered recognition from Communication Arts Magazine, Print Magazine, Creative Quarterly, Graphis, the Addys, the Society of Publication Designers, the Adobe Design Achievement Awards, and the Art Directors Club. The BFA program in Communication Design graduates up to 60 students per year. The undergraduate curriculum offers both a graphic and user-centered design track that helps students develop marketable skills and deep knowledge for diverse design settings.

Established in 1890, the University of North Texas is a student-centered public research university with over 40,000 students. A Carnegie-ranked Tier One public research university, and multi-year recipient of the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, UNT is one of the nation’s most diverse universities with more than 10,000 Hispanic students, 6,000 African American students, 3,700 international students, 3,300 Asian/Pacific Islander students, and 500 Indigenous students.
UNT attracts students from all walks of life -from students who are the first in their family to earn a degree to those who transfer to the University to complete their educational journey. UNT is among the top 50 universities in the nation for the number of undergraduate degrees awarded to ethnic minority students who account for more than one-third of the university student body. UNT is also one of the nation’s top 50 colleges graduating the most African American and Hispanic students.

The College of Visual Arts and Design, with facilities in Denton, Frisco and Dallas, is one of the largest and most comprehensive visual arts programs in the Southwest. With over 2200 undergraduate students and graduate students, the NASAD-accredited College offers the BA, BFA, MA, MFA and PhD across xx program areas: art education, art history, ceramics, communication design, drawing and painting, fashion design, interdisciplinary art and design studies, interior design, metalsmithing and jewelry, new media art, photography, printmaking, and sculpture, with a PhD offered in art education. The University of North Texas is a Carnegie Tier One Research University and Hispanic Serving Institution.
Further information about the College and University can be found at and

Position Summary:

We are seeking a designer with areas of expertise to complement the current strengths of our program. Depending on the candidate’s experience, teaching assignments may include undergraduate courses in foundations of communication design, graphic design, typography, color, motion graphics, communication design studio, prototyping/development, portfolio, cause-based design, and/or special topics. The teaching load is 3/3 per academic year. Faculty will need to plan and administer class outcomes that align with the curricular objectives of the program. Additional service to the school and university may also be required.

Minimum Qualifications:

An MFA, MDES, or its equivalent in Communication Design, Graphic Design or a BFA with five years or more of professional design practice is required .

Preferred Qualifications:

College-level teaching experience is preferred.

Physical Requirements:

Ability to communicate

Security Sensitive:

This is a security sensitive position.

EEO Statement:

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Submit the following materials via online submission:
•Cover letter/letter of intent
•Curriculum vitae
•Unofficial transcript
•Include contact information for three professional references—name, address, email, and phone number—for each.

Submit the following materials via email to [email protected]edu. Please include your last name and the UNT position number (00010960) in the subject line. Multiple emails may be sent as necessary to ensure effective receipt of all application materials. Attachments must not exceed 8mb per email.
•Up to 10 examples of professional work (URL listing or pdf).
•Up to 10 examples of student work (if available).

Review of applications will begin April 15, 2021, and continue until the position is closed.

Contact Info:
Department of Design
College of Visual Arts & Design
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #305100
Denton, Texas 76203-5017
Fax: 940-565-4717
E-mail: [email protected]

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Working at University of North Texas

Since 1890, the University of North Texas has been a catalyst for transformation for its students and the North Texas region. As the nation’s 26th largest public university, UNT is dedicated to providing an excellent educational experience to its 36,000 students while fueling the intellectual, economic and cultural progress of one of the largest, most dynamic regions in the United States.

A student-focused public research university, UNT graduates more than 8,500 students each year from its 12 colleges and schools and offers 97 bachelor’s, 82 master’s and 35 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized. As UNT’s strengths in science, engineering and technology grow, the university continues to nurture its core areas of distinction in music, education, social sciences, business, the arts and humanities. Leading Texas public universities in the number of Goldwater Scholars and designated a “Best in the West” university by The Princeton Review, UNT is known for its academic excellence.

By providing access, welcoming diversity and strengthening collaborations with our many educational, business and community partners, as well as building new partnerships across the globe, UNT's faculty and staff work each day to prepare students for the challenges they will meet in our changing world.

Fostering global understanding and promoting cultural appreciation are central to preparing tomorrow's successful global leaders. Our strategic international partnerships seek to improve quality of life, facilitate the exchange of ideas and culture, and allow for important research addressing global issues. UNT's campus benefits from a rich diversity of about 2,500 international students representing 140 countries.

UNT faculty produce groundbreaking research in a wide range of disciplines spanning the sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology while also making nationally recognized contributions in the arts and humanities. The College of Music is one of the nation’s best music colleges with an internationally respected jazz program. UNT has the oldest program in emergency administration and planning and a unique program in applied philosophy and environmental ethics.

UNT also is home to many national centers and institutes, including the Net-Centric Software and Systems Center — a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center; the Center for Electronic Materials Processing and Integration; the Institute of Applied Science; the Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling; and the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity.

UNT has developed many state-of-the-art research facilities, such as the federally funded Center for Advanced Research and Technology, one of the nation’s most extensive facilities for powerful materials characterization and analysis; a high-performance computational facility; and a clean room/nanofabrication research facility (under construction). UNT’s research extends outside the academy as well, with field stations as close as a neighboring lake and as far away as southern Chile.

In addition, UNT is developing Discovery Park, a research park with technology incubator facilities on a 300-acre property near the main campus. The university also has developed a Design Research Center in the heart of the Dallas design district.

As the largest and most comprehensive university in the North Texas region, UNT is growing as a national leader in education, research and scholarship, student support and community engagement — the pillars of a great public research university. UNT’s ultimate mission is to give a green light to greatness by helping its students, region, state and nation excel.

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