Teaching Assistant Professor - Art & Design, Graphic Design

Grand Forks, ND
Apr 29, 2021
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Position Information: Description

The Department of Art & Design at the University of North Dakota seeks a full-time, Teaching Assistant Professor of Graphic Design. This is a 9-month non-tenure track position, contingent upon the availability of funding.

The Department of Art & Design offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Arts, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts and Graphic Design, and a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts.

Established in 1883, the University of North Dakota is the oldest research university in North Dakota. It is the state’s flagship university and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having high research activity. Founded with a strong liberal arts foundation, UND has grown into a prominent scientific research university and was recently ranked among the top 100 public and top 25 most innovative universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report, and is widely regarded as among the top universities in the American Northern Plains region. UND offers degrees in more than 225 fields of study with nearly 14,000 students. It is the home of the state’s only School of Law. The School of Medicine has major initiatives in rural and public health, and Aerospace is home to one of the first and largest unmanned aerial vehicle programs in the world.

UND is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, a vibrant college town of over 57,000 people located on the border of North Dakota and Minnesota. Short commutes, a great public school system, high quality medical facilities, low crime, ample parks and theaters, and a cost of living below that found in large American cities are some of Grand Forks’ advantages. Ranked as one of the top 5 Best Small College Towns, and America’s Best Hockey Town, Grand Forks offers stellar quality of life without the metropolitan hassles.

Duties & Responsibilities

The successful applicant will receive a competitive salary for teaching four classes each semester. Courses will be a mix of face-to-face and online offerings. Students will be at both the undergraduate and graduate level in graphic design, related areas of expertise and/or art foundations. The department seeks a distinctive and collegial individual to engage in service to the department, college, university, and community. UND and the College of Arts & Sciences value diverse perspectives and seek applicants who are committed to helping students from underrepresented backgrounds succeed.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Prepare and instruct courses assigned by the department chair.
  • Select, prepare and maintain current curriculum, course outlines and printed and non-printed instructional materials.
  • Engage in curriculum planning and revision as needed.
  • Advise students as it pertains to their educational program.
  • Mentor and advise students through the BFA Exhibition.
  • Oversee the Digital Fabrication Studio.
  • Participate, when appropriate, in such things as schedule building, budget input, equipment and material orders, etc.
  • Assist in timely efforts to meet program reviews and the development and implementation of accreditation guidelines.
  • Keep current knowledge of developments in the field by reading industry literature, engaging in professional development activities, and networking with colleagues.
  • Engage in life-long learning in the areas including (but not limited to) higher education, student-centered learning, high-impact practices (HIPs), and teaching/learning new technologies.
Required Competencies
  • Ability to teach and develop a broad array of Graphic Design courses at the undergraduate and graduate (if qualified) level.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including evidence of the ability to teach, inspire, and mentor students.
  • Effective interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate effectively with faculty, staff, and students.
  • Ability to work with and engage diverse students and colleagues within and outside the Art & Design program.
  • Ability to adapt to current methods of teaching, including online delivery.
  • Ability to lift at least 30 pounds related to various teaching and service needs.
Minimum Requirements
    MA or equivalent degree in graphic design, art, or technology by August 15, 2021.Demonstrated up-to-date knowledge in the fields of Graphic Design, Digital Imaging, and Multimedia Design.Experience teaching at undergraduate level programs.Supervisory experience or ability to coordinate and oversee computer department labs.Successful completion of criminal history records check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. This position does not support visa sponsorship for continued employment.

Preferred Qualifications
    MFA or terminal degree in graphic design, art, or technology.Demonstrated knowledge in the field of typography, print production, motion graphic, and/or or a thorough knowledge of responsive web design and user experience design.Experience with software and digital applications such as Video Editing, 3D Modeling, 3D Printing, social media best practices, basic audio editing, and advanced proficiency with core Adobe Creative Cloud programs (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, etc).Demonstrated expertise in design in both print and digital environments in one or more of the following areas: Motion/Time-based Design, Information/Visualization Design, Emerging Media (Interaction/Experience Design: XD, UI/UX), Integrative Design, Design Thinking, or Social Design; exemplified in portfolio, CV and teaching statement. Experience with Macintosh operating system, and experience with current Design Standard version of Adobe Creative Suite — especially Adobe After Effects, knowledge of web programming standards (HTML5/CSS) as shown in the portfolio, CV and/or teaching statement.Demonstrated proficiency in a 3D media. Experience with software and digital applications related to the courses taught.Experience working with online instruction.
Minimum Hiring Salary

$45,000, Full-time, Benefitted, Exempt.

Work Schedule/Start Date

Initial contract extends from August 16, 2021 to May 15, 2022.

To Apply

For full consideration, applications must be received by May 12, 2021 and must include the following materials:

  • Letter of application
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Teaching philosophy statement
  • 20 examples of professional work
  • Names and contact information for three references

Position is open until filled.

Questions can be directed to the Department Chair, Professor Donovan Widmer, at [email protected]

Additional Information

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years’ of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at UND.edu. You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.

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