Professional Lecturer (non-tenure track)

Job description

DePaul University’s College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) School of Design (SoD) invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure track Instructor of Design to begin in fall of 2021. Job responsibilities include teaching, service, and continued professional development.

Located in the heart of Chicago’s vibrant Loop, the School of Design, which launched in 2015, offers a learning environment that nurtures the development of new kinds of designers: flexible, interdisciplinary, life-long learners trained as collaborative problem seekers and solvers.

Graduates are capable of integrating existing and cutting-edge technologies and social practices into visualizations, games, apps, products, processes, and experiences that positively impact society. We are interested in candidates who are excited to realize a vision for the School of Design based on its core values:

  • Empowering Designers, Makers, Artists, Users, and Audiences
  • Cultural Impact and Relevance
  • Building and Nourishing Community
  • Diversity of People and of Experiences
  • Experimentation and Innovation

Required Qualifications:

Qualified candidates should have a graduate degree (MFA, MDes, or equivalent) or bachelor’s degree and professional equivalence in a related field with a proven commitment to quality teaching at the undergraduate level. Record of professional practice and/or research/creative activity is required. Successful applicants will be able to teach theoretical and practical hands-on courses, will have industry and/or academic experience, and are motivated to work with faculty and students on building curriculum, leading school-wide initiatives, and/or participating on collaborative projects.

We are seeking candidates with expertise in areas related to graphic design and game design in one or more of the following areas:

  1. design methods including design research, concepting, and experimentation
  2. systems thinking and systems design
  3. interface or product design (including screen or physical interfaces, emerging technology, haptics, digital fabrication, etc.)
  4. digital design (design across media and mode)
  5. visual communication including 2D/3D typography, animation, or illustration
  6. creative programming such as Processing/p5.js or openFrameworks
  7. game development platforms such as Unity
  8. narrative storytelling and worldbuilding

We are especially interested in candidates whose work and interests align with DePaul’s Vincentian mission which calls the university to address the great questions of our day, promoting peaceful, just, and equitable solutions to social and environmental challenges. Specifically, the School of Design is working to develop curricula that addresses diversity and anti-racism and responds to contemporary industry trends, societal issues, and dynamic, intersecting design disciplines. You can read more about DePaul’s mission here:

DePaul University seeks applicants that reflect the diversity of its student body and the city of Chicago. Applicants who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to an inclusive climate are encouraged to identify their experiences in these areas. Women and members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

For priority consideration, apply by May 14, 2021; applications will continue to be accepted until position is filled. Include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, three letters of recommendation, and a URL of samples of relevant creative work and/or scholarship. Optionally, candidates may also submit sample syllabi from prior courses or a detailed syllabus for a proposed course in the area that you would teach.

Applicant Documents

Cover Letter(1)
Teaching Statement(1)
Creative Work(1)
Confidential Letter of Recommendation or Evaluation(3)

​DePaul University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws. A copy of DePaul University's Safety and Security Information Report and Fire Safety Report is available upon request. The report includes statistics about crimes that occurred on campus and public property immediately adjacent to campus. The report includes institutional policies concerning campus security, sexual assault and other matters. It also includes fire statistics, fire safety practices and standards of the institution. A copy of this report can be obtained by contacting the Crime Prevention Office at 773-325-7775 or by visiting the DePaul Public Safety website at





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Posted: 5/6/2021
Application Due: 7/5/2021
Work Type: Full Time