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Visiting Instructor/Visiting Assistant Professor of Art/ Graphic Design

Georgia Southern University

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Visiting Instructor/Visiting Assistant Professor of Art/ Graphic Design—Search #12097 (2 positions)
College of Arts and Humanities
Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art

The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art in the College of Arts and Humanities invites applications and nominations for the position of Visiting Instructor/Visiting Assistant Professor of Art/ Graphic Design for the 2021-2022 academic year. This position is primarily located on the Statesboro campus but may have teaching assignments on multiple campuses as needed.

Georgia Southern University is a distinctive combination of Southern charm and uncompromising academics. We are a Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution serving about 26,500 students through nine colleges on three beautiful oak-lined campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville, and via a growing online program. Throughout its degree offerings at the associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels, Georgia Southern cultivates community collaboration, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities.

Georgia Southern University was founded in 1906 as a school for teaching modern agricultural production techniques and homemaking skills to rural school children. Its Savannah campus was established in 1935 as Armstrong Junior College for local youth who could not afford to attend college away from home. The Liberty Center in Hinesville was established in 1998 to serve the military and their families at nearby Fort Stewart, the largest military base east of the Mississippi. All three locations came together in 2018 when Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern University consolidated. The "new" Georgia Southern University preserves a passion for serving its neighbors while preparing students for lifelong service as scholars, leaders, and responsible stewards of their communities.

Believing that diversity, equity, and inclusion contribute to excellence in the workplace and to the quality of the University's academic environment, Georgia Southern University is committed to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff to support, promote, and serve a diverse student body and promote Inclusive Excellence. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, whose work furthers the institution's Inclusive Excellence goals and who bring to campus varied life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Within this setting, the central mission of The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt) is to develop students—both majors and non-majors—into critical thinkers, creative problem solvers, compassionate human beings, and life-long learners. With a focus on professional practice and leadership through creative activity, the BFSDoArt provides students with innovative curricula incorporating relevant technologies and interdisciplinary approaches to educate students with the requisite technical skills and theoretical knowledge for competitive and successful careers as professional artists, art historians, and designers. The BFSDoArt offers interactions with visiting designers, artists, scholars, and a diverse exhibition schedule in our state-of-the-art Center for Art and Theatre galleries. Scholarship, internship, and travel abroad opportunities are also available in our ongoing commitment to the development of a well-rounded future world citizen whose creative research recognizes both aesthetic issues and global awareness.

Position Description. Reporting to the Chair of the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art, the visiting instructor/visiting assistant professor of Art/ Graphic Design requires teaching foundation and upper level art and design classes with the possibility of teaching art appreciation and expectation that they will attend all area and departmental meetings. This position is an academic (9/10 month) year, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. All visiting instructor positions are non-tenure track appointments. There is the possibility for reappointment to a second year based on funding availability and satisfactory performance.

Required Qualifications:
  • MS in Graphic Design Digital Media, Fine Art, Media Arts, Design or closely related field with documented work in digital media and at least 18 graduate semester hours in Graphic Design, Digital Media, Fine Art, Design, or a closely related field, by August 1 2021 (for visiting instructor rank) OR earned Terminal Degree (MFA) in Graphic Design Digital Media, Fine Art, Media Arts, Design or closely related field with documented work in digital media, by August 1 2021 (for visiting assistant professor rank).
  • At least one year of teaching experience in higher education.
  • Willingness to engage with institutional student success initiatives.
  • Commitment to engaging with best practice initiatives in instruction and pedagogy, mentoring, and curriculum design and development.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution.

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Evidence of effective teaching experience at the university level, within introductory- and advanced-level graphic design courses.
  • Excellent communication skills (i.e., verbal and written).
  • Demonstrated proficiency in a wide range of Adobe Software and digital technology.
  • Experience teaching online or hybrid classes.
  • Experience developing online courses.

    Screening of applications begins June 30, 2021 and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is August 1, 2021. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above, including a verifiable statement regarding authorization to work unassisted in the U.S.; a curriculum vitae; a statement of teaching philosophy, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications submitted electronically will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:

    		Jeff P. Garland, Search Chair, Search #12097
    				Georgia Southern University
    		Electronic mail: [email protected]
    		Telephone: 912.478.5472

    More information about the institution is available through or The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in the search process should notify Human Resources at 912-478-6947.

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