Assistant or Associate Professor in Graphic Communications Technology

Illinois State University
Normal, Illinois

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Job No: 511960
Work Type: On Campus
Location: Normal, Illinois

Title: Assistant or Associate Professor in Graphic Communications Technology

Employee Classification: Tenure Track Faculty

Division Name: Academic Affairs

College/Unit: College of Applied Science and Technology

Department: Technology

Campus Location: Normal, IL

General Summary

The Department of Technology, one of eight departments/schools in the College of Applied Science and Technology, is seeking a tenure-track faculty member to provide leadership and instruction for the Graphic Communications Technology program. The Department of Technology is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. ISU recognizes that a diverse faculty, staff, and student body enrich the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are especially welcomed to apply. Women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and people of color are encouraged to apply.

•Teach undergraduate courses in graphic communications technology. A typical teaching load for tenure track faculty is 3 courses per semester.
•Develop a focused agenda of scholarship and grantsmanship appropriate to the discipline and disseminate through peer reviewed venues.
•Participate and lead service activities in the profession and University.
•Work closely with faculty and staff to develop relationships with industry and external funding for program initiatives.
•Provide leadership to student chapters of professional organizations or student competitions.

Additional Information

The Department of Technology is recognized as one of the premier Technology programs in the nation at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Annually serving over 600 students, the faculty and staff are dedicated to preparing individuals for leadership positions as management-oriented technology professionals in six undergraduate programs and three areas of graduate study. Undergraduate majors include programs in Computer Systems Technology, Construction Management, Engineering Technology, Graphic Communications Technology, Sustainable & Renewable Energy, and Technology and Engineering Education. The Department has a graduate enrollment of approximately 100 students and offers programs in Project Management, Quality Management and Analytics, and STEM Education and Leadership. The Department consists of 29 FTE faculty members, including tenured, tenure-track, full-time, and part-time instructors. Support staff includes a full-time systems manager and centralized advising at the department level ( ).

The Graphic Communications Technology Program serves students by providing instruction and hands-on experiences in labs equipped with a broad range of software and modern print production equipment. The program is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Collegiate Graphic Communications (ACCGC). The GCT program has a long history, high visibility within the industry, and strong support from diverse markets including advertising and marketing production, labeling and packaging, publishing, graphics education, ink, and substrates. The Chicago area, a 2-hour drive from campus, has an exceptional number and variety of graphic communications businesses with employment opportunities for students and program graduates.

Illinois State University:
Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. Illinois State is a co-educational, residential university that emphasizes undergraduate study with more than 20,000 students. Our six colleges offer 174 undergraduate majors, 76 minors, 97 master’s programs, 17 doctoral degrees, and 40 certificate options. We have repeatedly been named a “Great Place to Work” by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Bloomington-Normal Community:
Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a population of approximately 132,000 and conveniently located approximately two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis. The community is home to GROWMARK, the Illinois Farm Bureau, State Farm Insurance’s International Headquarters, Illinois Wesleyan University, Lincoln College, and Heartland Community College. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems, its citizens’ level of educational attainment, its parks and recreation, health care, job growth, economic opportunity, and low crime rate. Forbes magazine, in a review of the best places for business, ranked Bloomington-Normal the 15th best place for business out of 168 small metros listed. Bloomington was also recently placed on CNNMoney's list of the 100 Best Places to Live. Expansion Management Magazine rated Bloomington-Normal as one of two metro areas with a five-star quality of life, giving the community high rankings in such areas as standard of living, quality of schools, traffic, and commute time. Please visit the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention & Visitors Bureau website at for more information.
As a community, McLean County's assets go well beyond the usual public and private schools, parks, universities and libraries. The people of the county are its greatest asset, so priority is placed on developing a community that meets the diverse needs of all members of society.

Required Qualifications

1. Earned doctorate in Technology, Industrial Education, Industrial Technology, Technology Management, or closely related field. Individuals who reasonably expect to complete a terminal degree by August 16, 2022, will be considered.
2. Demonstrated expertise in two or more of the following areas: printing management, industrial printing processes, computer generated imagery, color management, UX/UI.
3. Demonstrated potential to conduct research in the appropriate field.
4. Candidates must be able to demonstrate oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position, as mandated by state law.

Proposed Starting Date


Salary Rate / Pay Rate

Competitive salary package commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Applicant Documents

Letter of application describing experience and fit with the position, your current vita, transcripts, teaching and research statements (one page maximum each), and contact information of at least three references (name, telephone, and email).

PLEASE NOTE: These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"

Special Instructions for Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply online by October 4, 2021, to posting number 511960 at Please attach to your submission a letter of application describing experience and fit with the position, your current vita, transcripts, teaching and research statements (one page maximum each), and contact information of at least three references (name, telephone, and email). Initial review of applications will begin on October 4 and continue until qualified candidates are selected.

Contact Information for Applicants

Department of Technology
Cindy Wert, Lead Staff
[email protected]

Human Resources
Clay Gruenwald
[email protected]

Important Information for Applicants

This position is subject to a criminal background investigation based on University Policy 3.1.30 and any offer of employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 438-3383. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will hold any confidential information you provide in confidence.

If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.

Application Opened: 08/10/2021 12:30 PM CST
Application Closes: Open until filled



Founded in 1857, Illinois State University was the first public university in the state and is one of the Midwest’s oldest institutions of higher education. It is a coeducational, residential university. Its 34 academic departments in six colleges offer 77 undergraduate programs in more than 160 fields of study. The Graduate School coordinates 41 master’s, nine specialist, and ten doctoral programs.

The 1,110 acre campus includes more than 60 major buildings with state-of-the-art technology, and Watterson Towers is one of the most unique structures, as this residence hall is the tallest building between Chicago and St. Louis. Other major facilities include a Center for the Performing Arts, a 360-acre farm, Bone Student Center and Braden Auditorium, a University Planetarium, Redbird Arena, and Hancock Stadium. From meeting facilities to cultural opportunities through the arts, and excitement of numerous sporting events each year, ISU is a vital part of the Bloomington-Normal community.


Illinois State University, a first-choice public university, will be increasingly recognized as a national leader for educating high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized and transformative experience at an institution that:

  • Offers premier undergraduate and graduate programs that integrate traditional knowledge and methods with emerging ideas and innovations
  • Generates knowledge through high-quality research, scholarship, and creative activities
  • Supports student learning and development inside and outside of the classroom
  • Serves the region, state, nation, and world through its commitments to responsible stewardship, meaningful civic engagement, cultural enrichment, and the development of global citizens


We at Illinois State University work as a diverse community of scholars with a commitment to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities. We promote the highest academic standards in our teaching, scholarship, public service and the connections we build among them. We devote all of our resources and energies to creating the most supportive and productive community possible to serve the citizens of Illinois and beyond.


Pursuit of Learning and Scholarship

Illinois State University works with students as partners in their educational development inside and outside of the classroom so that students come to appreciate learning as an active and lifelong process. The University contributes new knowledge through research, scholarship, and creative activities in which all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate. Faculty members embrace a balanced teacher–scholar model that values their contributions as teachers (facilitators of learning) and scholars (creators and discoverers of knowledge and information). 

Individualized Attention

Illinois State University provides a supportive environment that places all learners at the center of teaching and scholarship. Innovative curricular and cocurricular programs, strong student-faculty-staff connections, and superior student services focus on each student as an individual. The University fosters academic and personal growth, recognizes unique educational aspirations, and acknowledges that each faculty and staff member is integral to student success.


Illinois State University affirms and encourages community and a respect for differences by fostering an inclusive environment characterized by cultural understanding, ethical behavior, and social justice. The University supports a diverse faculty and staff who mentor a diverse student population. The University endeavors to provide opportunities for all students, staff, and faculty to participate in a global society.


Illinois State University promotes an environment defined by the highest ethical standards. Leadership of the University is characterized by stability, adherence to shared values, collaborative decision making, and accountable stewardship of all university resources. Members of the University community work collaboratively through shared governance to ensure the success of the University and are dedicated to making ongoing improvements, always enhancing their contribution to Illinois State University and building on prior accomplishments. Teaching and learning, including research and creative activities, are conducted at the highest level of academic quality and integrity.

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Illinois State University prepares students to be informed and engaged global citizens who will promote and further the goals of society. The University promotes active learning experiences through which students will gain an awareness and understanding of civic engagement as a lifelong responsibility. The University partners with business, industry, government, and educational entities providing leadership in local, statewide, national, and international initiatives; expanding service and outreach; and enhancing financial support for instructional, scholarly, and service activities.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer​.

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