Assistant/Associate Professor in Graphic Design

Job Details

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Job No: 512191
Work Type: On Campus
Location: Normal, Illinois

Title: Assistant/Associate Professor in Graphic Design

Employee Classification: TTF

Division Name: Academic Affairs

College/Unit: Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts

Department: Wonsook Kim School of Art

Campus Location: Normal, IL

General Summary

The Wonsook Kim School of Art at Illinois State University is seeking a full-time tenure-track assistant/associate professor of graphic design to begin August 16, 2022. Candidates should possess strong visual design skills, demonstrate a capacity for conducting original creative design and research, and have a background in creative practice or industry. The successful candidate will teach at all levels in the undergraduate graphic design sequence. The salary for this nine-month position is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The graphic design sequence challenges students to demonstrate strong typographic and methodological skills, innovative conceptual thinking, and design research across multiple platforms of 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional, and interactive work. Therefore, applicants should demonstrate excellent teaching and creative skills in traditional design, typography, image making, complex information design, experiential design, web design and coding, motion graphics and emerging digital media. The candidate will join the faculty prepared with innovative ideas to further integrate digital interactive tools and concepts into the design curriculum.

The graphic design program is part of a comprehensive school of art, which also includes programs in studio art, art history, visual culture, and art education. Offering BA, BS, and BFA degrees and a newly revised curriculum, faculty in the graphic design program enjoy small class sizes and close engagement with students to develop excellent work. In addition to an active internship program, graphic design students have the opportunity to participate in “Design Streak”, a research based social innovation lab focusing on human-centered service design.

Responsibilities include teaching three courses per semester, continued engagement in professional research activities, and university/college/school/area service. Requirements include a completed (by start date) MFA in Graphic Design/Visual Communications, Master of Graphic Design or closely related field, evidence of innovative professional activity and teaching experience. State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position.

Additional Information

The Wonsook Kim School of Art is committed to increasing the representation of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, women, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and those embodying any and all expressions of gender identity and sexuality. Candidates who have experience working with a range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the culture of openness, belonging, and mutual support are encouraged to apply. In keeping with university-wide initiatives to expand the experiences of the campus community in Normal and abroad, the School also encourages applicants with an interest in working with existing international programs through the Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts or creating new opportunities, as well as mentoring our student population. Women, veterans, persons with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ people, and people of color are encouraged to apply. Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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.

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.

Required Qualifications

1. MFA in Graphic Design/Visual Communications, Master of Graphic Design or closely related field completed by 8/16/22.

2. Evidence of innovative professional activity and teaching experience

3. 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

Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Required Applicant Documents

A single PDF file that contains the following:
a. letter of application
b. curriculum vitae
c. statement of teaching philosophy
d. statement of creative research philosophy
e. diversity statement
f. list of 3 references with contact information
g. 20 examples of personal work (interactive work can be shared through links)
h. 10 examples of student work.

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

Review of applications begins on November 15, 2021 and continues until the position is filled. We anticipate conducting first-round interviews remotely in early December. Please complete the online faculty employment application for posting number 512191 at: and attach a single PDF file that contains the following:
a. letter of application
b. curriculum vitae
c. statement of teaching philosophy
d. statement of creative research philosophy
e. diversity statement
f. list of 3 references with contact information
g. 20 examples of personal work (interactive work can be shared through links)
h. 10 examples of student work.

Inquiries can be directed to:
Wonsook Kim School of Art
Amy Meyer at [email protected]

For information on Illinois State University, please visit:

Contact Information for Applicants

Wonsook Kim School of Art
Amy Meyer
[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: 09/15/2021 01:20 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.

Civic Engagement

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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