Graphic Design Lecturer, Department of Art

Rowan University
Glassboro, New Jersey

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Job Details

Job no: 496402
Work type: Regular Full-Time
Location: Glassboro, New Jersey
Categories: Faculty - Ric Edelman College of Communication & Creative Arts

Rowan University’s Department of Art seeks applications for a non-tenure track lecturer position in Graphic Design beginning in Fall 2022. We seek a dynamic, energetic designer/teacher with professional achievement in the field of design. The candidate should be capable of inspired criticism and dedicated teaching at all undergraduate levels and have a broad understanding of design practice and theory.

The appointment is renewable based on programmatic needs and offers the opportunity for promotion to senior and master lecturer. An MFA or PhD in graphic design or related field is required. College teaching experience is expected.

The Department of Art at Rowan University offers NASAD-accredited BFA and BA degrees and seeks a faculty colleague with expertise in Graphic Design. Desirable applicants will have experience or skills in User Experience Design, User Interface Design, Integrated Design, Human-centered Design, Design Strategy, Design Thinking, and/or Coding for the Web. There is opportunity for interdisciplinary collaborative courses that enroll students from multiple specializations and/or university departments for experiential learning.

The appointee's primary function is to teach in, co-coordinate, and develop design classes in the Graphic Design program. The successful candidate will teach 12 credit-hours, which is 3 studio courses, per semester. The faculty lecturer will help advise graphic design students toward their senior thesis exhibitions, participate in curriculum development, and serve on departmental and college committees. Service responsibilities will include assisting in coordinating graphic design and web engagement, overseeing a student publication, and supporting adjunct graphic design faculty. Maintaining and pursuing professional development is also expected. The successful candidate must demonstrate a commitment to or record of working with and mentoring diverse students, faculty and groups (including race, gender, class, LGBTQIA+ identities, and/or disability rights).

We are seeking a collegial colleague who is passionate about design. Applicants should be committed to contemporary pedagogies that inspire each student's potential for introspection and awareness, creative thought, and expression in a supportive environment. We seek practical applicants who maintain and develop professional client-based relationships within industry and scholarly networks to ensure professional growth and opportunities for program graduates.

The Department of Art serves approximately 150 undergraduate studio art majors, including design students. Students are led to engage in an individual search for meaning and cultural representation through the development of strong visual skills, critical thinking and an understanding of historical and social contexts.

The Department of Art is one of six departments in the Ric Edelman College of Communication & Creative Arts that also includes Communication Studies; Journalism; Public Relations & Advertising; Radio, Television & Film; and Writing Arts. Edelman CCCA’s goal is to empower people to be storytellers, artists, critical thinkers, and engaged citizens. The college serves over 1900 majors through twelve BAs, two BFAs, and three MAs. Additionally, we house first-year writing and public speaking, which serve all Rowan students.

Essential Criteria

Candidates must:

  • Possess an MFA or PhD in Graphic Design or a closely related field. Terminal degree is required at time of appointment.
  • Be legally authorized to work in the US on a full-time basis.
  • Have a record of effective teaching in graphic design and related coursework at the college level.
  • Demonstrate a history of professional experience.
  • Be willing to engage in service to the Department of Art, Edelman CCCA, and Rowan University.
  • Be willing to engage in service to the wider professional community.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to or record of working with and mentoring diverse students and faculty (such as race, gender, class, LGBTQIA+ identities, and/or disability rights).
  • Preferred Criteria

    Candidates should:

  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work as a team member.
  • Demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Have experience developing new courses and curricula.
  • Maintain and develop professional connections within the design industry and professional associations.
  • Be familiar with contemporary design strategy workflows, concepts, and methods of production, including qualitative research, agile development, and rapid prototyping.
  • Demonstrate engagement with one or more of the following areas:
    • User experience design
    • User interface design
    • Interactive design
    • Design for inclusion and equity
    • Design research
      • Public interest design or design for social impact
      • Co-creation or participatory design
      • Other contemporary topics in design
  • Starting Date: September 2022

    Salary: Competitive

    Application Process: Interested candidate must apply through our online application system.

    Submissions must include:

  • letter of application
  • curriculum vitae
  • examples of design and/or website link
  • statement of teaching philosophy
  • examples of student work
  • list of references
  • Candidates are encouraged to speak on how their teaching, service, and/or research activities industry commitment or contribution to diversity/equality/inclusion efforts in their application materials.

    Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the US, and the university will not sponsor an applicant for a work visa for this position.

    Advertised: May 2 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close:


    Working at Rowan University 

    Rowan University, located a half-hour outside of Philadelphia with its main campus in suburban Glassboro, N.J., is an institution on the move.

    This summer, the University opened Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) in partnership with Cooper University Health Care, in Camden. The first new four-year, M.D.-granting medical school in New Jersey in more than 35 years, CMSRU welcomed its first class in August 2012.

    Rowan continues to work with the Borough of Glassboro and private developers on Rowan Boulevard, a $300 million redevelopment project that links the University’s main campus to the historic downtown. This fall alone, the partners broke ground for a new academic building/parking garage and a Marriott Courtyard Hotel. Rowan Boulevard already includes a Barnes & Noble Collegiate Superstore, housing for approximately 1,300 students and retail space.

    The University also recently created a School of Biomedical Sciences, which joins nine colleges. In addition to CMSRU they are: the Rohrer College of Business, Communication & Creative Arts, Education, Engineering, Graduate & Continuing Education, Humanities & Social Sciences, Performing Arts, and Science & Mathematics.

    Earlier in 2012, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie awarded Rowan state research institution status (not Carnegie classification) as part of the New Jersey Medical and Health Science Education Restructuring Act, making Rowan only the second comprehensive public research institution in the State. That Act also opened the door to Rowan partnering with Rutgers-Camden to create a College of Health Sciences in Camden near CMSRU. The vision for that College calls for schools of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, food science and 16 allied health programs. The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in nearby Stratford, N.J., is to become part of Rowan in the near future. When that occurs, Rowan will be only the second school in the nation with M.D. and D.O. medical programs.

    A selective, medium‑sized public university, Rowan is recognized for its nationally ranked academic and athletic programs, talented professors and high‑tech facilities. The University, which has a branch campus in Camden, N.J., and the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University in Mantua, N.J., prides itself on being able to provide its more than 12,000 students with an outstanding education at an exceptional value.

     The University offers 57 undergraduate majors, including four undergraduate degree-completion programs; three dual bachelor’s/master’s degrees; more than 40 master’s level programs (including specializations); approximately 25 graduate-level certificate programs; 12 post-baccalaureate programs or endorsements; and two doctoral/specialist programs, including the M.D. degree from its medical school. Students can pursue their degrees at the main campus, the Camden campus, online or at several community colleges, as well as at CMSRU.

    Rowan has been recognized by national organizations that evaluate colleges and universities. U.S. News & World Report ranked Rowan 19th among Best Regional Universities—North, third among the public institutions in the category. The Princeton Review named Rowan among 222 institutions in its Best in the Northeast section of its website feature 2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region and included the Rohrer College of Business in its edition of the Best 296 Business Schools. The Princeton Review also listed Rowan, which in the past has been recognized by the U.S. EPA as a Top Green Power Purchaser in its athletic conference, in its Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition.


    Currently, Rowan University employs 1,090 faculty members: full-time tenure-track professors, full-time temporary professors, part-time professors and adjuncts. The University also employs 940 staff members.

    Recognizing that employees, students and the community are valuable resources, Rowan’s Human Resources Department supports the University’s vision and mission; encourages the personal and professional enrichment of employees; provides services appropriate to employees’ needs; and promotes awareness, learning and collaboration.

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