Assistant Professor of Design and Media (Tenure-track) (23-24)

DePaul University
Chicago, IL

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Assistant Professor of Design and Media (Tenure-track) (23-24)

Full-time Faculty Positions

Full-time faculty positions will be posted on a per-opening basis. Postings are organized by college/school and department. Applicants will be evaluated at the college/school level for the position which they are submitting an application. Unless noted by a close date, positions will remain open until they are filled. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

Part-time Faculty Positions

DePaul University invites expressions of interest for a pool of qualified Part Time Faculty to teach courses in a variety of disciplines across all 10 colleges and schools. Individuals may enter expressions of interest by submitting their credentials to any posting for which they are qualified to teach. Postings are organized by college/school and department. Screening of individuals in the pool is ongoing, depending on curricular need and funding. Individuals will be contacted by the department if they reach the finalist stage for teaching a particular course or set of courses. The pool will remain in place until the closing date specified in the posting details; those interested in remaining in the pool beyond that time must resubmit. All individuals in the pool will be notified by email when the posting is closed.

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Posting Details

Job ID: 100030

Rank: Assistant Professor

College/School: Chicago, IL - Jarvis College of Computing & Digital Media

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The School of Design within the Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University invites applicants for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in September 2023. Job responsibilities include teaching, conducting research or creative activity, and providing service to the School of Design and the broader institution. The successful candidate will be appointed as a faculty member in the School of Design and will have teaching responsibilities in the Digital Communication and Media Arts, Experience Design, and Human Centered Design graduate programs, and will work in an interdisciplinary environment with the College of Communication. As we continue to develop our graduate program offerings, we are especially interested in applicants who have the experience and motivation to build out new aspects of our degree programs.

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 in their diversity statement. Women and members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Who We Are

Located in the heart of Chicago, the School of Design prides itself on nurturing a diverse body of students to become visionary designers who will become leaders in their fields. The School of Design uniquely comprises a range of design disciplines (graphic, game, UX, industrial) working closely alongside one another. Our faculty builds bridges within and outside DePaul and engages in community outreach that reflects DePaul's Vincentian Mission. DePaul is on the quarter system, and the teaching load is two courses per quarter. You can learn more about the School of Design and its various programs here:

Faculty in the School of Design are given many forms of support to develop their careers. Faculty have access to cutting-edge equipment and lab spaces, including two well-equipped makerspaces; several VR and AR production spaces; a print lab; recording, film, stop-motion animation, and motion-capture studios. The position features well-paid compensation and support for exhibiting and presenting work at festivals, galleries, museums, and conferences, and opportunities to work with graduate and PhD research assistants. Colleagues in the School of Design program are dedicated to mutual success and growth, and we are interested in someone who will add new dimensions to our programs.

Required Qualifications:

We are seeking candidates with skills and expertise in one or more of the following areas: human centered design, storytelling across platforms, emerging technologies. Qualified candidates should have a terminal degree (PhD, MFA, MDes, or equivalent) in a related field. A proven commitment to quality teaching, an active record of creative practice and scholarly work, and evidence of working collaboratively are required. Applicants must be able to teach both theoretical and practical hands-on courses and work with faculty on building curriculum and leading school-wide initiatives. Ideal candidates will have experience supervising student research.

We are especially interested in candidates whose work and interests align with DePaul’s Vincentian mission which calls on 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 address diversity and anti-racism and respond to contemporary industry trends, societal issues, and dynamic, intersecting design disciplines. You can read more about DePaul’s mission here:

DePaul University offers equal employment opportunities to all persons in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local EEO laws.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

For priority consideration, apply by December 1, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

To apply please submit the following application materials:

  • a cover letter describing your experience and interests
  • a CV
  • a statement of teaching philosophy
  • a portfolio of creative and scholarly work
  • syllabi from prior courses or a detailed syllabus for a proposed course
  • a diversity statement that addresses your values, experiences and future plans concerning diversity, equity, and inclusion in your teaching and/or creative work/research
  • names and contact details of three references who have agreed to provide a reference letter
Applicant Documents Cover Letter(1)
Teaching Statement(1)
Diversity Statement(1)
Confidential Letter of Recommendation or Evaluation(3)


Working at DePaul University

Enrolling more than 23,000 students, DePaul is the ninth-largest private and largest Catholic university in the country. It offers over 200 graduate and undergraduate degree programs through nine colleges and schools. Nearly one third of DePaul’s students are of color—the most diverse of any private university in Illinois—and about 30 percent of each year’s freshmen class intend to be the first in their families to earn a college degree. DePaul’s success extends beyond recruitment—it is among the nation’s top 100 universities in awarding degrees to students of color.

Educating Chicago’s business leaders, lawyers, judges, teachers, artists and public servants for more than a century, DePaul enjoys an excellent academic reputation. It has earned impressive rankings from U.S. News & World Report for its business and law programs as well as distinctions for diversity and community service. A host of higher education guides have recognized DePaul for everything from its economic value and happy students to its hot and trendy campus and great town-gown relations.

DePaul prides itself on the strength of its academic programs, especially the programs in entrepreneurship, real estate, and the part-time MBA; computer science, network assurance and digital media; psychology and philosophy; music and theater; health and intellectual property law; and adult learning initiatives. Despite its size, the university is committed to providing students with personal attention; the student/faculty ratio is just 16:1. Professors who teach graduate students also teach undergraduates in small-group settings.

DePaul’s goal, expressed in the VISION twenty12 strategic plan, is to become one of the finest urban, Catholic universities in the United States. It is focused on creating nationally recognized, rigorous programs of study; preparing women and men to be at the forefront of their chosen fields as ethical and socially engaged leaders; and further strengthening its financial and operational foundations.

DePaul was founded in 1898 by the Congregation of the Mission (or Vincentian) religious community, which follows the teachings of 17th century French priest St. Vincent de Paul. Established to provide a high quality education to immigrants and others who were denied access to college, DePaul continues to embrace this mission today, recruiting and graduating significant numbers of students from disadvantaged and underrepresented groups.


Located in Chicago, Illinois, DePaul has two primary campuses and four suburban locations. The Loop Campus is in the heart of the downtown business and cultural district and is home to four of DePaul’s colleges, a theater, a residence hall and most administrative functions. It is separated by a 20-minute trip on Chicago’s “el” train from the Lincoln Park Campus, close to Lake Michigan and Wrigley Field. Considered one of the nation’s most beautiful urban campuses, Lincoln Park is home to five colleges, the main library, numerous residence halls, a student center and the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center, open to employees and students.

Both campuses are located in thriving business and residential districts that are well served by public transportation, providing a full array of housing choices for employees. Chicago boasts six professional sports teams and some of the best theater, music and art venues in the nation. As an international business hub and conference center, Chicago enables employees to build strong professional networks and remain on the leading edge of their fields.

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