Assistant Professor - Graphic Design

Clemson University
Clemson, SC

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Assistant Professor - Graphic Design

Clemson, SC
Open Date:
Oct 19, 2022

Assistant Professor, Tenure Track in Graphic Design, Department of Art at Clemson University

The Department of Art at Clemson University is pleased to invite applications for a full-time tenure-track position in Graphic Design at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning in Fall 2023. The Department has recently launched a BA Art degree, with rapid growth in the Digital Art and Design Media emphasis. We seek a candidate with a strong research agenda and active exhibition record who brings the vision to lead an undergraduate Graphic Design curriculum from Introductory through Advanced, and to work towards developing a new BFA concentration through the senior capstone level. 

The primary responsibilities of the Graphic Design position include teaching an average annual 3/3 course load with some variation based on research activity. Further responsibilities include comprehensive knowledge of current studio art health and safety practices, cooperative management and oversight of computing needs with university IT and related faculty, advising undergraduate and graduate students, and service to the department, college, university, and profession. The Graphic Design program is centered on Beginning Graphic Design, Intermediate Graphic Design, and Advanced Graphic Design, and will include other art studio or seminar courses as needed, and according to the candidate’s research, qualifications, and curricular and programmatic desires.

The successful candidate will enjoy a wide degree of curricular and programmatic autonomy. Course material may include design fundamentals, typography, print design, user experience, user interface design, design thinking, motion graphics, web design and/or portfolio development.


Required Qualifications

  • The successful candidate will have an M.F.A. with an emphasis in Graphic Design or closely related field.
  • A minimum of three years teaching experience beyond graduate school.


Further Requirements

  • Promise for achieving a record of creative research that lies at the forefront of Graphic Design congruent with a Carnegie classified Research-1 Highest Level university.
  • An ability to instruct graphic design in both technique and industry application.
  • Familiarity with inclusive teaching, issues related to unconscious bias in design, and/or accessible design.
  • A willingness to explore methodologies and technologies in graphic design and visual communication as new methods and media continue to emerge.
  • Ability to work with a diverse set of students in a cross-media studio arts program.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment and to participate in departmental and institutional committee service and scheduled departmental and student activities.
  • A robust knowledge of technique, theory, and history of Graphic Design as well as full understanding of current health and safety practices.
  • Ability to develop and sustain positive working relationships with faculty, staff, administrators, students, and the local community.

Application Instructions:

Candidates should submit the following via Interfolio:

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Research Statement
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Statement of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Sample syllabi in Graphic Design
  • A portfolio of 20 samples of personal work, and 20 samples of student work.
  • A list of three professional references or, alternatively, three confidential letters of reference. Please note that letters of reference will later be required of all first-round interviewees.  
  • Academic transcript (unofficial is acceptable, official will be required of finalists)

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2022 and will continue until position is filled.

For questions about the position or application process, please contact: Todd Anderson, Associate Professor and Chair of the Graphic Design Search Committee [email protected]


Additional Resources:

Department of Art in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities:

Clemson Diversity and Inclusion:

Clemson University President’s Forum on Inclusive Excellence:


Additional Information:

The Art Department at Clemson University is growing, and this position represents a new tenure-track line. The College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities, Art Department, and its faculty are enthused to be building a BFA emphasis in Graphic Design program for our students. Admission into Clemson University is selective, and the successful applicant will be working with an academically prepared and professionally motivated student body. Our teaching is additionally benefited by university-mandated student laptop policies and a comprehensive software program that includes the entirety of the Adobe Creative and MS suites, among many others, free of charge for faculty and students alike. Our collaborative and active department encourages close-knit classroom experiences and promotes experiential learning that highlights faculty areas of expertise and research.

The Department of Art at Clemson University, in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities, offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), the Bachelor of Arts in Art (BA), and the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) professional degree. The curriculum is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The Department of Art has approximately 100 undergraduates and 18 graduate students enrolled in our visual arts programs. Uniquely, the size allows the faculty to frequently conduct team critiques, which maximizes the exchange of ideas and methods that arise within individual studio disciplines — Digital Art & Design Media, Studio Art & Art History concentrations in the BA Art program, and Painting, Sculpture, Drawing, Ceramics, Printmaking, and Photography concentrations in the BFA programs. Students in the Department of Art work and learn in well-equipped studio facilities, and we have an ideal average student-to-teacher ratio of 1-to-12 or better.

Clemson University is a public land-grant institution and South Carolina's highest-ranked national university. A top-25, Carnegie-classified R-1 Highest Research Level university with a reputation for excellence, Clemson University provides a hands-on education - in the studio, in the classroom, and in the field. Academic programs lay the groundwork for innovative research, and real-world experiences carry forward to rewarding careers. This strikingly beautiful campus enjoys a temperate and pleasant climate year-round. We are located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounded by Lake Hartwell and the Clemson Experimental Forest. We enjoy low cost of living in a smaller-sized city setting and some of the finest public schools in the state. We are a short drive from Greenville, SC, and roughly equal-distant between Atlanta, Asheville, and Charlotte. We welcome applications of outstanding scholar-educators to come join us at Clemson University.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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