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Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND

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Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Salary/Position Classification
  • $60,000.00 - $63,000.00; 9-month contract, tenure track, Exempt
  • 40 hours per week
  • 100% Remote Work Availability: No
  • Hybrid Work Availability: No
Purpose of Position

The Department of Art & Design at the University of North Dakota seeks a full-time Assistant Professor of Graphic Design. This is a 9-month tenure track position, contingent upon the availability of funding.

The Department of Art & Design offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Arts, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts and Graphic Design, and a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts.

Established in 1883, the University of North Dakota is the oldest research university in North Dakota. It is the state’s flagship university and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having high research activity. Founded with a strong liberal arts foundation, UND has grown into a prominent scientific research university and was recently ranked among the top 100 public and top 25 most innovative universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report, and is widely regarded as among the top universities in the American Northern Plains region. UND offers degrees in more than 225 fields of study with nearly 14,000 students. It is the home of the state’s only School of Law. The School of Medicine has major initiatives in rural and public health, and Aerospace is home to one of the first and largest unmanned aerial vehicle programs in the world.

UND is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, a vibrant college town of over 57,000 people located on the border of North Dakota and Minnesota. Short commutes, a great public school system, high quality medical facilities, low crime, ample parks and theaters, and a cost of living below that found in large American cities are some of Grand Forks’ advantages. Ranked as one of the top 5 Best Small College Towns, and America’s Best Hockey Town, Grand Forks offers stellar quality of life without the metropolitan hassles.

Duties & Responsibilities

The successful applicant will receive a competitive salary for teaching a 3/2 load during the academic year. Courses may be a mix of face-to-face and online offerings. Students will be at both the undergraduate and graduate level in graphic design, related areas of expertise and/or art foundations. The department seeks a distinctive and collegial individual who will contribute to the UND LEADS Strategic Plan through a commitment to strong teaching, community service, and meaningful scholarly activity. UND and the College of Arts & Sciences value diverse perspectives and seek applicants who are committed to helping students from underrepresented backgrounds succeed.

The University of North Dakota is supportive of dual-career assistance both within the University and the local community. Please contact UND’s Recruiting Manager, Hannah Whalen (, to explore dual-career opportunities.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Prepare and instruct courses assigned by the department chair.
  • Select, prepare, and maintain current curriculum, course outlines and printed and non-printed instructional materials.
  • Engage in curriculum planning and revision as needed.
  • Advise students as it pertains to their educational program.
  • Mentor and advise students through the BFA Exhibition.
  • Complete research activities appropriate to the field of Graphic Design.
  • Participate, when appropriate, in such things as schedule building, budget input, equipment and material orders, etc.
  • Assist in timely efforts to meet program reviews and the development and implementation of accreditation guidelines.
  • Keep current knowledge of developments in the field by reading industry literature, engaging in professional development activities, and networking with colleagues.
  • Engage in life-long learning in the areas including (but not limited to) higher education, student-centered learning, high-impact practices (HIPs), and teaching/learning new technologies.
  • Access Colonel Eugene E. Myers Foundation funds to bring in Visiting Artists, purchase artworks from professionals in the field, curatorial projects, etc.
Required Competencies
  • Ability to teach and develop a broad array of Graphic Design courses at the undergraduate and graduate (if qualified) level.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including evidence of the ability to teach, inspire, and mentor students.
  • Effective interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate effectively with faculty, staff, and students.
  • Ability to work with and engage diverse students and colleagues within and outside the Art & Design program.
  • Ability to adapt to current methods of teaching, including online delivery.
  • Ability to lift at least 30 pounds related to various teaching and service needs.
Minimum Requirements
  • MFA or equivalent degree in graphic design, art, or technology by August 15, 2024
  • A record of current professional activity including creative achievements and/or research publications.
  • Demonstrated up-to-date experience in the fields of Graphic Design, Digital Imaging, and Multimedia Design.
  • Experience teaching in undergraduate-level programs.
  • Supervisory experience or ability to coordinate and oversee computer department labs.
  • Successful completion of a Standard Criminal History Background Check

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. Official transcripts from the highest awarding educational institution must be provided upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated experience in the field of typography, print production, motion graphic, and/or a thorough experience of responsive web design and user experience design.
  • Experience with software and digital applications such as Video Editing, 3D Modeling, 3D Printing, social media best practices, basic audio editing, and advanced proficiency with core Adobe Creative Cloud programs (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, etc).
  • Demonstrated experience in design in both print and digital environments in one or more of the following areas: Motion/Time-based Design, Information/Visualization Design, Emerging Media (Interaction/Experience Design: XD, UI/UX), Integrative Design, Design Thinking, or Social Design; exemplified in portfolio, CV and teaching statement.
  • Knowledge of the Macintosh operating system, and experience with current Design Standard version of Adobe Creative Suite — especially Adobe After Effects, knowledge of web programming standards (HTML5/CSS) as shown in the portfolio, CV and/or teaching statement.
  • Experience with software and digital applications related to the courses taught.
  • Experience working with online instruction.

Work Schedule/Start Date

Position is full-time, benefitted and exempt. Initial contract extends from August 16, 2024 to May 15, 2025. Summer teaching may be available but is neither guaranteed nor required.

To Apply

To assure full consideration, applications must be received by January 12, 2024 and include the following materials:

  • Letter of application
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Teaching philosophy statement
  • 20 examples of professional work
  • 20 examples of student work
  • Names and contact information for three references

Position is open until filled.

Questions can be directed to the Department Chair, Associate Professor Donovan Widmer, at

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