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Assistant Professor - Graphic Design

East Carolina University

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Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job Title:

Assistant Professor - Graphic Design

Position Number :


Vacancy Open to :

All Candidates

Department :

AAH School of Art

Department Homepage :

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Division :

Academic Affairs

Classification Title :

Assistant Professor

Working Title :

Assistant Professor - Graphic Design

Number of Vacancies :


Full Time Equivalent (FTE) :


Full Time or Part Time :

Full Time

Recruitment Range:

Commensurate with Qualifications

Position Location (City) :


Position Type:

Faculty (Teaching)

Job Category :

Faculty (Teaching)

Organizational Unit Overview:

The School of Art and Design provides a multidisciplinary approach to art and design that offers opportunities for students to develop their creative and critical thinking abilities by thinking through making. The school currently enrolls more than 525 students in twelve areas across four degrees. The School of Art and Design is the largest BFA Art program in the University of North Carolina system and has been continuously accredited by NASAD since 1962. The school has 40 full-time faculty and is located in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center, a 142,000 square-foot facility with specialized equipment, tools, and technology for the school’s disciplines—animation/ interactive design, art education, art history, ceramics, film and video production, glass, graphic design, illustration, metal design, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textile design. From computer labs, digital looms, CNC router, and laser cutters to a woodshop, foundry, letterpress shop, black and white darkroom, and beyond, the school’s facilities are comprehensive and available to faculty and students who think, make, and work.

East Carolina University has a long record of contributions to our community since its founding in 1907. Within the University of North Carolina system, ECU is the third largest of the state’s 16 degree-granting public institutions. Based on the quality of its academic programs, ECU has been named one of the best colleges in the Southeast region by the Princeton Review. ECU is committed to maximizing student success, serving the public, and leading regional transformation.

The University is in Greenville, North Carolina, on the Tar River, a community of over 90,000 and ranked 12th best college town by the Wall Street Journal. A former tobacco town, Greenville has developed as a cultural center in eastern North Carolina. In addition to extensive arts offerings by the School of Theater and Dance, School of Music, and School of Art and Design and its Gray Gallery, the city boasts the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge and Greenville Museum of Art and numerous community schools of music, dance, and more. Outdoor amenities include access to the Tar River for boating and kayaking, the expansive River Park North, a greenway system, and superb Little League stadium and programs. ECU is located adjacent to the city’s historic downtown. Restaurants, coffee shops, brewpubs, retail businesses, and art galleries comprise this thriving district, which regularly hosts community events such as Umbrella Markets, Freeboot Fridays (before home football games), and First Friday Art Walks.

Job Duties :

The School of Art and Design at East Carolina University seeks a nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor in graphic design. The position is defined broadly within graphic design, preferred candidates will share the area’s values and interests: thinking through making, experimental and analog practices, community and social engagement, future focused design methods and techniques, design practice, and typography.

This position will teach 3 three-credit courses per semester in the BFA in Art and/or MFA in Art. Additional responsibilities include scholarship, collaborating with area faculty on curriculum development and recruitment, and service to the School and profession. The selected candidate is expected to contribute to and expand on the present graphic design curriculum based on their expertise and knowledge of the discipline.

The graphic design program, a concentration within the BFA in Art, prepares students for a variety of professional outcomes. Graphic design at ECU includes a strong grounding in typography and addresses issues related to design, business, communication, technology, the social sciences, and art.

The graphic design faculty are committed to fostering access and belonging in our community of artists, designers, makers, and scholars. We strive to incorporate these values in our teaching, scholarship, and professional practices.

The graphic design concentration and School of Art & Design encourages and supports interdisciplinary and collaborative work across the school’s concentrations, the College of Fine Arts & Communication, the University, and community at-large.

Minimum Education/Experience :

• MFA or related terminal degree in graphic design or related field required.• Record of professional accomplishment in graphic design or design-related field.• Capability to teach graphic design courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.• Capability to contribute to curriculum development, based on the evolving field of graphic design and the candidate’s expertise.• Potential to produce nationally recognized professional design work and/or scholarship.• Strong communication and collaboration skills.

License or Certification Required by Statute or Regulation :


Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education :

• Experience teaching undergraduate and graduate graphic design courses.• Capability to support and engage varied learning strategies and methods in the classroom, promote access and a belonging in learning environments, and integrate universal design teaching strategies in curriculum and pedagogy.• Interest in interdisciplinary work or community-engaged work.

Special Instructions to Applicant :

To apply, candidates must submit the following materials online at

  • Cover letter addressing position description
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Teaching philosophy
  • List of at least three professional references including affiliation, email address, and phone number
  • A link to your personal website or pdf document that includes: 20 images of personal work and 20 images of student work (if available)
Review of materials begins 11/22/2023.

Additional Instructions to Applicant:

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.

Job Open Date :


Open Until Filled:


Initial Screening Begins :


Rank Level:

Assistant Professor

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East Carolina University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration. We encourage qualified applicants from women, minorities, veterans, individuals with a disability, and historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race/ethnicity, color, genetic information, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, political affiliation, or veteran status.

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) should contact the Department of Human Resources at (252) 737-1018 (Voice/TTY) or

Eligibility for Employment :

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. ECU participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Office of Human Resources Contact Information :

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (252) 328-9847 or toll free at 1-866-489-1740 or send an email to Our office is available to provide assistance Monday-Friday from 8:00-5:00 EST.


ECU offers a challenging academic environment and an energetic campus life. We are committed to excellence through a talented and diverse faculty and staff. One of the perks of working at ECU is that you can take up to 9 credit hours of classes per year at no cost to you. There is also a textbook loan program in place available to permanent ECU staff and faculty, or their eligible dependent children or spouse. ECU also offers excellent benefits, including health care and retirement plans, and generous leave time.

Scholarship. Discovery. Service. Leadership.

Here, those values are more than just buzzwords. They indicate the wealth of opportunity that ECU students experience while engaging in the rigorous pursuit of knowledge. They define the many ways in which students innovate and forge new paths. They encompass the life lessons our students learn while serving others and improving communities. They emphasize the encouragement our students receive to stand up and lead the way into a brighter tomorrow.

To be a national model for student success, public service and regional transformation, East Carolina University:

  • Uses innovative learning strategies and delivery methods to maximize access;
  • Prepares students with the knowledge, skills and values to succeed in a global, multicultural society;
  • Develops tomorrow's leaders to serve and inspire positive change;
  • Discovers new knowledge and innovations to support a thriving future for eastern North Carolina and beyond;
  • Transforms health care, promotes wellness, and reduces health disparities; and
  • Improves quality of life through cultural enrichment, academics, the arts, and athletics.

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