Program Director of Advertising Design

Position: Program Director, Advertising Design

The University of the Arts seeks a Program Director for a multi-year contract, non-tenure position at the rank of Associate or Assistant Professor to oversee the BFA Advertising Design program in the School of Design in the College of Art, Media & Design. The position offers creative curricular opportunities for the right candidate to inaugurate an innovative program as well as provide academic leadership, and be responsible for the day-to-day program supervision and its operation.  It reports directly to the Director of the School of Design.

This new program has been designed to equip students with the skills necessary to enter the fast-changing advertising industry. It is intended to be an interdisciplinary program, bringing together the academic areas within the College of Art, Media & Design as well as those in the College of Performing Arts and Division of Liberal Arts.  Additionally, strong industry links will be further developed (note: Philadelphia is exceptionally well located for the development of such industry ties, given the strength of local advertising firms as well as being centrally located within the Northeast Corridor, between major media centers such as New York City and Washington, DC).

The successful candidate will have industry experience and be an experienced teacher and administrator who is able to teach a wide range of advertising-related courses and possesses a deep, current knowledge of industry trends and best practices, with a strong record of professional achievement. Candidates should have at least three years teaching experience at the college level; significant professional experience with college level teaching will also be considered.

The combined enrollment for the College of Art, Media and Design is approximately 1200 students. The BFA in Advertising Design will be the fourth program within the School of Design along with Graphic Design, Industrial Design and Web Development and Interactive Design.

Prominently located on the Avenue of the Arts in Center City, Philadelphia, The University of the Arts is one of the oldest, largest and most comprehensive private institutions of higher education centered on the arts in the United States. Its undergraduate and graduate programs prepare students for more than 150 professional career paths in the visual, performing, media, design and communication arts, and related fields.

In recognition of the University’s Academic and Strategic Plans and the recommendations that support a commitment to the spirit of experimentation and invention in the education of young artists and designers, the new Program Director will be expected to lead the BFA program faculty in artistic and academic innovation and change. The hallmarks of the Academic and Strategic Plans include greater opportunity for collaborative learning and encouragement of our faculty and students to interrogate the conventions and boundaries that underpin disciplinary traditions.


An advanced degree in Advertising (or a related field such as Graphic Design or Communication Design) and professional experience in Advertising Design are recommended; commensurate professional experience will be considered (with a primary focus on Art Direction preferred). Applicants should provide evidence of both teaching experience and/or professional leadership, which would warrant an appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.

To Apply

Applicants should submit:

  • A letter of application detailing their qualifications and administrative experience
  • A current CV
  • Statement of Teaching philosophy
  • A Vision Statement of Advertising in the 21st century
  • Sample syllabi
  • A digital portfolio (MAC-readable) of 20 examples of recent work and 20 examples of work by students
  • Contact information for three professional references

Send to:
Program Director Search, Advertising Design Program
The University of the Arts
c/o Director of the School of Design
320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Or via email to: Rachelle Schneider -
Please ensure job title is in the Subject line.

Screening continues until the position is filled.

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