Position: Professor/Associate Professor, Program Director of Graphic and Communication Design
Department: Graphic Design
Contract: Appointment begins with a 5-year renewable appointment
The University of the Arts seeks a renowned design practitioner-educator to build the future for the University’s highly regarded graphic design program. For over 50 years, Graphic Design at the University of the Arts has graduated students into prominent design leadership roles and has been on the leading edge of graphic design education. Each day, our students explore new technologies and re-invent how images and messages uniquely speak to the world.
The wide-range of opportunities available across the constantly changing field of design is part of the creative economy of the Philadelphia region and a key inspiration for the design culture in the program, School of Design and College of Art, Media & Design at UArts. Envisioning and creating the future of the Graphic and Communication Design program at the University of the Arts is a unique opportunity. We seek a forward-looking individual committed to innovation in graphic design education.
Salary and rank are commensurate with experience. Screening of applications will begin January 20, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Serve as the chief administrative officer of the program and provide leadership and coordination in the areas of program vision, teaching, faculty engagement, student development, internships, and fiscal management.
  • Report to and work with the School of Design Director and the Dean of the College of Art, Media and Design on faculty recruitment and development, program assessment, curriculum development, student recruitment and retention, and budget management.
  • Teach a range of subjects from intermediate to advanced levels, lecture engagingly, and teach courses as an ensemble with other instructors to create learning communities;
  • Maintain a professional design practice; promote the program, serve on University committees; advise students, and participate in curriculum development and other departmental activities.
  • Build and enhance interdisciplinary opportunities for students in the Graphic Design program to collaborate with programs across the School, College and University.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent; they do not purport to describe all functions. Incumbent may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may change from time to time as necessary.
  • The college is seeking candidates with professional experience, preferably with an MFA degree, although a BFA degree coupled with extensive professional experience would also be considered.
  • The successful candidate should be a leader in the field and have a demonstrated record of excellence in the industry, with a broad range of professional accomplishments and strong connections to the design community.
  • The successful candidate should have a strong mastery of visual form, typography and critical language and a commitment to advancing the design discipline through the innovative use of evolving technologies and traditional and new media used in the fields of graphic design, visual communication, user experience design and/or motion design;
  • Applicants should provide evidence of academic leadership, teaching experience and/or professional experience that would warrant an appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor and have a commitment to teaching and a willingness to take an active role in fostering innovative ideas and curriculum that advance the program.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: The University of the Arts—a leader in developing visual and performing artists and designers since 1876—is the only university in the United States that allows its students to collaborate across traditional lines. With more than 30 majors, 30 minors and 13 graduate programs in visual arts, performing arts, design and liberal studies, UArts develops alumni who are not only leaders in their disciplines, but also creative thinkers able to succeed in any path they choose. Our nearly 1,900 students study and create on our campus in the heart of Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts, the city’s cultural center, within walking distance of hundreds of galleries, museums, theaters and other performing arts venues.
TO APPLY: Interested qualified applicants should submit the documents on the following list via email to Natasha Zeta, Administrative Assistant to the Director of the School of Design nzeta@uarts.edu. Please ensure job title is in the Subject line.
  • A letter of application detailing qualifications.
  • An up-to-date CV.
  • Statement of teaching philosophy.
  • Sample syllabi for those with teaching experience.
  • A digital portfolio of examples of recent professional and/or personal work and examples of work by students, if the candidate has teaching experience.
  • For professional work achieved in collaboration, please send completed works rather than excerpts and note what your role was in the production if you weren’t the sole creator.
  • The contact information for three professional references.
The preferred submission format for all materials other than video samples, is a single email attachment (single PDF or zipped folder) 2MB–5MB in size.
Submissions materials other than cover letter, CV, teaching philosophy, syllabi, reference list, video files, and PDF portfolios will not be reviewed. Please do not submit supplemental materials or letters unless they are requested. Screening begins January 20, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.
The University of the Arts College of Art, Media and Design
Director of the School of Design
Office of the Director of the School of Design
320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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