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Continuing Track Assistant Professor, Visual Communications

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Work type: Faculty
Location: Newark
Categories: Art & Design, Full Time




INTRODUCTION/POSITION: The Department of Art & Design in the College of Arts and Sciences invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Visual Communications, continuing track, to begin August 15, 2022.




Job Description: We seek a dynamic thinker and critical maker who demonstrates a depth of knowledge in design fundamentals, typography, technology and creative practice and promotes inclusivity and equity in their teaching and institutional engagement. Ideal candidates will recognize the influence of design on culture and society both on- and off-screen as evidenced by their creative research and will actively support their students as agents of change. The successful candidate will teach in all levels of the Visual Communications BFA program and contribute to curriculum development across all undergraduate courses in the Department of Art and Design. We encourage applications from candidates from historically underrepresented groups because we acknowledge the systemic racism and sexism that for too long has defined both higher education and the field of design.


Qualifications: Applicants must have an MFA or equivalent terminal degree in a design-related discipline and experience teaching in graphic or interaction design at the college level. Previous professional experience in a design-related field is highly desirable, but not required.



VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS BFA PROGRAM AT UD:  The Department of Art & Design’s VC-BFA program at the University of Delaware provides students with opportunities to directly engage with alumni and working professionals around the world through field trips, study abroad programs, guest critiques, and visiting artists and designers. Faculty who teach in the program support a dynamic and rigorous curriculum to prepare students to be agents of change within a global society. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to leverage the program’s success and dramatically influence its future.



ART & DESIGN AT UD: The Department of Art & Design, part of a distinguished research and teaching university, believes that making art and design is an expansive process. The Department has the unique responsibility to develop students' individual artistic practices as well as their critical understanding of art and design. In line with our university’s strategic plan, we promote in our students the role of art and design in understanding and expressing the human experience. We cultivate an inclusive atmosphere of diversity, discovery, experimentation, problem-solving, and creative thinking. The Department’s approach is learner-centered with the aim of educating socially and culturally engaged artists and designers who comprehend and challenge definitions and assumptions through a wide spectrum of artistic production. Our graduates enter the world equipped to adapt to the rapidly evolving world as creators capable of affecting culture. Our graduates activate the future.



College of Arts and Sciences: The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware offers exceptional educational experiences including integrated instruction, research and public engagement. With 24 academic departments and more than 25 centers, programs and institutes, the College serves close to 7,000 undergraduate students and over 1,000 graduate students with CAS majors, but also every University student through foundational course work. The College’s 600 faculty members emphasize the enduring value of an arts and science education and share a deep commitment to excellence in scholarship and all forms of creative and intellectual expression. The College has departments in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, and features outstanding research and teaching facilities. Faculty and staff encourage and support innovative interdisciplinary collaborations and students engage local, national and global audiences through research and creative activity. With annual research expenditures of approximately $38 million and growing, the College currently houses several large, interdisciplinary grants with significant funding from the NIH and NSF.



UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE: The University of Delaware is one of the nation’s oldest institutions of higher education, combining tradition and innovation. The University's centralized location on the eastern corridor of the United States makes it an ideal location for engagement in communities related to design and visual communications. Situated in the college town of Newark, DE, midway between Philadelphia and Baltimore, the campus is about two hours by train/car north to New York City, or south to Washington, D.C.



TO APPLY: Applicants are required to upload the following to

(1) a letter of intent describing how specific experiences shaped your qualifications and your vision for the role of design education in a global society, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) teaching philosophy, (4) syllabi of courses taught, (5) annotated PDF of student work, (6) URL link to portfolio, and (7) the names and contact information of three references. You may also include samples of other related accomplishments including awards, exhibitions, conference papers, published writings, commissioned work, etc. Position is open until filled, however applications received by January 2, 2022 will have priority consideration. For additional information contact Aaron Terry, Search Committee Chair, at



SALARY AND BENEFITS: Compensation packages are highly competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The UD benefits package is one of the best in the nation.



EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:  The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at


Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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