Job description:

The Design School at Arizona State University invites applications for a full-time, benefits eligible position as a Lecturer in Visual Communication Design. This is a non-tenure-track appointment beginning fall 2020. This position is renewable on an annual basis contingent upon availability of resources, satisfactory performance, and the needs of the unit.

The successful candidate is expected to actively participate in the Bachelor of Science in Design in Graphic Design as well as the Master of Visual Communication Design program. The appointee will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate level studio courses and lecture/seminar courses, mentor graduate student thesis projects, advise student organizations, participate in service to the program, school, institute, university for visual communication design and norms of The Design School.

About ASU:

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation’s fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts:

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the nation, is a vibrant example of the of the New American University philosophy. With more than 5,000 students, more than 400 faculty and faculty associates, 135 degree options and a tradition of top-ranked programs, the Herberger Institute is built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program in the nation. The institute includes the School of Art, School of Arts, Media and Engineering, The Design School, School of Film, Dance and Theatre, School of Music, and the ASU Art Museum. Through recognizing that design and the arts are critical resources for transforming society and solving complex problems, ASU’s Herberger Institute is committed to positioning artists, scholars, designers, and educators at the center of public life.

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About the Design School:

The Design School is the largest and most comprehensive design school in the country. It plays prominent roles in design research, pedagogy and public engagement within the Herberger Institute, the University and the greater Phoenix community. Over the next year the Design School is embarking on an exciting ‘redesign’ process – building the next great American design school at the New American University, a school that is relevant, equitable and collaborative. The strategic planning process will engage the local community, country and world in defining what a design school in the future will look like. The successful candidate will join the School on that journey.

Currently, the school has approximately 55 full-time faculty and 1,500 students enrolled in programs in architecture, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, urban design and visual communication design. The Design School faculty work on a variety of issues – from addressing the future of the Rio Salado in Metropolitan Phoenix to partnering with Google on increasing human satisfaction to working with communities across the globe to address critical issues of sustainability. In addition, the school’s curricula and research are grounded in its commitment to prepare the next generation of designers to engage in collaborative multi-disciplinary inquiry so that they may work productively within and beyond the boundaries of their respective disciplines.

The visual communication design program is accredited by the National Association of the Schools of Art and Design. The program has been in existence at Arizona State University under various names, colleges, schools and departments since the 1970’s. Graduates from the program primarily go into the profession to firms/companies in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix and various destinations in-between. The pursuit of the visual communication design program is to educate designers who are well grounded with form making skills and can think, analyze and apply their design expertise using traditional and new technologies to solve problems. The program also supports two broader graduate programs, the Master of Science in Design and the Doctor of Philosophy in Design, Environment and the Arts.

Required qualifications: 

Required qualifications:

The successful candidate must possess:

  • A graduate degree in visual communication/graphic design
  • Five years-experience teaching visual communication/graphic design studio courses at the university level;
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching and scholarship and/or creative practice as appropriate for the position;
  • Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in creative activity and/or teaching.

Desired qualifications: 

Desired qualifications:

Preference will be given to individuals with:

  • Minimum of two years professional experience with digital and analog graphic design methods, including a working knowledge of current interactive, computational design/representation technologies and three-dimensional design expertise;
  • Demonstrated expertise in new digital/computational graphic communication media and experience with social media platforms;
  • Commitment to exploring the current and future role of visual communication design in environmentally and socially responsible design practices;
  • An interest in online teaching and learning.

Instruction to apply: 

Instruction to apply:

All applications must be submitted electronically via and must include:

  • A cover letter stating qualifications and teaching interests
  • A curriculum vitae or resume;
  • A portfolio of creative work, including examples of student work;
  • Contact information for three professional references (including the nature of their relationship to applicant.

Application deadline: 

Application deadline:

The application deadline is February 9, 2020 by 3pm Arizona time. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled. The committee will only review electronic submissions totaling 2GB or less in file size.

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