Job Requisition Number (JOID): 24377 Position: Full-time tenure track position in Graphic Design Rank: Assistant Professor
Qualifications: A terminal degree (MDes or MFA) in Graphic Design or related discipline is required. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated familiarity and ability to teach GD aesthetic fundamentals as well as problem solving through a solid foundation in visual, analytical, and communication skills. The candidate must exhibit an understanding of design within historical, socio-cultural, economic and technological contexts and demonstrate a command of image making and visual exploration. Applicants should have an awareness of and sensitivity to educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience.
Preferred: At least 2-5 years of professional experience in design and university teaching experience in design or design- related courses are desired qualifications, as are: (1) mastery in two or more of the following specializations: information design, interaction design, motion graphic design, and design thinking; (2) expertise in image making, typography, and visual exploration using digital media with applications. Candidates should be able to teach at all levels and demonstrate the ability to interact and/or collaborate with colleagues in a multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary environment. Applicants should have awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience.
Responsibilities: The appointee will teach lower and upper division courses in the Industrial Design Program and potentially graduate courses in the future. Along with regular teaching assignments, the appointee will share student advising, curriculum development and student review responsibilities. The ability to attract funding and project sponsorship is also expected. Effectiveness in academic assignment, scholarly, creative and professional activity, and department/college/university service are all required to achieve tenure and promotion. Responsibilities will include major advising of students, program and curriculum development, new student recruitment, grant writing, and associated organizational responsibilities. Candidate must address the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation – through course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.
Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Starting Date: August 17, 2018
Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
Application Procedures: For full consideration please send the following materials to: https://apply.interfolio.com/47995 to the attention of Prof. Connie Hwang, Chair, Design Department, San José State University by 12:00 p.m. on February 16, 2018. Questions may be directed to Professor Hwang (Connie.Hwang@sjsu.edu). Include Job Requisition Number (JOID) on all correspondence.
Letter of Application (PDF)
Statement of Teaching Philosophy (PDF)
Statement of Research Intent (PDF)
Design Portfolio (PDF/link to website)
Examples of Student Work (PDF)
Three confidential letters of recommendation (PDF)
GENERAL INFORMATION: San José State University is California's oldest institution of public higher learning. The campus is located on the southern end of San Francisco Bay in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000), hub of the world-famous Silicon Valley high-technology research and development center. Many of California's most popular national, recreational, and cultural attractions are conveniently close. A member of the 23-campus CSU system, San José State University enrolls approximately 30,000 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.
The Department of Design, with four program fields in the areas of Animation/Illustration, Graphic Design, Industrial Design and Interior Design has over 1300 undergraduate majors. Currently the Department has 13 full-time faculty and over 50 part-time faculty actively teaching. These are supported by the Department of Design administrative and technical staff. SJSU is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
The Graphic Design program at SJSU has over 50 years of tradition and has influential alumni in the professional community in the Silicon Valley, the Bay Area, and beyond. The GD program has over 450 students, three full-time and several part-time faculty. The program has an excellent reputation and attracts mature and dedicated students interested in serious professional study. The GD Program is strongly connected to a vibrant professional community.
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