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Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Graphic Design

Proposed Faculty Rank Assistant Professor (Lecturer)
Department 00074 - Art/Art History Department
City Salt Lake City, UT
Track Non Tenure Track
New Position to Begin 07/01/2023
Position // The Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah invites applications for a full-time teaching position in Graphic Design commencing in Fall 2023.

Qualifications // The ideal candidate will hold an MFA in Graphic Design, MGD, MDes or equivalent terminal degree and exhibit a contemporary vision and approach to graphic design. Applicants should demonstrate exceptional skills in graphic design with a strong professional record of industry experience. Teaching experience beyond graduate school is preferred. Materials for consideration should include evidence of unique design skills, a broad understanding of the digital tools necessary for visual communication in the 21st century and an ability to translate this in a classroom environment.

With an average of 170 undergraduate students, the Graphic Design BFA program aims to educate and mentor students so that they may be successful in the profession of design. Our process oriented curriculum engages students in the exploration of visual communication strategies and techniques across a variety of media and is designed to prepare students to enter the field as nationally competitive creative professionals.

The new faculty member will broaden, build, and strengthen the diversity of offerings in the BFA program. This position includes teaching both foundational and advanced level Graphic Design courses. Additional duties include assisting with building curriculum, reviewing portfolios, and recruitment in the undergraduate program in Graphic Design. The mission of the department is directed towards a diverse, inclusive, rigorous, and responsible environment that reaches across disciplines. Engagement with the Creative Campus Initiative is encouraged, as well as exploring ways to work with faculty and students from other College of Fine Arts departments (Film and Media Arts, Dance, Music, and Theatre).

Employer Information // The University of Utah (The U) is the state’s public flagship institution of higher education with an enrollment of approximately 23,900 undergraduate and 7,800 graduate students and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the 115 research universities with the “highest research activity” in the nation. Forbes recently ranked the University of Utah as one of America’s best employers and U.S. News & World Report ranked it as one of the best national universities.

The U is located in the Wasatch mountain range foothills overlooking Salt Lake City, the Great Salt Lake, and the Great Basin’s west desert. Salt Lake City was recently ranked in the top ten in economic growth among large metropolitan areas. In addition to an active arts culture, the area also offers unparalleled recreational opportunities, with ten world-class ski resorts and several national parks within easy access from the city. Additionally, SLC is currently ranked 7th in the nation for its vibrant LGBTQ+ community. More information about the Salt Lake City area can be found at

The University of Utah’s campus-wide diversity initiatives contribute to a richer overall campus climate, attract academic and professional talent, and strengthen the U’s ability to educate the next generation of leaders. The University supports campus-wide diversity initiatives through The Office for Equity & Diversity, School for Cultural and Social Transformation, Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, Center for Ethnic Student Affairs, Women’s Resource Center, LGBT Resource Center, and American Indian Resource Center.
EEO/Non-Discrimination Information The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students, staff, faculty and patients from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education, employment opportunities, and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented groups.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator
Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA)
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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

Special Instructions for Candidates
Interested candidates must submit a cover letter, teaching philosophy statement, CV, three professional references, two examples of assignment briefs and/or syllabi, a portfolio of 20 examples of the applicant’s work, and 20 examples of the applicant’s students’ work. The portfolio should be in PDF format, (or a website equivalent) and include titles/short descriptions, media, size, and year created.

Applications must be submitted electronically by December 01, 2022, to ensure full consideration. Screening of applications will continue until the position is filled. This is considered a full-time teaching position with a nine-month teaching contract. Annual pay scale is $55,000 with full health and retirement benefits.
Open Date 09/29/2022
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Requisition Number PRN00931CF
Type Faculty


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