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Instructor - Graphic Design

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: Architecture, Arts, and Design
Department: School of Visual Arts SOVA
Location: Blacksburg - Main Campus
Categories: Visual Arts/Design/Creative Technologies

Job Description

The School of Visual Arts seeks applications for a one-year, non-renewable instructor in the Graphic Design Program with the capability of teaching a 3/3 course load of core Graphic Design courses (including Typography) and elective courses.

Required Qualifications

Terminal professional degree (M.F.A. or equivalent).

Proven ability to teach Graphic Design courses and/or significant professional experience.

A record of excellence in one or more of the following areas: typography; motion graphics; interaction design; illustration; and graphic design.

Demonstrated success in working with and promoting diversity and inclusion within an academic and/or professional environment.

A broad understanding of contemporary and traditional art and design practice and theory relating to Graphic Design.

Materials Submission

The following items must be included in the application: 

  • Cover letter addressing candidate’s proven experience and potential capacity to fulfill duties and responsibilities and required qualifications as listed above
  • Current CV
  • Teaching statement and evidence of teaching or instructional excellence in Graphic Design (may also address experiences with diversity, equity, and inclusion).
  • Portfolio including 10-20 professional pieces.
  • Optional: Student portfolio including 10-20 pieces
  • A list of three professional references with the preferred method of contact

The School of Visual Arts is especially eager to attract diverse faculty with a variety of backgrounds and experiences. We are on a quest to build a program that accelerates university education towards practices accessible to everyone, that proactively makes meaningful impacts and contributions to well-being, and that brings beauty and delight to our everyday lives.  We strongly encourage applications from scholars who do not see themselves historically represented in academia.  We have a responsibility and opportunity to make a difference in the visual arts and graphic design disciplines.  People of all backgrounds will be welcomed here.

Appointment Type

Restricted - One year appointment beginning in August 2022

Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

Tuesday, June 21st - Open until Filled 

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About SOVA

The School of Visual Arts is comprised of 24 full-time faculty members with approximately 250 undergraduate students, 25 master’s students, and one doctoral student. The programs within the school include Art History, Studio Art, Creative Technologies, and Graphic Design. SOVA is a collaborative environment that encourages interaction and cooperation among faculty in SOVA as well as faculty across campus.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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