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Art and Design (Graphic Design) - Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track)

Sacred Heart University
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Graphic Design

As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing private doctoral institutions in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers nearly 90 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn., campus. Sacred Heart also has a campus in Dingle, Ireland, and offers online programs. More than 10,000 students attend the University's nine colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Social Work; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education & Human Development; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; the Dr. Susan L. Davis, R.N., & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing; and St. Vincent's College. Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions as it was established and led by laity. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward thinkers who enact change-in their own lives, professions and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 388 Colleges-2023 Edition, and Best Business Schools-2023 Edition. Sacred Heart is home to the award-winning, NPR-affiliated radio station, WSHU, a Division I athletics program and an impressive performing arts program that includes choir, band, dance and theatre.

Job Description:

Sacred Heart University invites applicants for a full-time Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Graphic Design to begin in August 2024. Responsibilities include teaching of undergraduate level Art & Design courses, contributions toward curricular development, a continued scholarly and creative output in the field, committee work, and advising of undergraduates.

Art & Design is a vibrant department within the School of Communication, Media & the Arts and the College of Arts & Sciences. It has new, state of the art facilities at West Campus, and is adjacent to the cutting-edge AR/VR lab and upstairs from the Idea Lab, a maker's space that facilitates collaboration and innovation. The Sacred Heart Community promotes collaboration, inclusiveness, curiosity, and service. We are looking for an applicant that will utilize the potential of the community, its facilities, and bring their personal vision to the program.


The successful applicant will have thorough knowledge and expertise in Web Design, Motion Graphics, Animation, UX/UI Design, and current design trends.

In addition, the candidate should have:

  • 2 years of successful teaching at the college level
  • an MFA in Graphic Design or a related discipline
  • a strong portfolio of personal design work and examples of student work
  • multidisciplinary approaches to pedagogy and scholarly output

Additional Information:

Statement of Personal & Organizational Responsibility for Inclusive Excellence

Inclusive Excellence is the recognition that our institution's success is dependent on how well we value, engage, and include the rich diversity of students, staff, faculty, administrators, alums, and surrounding community. It is a mastery of inclusion that fosters a consistent sense of belonging. Inclusive Excellence is aspirational and is the pillar that guides the mission, vision, and function of this unit.

To achieve Inclusive Excellence, our personal and organizational responsibilities are to:

  • Actively promote a collegial environment and consciously apply our mission and values to create a culture of inclusion and belonging; a safe space where all may thrive and succeed.
  • Participate in educational and developmental activities to increase awareness and competencies of issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging; apply that understanding to guide your approach to all aspects of your job and the community as a whole.
  • Demonstrate that we are "Stronger Together" as described in the Office for Inclusive Excellence statements.

Application Instructions:

Qualified candidates should upload: a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, advanced degree transcript (unofficial is sufficient for the application process), and contact information for three letters of reference.

Sacred Heart University is a space that respects and embraces differences, recognizes the unique contributions that individuals can make, and creates a community that maximizes the potential of all faculty and staff. As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage applications from qualified candidates who reflect the wider world in which we live.

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