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Assistant or Associate Professor in Graphic Design

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, Virginia
Graphic Design

Job Description

The School of Visual Arts (SOVA) at Virginia Tech ( ) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Graphic Design, with a start date of August, 2022. The ideal hire will complement the current faculty within the Graphic Design program in the areas of expertise, research focus and teaching qualifications.

SOVA is housed within the College of Architecture and Urban Studies (CAUS) at Virginia Tech, a comprehensive land grant research university in Blacksburg, Virginia. SOVA has approximately 275 undergraduate majors within four areas (Graphic Design, Creative Technologies, Studio Arts and Art History). The Graphic Design program currently has three full-time faculty, three part-time/ adjunct instructors, approximately 80 majors, and has been included in GDUSA's list of "Top 30 Graphic Design Schools'' for each of the last four years.

Duties and responsibilities:

Teach two undergraduate courses per semester, from introductory to advanced levels of Graphic Design

Maintain a strong national/international creative research agenda

Maintain an up-to-date proficiency with digital tools and software as they relate to teaching and creative research in design (e.g. Adobe Creative Cloud)

Maintain contemporary understanding of best practices in design (e.g. methodologies, design theories, design ethics, etc.) and design education

Contribute to the growth of our program and school through active participation in a collaborative, cross-disciplinary work environment

Contribute to school, college, and university-level service and outreach

Contribute to curriculum development in the Graphic Design program

Required Qualifications

Terminal degree in Graphic Design (i.e., MFA, MDes in Graphic Design) or in a very related discipline by appointment start date

Demonstrated record of creative research/activity

Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity

Position requires occasional travel to attend conferences and meetings

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated ability to teach Graphic Design courses at the university level, including Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced levels courses.

Record of excellence in one or more of the following areas: motion graphics, illustration, immersive experiences, environmental graphics, data visualization, web/interaction, typography, branding, and/or design research.

Demonstrated ability to work within private Industry (e.g. ability to work with national and/or international clients)

Demonstrated ability to teach additional courses depending on area of specialization

Demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and/or research

Demonstrated ability to teach graphic design courses to non-majors

Demonstrated commitment to academic leadership

Required Materials Submission

Letter of intent that includes the candidate's proven experience and potential capacity to fulfill duties and responsibilities as well as required and preferred qualifications as listed above.

Curriculum Vitae

Statement of teaching philosophy including pedagogical approach and values as well as demonstrated understanding of and commitment to undergraduate teaching

Research Statement indicating focus of past and current research and future trajectories

Personal Diversity Statement highlighting candidate's efforts to address issues of diversity and inclusion in their professional experience and/or creative work

Up to 20 examples of professional work

Up to 20 examples of student work (if available)

Three references (names and contact information only)

Preferred Applicant Document

  •  Summarized teaching evaluations in a table

For additional questions about this position, contact the Graphic Design Search Committee Chair, Patrick Finley (

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience and rank

Review Date

January 3, 2022

Additional Information

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

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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