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Professor of Design (9-Mo-TT)

Samford University
Job Location:
Birmingham, Alabama
Graphic Design

Samford University’s School of the Arts invites applicants interested in serving in a Christian university environment to apply for the position of Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and join the vibrant and growing Department of Art and Design. This is a full-time, tenure track, 9-month faculty position beginning August 2023.

The candidate will be expected to teach various levels of Graphic Design courses, along with some Foundations courses within the Department of Art and Design. Additionally, faculty are expected to maintain ongoing activity in professional development and scholarship through avenues such as exhibitions, continued client-based work, publications, peer-reviewed shows, professional organizations, presentations, etc. Faculty are also expected to provide service to the university, school, and department through committee assignments, curriculum development, student advising, recruiting and retention. Candidates should demonstrate a strong interest in students and ability to contribute to the intellectual and cultural life of the university.

Required Qualifications:

  • An MFA in an area of Graphic Design, or a related field
  • A record of advanced professional work in the field, and/or other evidence of scholarly activity such as an exhibition record, production or publication record, or other similar areas
  • A commitment to teaching, scholarship and service
  • Ability to teach at all levels—from foundations to senior-level courses
  • Proficiency in the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of programs

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous teaching experience
  • Professional experience in an area of Graphic Design
  • An interdisciplinary focus in print and interactive designs
  • Expertise relating to a number of the following: typography, branding, production for print and digital, package design, user experience design, social media, and motion graphics, as well as 2-D design and digital foundations

Salary is dependent upon academic qualifications and previous teaching and/or industry experiences. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2022 and applications will be accepted until December 1, 2022.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest stating the qualifications for the position, a current CV, application for faculty position, and a faculty applicant Christian mission statement. In addition, please submit a teaching statement outlining philosophies of pedagogy and research interests. Candidates should also submit a link or digital portfolio including images or videos of professional and/or personal work, as well as a link or digital portfolio featuring samples of past student work, and a list of three professional references with contact information. Finalists may be required to submit additional materials at a later time. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States, as Samford will not sponsor any employment visas for this position. Samford University and the School of the Arts embrace diversity in their faculty, students, and staff and encourage applications from those who would add to the diversity of our academic community.

“Application for Faculty Position” can be found at: (

and the “Faculty Applicant Christian Mission Statement” can be found at: (

Please submit all materials via e-mail in PDF or Word format to:

subject: Graphic Design Faculty

Samford University ( is the largest privately supported and fully accredited institution for higher learning in Alabama. Located in suburban Birmingham, the University was founded in 1841 and has 425 full time faculty and more than 5,700 students representing 48 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 22 countries. Samford has been nationally recognized for academics, affordability and value by a number of prestigious publications and rankings. The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability. The University is dedicated to the promotion of rigorous academic inquiry in a Christian setting. The University seeks and prefers employee applicants of the Christian faith and offers competitive salaries with a generous benefits package.

Except as specifically exempted by federal law requirements, Samford University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability or age in the administration or application of its educational programs and policies, admissions policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs. Consistent with its Christian mission and organizations, Samford is exempt from the religious provisions of Title VII pursuant to 42 U.S.C. Sections 2000e-1(a) and 2000e-2(e).

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