Assistant Professor, Media Arts - Graphic Design
Pacific University achieves excellence and distinction by investing in exceptional people to think, care, create, and pursue justice in our world. We embrace discovery in a close nurturing environment that leads to genuine transformation. Our community is diverse, sustainable, and dedicated to discovery and excellence in teaching, scholarship and practice. Pacific University is a private liberal arts university of approximately 1500 undergraduates and 1600 graduate students.
At Pacific University we thrive in an extraordinary environment, surrounded by the beauty of the great Pacific Northwest, with campus locations in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene, and Woodburn. We humbly acknowledge and thank the original caretakers of the lands on which we live, work, teach, acquire and share knowledge. This position is based beautiful Forest Grove, which is 25 miles from Portland, an exciting, progressive, and culturally diverse urban area.
The department of Media Arts at Pacific University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of graphic design, beginning fall 2023. The department is searching for an innovative, energetic, and collaborative colleague to teach all levels of undergraduate graphic design classes. These courses cover the design process, elements and principles of graphic design, color theory, typography and type design; poster design, package design, UX concepts, information design, image creation; and the Adobe CC programs (Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign). We are also looking for an individual who will bring vision and inspiration to the major and who has interest in developing courses in one or more of the following areas: interactive design, web design, motion graphics, and/or game design. A demonstrated interest in the craft of teaching and a dedication to integrating equity, diversity, and inclusion policies and practices in the classroom is a must. Pacific University is a liberal arts institution and focuses on teaching graphic design within a broad career context.
The Media Arts Department and Pacific University is dedicated to a student-centered education that is equity minded, integrous, and responsive. Studies have shown that women and/or BIPOC individuals are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet all of the qualifications they find in the job description. We are seeking the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be a person who comes from a less traditional background. We encourage individuals to apply even if you don’t meet every minimum qualification described or are unsure if your experience could be considered related experience.
Teaching load consists of 20 teaching credits with duty credits for advising students and service to the college. Additional responsibilities include capstone advising, promotion of the major, and annual assessment of the graphic design program. Pacific University is a small residential college and values in-person instruction and relational teaching.
- MFA or equivalent terminal degree
- At least one year of graphic design teaching experience with diverse undergraduate college students in a university setting (can be TA, Instructor of Record preferred)
- Extensive experience with the Adobe CC design applications
- Strong organizational and administrative skills
- Demonstrated activity in the field of graphic design
- Familiarity with professional graphic design practices in advertising, branding, publication, and/or web design
- Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and fostering an equitable, diverse, and inclusive learning environment.
Additional preferred qualifications:
- Experience with program development
- A vision for the future of Graphic Design at Pacific University
Salary is competitive. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification upon hire.
Submit the following:
- Letter of interest
- Curriculum vitae
- Portfolio of professional graphic design work
- Examples of student work from classes you have taught
- Teaching philosophy for the liberal arts
- Names and contact information for three references
We accept only electronic submissions. Files to be submitted via Paycom. Preliminary interviews will be conducted via Zoom.
Deadline for submission is Monday, February 6, 2023.
At Pacific University we are dedicated to providing experiences that are authentic, holistic, equity minded, and responsive. We continue to develop our equity practices with a particular focus on racial equity.
For qualifying employees, our benefits include generous paid time off for vacation, holidays (including winter break) and sick leave. We offer medical coverage with alternative care (in-network services covered at 100% after payroll deduction), comprehensive dental, vision plans, 9% contribution to retirement after one year of service with no match required, free mental health appointments, and tuition remission for employees and their dependents. We cover employer paid life, short term disability, and long term disability insurance. On campus benefits include free access to our sports facility and library, with discounts on campus food, bookstore purchases, clinic services, and gear rentals through our outdoor program (kayaks, snow shoes, bikes and more).
Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Studies have shown that candidates that are female and/or BIPOC are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet all of the qualifications they find in the job description. We are seeking the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be a person who comes from a less traditional background. We encourage you to apply even if you don't meet every minimum qualification described or are unsure if your experience could be considered related experience.