Assistant Professor, Graphic Design

The University of Northern Iowa’s Department of Art seeks applications for a full time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, starting August 2021. Responsibilities for this position include teaching three undergraduate courses per semester in Graphic Design, and courses in the art foundations sequence or general education program as needed. The successful candidate will establish and maintain an expanding record or professional, creative, and scholarly work; contribute to curricular development in the design area; provide service on departmental, college, and university committees; and act as student advisor and supervise student lab monitors.

The University of Northern Iowa provides a high-quality education, purposefully guiding students to find and develop their strengths and prepare them for success after college. We have a bold vision that we will be a diverse and inclusive campus community that provides an engaged education empowering students to lead locally and globally. As we advance our work to become an equity-oriented institution and realize our vision, we seek to elevate the diversity of our faculty across disciplines, departments, and colleges and to build an inclusive teaching and learning environment. Equity vision hires will be supported by faculty on campus who are working to reimagine our curriculum and pedagogy and to build equitable practices for tenure and promotion; policy review, development and implementation; and student retention, persistence, and success. They will be welcomed to join these efforts.

Building on its historic excellence in teacher education, the university has developed outstanding programs in business, natural sciences, humanities and fine arts, and social and behavioral sciences with advanced degrees available in many programs. The University’s attractive size, approximately 10,000 students, allows UNI to offer faculty, facilities, and academic choices characteristic of a much larger university while retaining a friendly, small-college atmosphere on a park-like campus. UNI has been recognized for the past 18 years as one of the "Best Midwest Universities" by U.S. News & World Report. Located in Cedar Falls/Waterloo, the campus is comprised of more than 40 buildings on 940 acres. For more information, visit

The successful candidate must hold a M.F.A. or equivalent in Graphic Design, Visual Communication and Media, or related field. Required qualifications include a focus on User Experience/Web and Interaction Design, and research-based design methodologies; University level teaching experience (graduate teaching experience may be considered); innovative portfolio of creative work demonstrating research-based design; publishing/exhibition record commensurate with experience; in-depth knowledge of design theory & methodology; strong typographic skills; and competence in a variety of design applications.

Preference will be given to candidates with commitment to excellence in teaching in an undergraduate graphic design core curriculum with demonstrated expertise in at least three of the following areas of instruction: Experiential Design, Interface design, Typography, Publication Design, Branding, Application Design, Information Graphics, Motion Graphics, and Professional Practice. The successful candidate will be well organized and an excellent communicator able to articulate a vision for the integration of emerging technologies into the current design area curriculum. Knowledge of usability testing, both HTML and CSS with the Dreamweaver program and its significance to current trends in practice is desirable. Professional industry experience is preferred but not required.

Applications received by February 26, 2021 will receive full consideration. To apply, visit Inquiries may be sent to Jeffery Byrd at 319-273-2077 or Pre-employment background checks required.

UNI actively seeks to enhance diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  The University encourages applications from persons of color, women, individuals living with disabilities, and protected veterans. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal and/or state law.

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