Assistant Professor in Art History and Design
Michigan State University College of Arts and Letters
United States

Assistant Professor-FixedTerm

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Arts And Letters
Department: Art Art History And Design 10004068
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Fixed Term Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Union

Working/Functional Title

Ast Prof-Fixed Term

Position Summary

The Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Michigan State University seeks a full time Assistant Professor (non-tenure track) in Graphic Design. The selected candidate will join faculty colleagues who bridge the gap between research and practice across diverse fields of design that include, but are not limited to, visual communication, typography, information design, package design, environmental graphics, systems design, interaction design, motion design, social design, graphic design history, speculative design, computational systems, critical design theory, and sustainable design. Applicants who possess expertise in a complimentary field and/or industry experience are encouraged to apply. The position is a non-recurring, full-time, fixed-term academic appointment (9-month) at the rank of Assistant Professor with a teaching load of 3 courses per semester (Fall, Spring) for the academic year 2022–23 starting August 16, 2022. We especially encourage applicants from underrepresented backgrounds to apply (e.g., first generation college graduates; applicants from historically minoritized backgrounds).

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

An MFA, MGD, MDes or equivalent terminal degree is required. Professional experience in the field of graphic design is desirable. Expertise in digital technologies for graphic design is required.

Desired Qualifications

The successful candidate should be committed to advancing the design disciplines through one’s practice and approach to design education. Applicants should exhibit a strong foundational understanding of formal design principles, design processes and technologies, and creative problem definition and solution skills, complemented with an application of critical theory in creative work and teaching as appropriate to a full-time teaching position at a leading research institution.

The ideal candidate will bring enthusiastic willingness to work collaboratively with colleagues in the department and college. The Department of Art, Art History, and Design (AAHD) offers undergraduate degree programs in Graphic Design, Studio Art, Art History and Visual Culture, Art Education, Apparel and Textile Design, and a graduate degree program in Studio Art. We seek a faculty member who has a strong commitment to teaching in our vibrant Graphic Design Program that emphasizes a diversity of conceptual and technical practices to approximately 200 BFA in Graphic Design Majors, 125 BA in Experience Architecture Majors, and 225 Graphic Design Minors.

Required Application Materials

Qualified applicants should submit:

  1. a cover letter
  2. current curriculum vitae and portfolio with 20 images of your work and 20 images of student work in a single PDF
  3. a statement of teaching philosophy that highlights your alignment with some of our desired qualifications, including past course experience and sample syllabi, in a single PDF
  4. a summary of your experience with diversity in the classroom and/or in your past or planned research endeavors, any experience mentoring diverse students or faculty, any experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how you will advance our goals of inclusive excellence
  5. the names and email addresses of 3 references.

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin 04/25/2022, and continue until position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website Posting # 770308.

For inquiries contact Chris Corneal, Chair, Search Committee ( For more information about Graphic Design at MSU go to

Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

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Department Statement

The Graphic Design program within the Department of Art, Art History, and Design seeks colleagues at an exciting point of growth in the program. The new BFA in Graphic Design degree prepares graduates to enter the workforce with experience in design practice and research, informed by perspectives in historical and contemporary dialog in the field.

The College of Arts & Letters recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture, which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members results in true excellence. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. The College of Arts & Letters is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion.  

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Apr 11, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Apr 11, 2024 Eastern Daylight Time

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