Assistant Professor of Graphic Design - 045831

Fine & Applied Arts

The Department of Art at Appalachian State University invites applications for a tenure-track nine-month faculty position in Graphic Design at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning Fall 2019.

The BFA Graphic Design program is strongly rooted in design process, typography, visual systems, collaborative practices and design thinking. Our goal is to produce designers with a strong, personal voice who can practice design in a variety of settings, navigate increasingly complex design problems, and contribute to positive social change.

We are seeking a colleague who is knowledgeable about contemporary art and design issues, interested in extending the practice of design beyond traditional boundaries, experienced in a fluid range of practice within the spectrum of art and design, and open to collaboration between people and disciplines.

The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching three courses per semester in all areas of graphic design practice, and may include, based upon the candidate’s skills and interests, design history and theory, foundations, illustration, general education, or other related areas. Responsibilities also include an active program of scholarship and creative activities, student advisement, and curriculum development. University and professional service are expected.

Minimum qualifications (to be discussed in letter of application) for this position are:
● A terminal degree in graphic design, visual communication design, interactive design or equivalent
● Experience with design solutions for print, interactive or emerging media
● Proficiency with technologies relevant to graphic design and digital media (e.g., Adobe Creative Cloud.)
● Experience supporting/mentoring diverse populations

Areas of interest for this position include:
● Two years or more college-level teaching experience
● Professional experience in the field
● Experience in interdisciplinary contexts
● Experience in fostering cultural competence

Applications will only be accepted digitally. Please submit the application in three PDF files. PDF #1 includes:
● Letter of application
● CV
● Contact information for three references
● Samples of relevant course syllabi (up to three, if available)
● Unofficial graduate transcripts (finalists will be required to furnish official transcripts of terminal degree)

PDF #2 includes:
● 20 samples of personal work
● Annotated index of works describing the media, design objectives, and date

PDF #3 includes:
● 20 samples of student work (if available)
● Annotated index of works describing the media, design objectives, and date

Please name files using the following format:
● lastname_applicationdocs.pdf
● lastname_personalwork.pdf
● lastname_studentwork.pdf

Send applications to (subject line: “Last name-Graphic Design Search”). Please limit PDF files to 10mb each. Review of complete applications will begin on December 3, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.  We invite all applicants for employment with Appalachian State University to complete our voluntary Affirmative Action data collection survey. The brief survey can be accessed here

Appalachian State University is nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and a member institution of the seventeen-campus University of North Carolina. Located in Boone, North Carolina, the university has more than 19,000 students, primarily in bachelors and masters programs in both liberal arts and applied fields. Appalachian has both a traditional residential campus and a variety of distance education programs.

The Department of Art is NASAD-accredited and has over 40 full-time faculty members, nearly 800 undergraduate majors and offers BFA degrees in Art Education, Graphic Design, and Studio Art; a BA degree with concentrations in Art History, Art Management, and Studio Art; and BS degrees in Commercial Photography, and Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology. Additional information about the Art Department, the university, and the surrounding area can be found at,

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or sexual orientation.

Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting the search committee chair, Mark Nystrom, at or 828.262.2568.

Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University’s receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.

Documentation of identity and employability of the applicant will be required before the hiring process can be finalized.

Appalachian State University is committed to developing and allocating resources to the fundamental task of creating a diverse campus culture. We value diversity as the expression of human similarities and differences, as well as the importance of a living and learning environment conducive to knowledge, respect, acceptance, understanding and global awareness. Learn more at