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The Department of Art & Design invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor specializing in Graphic Design to begin August 16, 2023.The Department of Art & Design and the Graphic Design Area successfully equip students with skills and knowledge grounded in theory and practice. We foster a conscientious approach to art and design based on critical thinking, problem solving, and technical skill. Our students are also encouraged to examine human rights and social justice through diverse and inclusive programming that includes experiential learning, community-based projects, design internships, and cross-disciplinary opportunities.

The successful candidate will have opportunities to engage in and contribute to the University of Dayton’s interdisciplinary centers for scholarship, teaching, and creative practice. For example, the Hanley Sustainability Institute supports student and faculty research, the development of sustainability curriculum, and sustainability initiatives in the greater Dayton community. The Human Rights Center supports global initiatives and justice-oriented solutions through education, research, and advocacy. The Fitz Center for Leadership In Community maintains relationships with local neighborhoods, non-profits, and governmental agencies for community-engaged learning and teaching.

At the University of Dayton, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. Because we seek a community with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage all interested candidates to apply.


The primary responsibilities of faculty members are: teaching, research, and service. The typical teaching load is three undergraduate courses (9 credit hours) per semester in various levels of graphic design courses; Foundational level courses such as Design Processes I, Form and Concept, and upper level courses such as Typography II, Graphic Design I, II and III. Internal grant opportunities and additional department funding is available to assist faculty in their creative practice with the goals of peer-reviewed research. These avenues include: publications, exhibitions, awards/honors, contribution to the professional field and interdisciplinary research. Service to the department, college, university, profession, and/or community is expected.


MFA in Graphic Design/Visual Communication Design, MDes, MGD or an equivalent degree in design or an international equivalent degree in design, nearing completion

Knowledge of contemporary design issues, concepts, methodologies, and technologies

Research within graphic design

Potential for excellence in teaching

Effective written communication skills

Articulated commitment to breadth of education including educating the whole person in the

Marianist tradition to support inclusive excellence and the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

How to Apply

A complete application consists of:

A cover letter expressing interest in this position that describes all of the minimum qualifications and the applicable preferred qualifications met

A current curriculum vitae

Statement of research no more than two pages

Provide a PDF of creative work and student work. This can contain a link to an online portfolio

Statement of teaching philosophy that includes a description of your approach to teaching informed by your diversity, equity, and inclusion practices no more than two pages

Contact information for three references to provide letters of recommendation. Letter writers will be sent instructions on how to upload the letters upon the completion of application

If an MFA or Terminal degree is not complete, a letter from your advisor indicating progress and anticipated completion by August 15, 2023 is required.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. We will not sponsor applicants for work visas for this position.

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Posted on November 1