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University of Utah Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Graphic Design in Salt Lake City, Utah

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Proposed Faculty Rank Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Graphic Design

Department 00074 - Art/Art History Department

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Non Tenure Track

New Position to Begin July 1, 2019


The Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah invites applications for a full-time teaching position in Graphic Design commencing in Fall 2019.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have anMFA,MGD, MDes or equivalent terminal degree and exhibit a contemporary vision and approach to Graphic Design. Applicants should demonstrate exceptional skills in graphic design with a strong professional record of industry experience. Teaching experience beyond graduate school is preferred. Materials for consideration should include evidence of unique design skills, a broad understanding of the digital tools necessary for visual communication in the 21st century and an ability to translate this in a classroom environment.

With an average of 100 undergraduate students, the Graphic Design program aims to educate and mentor students so that they may be successful in the profession of design. Upon fulfillment of the departmental studio foundations program, students engage in a year of foundational design courses. At the end of this year, an interview/portfolio review determines whether a student is eligible to continue in the program. Upper-level course offerings include Identity/Branding, Environmental Graphics, Motion Graphics, Interactive Experiences, Packaging, Graphic Illustration, Advertising Design, Editorial Design, Information Graphics and Sustainable Design.

The new faculty member will help to broaden, build and strengthen the diversity of offerings in theBFAprogram. This position includes teaching both foundational and advanced level Graphic Design courses. This is considered a full-time teaching position, with a 3/3 course load per academic year. Additional teaching-related duties include building and revising curriculum, engaging in portfolio reviews, and assisting with the continued growth and recruitment of the undergraduate program in Graphic Design. The mission of the department is directed towards a diverse, inclusive, rigorous and responsible environment that reaches across disciplines. Engagement with the Creative Campus Initiative is encouraged, as well as exploring ways to work with faculty and students from other College of Fine Arts departments (Ballet, Film and New Media, Modern Dance, Music, and Theatre).

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, teaching philosophy statement, CV, two course syllabi, contact information for three letters of recommendation, a portfolio of 20 examples of the applicant’s work, and 20 examples of the applicant’s students’ work. The portfolio should be inPDFformat, and include titles/short descriptions, media, size, and year created.

Applications must be submitted electronically by January 25, 2019 to ensure full consideration. Screening of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Employer Information:

The University of Utah (The U) is the state’s public flagship institution of higher education with an enrollment of approximately 23,900 undergraduate and 7,800 graduate students, and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the 115 research universities with the “highest research activity” in the nation. Forbes recently ranked the University of Utah as one of America’s best employers and U.S. News & World Report ranked it as one of the best national universities.

The U is located in the Wasatch mountain range foothills overlooking Salt Lake City, the Great Salt Lake, and the Great Basin’s west desert. Salt Lake City was recently ranked in the top ten in economic growth among large metropolitan areas. In addition to an active arts culture, the area also offers unparalleled recreational opportunities, with ten world-class ski resorts and several national parks within easy access from the city. Additionally,SLCis currently ranked 7th in the nation for its vibrant LGBTQ+ community. More information about the Salt Lake City area can be found at

The University of Utah’s campus-wide diversity initiatives contribute to a richer overall campus climate, attract academic and professional talent, and strengthen the U’s ability to educate the next generation of leaders. The University supports campus-wide diversity initiatives through The Office for Equity & Diversity, School for Cultural and Social Transformation, Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, Center for Ethnic Student Affairs, Women’s Resource Center,LGBTResource Center, and American Indian Resource Center.

EEO/Diversity Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with priorURSservice, may elect to enroll inURSif they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits fromURSare subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Please direct inquiries about this position to the chair of the search committee:

Carol Sogard, Associate Professor of Graphic Design,

Open Date 11/19/2018

Close Date 01/25/2019

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN00352CF

Type Faculty

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