Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Design

The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington
Department of Art and Art History
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Design
Posting Number: F00489P

Job Summary
The Department of Art and Art History in the College of Liberal Arts, at the University of Texas at Arlington, invites applications for an Assistant Professor, Tenure Track faculty member in Design.

In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to accept work in the United States. We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment Visa at this time.

Position Description
Teaching specializations: the Design area offers degrees at the BA/BFA/MFA levels and is the largest program in our department, serving a wide range of student needs across the discipline. Applicants must be qualified to teach within a variety of aspects of Design and should be especially comfortable instructing on the usage of traditional graphic design principles within emerging technology and interactive design applications.

We seek dynamic candidates with outstanding qualifications, strong research interests and a growing record of research, alongside effective teaching abilities in the field of graphic design, emerging technology, or more broadly across visual communication design.

The successful candidate will work with MFA Design students either in coursework, in committees, or as their Committee Chair. Additionally, excellent communication with other faculty members and students is paramount to success in this faculty role.

In addition to research and teaching workloads, all tenure stream faculty are expected to serve on departmental, college, and/or university committees, as well as serve as undergraduate faculty advisor and conduct portfolio reviews, as well as mentor undergraduate and graduate students in Design. Details regarding duties, responsibilities, and qualifications criteria are described below in labeled sections.

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CBC Requirement
It is the policy of The University of Texas at Arlington to conduct a criminal background check on any applicant who is under final consideration for employment with the University.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities  

  • Candidate must be well trained within the field of graphic design, with a strong understanding of design principles, design history, print design, web design, and more broadly across visual communication design. 
  • The candidate would need to be a versatile designer, with an emphasis on new technological skills within the field. 
  • Personal creative practice and industry experience backgrounds are strongly preferred.
  • The candidate needs to demonstrate strong research interests and potential as an incoming member of the tenure track faculty. 
  • The selected candidate must continue to develop their work and reputation as an actively practicing designer, and researcher.

Required qualifications  

  • A terminal degree (MFA/MDes/PhD) in Communication Design, Visual Communications, Graphic Design, or a related field from an accredited (recognized equivalent) university
  • Exceptional knowledge in one or more areas of advanced design focus (e.g., web design, mobile application design, advanced packaging design, etc.)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of design principles, standards, and concepts applied to communication design work in professional portfolio
  • Ability to teach at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum
  • Expertise in Mac OS and Adobe Suite
  • Demonstration of ability to contribute to the excellence of the academic community through teaching, advising, and service
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Actively researching at a national and/or international level
  • A working knowledge of the ideation and creation of design deliverables in both tangible and interactive spaces: research, concept sketching, user flows, lo-fi and hi-fi layouts, prototype development, testing, product finalization, presentation
  • An effective mentor and advisor of students

Preferred qualifications  

  • Minimum two (2) years of teaching experience in design courses at the university level
  • Minimum of two (2) years of professional design work experience
  • Ability to develop and nurture a competitive curriculum, including proposals for special topics courses that would enhance the academic goals of the Design program
  • Expert user and instructor of applicable software and digital technologies engaged with current trends grounded in the concepts, principles, and practices of interactive design
  • Excellent record of active participation in professional organizations
  • Additional exceptional knowledge in specialized areas such as: Web Design, Mobile App Design, Interactive Design, Motion Graphics, Emerging Technology, Fabrication, Information Graphics, Packaging Design, Data Visualization, UI/UX, etc.
  • A working knowledge of industry tools: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, XD, After Effects, Figma, InVision, Sketch, etc.
  • Graduate-level research/thesis supervision and advising experience
  • Record of grant awarded activity
  • Experience conducting portfolio reviews

Department and College/School Information
The Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Arlington is located among excellent cultural facilities. The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metroplex is home to several major internationally recognized museums and galleries (e.g., Kimbell Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, the Modern Art Museum-Fort Worth, and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art). In addition, Dallas-Fort Worth is home to over 20 corporate headquarters, including Toyota, Chase, Kimberly-Clark, AT&T, Exxon Mobil, McKesson, American Airline Group, and more.

Art and Art History is the largest department in the university’s College of Liberal Arts, which itself serves over 4,000 students across its departments within the fine and performing arts, humanities, and social sciences disciplines. Within the department, the Design area of study has the largest student enrolment and is a successful and thriving part of our undergraduate degree programs. The Design area serves approximately 300 undergraduate students, several graduate students, and has received more than 200 recent student design awards, honors, or accolades. In addition to the UTA Fab Lab and university campus computer facilities, our department itself includes a specialist print lab, four dedicated computer labs for Design students, industry-level cardboard cutting table and printer for packaging design and production, alongside various other fabrication equipment and labs.

The Department of Art and Art History serves more than 800 undergraduate students across our 11 areas of study within our undergraduate degree programs, and nearly two dozen MFA students across four graduate pathways. At present, our creative community comprises 69 Department faculty (21 Tenured / Tenure-track faculty, 14 full-time Non-Tenure-Track faculty, and 34 adjunct faculty), with 15 members of staff, and 19 GTAs. The department is nationally and regionally accredited by NASAD and SACS, respectively. To find out more about us, please visit: http://uta.edu/art

University Information
The University of Texas at Arlington is located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metroplex, a vibrant and diverse metropolitan area that is home to over 7 million people, one of the fastest-growing tech economies in the United States, and a wide array of arts, entertainment, and cultural activities. UTA is a comprehensive teaching, research, and public service institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through scholarship and creative work. The University is committed to providing access and ensuring student success, and to a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, and commercialization of discoveries by our community of scholars. With an enrollment of more than 40,000 students, UTA is the second largest in the University of Texas System. As a result of its combination of rigorous academics and innovative research, UTA is designated as a Carnegie R-1 “Very High Research Activity” institution. UTA ranks No. 4 nationally in Military Times’ annual “Best for Vets: Colleges” list and is among the top 30 performers nationwide for promoting social mobility of its graduates (U.S. News & World Report, 2023). UTA is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and it has one of the top 30 most ethnically diverse undergraduate student body in the United States (U.S. News & World Report, 2023). Its approximately 270,000 alumni, including some who occupy leadership positions at many of the 24 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in North Texas, contribute to UTA’s $22.2 billion annual economic impact on Texas.           

“Furthermore, UTA is poised to experience widespread growth in the near future. The university recently launched the first phase of its RISE 100 initiative aimed at recruiting 100 new tenure-system faculty to amplify research standing and position UTA as a leader in key scholarly areas; more details are available at
(https://www.uta.edu/administration/president/strategic-plan/rise100). The successful candidate for this position will have the opportunity to join UTA during an exciting period of growth and contribute as the university broadens its impact.”

EEO Statement
It is the policy of The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA or The University) to provide an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community. In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, and/or veteran status.  The University also prohibits discrimination on the   basis of gender identity, and gender expression. Retaliation against persons who oppose a discriminatory practice, file a charge of discrimination, or testify for, assist in, or participate in an investigative proceeding relating to discrimination is prohibited. Constitutionally-protected expression will not be considered discrimination or harassment under this policy. It is the responsibility of all departments, employees, and students to ensure the University’s compliance with this policy.

ADA Accommodations
The University of Texas at Arlington is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to 817-272-5554 or email ADADocs@uta.edu.

Special Instructions to Applicant
To apply applicants should go to https://uta.peopleadmin.com/postings/26373 and submit the following materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae  
  • Cover Letter
  • Research Statement
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Portfolio of Work (20 portfolio examples of your work and examples of students’ work – PDF or website address preferred)  
  • Names and Contact information for 3 references  

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

Questions may be addressed to Professor Lisa Graham at graham@uta.edu 

For more information about UTA, please visit: http://www.uta.edu/uta  

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