Assistant Professor of Art & Design

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Institution Dakota State University
Working Title Assistant Professor of Art & Design
Posting Number F00123P
Department DSU-Arts & Sciences
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Dakota State University (DSU) invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor of Art and Design, effective August 2018. The successful candidate will be able to teach courses in art foundations and digital graphics courses (raster and vector). The majority of courses will be taught on campus with the potential of online offerings. The successful candidate will have an MFA in Art or Design, a demonstrated passion for hands-on instruction, and experience teaching both physical and process media in foundation design courses. DSU and the College of Arts & Sciences is student centered and committed to contributing to the continued success of the university’s undergraduate programs.

The candidate will be a dynamic and passionate artist who will participate in advancing and growing the program while instructing foundational courses necessary for the Digital Arts and Design (DAD) major at DSU. The successful candidate is expected to provide service to the university and department through committee assignments, curriculum development, student advising, recruiting/retention activities, and to demonstrate a commitment to student learning. The candidate will be a practicing artist or designer who teaches from contemporary experience to help motivate students to create and innovative. The ideal applicant will be able to bridge theory and practice from analogue to digital, championing the ability to work in both worlds while ingraining this awareness into studio courses.

The successful applicant will join the College of Arts and Sciences and will report directly to the Dean. The College of Arts and Sciences offers undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Mathematics Education, Biology and Biology Education, Physical Sciences, Digital Arts and Design, Computer Game Design, English for New Media, English Education and Respiratory Care. The Digital Arts and Design degree program is comprised of four specializations; students may select from: Audio Production, Computer Graphics, Film and Cinematic Arts, or Production Animation. The college also offers multiple minors.

Minimum Qualifications:
MFA in Art, Design, Illustration or equivalent
• Practicing Artist / Designer
• Demonstrated ability to teach Art Foundations courses in traditional/analogue 2D and 3D design
• Demonstrated ability to teach Digital Design courses in raster and vector graphics software
• Two or more years Post-secondary teaching experience in art, design, or digital arts

Preferred Qualifications:
• Demonstrated exhibition record /scholarly research
• Ability to work collaboratively within the department, college, and university.
• Ability to bridge analogue and digital theory and practice in the classroom
• Interpersonal skills necessary to help mentor students’ growth both creatively and technically

About Dakota State University
DSU is accredited through the AQIP process of the Higher Learning Commission and, to support its institutional accreditation, the university emphasizes continuous quality improvement in its institutional decision-making processes. Madison is located approximately 50 miles northwest of Sioux Falls in the southern lakes region of the state and provides exceptional access to outdoor activities of all kinds. For more information about DSU, go to

About the Digital Arts & Design:
The Digital Arts and Design at Dakota State recognizes that the media landscape is an increasingly expanding and shifting endeavor. We provide a strong foundation in art and design theory capable of traversing the changing field of media arts. Specializations in the Digital Arts and Design are intended to contribute to the growth of an integrated creative.

Offering a broad spectrum of courses at the core level, our students develop a foundation and a vocabulary that enables them to speak across various digital and analogue media. Specializations provide our students the opportunity to pursue an emphasis in one particular area (audio, film, graphics, or animation).

Our educational mission emphasizes that artistry and technology are essential. The strength of our program is derived by our emphasis on foundations and their subsequent technical applications. Our students produce, innovate, and think critically to craft design solutions. Faculty guide, inspire, and mentor students to work with digital and physical materials, and to develop an understanding of production tools beyond simple software application.

We cultivate individuality and artistry. Graduates enter the transforming career landscape prepared to begin professions in the digital arts, whether in media, the production industry, art, higher education, design, or the next opportunity the world has yet to realize.

Application Procedure
Applications should include: a cover letter, CV/dossier, teaching philosophy statement, artist statement, copy of transcripts of highest degree earned, three professional references, up to 20 creative/scholarly work examples, and up to 20 examples of student work. Preferential consideration will be given to applications received by 15 March 2018.

Posting Date 02/13/2018
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
First Consideration Date 03/15/2018
Advertised Salary DOQE
Duration of the Term 9 months
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Appointment Percent 100
Tenure Status Tenure Track
Proposed Rank Assistant Professor
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Appointment Type Regular
Scope of Search External (includes Internal)
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Department Description and Cultural Expectations

Dakota State University is a state university located in Madison, S.D. DSU offers technology-intensive and technology-infused degrees in a variety of majors, from the associate to the doctoral level. Strategic partnerships with governmental entities and corporations have bolstered DSU’s position as a technologically forward-thinking institution. Both online and on-campus programs have been recognized for their quality, affordability and graduates’ job placement records, which are 100 percent for several majors.

Dakota State employees receive a comprehensive and flexible benefits package including paid time off, health and retirement benefits, and life and disability insurance options. Other benefits include reduced tuition, paid professional liability insurance, longevity pay and training opportunities.

Dakota State is located in Madison, S.D., a growing community of 7,200 people (2016 population estimate). Both the community and campus have been recognized as the safest in South Dakota. The greater Madison area has top-rated K-12 educational systems, an award winning critical access hospital, and a strong manufacturing and business environment. The area also has year-round recreational choices at its state parks, two scenic golf courses, joint community and campus fitness facility called the Community Center, and historic Prairie Village. Entertainment venues are located in Madison, and in nearby Brookings, Mitchell or Sioux Falls, S.D.

Affirmative Action Statement

Dakota State University is committed to recruitment, hiring and retention of minorities. We urge individuals from underrepresented groups to apply. Applicants with disabilities are invited to identify any necessary accommodations required in the application process. E-verify, EOE.

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