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Instructor of Graphic Design

Posting Details

Posting Details

Institution South Dakota State University
Working Title Instructor of Graphic Design
Posting Number F00042P
Department SDSU-School of Design
Physical Location of Position (City) Brookings
Posting Text

Instructor of Graphic Design,
School of Design, South Dakota State University

The Graphic Design Program in the School of Design at South Dakota State University invites applications for an Instructor faculty to begin August 2018.

Successful candidates must be proficient in the theories and fundamentals of Graphic Design expertise with a working knowledge of the Adobe CC and emerging advancement in HTML and CSS. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate classes where technical skill, contemporary culture, design theory and cross-disciplinary collaboration are key.

We seek a colleague who has a thorough understanding of the implications of design practice in relationship to broader social, cultural, economic, scientific, and technological forces; has the ability to inspire students and to help them develop skills necessary for the translation of meaningful ideas into innovative and actionable solutions to real world problems; and can assist with the development and support of the program’s relationships with external partnerships, and non-profit institutions. The successful applicant must be authorized to work in the United States. Sponsorship is not available for this position.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Instructor, starting August 2018.

Full Standard benefits. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate courses in Graphic Design, developing curriculum, mentoring students, supporting accreditation effort, and engaging in student recruitment and retention. Successful candidate will evidence success in teaching and service to the Graphic Design program.

MFA in Graphic Design or equivalent terminal degree by August 14, 2018.
• Evidence teaching Graphic Design at university level as demonstrated through student portfolio.
• Graphic Design expertise in professional practice as demonstrated through portfolio.
• Effective written and verbal communication skills.
• Effective interpersonal skills.

• Success teaching all undergraduate levels of Digital Design, Typography, and Graphic Design at the university level as demonstrated through student portfolio and national peer-review.
• Typography, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and/or PHP knowledge.
• Success attracting and recruiting students.
• Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse students, faculty, and staff.
• Evidence of collaborative and cross-disciplinary teaching and ability to teach in another discipline within the School of Design.

This system guides you through the electronic application form. This employment site will require the attachment of:
1) Cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement;
2) Curriculum Vitae;
3) A statement of academic interest including a description of your ability to teach within the professional program (attached as ‘portfolio’);
4) Contact information for three academic and/or professional references;
5) Teaching philosophy (attached as ‘other document’);
6) A personal portfolio of 15-20 projects that includes professional, academic and/or research materials (attached as ‘work sample’); and
7) Student work of 15-20 (attached as ‘media file’).

  • Portfolio upload Format: 25 pages (max.), PDF file type, 5MB (max.)
  • The portfolio and student works can be provided with the URL link to their website.

Please contact SDSU Human Resources at 605-688-4128 if you require assistance with the electronic application process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.

Posting Date 11/02/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
First Consideration Date 01/08/2018
Advertised Salary Commensurate with qualificaitons and experience.
Duration of the Term 9 months
If Other, describe duration
Appointment Percent 100
Tenure Status Term
Proposed Rank Instructor
Work Hours
Typical Hours Worked Per Week
Appointment Type Regular
Scope of Search External (includes Internal)
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Department Description and Cultural Expectations

SDSU is a thriving land-grant university of approximately 13,000 students with a rich tradition of art and design study. SDSU is located in Brookings, a vibrant, creative, and economic hub located north of Sioux Falls and west of Minneapolis.

Graphic Design is nested in SDSU’s School of Design where faculty and programs form a collaborative teaching and research environment that values cross-program and interdisciplinary initiatives. The School grants the BFA in Graphic Design, Studio Art, Architecture, and Interior Design; BLA in Landscape Architecture; and the MArch in Architecture. Students may also earn certificates of study in Animation, Art History, Ceramics, Graphic Design, Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture. Graphic design students may pursue minors in Advertising, Entrepreneurial Studies, Social Media, Film Studies, Museum Studies, Computer Science, or related study.

The program has initiated NASAD accreditation and is committed to a successful outcome by 2019. Graphic Design majors are served by five full-time design faculty and complimented by art foundation instructors. Graphic Design majors study visual communications theory and practice in digital, print, time-based, on-line, and interactive media. Areas of study include Typography, Branding, Computer Graphics, Publication, Motion Graphics, Web/Interactive, Digital Illustration, Advertising, Visual Communication, and Animation.

SDSU is located in Brookings, South Dakota, a community of approximately 22,000, near the east central border of South Dakota on Interstate 29. Eastern South Dakota and the region enjoy a rich fabric of smaller cities eager to embrace innovative and smart design practice and culture. Brookings boasts an excellent K-12 education system, accessibility to major medical facilities, along with an active cultural and social environment. The region is dotted with numerous lakes and outdoor recreation within easy driving. Brookings is 50 miles north of Sioux Falls, a city of about 160,000 in fast and increasing development.

Affirmative Action Statement

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and minorities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.

Diversity Statement
Contact Information

For inquires on the position, contact Young Ae Kim, Graphic Design Search Chair, SDSU School of Design, 101 Grove Hall, Brookings, SD 57006, or (605) 688-4103.

Supplemental Questions

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  1. Where did you hear about this position?
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    • Website
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Newspaper
    • Black Doctoral Network
    • APLU
    • Linkedin
    • Other

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Portfolio
  4. Other
  5. Reference List
  6. Work or Writing Sample
  7. Media File
Optional Documents