Assistant Professor of Design

Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, WA

ID: 7087660
Posted: October 22, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

General Description:
The Department of Art and Design at Pacific Lutheran University seeks an Assistant Professor of Design to begin September 1, 2022. Teaching responsibilities include the four-course sequence within the Bachelor of Fine Arts Design concentration, as well as additional specialized courses in support of other degrees in Studio Arts. Past examples of specialized classes include Typography, Design for Innovation, and Visual Communication.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
Design is a dynamic and growing discipline at PLU. The ideal candidate will show potential for innovation in curricular development, outreach to other departments on campus, and the cultivation of relationships with the broader local community.

Specific functions and responsibilities include:
Teach Design sequence (I – IV) and additional Design or Digital Media courses
Mentorship of Design majors
Ongoing professional activity, including artistic production and/or research
Participation in departmental operations and support of its culture, including faculty meetings, student advising, gallery exhibitions, and event programming
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Diverse experience in professional design practice (print and digital, work with a variety of clients);
Demonstrated excellence in teaching and a desire to mentor students and support the curricular goals of the department;
Interest in developing courses consistent with programmatic focus;
Knowledge of and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Design profession and in the classroom.

Required Qualifications:
MFA in Design (Graphic Design, Human-Computer Interaction, or related field) must be in hand by September 1, 2022.
Demonstrated excellence in teaching.
Facility with current, industry standard software.
Preferred Qualifications:
Experience in digital art and/or animation.
Experience in photography/video and/or illustration.
Teaching experience at the college/university level.
Work Conditions:
Physical Requirements:
Special Instructions to Applicants:
To apply, please submit the following:

A letter of application;
Curriculum vitae;
Statement of teaching philosophy;
Diversity statement in which you describe how you will contribute to advancing diversity and equity related concerns through your teaching, research and/or service;
Access to a portfolio or examples of artistic and professional work (including projects completed for clients, as well experimental or conceptual work;
Full contact information for three references.

Evidence of teaching competency should be incorporated and/or provided as additional documents. Additional documents may include, but are not limited to: Course evaluations, Syllabi, and a List of Courses Taught.

For questions or more information, please contact Dr. Heather Mathews, Search Chair, at [email protected]
Other Information:
Pacific Lutheran University purposefully integrates the liberal arts, professional studies and civic engagement in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. PLU continues the transformational tradition of Lutheran higher education through its commitment to the advancement of knowledge, freedom of expression, and critical questioning. Offering distinctive opportunities for global engagement, collaborative student-faculty research and purposeful learning, PLU guides 2,900 students from all faiths and backgrounds discern their vocation through coursework, mentorship and internships at world-class Puget Sound-area businesses and institutions.

PLU is located on a 156-acre woodland campus in the Parkland neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington and about 40 minutes south of downtown Seattle. The campus reflects consciously green practices and is in proximity to the natural beauty of Mount Rainier, the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, and the Puget Sound.

PLU administration supports and respects the strong culture of faculty-shared governance by working closely and collaboratively with faculty leadership to sustain and strengthen existing structures and procedures while working together on key institutional, academic and curricular decisions.

The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty, staff and student body from all religions, races, socioeconomic groups, sexual orientations, and gender expressions and from all over the world. For the 2020-21 academic year, 35 percent of undergraduate students are the first generation in their families to attend college; 41 percent self-identify as students of color; and 31 percent are Pell Grant-eligible. PLU is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from members of historically underrepresented and minoritized groups, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. For general application questions or if you need accommodations at any point in the application and/or interview process, please contact the Human Resources Office at 253-535-7185 or [email protected]