Assistant Teaching Professor IU/UX, Interaction Design/Game Design

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

ID: 7102458 (Ref.No. BSU31526)
Posted: June 14, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Primary teaching responsibilities in Visual Communication with courses related to typography, branding, cross-media editorial design, User Interface/User Experience (UI/UX) design, digital design, motion graphics, and Design Thinking.

Course development support and mentoring will be offered, as will opportunities for Committee Service and community engagement.

The Visual Communication program at Ball State is the home of the award-winning Studio 165+ a student-centric design firm that supplements core courses and gives students the opportunity to gain professional experience. We are also piloting deep cross-collaborative programming between Visual Communication, the design side of Graphics, with Graphics Arts Management, the production side of Graphics. There are many possibilities for new collaborations.

Ball State University has ample Faculty/Graduate housing, both furnished and unfurnished, for a reasonable fee.

Faculty members are also expected to function as collaborative, innovative, inclusive and adaptive members of the College of Fine Arts community, both within and beyond one’s home unit. All College of Fine Arts faculty are expected to be quality teachers, productive in creative and/or scholarly work, engaged in public service activities, and contributors to the Ball State and Muncie communities and beyond.

The School of Art at Ball State University welcomes applications for an Assistant Teaching Professor to begin in August 2022. This is a full-time non-tenure-track one-year position for the 2022-23 academic year.

Ball State University is bringing Game Design to our program with the addition of a BFA track in its current Animation Program that will begin in 2023. This hire will have the opportunity to work on this broadly collaborative concentration major that will include students from Computer Science, Music Production, and Animation.

This hire presents an opportunity to bring in UI and UX into and beyond what is thought of as traditional Graphic Design. We are looking for someone who is interested in bridging and leveraging the gap between disciplinary tracks, opening new opportunities for our students and the broader field.

Job Function:

Primary teaching responsibilities in Visual Communication with courses related to typography, branding, cross-media editorial design, User Interface/User Experience (UI/UX) design, digital design, motion graphics, and Design Thinking.

Course development support and mentoring will be offered, as will opportunities for Committee Service and community engagement.

The Visual Communication program at Ball State is the home of the award-winning Studio 165+ a student-centric design firm that supplements core courses and gives students the opportunity to gain professional experience. We are also piloting deep cross-collaborative programming between Visual Communication, the design side of Graphics, with Graphics Arts Management, the production side of Graphics. There are many possibilities for new collaborations.

Ball State University has ample Faculty/Graduate housing, both furnished and unfurnished, for a reasonable fee.

Faculty members are also expected to function as collaborative, innovative, inclusive and adaptive members of the College of Fine Arts community, both within and beyond one’s home unit. All College of Fine Arts faculty are expected to be quality teachers, productive in creative and/or scholarly work, engaged in public service activities, and contributors to the Ball State and Muncie communities and beyond.

Minimum Experience:

  • Master's in Visual Communication, Graphic Design, or other relevant terminal degree in a design discipline from an accredited institution by date of appointment.

  • Proficiency in industry standard graphic design and UI/UX tools: Adobe CC (Ps, Ai, Id, Ae, Xd), Figma, and/or Sketch.

  • Strong understanding of typography, design fundamentals, and design processes.

  • Experience in branding, editorial design, UI, UX, motion graphics, web design, and digital design

  • Experience/Interest in using a course management system such as CANVAS to convey course information to students, including documentation of student success.

  • Interest and/or expertise in bridging the gap between traditional Graphic Design and interactivity.

Preferred Experience:

Practicing designer with a record of increasing exhibition/scholarly activities or Industry experience.

College level teaching experience.


At Ball State University, we recognize inclusive excellence as an integral endeavor to fulfill our University’s mission and our strategic plan. We recruit, support, and retain a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff. We encourage and reward diversity of thought. We promote a work environment that encourages and rewards innovation and creativity. We pledge to keep Inclusive Excellence at the highest level of institutional importance and as a foundation in all that we strive to do. Our over-arching goal for Inclusive Excellence is to adopt a university-wide Inclusive Excellence approach to academic, administrative support, and service functions of the university. We believe Inclusive Excellence must be infused in every step we take.