Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor in Digital Design – Vanderbilt University Department of Art


The Department of Art at Vanderbilt University invites applications for a non-tenure track Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor in Digital Design position for a three-year term, to begin August 16, 2021. Areas of knowledge and expertise may include but are not limited to current practices in the field of design, such as graphic design, UX/UI design, architecture, industrial and product design, and emerging technologies. Candidates will be able to utilize existing resources and imagine new possibilities for a world class design and media research lab. In the changing nature of higher education, Department of Art at Vanderbilt is invested in rethinking the role of the art and design in contemporary society. The position will chart new territories, will foster experimentation and innovation, and cross fields and disciplines. Ideal candidate will be familiar with the contemporary art discourse, show potential for exceptional research, excellence in teaching, and have an active creative practice. We are seeking candidates to teach both beginning and advanced undergraduate courses in the field of design. Curriculum will be developed in online, hybrid, and in-person learning environments.

The Department of Art is committed to building an intellectually vibrant, culturally inclusive, and academically diverse community of exceptional faculty. The teaching load is two courses each semester and salary and benefits are highly competitive.

Vanderbilt University has a strong institutional commitment to recruiting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of faculty. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups, in particular, are encouraged to apply. Vanderbilt is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.


Applicants must have received their MFA or Ph.D. no more than four years prior to the start of the position and must have their degree in hand or expected by August 16, 2021.

PREFERABLE SKILLS: Adobe Creative Cloud, HTML and CSS, Graphic design, 2D and 3D motion graphics, User Experience/Web and Interactive Design.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, portfolio of creative work and separate image list, curriculum vitae, artist statement, teaching statement, teaching evaluations (if applicable), and the names and contact information of three potential recommenders electronically via Interfolio.


(PDF – max. size 10MB). Creative work should be uploaded either entirely in PDF form, or via embedded URLs in a PDF. The portfolio may contain up to 20 pages, each page containing documentation for each work. This may include video links and sound files with clearly marked viewing times and conditions if applicable. For each work/page, please include description, name, title, date, duration, size, links (when applicable), and media.


At Vanderbilt University, our work – regardless of title or role – is in service to an important and noble mission in which every member of our community serves in advancing knowledge and transforming lives on a daily basis. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, on a 330+ acre campus and arboretum dating back to 1873, Vanderbilt is proud to have been named as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” as well as a top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area by Forbes for several years running. We welcome those who are interested in learning and growing professionally with an employer that strives to create, foster and sustain opportunities as an employer of choice through: Working and growing together as a community of communities… we are One Vanderbilt. Providing a work environment where every staff and faculty member can be their authentic and best self, while providing the resources and opportunities to learn and grow. Encouraging development, collaboration, and partnership both internally and externally while fostering the value that every member of the Vanderbilt community can lead and grow regardless of title or position. We understand you have a choice when choosing where to work and pursue a career. We recognize you are unique and have a story. We want to hear it. We encourage you to apply today so that you might become a part of our story. Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.