Assistant Professor (full-time, tenure-track), Graphic Design, Northeastern Illinois University

Qualified candidates should have an MFA or MDes in Graphic Design, or an equivalent terminal degree, and relevant professional experience. Prior teaching experience and a record of professional/creative practice are required.

We seek applicants experienced in print and the expanded field of graphic design, with a strong perspective and established problem-solving skills. They must demonstrate an interest and ability to collaborate with University colleagues, as well as the Chicago design community, and to contribute to a curriculum responsive to student needs. The candidate will also contribute to University efforts to address student enrollment, retention and success, including an overall commitment to teaching at both the upper division and introductory level, as well as provide support for requirements such as First Year Experience, University Core Curriculum and the Writing Intensive Program.

The successful applicant will have experience as a practicing designer and educator who can create an inspiring learning environment for a diverse body of students. They will emphasize teaching design process, understand the value of both digital and analog methodologies and stress the power of visual storytelling and authorship in design.

  • A terminal degree (MFA, MDes or equivalent terminal degree) in Graphic Design or Visual Communication (required)
  • Experience teaching at the college level (required)
  • Evidence of professional/creative practice, including commercial design work (required)
  • In-depth knowledge of typography and communication design theory (required)
  • Ability to advise a diverse body of students, and especially mentor them as they transition to working in the field (required)
  • A dynamic thinker and critical maker with excellent communication skills (required)
  • Experience with creative coding (preferred)

Application Materials Applications must include the following items:

  • A letter of application that addresses the candidate’s qualifications and professional experiences
  • A copy of the candidate’s curriculum vitae
  • 20 samples of professional work; a list of links to the candidate’s videos, motion graphics, and web designs (if applicable)
  • 20 samples of student work
  • Teaching philosophy statement
  • Artist/designer statement
  • 3 current letters of reference

Review of applications will begin on January 22, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Please submit all application materials via email to the Graphic Design Search Committee:

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About Northeastern Illinois University: Founded in 1867, Northeastern Illinois University enrolls about 9,000 students through the College of Arts and Sciences, the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education, the College of Business and Management and the College of Graduate Studies and Research. Northeastern is regarded as the most diverse public comprehensive university in the Midwest and is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Northeastern offers
more than 40 undergraduate degree and certificate programs and more than 50 graduate degree, certificate, licensure and endorsement programs.

Northeastern’s Main Campus is located on 67 acres in a residential area on the Northwest Side of Chicago. The University has three additional locations in the metropolitan area: the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, El Centro and the Center for College Access and Success. Northeastern also is a founding member of the University Center of Lake County consortium campus in suburban Lake County, north of Chicago. Read more about Northeastern Illinois University at

Northeastern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and invites applications from Women, Minorities, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities, as well as Other Qualified Individuals. Northeastern Illinois University’s positions are contingent upon the University’s receipt of its State of Illinois appropriation.