Assistant Professor – Graphic Design – University of Maryland Baltimore County

The design program within UMBC’s Department of Visual Arts seeks to recruit an innovative and versatile design educator with a broad range of contemporary practices in digital design including: UX/UI for Web or App design, and a commitment to the professional practice of graphic design for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor.

This position requires a deep interest and expertise in contemporary issues within the discipline, coupled with an ability to adapt to technological and philosophical shifts in the design industry. Along with a shared enthusiasm surrounding all things design, our new colleague should possess strong foundations in typography, aesthetics, and their application across multiple reading environments and media.

Our department seeks individuals with a solid record of research and/or industry experience in screen-based visual communication: areas of focus include mobile design, interactive design, motion graphics, web design, or hybrid/immersive reality technologies and applications. Demonstrated proficiency with the tools and technologies used in these areas is essential and will be assessed through interview questions and review of a portfolio of the applicant’s professional/research/student work.

The graphic design program is a growth area with robust enrollment in the Department of Visual Arts. We welcome applicants with innovative and creative approaches to design practice–individuals who will bring exciting new ideas and skills to our students and elevate the academic excellence of the Department of Visual Arts. Candidates will be selected based upon the strength and breadth of their creative work, research and/or teaching experience, and their dedication to building a diverse, socially inclusive, and welcoming academic environment for our students.

The design program in the Department of Visual Arts offers a BFA in Design. We also offer an MFA in Intermedia and Digital Arts, and Visual Arts faculty are encouraged to work and serve within the graduate program as well.


  • Teach two classes per semester within the design program’s schedule of classes at all undergraduate levels;
  • Participate with committees at department, college, and university levels
  • Supervise undergraduate curricula;
  • Broaden links to local, regional, and national communities within their area of expertise in order to promote and further student success.
  • The successful candidate is expected to remain active in the research, professional work, or other forms of creation in their respective fields. UMBC offers many funding opportunities to extend and explore new directions in scholarly and creative practice.

Required Qualifications:

Successful candidates must possess:

  • Terminal degree in Graphic Design, Digital Design or related visual communications field;
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues and emerging platforms in screen-based visual communication;
  • Thorough knowledge of industry standard software; Fluency in Mac and PC operating systems;
  • Strong communication, organizational and interpersonal skills, and a collaborative approach to working with students and colleagues;
  • Commitment to inclusive pedagogies, issues related to conscious and unconscious bias in design, and/or accessible design;

Beneficial/Useful Qualifications:

  • Theories and tools of web and mobile design;
  • Human-centered UX/UI design;
  • Interactive or motion design;
  • Service design or community engagement;
  • Data visualization;
  • Speculative technologies such as VR, AR, or AI;
  • Experience in, or commitment to, fostering inclusive excellence and diversity in teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences or service.
  • Prior college level teaching with experience in digital design/digital media courses;
  • Experience in using technology to enhance instruction, manage classroom administrative tasks and communicate effectively with the campus community.
  • Applications Instructions:

To apply for the position, please submit the following to Interfolio at

Your application packet should include:

  • A statement about your experience in, or commitment to, fostering inclusive excellence and diversity in teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences or service.
  • A cover letter of application explaining your qualifications for, and interest in, the position, including discussion of your most significant research/ creative/ professional, teaching;
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) or professional resume;
  • A link to or PDF of a portfolio of recent design work and student work (if applicable)
  • Contact information for three references (letters will be requested only for finalists)

Applications received by January 3, 2022 will be assured a full review. Applications received after that date will be reviewed as needed until the position is filled.

Questions about the application and Interfolio may be directed to Administrative Assistant II, Sharda’ Ham-Alston, at Questions about the position itself may be directed to search committee chair, Prof. Kelley Bell, at

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UMBC, an honors university serving more than 11,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students, is one of two public universities in Maryland to achieve the “doctoral/research university-extensive” Carnegie classification. Located just outside Baltimore and 45 minutes from Washington, DC, the campus is growing rapidly under dynamic leadership.

Our UMBC community redefines excellence in higher education through an inclusive culture that connects innovative teaching and learning, research across disciplines, and civic engagement. We will advance knowledge, economic prosperity, and social justice by welcoming and inspiring inquisitive minds from all backgrounds. The successful candidate will join a department with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence, and will be expected to contribute actively to these efforts (