Assistant Professor in Digital Design at The University of San Francisco

Job Summary

The Design Program at the University of San Francisco (USF) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Digital Design at the level of Assistant Professor, to begin August 2015.  Situated within the Department of Art + Architecture, the Design Program at USF merges innovative graphic design with digital and interactive media into a dynamic interdisciplinary curriculum.  By learning through an expanded definition of design, our students gain comprehensive experience with a wide range of process-oriented skills, including conceptual development, visual rhetoric, formal experimentation, and critical thinking.  Located in the heart of San Francisco, USF is a diverse, liberal arts university that emphasizes social justice and global perspectives. 

We seek candidates with interdisciplinary experience who are able to teach a variety of courses in emerging technologies and digital design practices.  Ideal candidates will be conversant with both historical and contemporary issues in the discipline and will be able to connect design practice to issues of political, environmental, and community concern.  

Job Responsibilities

Qualifications include: MFA degree (or equivalent) in Design, Graphic Design, Visual Communication, Multimedia or a related field; significant and successful teaching experience at the university level; expertise in a range of design practices; equal comfort and fluency in teaching technical and conceptual skills; a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate teaching and scholarship in a liberal arts setting; readiness to work collaboratively with faculty across the department, including Fine Arts, Art History and Arts Management, and Architecture and Community Design; willingness to work in a culturally diverse environment; and a commitment to support the university mission. Applicants should also demonstrate a strong exhibition, research and/or publication record with national exposure and peer evaluation.  Once hired, full-time faculty members at USF become responsible for contributing to teaching, research, and service to the University including student advising and program development.  Teaching load is two courses per semester with a third class once every two years.


Teaching responsibilities include introductory and advanced topics in a variety of courses.  Successful candidates will be able to teach in at least three of the following areas: foundations, web design, interaction design, mobile/responsive design, physical computing, industrial/product design, identity design, environmental and installation design, generative art and design, design rhetoric and semiology, contemporary issues in design, social justice and service learning.  Additional areas of expertise are welcome.

Special Instructions Summary

Applications will be accepted in digital form only, and must be submitted through:

Applications must include the following required documents:

  • A letter of application that explains your specific interest in working at USF
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A statement of teaching philosophy
  • A list of areas of teaching expertise that includes both software/technical skills as well as conceptual/historical topics 
  • A PDF portfolio of up to 20 works, including:

o   an artist/research statement at the beginning of the portfolio

o   detailed descriptions of all works

o   screenshots and URLs to any online, interactive, or time-based works

  • A PDF portfolio of up to 20 student works, including:

o   descriptions of each project/assignment, plus the course title and date for each work

o   screenshots and URLs that feature online, interactive, or time-based projects

o   (optional) written work, presentations, or other non-studio student work from lecture/seminar classes

  • Evidence of teaching ability, including copies of teaching evaluations, syllabi, or publications

All documents must be in PDF format. Applications must be received by 12:00 pm on January 16, 2015. Finalists for the position will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation. Please direct inquiries to:

More information about the Design Program and the Department of Art + Architecture can be found on our website

About USF

The University of San Francisco is located in the heart of one of the world’s most innovative and diverse cities, and is home to a vibrant academic community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields. The university’s diverse student body enjoys direct access to award-winning faculty, small classes, and outstanding learning opportunities within the city itself. The University of San Francisco is our city’s first university and its Jesuit Catholic mission has helped to ignite a great many students’ collective passion for social justice in their desire to “Change the World From Here.” For more information, visit the web site