Assistant Professor in Graphic Design

The School of Visual Studies (SVS) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Graphic Design position at the University of Missouri starting Fall 2024.The school seeks a creative designer with a developed practice and professional experience who is excited to share these with students and the University community. The SVS offers incredible opportunities to expand a creative agenda. We are looking for a collaborative colleague invested in working with us to continue offering our students the space to grow and develop into outstanding designers and to enhance our curriculum in digital media and UI/UX Design. Join us in our newly designed studio space where our students are collaborating, innovating and creating amazing design work.¬

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated excellence in graphic design, the ability to engage productively with students at all skill levels, and a commitment to developing a vibrant graphic design curriculum within the context of a large state university. The candidate must be able to teach introductory through advanced classes in graphic design. The candidate should possess skills teaching the Adobe Creative Cloud programs, motion graphics, UI/UX design, and web design and have experience teaching undergraduate courses in Graphic Design.
The School of Visual Studies has a strong commitment to cultivating a learning community in which everyone is welcome and valued. The school is focused on developing an ever more equitable and inclusive curriculum, on recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a diverse and engaged student body, and on mentoring all students, especially those in underserved populations. The School provides mentoring for new faculty.

40% Research in design
40% Teaching (4 courses per academic year)
20% Service (Recruiting, Program Development, School and University Service)

• Teach 4 courses per academic year (2 courses per semester)
• Mentor students
• Conduct scholarly research/creative activities expected in a Research 1, AAU institution.
• Collaborate effectively with faculty, staff, and administration in curriculum and program development.
• Participate in MU and SVS recruitment and retention activities/events.
• Serve on school and university committees, as needed.

Tenure-track faculty teach two courses per semester (4 per academic year) and will work with the SVS director and graphic design program coordinator to expand graphic design offerings and strengthen collaborations with local and national design companies and organizations.
Teaching in the School of Visual Studies requires a focus on engaging, educating, and mentoring a diverse group of learners, which includes creating high-impact opportunities such as sponsoring student research or internships, developing collaborative teaching opportunities with other disciplines, and using innovative pedagogies. Teaching in SVS also requires mentoring students as appropriate in academic, research and professional development to support student success.

The School of Visual Studies service expectations include participation in recruitment and retention efforts, serving on program, school or college committees as appropriate, and participation in professional academic organizations outside the University, including professional and community-based groups that advance SVS’s goals of student success and diversity.

1. MFA or equivalent terminal degree in Graphic Design or related field by the time of appointment.
2. Documented record of two or more years of teaching, including graduate teacher of record.

1. Two or more years teaching experience in design or related fields.
2. The strength of creative design work as demonstrated by work samples and contributions to the field of design. A national or international record is preferred.
3. Knowledge of contemporary critical and theoretical issues and frameworks pertinent to contemporary design.
4. Ability to teach undergraduate coursework from beginning through advanced graphic design. Candidates may have the opportunity to teach in the MFA program.
5. Demonstrated approach to creative and effective teaching through engaging, educating, and mentoring students from diverse backgrounds.
6. Demonstrated effective teaching through student work and project examples.
7. Demonstrated ability to teach graphic design, motion graphics, web design, and UI/UX.
8. Interest in and knowledge about curriculum building.
9. Demonstrated ability to collaborate and support colleagues and students in professional activities.

Please apply online at: (Job ID: 48563) Use the online application and be prepared to upload:
Cover letter that clearly outlines key interests and qualifications.
Current, comprehensive CV, including list of courses taught.
Professional statement that includes your teaching philosophy.
Links to samples of relevant creative design work.
Links to samples of students’ work.
Two examples of course syllabi.
The names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three (3) professional references who can confirm the candidate’s qualifications and experience.
We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate. In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Screening begins November 6, 2023, and continues until a qualified candidate is hired.

Preliminary interviews will be conducted via Zoom. Applicants may contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Joe Johnson ( with any questions regarding the job duties and Human Resource Services ( ) with any questions regarding the application process.

About the Graphic Design Program:
MU’s Graphic Design program is a distinct area within the School of Visual Studies.
Our graduates are hired into great jobs from coast to coast in all areas of design. From MCA records in Los Angeles to Cosmopolitan Magazine in NYC, from Hallmark cards to Nestle Purina, they are making their mark in the world of design. Our alums have won Grammys, Emmys, Addys, have been featured on TheDieline and the Today Show, and won many other awards for design. They are entrepreneurs starting businesses small and large, from design studios to hand lettering businesses, freelance design to international companies selling all over the globe.

About the University of Missouri:
Established in 1839, the University of Missouri knows what it means to be first. We were the first public university west of the Mississippi River. We are home to the world’s first journalism school. We started the tradition of homecoming. As a flagship, land-grant institution and one of only 71 universities across the U.S. and Canada to be a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, we are a campus where empathy, innovation and hard work combine to solve the world’s grand challenges. We tackle diverse problems because Missouri is a diverse state — from the southern Ozarks to the northern plains. We are Mizzou, where Black and Gold runs deep and Truman the Tiger embodies our bold spirit.

About Columbia, Missouri:
Ranked by the American Institute for Economic Research as one of the nation’s top 10 college towns, Columbia combines small-town comforts, community spirit and a low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources. Columbia is home to about 125,000 people and lies midway between Missouri’s largest metro areas: St. Louis and Kansas City. It is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues; home to multiple parks and outdoor recreation sites such as Rock Bridge State Park and the MKT Trail; and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals, including the internationally known True False Film Festival. Money magazine,
Fortune magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Men’s Journal, and others have all named Columbia one of the best places in the country to live.

Benefit Eligibility
This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Equal Employment Opportunity
Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Director of Employee and Labor Relations at 573-882-7976.

The School of Visual Studies (SVS), including degree programs in Art, Graphic Design, Art History, Digital Storytelling, and Film Studies and Film Production, resides in the College of Arts & Science, and was launched in 2017 to create a collaborative, interdisciplinary, cutting-edge education that reflects 21st century studio practice and visual culture. SVS offers Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. SVS is also home to the George Caleb Bingham Gallery featuring exhibitions by visiting artists, faculty, and students and Mizzou’s Museum of Art and Archaeology is in the heart of campus at the Ellis Library.