East Tennessee State University, Tenure Track Position: Assistant Professor of Design, Theory, and History

The Department of Art and Design at East Tennessee State University seeks applicants for a full-time, tenure-track hybrid position in studio art and art & design history, with a focus on graphic design, design history and related fields taught at undergraduate and graduate levels, beginning Fall 2019.

This is an interdisciplinary faculty position which will contribute to fostering a deeper awareness of critical and theoretical issues. Responsibilities include teaching a 3/3 load of undergraduate courses as well as graduate courses. Courses taught will include graphic design, the history of graphic design, the history of digital art, related topics such as graphic design theory and criticism and topics in their area(s) of specialization, as well as other courses such as studio and design foundations, capstone, thesis, and art appreciation. Ideal candidates will be committed to teaching and learning and will participate in curriculum development, advisement, department service, and mentorship, and will contribute to the intellectual and creative discourse of the university and the community. The person hired for this position will help students develop a strong understanding of the intersection of technology and artistic practices and will maintain an active research program in communication design and art/design history or related fields.

Applicants must have the ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in art/design history and studio, broad-ranging and specific knowledge of art/design history, theory and criticism, including the history of graphic design and digital art and excellent demonstrated writing, communication, and research skills.

Required qualifications include: an MFA degree in Graphic Design or closely related studio practice, or a Ph.D. in Design History or closely related field, or both; professional activity in both areas, such as evidence of active academic and creative research activity, including communication design practice, publications, exhibitions, conference presentations or similar activities; the ability to teach courses in design, communication design, art/design history, and related theory and critical discourse; two or more years teaching studio classes and/or design history or a closely related field in a university setting as an instructor of record, with the ability to teach upper level courses and seminar or special topics courses in both areas; and a commitment to service to the department, university, profession and community.

Preferred qualifications include: outstanding professional experience in a design related field; an outstanding record of ongoing professional activities in design and art/design history, theory, criticism, aesthetics or related fields, including research, exhibitions, publication, and related activities; an ability to teach history of photography, electronic or time-based media; experience working within an academic unit, including advising, committee work, and recruitment; an ability to conceptualize new pedagogical strategies and experience in curricular development. Preferred candidates will have: both an MFA degree in studio art, preferably in graphic design or a closely related field, and a Ph.D. in design history or a closely related field; two or more years teaching at a university level beyond the completion of the first terminal degree.

For more information and to begin the application, please visit: https://jobs.etsu.edu/postings/12136.

Closing Date is January 15th, 2019.

To apply, please provide the following required application material at the East Tennessee State University eJobs portal at the following link: http://www.etsu.edu/jobs: (1) a cover letter of application, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) writing samples uploaded to “Portfolio”, (4) statement of current research, and statement of teaching philosophy that addresses both art historical and studio classes. Please be prepared to provide up to 20 images of personal design work and up to 20 images of student design work via SlideRoom. A link will be provided once the application on ETSU’s eJobs platform is complete. Please provide contact information for 3 references who will be contacted once the application is complete.

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Amber Farley, Executive Aide, Department of Art & Design via email (farleyad@etsu.edu) or phone (423-439-4247), or Scott Contreras-Koterbay, Chair of the Search, Department of Art & Design, via email (koterbay@etsu.edu).

The Department of Art & Design at East Tennessee State University currently offers a range of undergraduate degrees in studio art, graphic design and art history as well an MFA degree in art.