Open-rank, Tenure-track Professor of Design (Assistant/Associate/Full) Furman University

The Art Department at Furman University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of Design to begin August 1, 2024. The successful applicant will have a strong commitment to teaching, an active creative practice, the capacity to contribute to an innovative undergraduate design curriculum, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion that would further existing initiatives in both the Art Department and the University. Our design curriculum offers a historical and critical framework through which students can understand the important theories and practices of art, design, and global visual culture. Our department currently offers a robust series of graphic design courses; the ideal candidate would teach within this curriculum and be able to introduce new courses in design or digital art.

Responsibilities of this position include teaching a 3:2 course load in our undergraduate program, as well as providing mentorship opportunities and high-impact learning experiences in line with The Furman Advantage. The successful candidate will be expected to teach all levels of design and employ pedagogical strategies that foster an inclusive classroom environment. They are also encouraged to create new courses and co-curricular experiences that follow their academic and professional interests within the fields of design, digital art or an adjacent field. There are also opportunities to teach in Furman’s Pathways program, First Year Writing program, Study Away program, and the Master of Arts in Strategic Design (MAS-D) program. Additionally, the successful candidate will maintain their creative practice at a regional, national, and/or international level and provide service to the department and institution.

Furman University is a small liberal arts university located in Greenville, South Carolina. The Art department offers BA degrees in Studio Art and Art History and contributes to an interdisciplinary minor in Visual Strategy. We graduate approximately 15-20 students per year between these two major areas of study. Our courses also satisfy a general education requirement for all Furman students and therefore enroll a mixture of art majors and non-majors. We employ 7 full-time faculty who offer classes in drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, graphic design, printmaking, criticism, museum studies and art history. Our department focuses on developing students with technical proficiency in studio art and art history, but also stresses an interdisciplinary approach to viewing and making art that emphasizes critical thinking and writing