Part Time Faculty in Visual Communication at University of San Francisco

The Design Program at University of San Francisco (USF) is hiring part-time faculty members to teach Visual Communication II in the Spring 2016 semester.

About the Course

In Visual Communication II, students develop fluency in creating images, animations and sounds for the web, understanding web-based languages and code, creating animations, games and/or interactive works. To successfully complete this course, students are expected to demonstrate fluency with the formal (skill-based) and semantic (knowledge-based) strategies that have shaped graphic design practice throughout its Modern and contemporary histories.

On the technical side, this course primarily introduces HTML and CSS, plus image production for the web. The course, however, also addresses design history, theory, and practice, in addition to the technical skills covered.

The course is taught in one of three hybrid classroom/computer labs equipped with current iMacs and industry-standard software, including Adobe Creative Cloud applications and thousands of licensed typefaces, as well as several standard and large-format printers and scanners.


Classes in USF’s Spring 2016 semester run from January 25 through May 12, with time off for Presidents’ Day and Spring Break. Visual Communication II meets twice per week (either Monday/Wednesdays or Tuesday/Thursdays) for 2.75 hours each session.

A detailed academic calendar for the Spring 2016 semester is available here:


Applicants should hold an MFA degree or be able to demonstrate equivalent experience. Applicants should be able to articulate both technical and conceptual ideas in design production. Prior teaching experience at the college level is preferred. USF offers a highly competitive salary and many incentives for part-time faculty.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest that describes their teaching experience, teaching philosophy, and personal creative works, along with a current CV and web portfolio link to:

Scott Murray
Director, Design Program
Department of Art + Architecture
University of San Francisco

Please include “Part Time Design Position” in the subject line of the email. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but priority will be given to those received before November 15.


With accomplished faculty, small studio classes, and an innovative focus on social justice and community engagement, the Department of Art + Architecture holds unique appeal among educational institutions in the Bay Area. Committed to the education of students as whole people, the faculty aims to prepare them for a complex world in which their artistic gifts are needed more than ever. Growing since its inception in 2003 to 300 student majors, the department offers Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Architecture and Community Design, Art History/Arts Management, Design, and Fine Arts. The curriculum is composed of 48 units of broad grounding in the fundamentals of visual art and design, together with upper-division courses in the chosen major.