Department of Visual and Media Arts at Grand Valley State University

Summary: The Department of Visual and Media Arts at Grand Valley State University, located in Allendale, MI ( invites applicants for two Visiting Professor positions in Graphic Design and Studio Art Foundations, beginning August 2023. These are 1-year, full-time, teaching-focused positions, with the possibility of renewal for 2 more years. The standard appointment length is 9 months.

These positions are part of a comprehensive hiring effort that seeks to bring four new faculty to our studio art program that can actively contribute to our teaching mission and commitment to inclusive excellence. All candidates will apply through the same process, making sure to address their interests and qualifications for each of the positions they are applying for. The other available positions are:

Introduction to Art (Art Appreciation)
Visual Studies (Contexts for Contemporary Art Practice) and Foundations
The teaching responsibilities include 8 courses per year (4 fall/4 winter). Candidates with teaching experience that encompasses major and non-major populations will receive special consideration. Teaching assignment continuity and consistency will be considered upon appointment. We will consider candidates whose application shows the ability to teach courses in any combination of these:

Studio Art Foundations (2D Design and Color, Intro to Drawing, Making and Meaning)
Graphic Design Foundations
Introduction to Typography and Typographic Systems
Experience Design (User Experience, User Interface, Integrated Systems)
Print design (Editorial, Layouts, Packaging, Print Production)
Branding and Service Design.
Candidates are expected to remain current by undertaking professional development opportunities to improve their disciplinary knowledge, competence, or skills. Professional Development funding is provided on a yearly basis to help offset developmental costs.

Required Qualifications and Education:

Applicants must have:

One of the following professional experience paths: a terminal degree in Graphic Design, User Experience, or a related field (M.F.A., M.Des, Ph.D.) from an accredited university by August 6, 2023 or a combination of in-progress graduate work and 3+ years of professional experience.
Demonstrated expertise in at least three of these areas: typography, print design, editorial design, packaging design, user experience design, user interface design, and branding design;
Ability to teach courses in Studio Art Foundations (2D Design and Color, Intro to Drawing, Making and Meaning), and Graphic Design Practice.
Experience in or demonstrated understanding of social justice education and/or initiatives, and/or inclusion, diversity, and/or intercultural training.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills, such as the ability to interact with others with respect and empathy.
Preferred Qualifications and Education:

Minimum of one year of undergraduate teaching experience in graphic design (teaching assistantships will be considered);
Professional experience as a scholar and/or practitioner in graphic design, user experience, or related field;
Demonstrated expertise in at least five of these areas: typography, print design, editorial design, packaging design, user experience design, user interface design, and branding design;
Experience in teaching non-design majors, adult learners, and online learners.
Responsibilities – Essential Functions:

The chosen candidate will:

Teach 8 courses/year (4/4) in the Graphic Design area in any of these areas: typography, print design, experience design, branding, and professional practice.
Remain current by undertaking professional development opportunities to improve their disciplinary knowledge, competence, or skills.
Non-essential Functions:

Support the area coordinator in area operations.
Participate in student portfolio reviews at the junior and senior levels.

The salary will be commensurate with experience. The university offers a comprehensive package that includes health and life insurance, tuition waiver, adoption resources, wellness coaching, and free access to campus fitness facilities. Family and child care options on and off-campus are also available. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit


As a community of educators, artists, and scholars, the Department of Visual and Media Arts values the examination of the world through diverse cultural discourses which inform pedagogy and scholarship, and diverse forms of collaboration with the university, local, and regional communities. We seek candidates committed to undergraduate teaching excellence and students’ career connectedness. We encourage applications from candidates from underrepresented groups, and from candidates who have an interest and/or experience in working with diverse student and community populations.

The Department of Visual and Media Arts seeks to uphold the values of a liberal education while providing intensive engagement in the production and examination of the visual and media arts. The department is located in the Allendale campus and has 34 full-time faculty and 600 majors. 20% of the students reported being from an underrepresented minority (African American or Black, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Asian, Hispanic or Latinx, Two or more races, International, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander). Roughly 30% of the department majors have reported being first-generation college students.

The Department offers NASAD-accredited undergraduate degrees in Art History (BA), Art Education (BA/BS), Film and Video Production (BA/BS), Photography (BA/BS), and Studio Art (BA/BS/BFA). The BFA in Studio Art degree has emphases in Ceramics, Graphic Design, Illustration, Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Visual Studies. The department also offers minors in Art History, Photography, and Studio Art. Several courses offered by the unit serve the institution through its General Education program or are courses for non-majors.

The Graphic Design emphasis stresses the primacy of the communication of content and meaning, teaching communication through type and image, emphasizing conceptual thinking, design research, and engagement with technique and craft. Risk-taking and experimentation are encouraged. The curriculum is designed to allow students to exercise the use of typography, images, diagrams, motion, sequencing, color, and other visual elements effectively in the contexts of physical and digital experiences. Students are introduced to professional practices and job search skills in their coursework. Innovation in the context of the history of the profession is stressed. The Graphic Design emphasis is the largest emphasis in Studio Art, currently making up slightly over 50% of the total number of studio art majors. For more information about Graphic Design at GVSU see:

The foundations program currently consists of four three-credit courses: ART 150 – Foundations: 2D Design and Color; ART 151 – Foundations: 3D Design; ART 153 – Foundations: Making and Meaning in Art and Design; ART 155 – Foundations: Introduction to Drawing I. Collectively, the foundations’ courses develop skills and attitudes that are transferable to other studies such as problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, research, discipline, and time management. The foundations program serves studio art majors, art education majors, photography majors, some art history majors, studio art minors, and students who may wish to take the courses as electives.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is the largest college at Grand Valley, offering over 50 bachelor degrees and a growing number of advanced degrees in the natural and mathematical sciences, the fine arts and humanities, and the social sciences. CLAS is a student-centered and diverse learning community that engages in critical inquiry, extending knowledge to enrich and enliven individual and public life. Our faculty are active teacher-scholars committed to equitable, inclusive, career-connected, and community-engaged liberal arts and sciences education. There are many opportunities for collaboration within CLAS and across a broad group of partners on and off campus.

Campus and Community:

Grand Valley University (GVSU) is a public comprehensive institution located in West Michigan with campuses in Allendale, downtown Grand Rapids, and Holland, plus centers in Muskegon and Traverse City. The University attracts more than 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students with high quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities, and has been nationally recognized for innovativeness and its contribution to students’ social mobility. The greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area has a population of around one million people, is affordable and rich in cultural amenities, and is located in easy driving distance of Chicago, Detroit, Lake Michigan beaches, and many other superb summer and winter recreational venues. Grand Valley is highly rated for safety, sustainability, and veteran and LGBTQ friendliness, and GVSU is committed to supporting employees and their families in work-life balance. For a list of community resources on and off-campus that may help a candidate’s decision toward accepting a position at GVSU, please visit

Culturally, the Grand Rapids area is an active hub for art and design, housing the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Grand Rapids Public Museum, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, the South Division Street Corridor — known as Avenue for the Arts, and the international art competition ArtPrize every two years.

The Grand Rapids metro area has historically been one to appreciate and advocate for design. In the 19th century, the city became a major center for residential fine wood furniture. Today, the furniture manufacturing industry has shifted its focus toward the workspace market, but still appreciates and advocates for the value of design in our culture and daily lives. The West Michigan design community is a mix of in-house designers, freelancers, design studios, user experience designers, user interface designers, design strategists, and more. There are many opportunities to connect with the professional community through a variety of organizations, including: AIGA West Michigan, IxDA Grand Rapids, Creative Mornings, Code For Good, Ladies that UX, Michigan UxPA, The Illustration League, etc.

How To Apply:

Apply through this form on the VMA website . Please include:

(1) a letter of application addressing qualifications, interests, proficiencies, and your motivation to teach at GVSU

(2) a curriculum vitae

(3) a teaching philosophy that highlights your experience with student-centered teaching/learning techniques

(5) a statement on commitment to inclusive excellence that includes a summary of ongoing and anticipated activities to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity in your teaching

(6) a url for a portfolio of scholarly/creative works with 8–10 samples

(7) a url for a portfolio of student works with 8–10 samples of works.

The online form will allow applicants to input responses and attach documents electronically. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts. If you need assistance, call the Department of Visual and Media Arts at 616-331-3486, or Email Associate Professor Vinicius Lima at Please allow 3–5 days for a response.

All search events and processes will be conducted online. Candidates should expect to have technology that will allow the use of videoconferencing software such as Zoom, Google Meets, Skype. Accommodations within reason will be provided for qualified applicants.

Application Deadline: Consideration of applications will begin on May 12, 2023. The position will remain open until filled and may be closed at any time at the discretion of the university.

Grand Valley University (GVSU) is a public comprehensive institution located in West Michigan with campuses in Allendale, downtown Grand Rapids, and Holland, plus centers in Muskegon and Traverse City.