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Assistant or Associate Professor, Graphic Design

Instructional / Teaching Faculty, Visual Arts/Design/Creative Technologies


Assistant or Associate Professor, Graphic Design

  • 522577
  • Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
  • School of Visual Arts SOVA
  • Instructional / Teaching Faculty
  • Visual Arts/Design/Creative Technologies
  • Teaching & Research Faculty
  • Virginia Tech University

Job Description

The School of Visual Arts (SOVA) at Virginia Tech (https://www.sova.vt.edu) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Graphic Design, effective August 2023. The successful candidate will have graphic design expertise, a research focus, and teaching qualifications. The successful candidate will have a Master’s degree in Graphic Design or related discipline and a proven record of creative research and/or activity.

The position will assume the following duties:
● Teach two undergraduate courses per semester, from introductory to advanced levels of Graphic Design
● Maintain a strong national/international creative research agenda
● Maintain an up-to-date proficiency with digital tools and software as they relate to teaching and creative research in design (e.g. Adobe Creative Cloud)
● Maintain a contemporary understanding of best practices in design (e.g. methodologies, design theories, design ethics, etc.) and design education
● Contribute to the growth of our program and school through active participation in a collaborative, cross-disciplinary work environment
● Contribute to school, college, and university-level service and outreach
● Contribute to curriculum development in the Graphic Design program
● Travel occasionally to attend conferences and meetings

SOVA joins the School of Architecture, the School of Design, and the School of Performing Arts in comprising the College of Architecture, Arts, and Design (AAD) which launched in July 2022.SOVA has approximately 275 undergraduate majors within four areas (Graphic Design, Creative Technologies, Studio Art, and Art History). The Graphic Design program currently has four full-time faculty, several part-time/ adjunct instructors, and approximately 80 majors, and the program has been included in GDUSA’s list of “Top 30 Graphic Design Schools'' for each of the last five years.

The College of Architecture, Arts, and Design at Virginia Tech affirms our collective responsibility to encourage, build, and embrace the polyculturalism of our world. We do this by acknowledging and addressing our past, recognizing our current responsibility, and acting in the interests of building and sustaining communities that are truly safe, supportive, and inclusive for all. Our commitment is to continually and proactively engage in these processes for the benefit of our students, staff, and faculty across the college, and the communities around the world we aim to serve.

Required Qualifications

● Masters degree in Graphic Design (i.e., MFA, MDes in Graphic Design) or in a related discipline by appointment start date
● Demonstrated record of creative research/activity
● Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity
● Position requires occasional travel to attend conferences and meetings

Preferred Qualifications

● Demonstrated ability to teach Graphic Design courses at the university level, including Motion Graphics, Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced levels courses.
● Record of excellence in one or more of the following areas: motion graphics, typography, illustration, immersive experiences, environmental graphics, data visualization, web/interaction, branding, and/or design research.
● Demonstrated ability to work within private Industry (e.g. ability to work with national and/or international clients)
● Demonstrated ability to teach additional courses depending on the area of specialization
● Demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and/or research
● Demonstrated ability to teach graphic design courses to non-majors
● Demonstrated commitment to academic leadership

Application Materials

  • Letter of intent that includes the candidate’s proven experience and potential capacity to fulfill duties and responsibilities as well as required and preferred qualifications as listed above.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy including pedagogical approach and values as well as demonstrated understanding of and commitment to undergraduate teaching
  • Research Statement indicating the focus of past and current research and future trajectories
  • Diversity Statement highlighting candidate’s efforts to address issues of diversity and inclusion in their professional experience and/or creative work
  • Up to 20 examples of professional work
  • Up to 20 examples of student work (if available)
  • Three references (names and contact information only)
  • Summarized teaching evaluations in a table (preferred)

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Salary range is $70,000 - $75,000 per year

Review Date

January 13, 2023 - review of candidate submissions will commence on this date and continue until the position is filled

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Julie Weaver at juliew19@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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