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Assistant Professor of Graphic and Interactive Design
California State University, Fullerton

Date Posted Jul. 25, 2019
Title Assistant Professor of Graphic and Interactive Design
University California State University, Fullerton
Fullerton, CA, United States
Department Visual Arts
Application Deadline Oct. 1, 2019
Position Start Date Aug. 17, 2020
  • Assistant Professor
  • Design - Interior Design
    Design - Graphic Design/Illustration

The primary professional responsibilities of this instructional faculty member are to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the graphic and interactive design concentration. Course curriculums explore principles in relationship to traditional and emerging digital media and range from graphic design foundations, package design, interactive media, UX design, UI design, and motion graphics. Responsibilities include: advising students; mentoring graduate students and thesis projects; engaging in active peer-reviewed creative and/or scholarly activities; participating in department, college, university, and system-wide service; maintaining office hours; and working collaboratively and productively with colleagues. Positive tenure and promotion decisions require excellent teaching; a record of peer-reviewed creative and/or scholarly activity in the discipline; strong leadership contributions to department and university committees and to external professional organizations that serve the broader discipline’s communities.


  • MFA degree from an accredited institution with an emphasis in Graphic Design, Visual Communication, Communication Design, or equivalent degree
  • Evidence of excellent technical skills (within the most current Macintosh operating system) to instruct students in the use of Adobe Creative Cloud as well as an advanced understanding of web publishing and scripting, user experience design, user interface design, and integrated 3D design in relationship to graphic design
  • University-level teaching experience in courses specifically relevant to the position
  • Evidence of and/or potential for a record of achievement as a graphic designer
  • Evidence of the ability to balance excellent teaching, scholarship, and service
  • Evidence of experience working collaboratively with colleagues and communities
  • Demonstrated commitment to and excellence in teaching diverse student populations, including first‐generation college students

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of a professional practice as a graphic designer
  • Evidence of leadership, communication, organizational, and management skills as demonstrated through successful recruitment and outreach efforts in university programs

Application Procedure
A complete online application must be received by electronic submission in order to receive consideration. To apply, please visit to complete the required online Fullerton application, apply to requisition # 493587, and provide the following required materials:

  • Letter of application responding to your experience related to the required qualifications within the graphic and interactive design discipline and discussing your teaching philosophy and pedagogical practices
  • Curriculum Vitae in an academic format (graphically designed vitas are not preferred)
  • Candidate Diversity Statement:
    This statement provides the candidate’s unique perspective on their past and present contributions to and future aspirations for promoting diversity, inclusion, and social justice in their professional careers. The purpose of the diversity statement is to help departments identify candidates who have professional experience, intellectual commitments, and/or the willingness to engage in activities that will help CSUF contribute to its mission in these areas.
  • A list of three references with relevant contact information

Finalists will be asked to submit additional information.

  • Digital portfolio demonstrating the candidate’s expertise as a practicing graphic designer with an understanding of contemporary and historical concepts in art and design. Ideally portfolios will include 20 images of current work from the past 5-years.
  • Digital portfolio of 20 examples of student work that demonstrate a breadth of print and screen-based design, reflecting the candidate’s ability to teach technical and conceptual approaches to graphic and interactive design, critical thinking, and problem solving. Student examples should be labeled as to how the work submitted relates to a course assignment.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Please have these ready for the referents to submit.
  • Official academic transcripts from all higher education institutions attended
  • Additional material such as current course outlines, course assignments, and rubrics may also be requested.

Please do not send additional materials until requested to do so. The finalists for the position will be contacted when to submit and are required to submit all materials for full consideration.

Please direct all questions about the position to: Dale A. Merrill, Dean, College of the Arts at with "Graphic and Interactive Design Search" as the subject line or call 657-278-3256.

To be assured full consideration, all application materials must be received by October 1, 2019. The anticipated appointment date is August, 17, 2020.

Additional Information
Multiple positions may be hired from this recruitment based on the strength of the applicant pool.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications, and is subject to budgetary authorization and any California State University System faculty contract increases. Summer research grants, moving expenses, start‐up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available that includes: health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner and dependent fee‐waiver; access to campus child‐care; and a defined‐benefit retirement through the state system along with optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit:

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be formally offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self‐disclose.
Advertised: 16 Jul 2019 Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close:

  • California State University, Fullerton is a minority-serving institution and an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum. CSUF fosters an inclusive environment within which students, faculty, staff, and administrators thrive. Individuals advancing the University’s strategic diversity goals and those from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

    CSUF faculty are committed teachers and scholars who bring research and creative discovery to students in classrooms, labs, studios, and individually mentored projects. They teach broadly in the curricula of their departments, advise students, and serve on departmental and university committees. The primary responsibilities of the person in this position will include the development and teaching of graphic and interactive design to undergraduate and graduate students. This person will also be responsible for producing creative/scholarly work commensurate with the requirements for tenure. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to and participate in the life and development of the department, advise students, serve on committees, and participate in their discipline and larger university communities.

    The Department
    The Department of Visual Arts serves approximately 1,700 undergraduate art majors and 60 graduate students, with 34 full-time and 80+ lecturer faculty. The department offers both a BA in Art and BFA in Art with 13 areas of concentration, in addition to an MA and MFA in Art with 9 areas of concentration. CSUF is located about 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles in metropolitan Orange County and presents a full range of fine arts and professional programs including a nationally recognized art gallery located in the Visual Arts complex and the Grand Central Art Center, a 45,000 sq. ft. graduate studio/residence/exhibition facility located 15 minutes from campus. The Department of Visual Arts at California State University, Fullerton, is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. For more information about the Department of Visual Arts and the College of the Arts, please refer to the website

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Contact Information

  • Dale Merrill
    Visual Arts
    California State University, Fullerton
    800 N. State College Blvd.
    Fullerton, CA 92834
  • 657-278-3256


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