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Assistant Professor for Visual Communication (6679)
Northern Illinois University

Date Posted Aug. 28, 2023
Title Assistant Professor for Visual Communication (6679)
University Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL, United States
Department School of Art and Design
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Digital Media
    Design - Graphic Design/Illustration
The School of Art and Design at Northern Illinois University invites applications for one tenure-track position in Visual Communication, at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning in Fall 2024.

NIU, located 65 miles west of Chicago, is a comprehensive teaching and research-based institution with close to 17,000 currently enrolled students. The main campus is located in DeKalb, 65 miles west of Chicago’s “Loop” and 40 miles southeast of Rockford. In addition to the main campus, NIU has three education centers in Rockford, and Naperville. DeKalb/Sycamore, with a population of about 50,000, is a modern paradox, a rural/urban community. It is simultaneously recognized for its manufacturing and rich farmlands. The site of the first manufacture of barbed wire and the development of hybrid seed corn are evidence of its diversified history. This year Meta (Facebook) announced further expansion with an injection of over $1 billion into three new data centers at its cloud campus in DeKalb. The blend of industry and agriculture, coupled with the cultural and recreational facilities of the university and supplemented by easy access to Chicago and Rockford, provide an enjoyable environment in which to live.
The Visual Communication (VisCom) program at NIU provides an intellectually based, professional education that focuses on graphic form and communication, design as a problem-solving process, the relationship of design to culture, design theory and practice, design research and concept development skills—all of which are needed to produce significant and impactful solutions.


Position Summary

The VisCom program seeks a design educator to teach a variety of courses, from intro-level to advanced-level. The ideal candidate will possess sophisticated skills in traditional graphic design practices and digital media/new media processes.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teaching a variety of introductory through advanced level design courses in the Visual Communication program, as assigned.
  • Maintaining an ongoing record of research and artistry.
  • Performing professional and university service.
  • Engaging in meaningful service to the Visual Communication department, as assigned.
  • Mentoring and training part-time faculty.
  • Participating in the assessment of student work.
  • Collaborating with faculty in the development of the program, curriculum content and pedagogy to ensure the quality of the student experience.
  • Able to perform assigned departmental responsibilities.

Minimum Required Qualifications

  • Either a terminal degree (M.F.A.) in Visual Communication, Graphic Design, Interactive Design or equivalent field of study from an accredited university at time of appointment OR at least five years of professional design industry experience.
    • Candidates with a terminal degree must have at least two years of professional design industry experience.
  • All candidates must have at least two years of experience teaching graphic design courses, or related courses at the university level (this may include graduate teaching assistantships).

Additional Requirements

  • Knowledge of emerging technologies that are grounded in contemporary concepts, principles, design practices, and current software tools.
  • Ability to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, creative and scholarly activities, teaching, advising and service.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proficiency and expertise in at least two design disciplines, such as: identity design, package design, motion graphic design, video production and editing, interactive design, and UI/UX design, and design research methodologies.
  • Administrative experience.
  • Experience as a mentor and advisor of students.
  • Record of ongoing participation in professional organizations.
  • Ablility to collaborate in curricular development that integrates current practices from the visual communication industry with a cross-disciplinary approach.

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