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Assistant Professor, Visual Communication - 6679
Northern Illinois University

Date Posted Feb. 26, 2020
Title Assistant Professor, 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
  • Design - Graphic Design/Illustration
    Communications/Information Systems

Position Description Summary
Department, Community, University Description

The School of Art and Design at Northern Illinois University invites applications for one tenure-track position in the area of Visual Communication, at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning Fall 2020.
NIU, located 65 miles west from 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 Hoffman Estates, 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. 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 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 Assistant Professor, Visual Communication is an Interaction Design specialist with industry experience and teaching experience in: Web Design, User Experience Design (UX), User Interface Design (UI), and Mobile Device Application prototyping and design.


  • Teaching Interaction Design courses in the Visual Communication program.
  • Maintaining an ongoing record of research and artistry.
  • Performing professional and university service.
  • Participating in the assessment of student work, program and curricular development, including the development of the graduate program in Visual Communication.

Required Qualifications

  • A terminal degree (M.F.A.) in Visual Communication, Graphic Design, Web Design or equivalent field of study from an accredited (recognized equivalent) university completed by June 30, 2020.
  • Two years teaching experience in Graphic Design, or related field at the university level (this may include teaching assistantships).
  • Able to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, creative and scholarly activities, teaching, advising and service.
  • Knowledge of emerging technologies and grounded in contemporary concepts, principles, design practices, and software tools.
  • Able to assist managing student workers and maintaining the student lab and equipment.
  • At least two years of professional experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Two or more years of professional experience.
  • Administrative Experience.
  • Expert skills in applicable software and emerging technologies.
  • Grounded in the contemporary concepts, principles and design practices.
  • Effectiveness as a mentor and advisor of students.
  • Record of active participation in professional organizations.
  • Able to collaborate in curricular development that integrates current practices from the visual communication industry with a cross-disciplinary approach.

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