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Graphic Design Faculty Position in Design Justice
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Date Posted Jul. 8, 2022
Title Graphic Design Faculty Position in Design Justice
University University of Minnesota, Twin Cities More About This Institution...
Minneapolis, MN, United States
Department College of Design More About This Department...
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Aug. 29, 2023
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Design - Graphic Design/Illustration

About the Design Justice Cluster-Hire Initiative

Design Justice is a new initiative within the College of Design, seeking to create space, policy, and practices that support the inclusion and retention of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) as well as other communities who have been historically underinvested. Design Justice is supported by a group of individuals across design disciplines, known as the Collective, who are committed to anti-racism, decolonized pedagogy, and the liberation of communities who have been underinvested historically, in both design academia and the design industry. Areas of scholarship, teaching, and/or service will involve: anti-racism, racial justice, racial disparities, and/or racial discrimination; equity, power/privilege, and/or bias; benefits to the BIPOC, immigrant, and refugee populations; environmental and social justice; and/or other forms of studying and countering systemic oppression. Successful candidates for all positions will have the clear potential, demonstrated ability, and/or related scholarship to support our BIPOC and other marginalized communities. 

Position Details

We are seeking tenurable or tenure-track candidates who are committed to advancing a scholarly, pedagogic, and/or service agenda focused on an area of design justice, as described above. Successful candidates will teach a range of undergraduate and graduate courses specific to the needs of their program area. 

These are 100%-time academic year (9-month), tenured or tenure-track faculty positions. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, and will be supplemented by a generous start-up package to support advancement of scholarship and teaching that aligns with the tenure standards of the specific program. Start-up packages typically include course release/s, graduate student assistant/s, and/or other means determined through dialogue with the department head. Applicants should be prepared to serve as a member of the Design Justice Collective for their first two years. The priority application deadline is October 1; however, applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is August 2023. Regardless of the start date, selected candidates will receive the cluster experience. 

About the Graphic Design Program

Graphic Design is one of the largest programs in the College of Design. Graphic Design and the College of Design are situated within a major research university that hosts a broad range of disciplines, faculty, and students. Faculty in particular pursue the mission of the Land Grant university through scholarship, teaching, and outreach. We have a strong culture of interdisciplinary collaborations and engagements that enables us to forge partnerships and productive connections with other highly-ranked colleges, departments, and programs, such as computer science in the College of Science and Engineering, the Medical School, and the Carlson School of Management.  

A major metropolitan area, the Twin Cities has the highest number of Fortune 500 companies per capita, vibrant design and arts communities, diverse cultures, and a strong spirit of entrepreneurship. There are numerous opportunities to develop connections across the University and with businesses and communities statewide. Share your experience and vision in a community with colleagues and students who are actively engaged in shaping the future. 


For the Graphic Design Position

  • Conduct teaching, research/scholarship/creative work, and/or service centered around areas of design justice. 
  • Serve as a member of the Design Justice Collective for the first two years of your appointment. Contribute to the cultivation of policies and practices that exemplify the college’s commitment to the mission of the Design Justice Collective.
  • Collaborate with faculty across the College and University and establish ties to partners locally, nationally, and globally, from a variety of communities, to leverage research and teaching.
  • Establish a program of nationally and internationally visible scholarship in graphic design, and disseminate scholarship and creative production in peer-reviewed research venues.
  • Pursue internal and external funding.
  • Develop and teach current courses that will expand and strengthen the graphic design program’s curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate levels, effectively addressing a variety of diverse backgrounds, communities, and identities.
  • Advise/mentor undergraduate and graduate students in the design program and contribute to recruitment and retention strategies of students who have been historically underinvested.
  • Support interdisciplinary initiatives in teaching and research, collaborating with fields in the College of Design and across the University.
  • Participate in faculty governance at the program, department, college, and/or university levels.
  • Contribute to and support the mission of the University of Minnesota, a public research institution.

Required Qualifications

For the Graphic Design Position

  • Terminal or professional degree by the start date in visual communication, graphic design, interaction design, or a closely related field, recognized by the individual disciplines or in a related field.
  • Commitment in teaching, scholarship, and/or service with a demonstrated ability, interest, and/or potential to intersect with design justice and/or anti-racism.
  • Experience and/or commitment to teaching and/or mentoring students who have been historically underinvested.
  • Demonstrated ability in one or more of the following areas: motion graphics, illustration, immersive experiences, environmental graphics, data visualization, web/interaction, typography, branding, and/or design research.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively teach design.

Preferred Qualifications

For the Graphic Design Position

  • Having a vision for a widely recognized scholarship with a strategy to procure external funding, national visibility for work, and/or to form ongoing and impactful community partnerships.
  • Experience in teaching the design of digital experiences that include but are not limited to animation, interaction design, or creative coding.
  • Ability to collaborate with multiple disciplines, having a vision for interdisciplinary design practice.
  • Experience teaching at the collegiate, graduate, or professional level.
  • Evidence of collaboration and a strategy for developing connections with the graphic design profession, related professions, and diverse communities and cultures beyond the University.

About the College of Design

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is located on traditional, ancestral, and contemporary lands of the Dakota People, ceded in the Treaties of 1837 and 1851. We are committed to recognizing the complex history of this land by honoring the truth of violence, displacement, migration, and settlement that bring us together now. We acknowledge the need to end the violence against missing and murdered Indigenous women– a local and national epidemic which can be traced back to the arrival of European colonizers across Turtle Island. We acknowledge and fight against the legacy of white supremacy and culture of anti-Black racism in our own community, which has led to the murders of Jamar Clark, Philando Castile, George Floyd, Daunte Wright, Winston Smith, Amir Locke, and countless other Black Americans across this nation. Black lives matter. We stand with our Hmong, Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander communities against the rise of xenophobic violence since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize that words are not enough and we remain committed to the work of eradicating the injustices against all Black, Indigenous, and people of color caused by systemic racism.

Formed in 2006, the University of Minnesota’s College of Design encompasses a full range of design disciplines, including eight undergraduate degrees, 24 graduate and professional degree options, and nine centers for research, creative scholarship, and engagement. Through rigorous commitments to creativity, equity, and advancing technologies, the College of Design educational programs and innovations address emerging issues, identify problems, frame creative approaches, and generate solutions across all scales of human experience. We offer rich opportunities for interdisciplinary research and public engagement, through highly-regarded research and engagement centers, including the Center for Retail Design and Innovation (CRDI), Wearable Product Design, Digital Design Center (DDC), Minnesota Design Center (MDC), Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR), and the Goldstein Museum of Design.  For more information about the college, please visit our website at

We are located in the Twin Cities, known as a major design hub and home to design-oriented Fortune 500 companies such as Target, 3M, General Mills, Best Buy, and Medtronic, several international and national award-winning architecture practices, thriving local businesses, and a strong non-profit sector. Our students have a wide range of internship opportunities, our graduates enjoy high employment rates, and our alumni are highly engaged with current students and faculty. We take pride in Minnesota’s designations as a Research 1 and Community-Engaged University, which provide foundations for many of our award-winning projects. 

To Apply to the Graphic Design Position, Submit the Following : 

  • Cover letter identifying your interest in and qualifications for the position. In this letter, please address your comments explicitly to the required and desired qualifications for the Design Justice Graphic Design position.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Portfolio of scholarship consisting of no more than 15 examples of work that includes original designs, creative practice, and research papers, if available 
  • Portfolio of teaching consisting of no more than 15 examples of work

If you advance to the next level of the search, we will reach out to you to submit additional materials including: 

  • 1–2 page statement of vision for scholarly work
  • 1–2 page statement of vision for teaching
  • Transcripts of your graduate work (may be unofficial transcripts at the time of application) 
  • Summary of recent teaching evaluations or a peer review of teaching
  • Contact information for three references


  • The University of Minnesota recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds. The University provides equitable access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U, see To request an accommodation during the application process, please email or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

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Contact Information

  • Austin Voigt
    College of Design
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
    1985 Buford Ave
    St Paul, MN 55108


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