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Four Assistant/Associate Professor positions in Design
George Mason University

Date Posted Jan. 10, 2022
Title Four Assistant/Associate Professor positions in Design
University George Mason University
Fairfax, VA, United States
Department School of Art
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Design - Product Design
    Design - Industrial Art/Design
    Design - Graphic Design/Illustration
    Design - Fashion & Textile Design
    Communications/Information Systems
Four Assistant/Associate Professor positions in Design,
George Mason University School of Art

George Mason University invites a diverse range of applicants for four positions at the Assistant or Associate rank to support the Design programs in the School of Art (soon to be formally renamed School of Art and Design). The available positions include both tenure track and term appointments.

George Mason University is a Carnegie Tier 1 Research university located in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and is the largest public university in Virginia, with the most diverse student body in the state.

George Mason University is committed to values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access that inform academic excellence. We are committed to dismantling racism in our structures, polices, and practices. We hope to identify individuals who will support our goal at being a national exemplar of anti-racism. We seek candidates who will not only enhance our interactional and representational diversity but whose research, teaching, and community engagement efforts contribute to diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environments for our students, staff, and faculty.

George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

About the Position:
The selected candidate will have a broad range of skills and expertise in design and expected to teach courses across the School. We are particularly interested in finding a candidate who can round out the strengths of existing faculty (one or more of the following backgrounds or abilities are particularly desired): UI/UX design, motion design, environmental design, publishing/book arts, design theory, design thinking, and hybrid design practices. The Design program within the School of Art is a growing program and we are interested in faculty who can contribute to further curriculum development, including expansion of both undergraduate and graduate programs in Design.

In addition to teaching, the selected candidates will be expected to engage in professional creative research and perform service in alignment with the type of appointment.

These positions begin August 2022.

• Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the Design program and work with faculty to develop new courses that will expand the School’s offerings and serve students in related disciplines;
• Sustain an active program of nationally/internationally recognized creative and/or scholarly research in their areas of expertise, and participate in local and national professional organizations;
• Complement existing faculty expertise in design, theory, research, and intersecting areas;
• Contribute to interdisciplinary research and teaching within the School of Art;
• Supervise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students; and
• Contribute to the School’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community.

Required Qualifications:
• MFA (or equivalent) degree in design or a related field; or substantial professional record with national/international recognition;
• Successful experience teaching graphic design at the college level;
• Active record of recognized professional activity and creative research; and
• Experience working with a diverse population.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Demonstrated commitment to inclusive pedagogies, issues related to unconscious bias in design, and/or accessible design;
• Research and pedagogical focus in any of the following areas: human-centered or user experience design; mobile and/or emergent technologies; design strategy, research, history, theory, and criticism; service design or community engagement; generative design and data visualization; or speculative technologies such as VR, AR or AI;
• Demonstrate and articulate a vision for the future of design education; and
• Capacity for leadership, and a record of strong research and scholarship.

Special Instructions to Applicants      
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F725AZ at; complete and submit the online application; and upload the following:
• Cover Letter
• CV
• Teaching philosophy addressing DEIA (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access)
• Links to Scholarly and/or Creative Work (as Other doc.)
• Sample Syllabi (as Other doc.)
• List of 3 to 5 Professional References, with contact information

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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