The Department of Art at The University of Texas at El Paso invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with primary teaching responsibilities in graphic design with a focus in interactive design. The Department seeks an accomplished designer who pursues a professional scholarship and research practice and excels at teaching.
The successful candidate will develop and teach undergraduate studio-based graphic design courses with an emphasis in interactive design, animation, app design and web-based media and a focus on emerging trends in digital media art utilizing code-based production. The candidate will help cultivate and shape the interactive component of the graphic design program; advise and mentor undergraduate students; engage in service at the concentration, department, college, university and professional levels; disseminate his/her/their creative scholarship and/or research in peer-reviewed venues; and will foster collegial and professional connections and collaborations within the department, across the university, and within the community to benefit his/her/their teaching and research.
About UTEP and El Paso
The University of Texas at El Paso is a Carnegie R1 and Community Engaged research university at the heart of the U.S.-Mexico border region that is increasing access to excellent higher education. UTEP enrolls more than 25,000 students-about 80% of them Hispanic and more than 50% the first generation in their families to attend college.
The city’s border location makes it an ideal venue for academic programs and research studies on topics of national interest such as bilingual education/language acquisition, border environment and immigration, environmental sustainability and infrastructure, health disparities, and international trade and commerce.
The Paso del Norte region’s center for intellectual capital, UTEP has awarded about 133,000 degrees since its founding in 1914. UTEP is one of the major economic engines in the region, adding $1.4 billion to the local economy annually.
El Paso’s active arts and culture community features the state’s longest-running symphony orchestra, a nationally recognized chamber music festival, art galleries, museums, and a full schedule of seasonal events and festivals. UTEP adds to the arts and entertainment scene with an award-winning dinner theater, music and dance productions, contemporary and student art galleries, and a natural history museum.
For sports fans, the UTEP Miners offer exciting Division I college athletics at several campus venues including Sun Bowl Stadium, the Don Haskins Center, Kidd Field, University Field and the Helen of Troy Softball Complex. Southwest University Park, located a mile away in lively downtown El Paso, is home to the El Paso Chihuahuas, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, and El Paso Locomotive FC, a Division II Professional League soccer team started in 2019.
An MFA in graphic & interactive design, as well as at least two years professional experience in graphic design, interactive/web, and/or motion design is required. Candidates should be design practitioners with a record of recognition in the fields of graphic & interactive design, motion design and/or animation. Additionally, candidates should preferably have two or more years of college-level teaching experience, particularly in the fields of graphic & interactive design, app design, motion design, and animation.
Required application materials:
- Letter of Interest detailing qualifications
- Curriculum vitae
- Statement of Teaching Philosophy
- Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (official transcripts required prior to employment)
- Digital portfolio (PDF, maximum file size is 2MB. )
- Contact information of three professional references (names, email addresses and phone numbers)
Portfolio should consist of at least 10 examples of professional work in graphic and interactive design, as well as 10 examples of student work. All video, web & interactive work should be embedded in the PDF, or shown externally through links provided in the PDF.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply by October 15, 2020.
Inquiries about this position should be sent to Prof. Anne M. Giangiulio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants who advance to the interview stage must successfully complete a teaching demonstration to be considered as a finalist.
To apply, please visit https://www.utep.edu/employment
Hiring decisions are subject to final budget approval.