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Visiting Assistant Professor in Graphic Design
Texas Tech University

Date Posted Jun. 29, 2018
Title Visiting Assistant Professor in Graphic Design
University Texas Tech University
Department School of Art
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Fall 2018
  • Lubbock, TX
    United States
  • Visiting Professor
  • Design - Graphic Design/Illustration

Texas Tech University
J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts
School of Art

Position Announcement

Position: T90356
Appointment: Visiting Position, not tenure-track, beginning Fall 2018
Application Deadline: Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

The Texas Tech University J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts in collaboration with the School of Art is accepting applications for a 9-month, non-renewable position as Visiting Assistant Professor in the area of graphic design. This position seeks a nationally or internationally prominent graphic designer with a commitment to helping to guide the graphic design program to national distinction and nurturing the next generation of graphic designers/educators/scholars enrolled in our BFA program. The successful candidate will teach four courses per semester and begin service in this visiting position at the beginning of the 2018 fall semester.

Qualifications: BFA in Graphic Design w/Master’s Degree in Graphic Design or a related field (such as Visual Communications or Interface Media), or equivalent professional experience. Record of professional activity and/or research that demonstrates emerging or established national recognition in the field of graphic design is paramount. Working knowledge of current practice and theory in interface media related to usability and design with a vision towards future developments. Commitment to quality, student-centered education and working as a team member. A demonstrated and ongoing commitment to serving diverse student populations.

Preferred Qualifications:
The ideal candidate would have superior analog and digital graphic design skills, current knowledge of design history and theory and an active practice that includes community engagement and/or collaboration. Familiarity with current and cutting edge practices in graphic design. One or more years of teaching related to the position of hire. Experience working with diverse student populations and first-generation students is highly desirable.

Position Description:
The successful candidate will:

  • Demonstrate ability to teach graphic design for digital and print media devices.
  • Embrace new forms of critically engaged disciplinary practice in the changing field of graphic design.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to social responsibility and advocacy as related to the field.
  • Actively participate in portfolio reviews, student advising, and recruitment activities.

The School of Art is NASAD accredited and offers the BA in Art History, BA in Art, the BFA in Studio Art, Graphic Design, and Visual Studies (teacher certification), the MAE, the MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History, and the Ph.D. in Fine Arts with a major in Art termed "Critical Studies and Artistic Practice." A faculty of 31 full-time professors serves approximately 250 undergraduate students and 60 students involved in graduate study. The School has many prominent alumni, including Caleb Bennett, John Hitchcock, Rob Wilson, Ken Little, Real Musgrave and Lana Rigsby. Technical and administrative support includes a total of 13 staff positions. The School’s Visual Resource Center maintains art reference books, current art periodicals, instructional media, digital classrooms, and a legacy slide collection, as well as an expanding collection of digital images for teaching and research. Additional images are available through ARTStor and online at the university library. The program also supports the Landmark Arts Galleries and the Standing Room Only Photography Gallery (SRO). For more information, visit

The J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts comprises the School of Art, the School of Music, and the School of Theatre & Dance, accredited by NASAD, NASM, NAST, and NASD, respectively. TTU is the only public university in the state accredited in all four arts areas, and boasts many acclaimed alumni, including Susan Graham, Terry Cook, Ann Sanders, G.W. Bailey, Barry Corbin, Jennifer Smith, Scott Dadich, Susanne Klotz and D.J. Stout. With more than 120 faculty members and approximately 1,100 students, the College offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including the terminal M.F.A., D.M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. Our unique Ph.D. program in Fine Arts provides interdisciplinary education in the visual & performing arts combined with philosophical aesthetics. For more information, visit

Texas Tech University, established in 1923, is a Carnegie Highest Research Activity university and the largest comprehensive institution of higher education in the western two-thirds of the state (a region larger than 46 of the nation’s 50 states). Also, Texas Tech University recently surpassed the Hispanic student population threshold necessary for designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). The university’s 1,839-acre Spanish Renaissance style campus, which serves approximately 36,000 students, is the only one in Texas that is home to a major university, law school and medical school. Lubbock, the hub of the South Plains, has a multicultural area population of almost 300,000 and offers a quality living experience with a semi-arid climate and housing costs below the national average. The city supports a symphony orchestra; several museums; the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts; numerous galleries; and a variety of music, dance, and theatre performances. Lubbock’s airport offers direct flights to Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Denver, and Las Vegas.

Apply online at Please provide the following with your application: 

1. Letter of Application
2. One-page Research Statement, one-page Teaching Philosophy
3. Curriculum Vitae

4. College Transcripts 

5. List of three references with contact information 

6. Other Documents: Design Portfolio
Provide a minimum of ten clearly labeled examples of professional work and a minimum of ten clearly labeled examples of student work related to position of hire saved as a PDF. Include web address or link where work can be viewed in your letter of application.

Complete job description:

Contact: Associate Professor Dirk Fowler, Chair of Graphic Design Search Committee

  • As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university does not discriminate on the basis of an applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age disability, genetic information or status as a protected veteran. Texas Tech welcomes consideration of dual career and professional couple accommodations.

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Contact Information

  • Mark Charney, Prof. & Director of Theatre and Dance, Chair of Search Committee
    School of Theatre and Dance
    Texas Tech University
    Box 42061
    Lubbock, TX 79409-2061


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