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Graphic Design | Assistant / Associate Professor
University of Tennessee Knoxville

Date Posted Nov. 5, 2018
Title Graphic Design | Assistant / Associate Professor
University University of Tennessee Knoxville
Knoxville, TN, United States
Department School of Design, College of Architecture and Design
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Aug. 1, 2019
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Design - Graphic Design/Illustration

Graphic Design | Assistant / Associate Professor
School of Design, College of Architecture + Design, University of Tennessee Knoxville
full-time tenure track position; salary commensurate with experience; excellent benefits.

The College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor to teach in the Graphic Design program beginning August 1, 2019. The successful candidate will join colleagues in the Graphic Design program to become part of a newly forming School of Design. Candidates should have an MFA with a design emphasis, MGD or MDes.

Assistant / Associate Professor of Graphic Design, Job duties + Responsibilities
The successful candidate will join Graphic Design colleagues as part of a progressive design education environment. With a teaching load of two courses per semester, this individual will contribute to the development of undergraduate minors and a future graduate curriculum. The candidate must be capable of teaching across all levels in the undergraduate BFA and bring an interest in curriculum development relative to the direction of the program. The current curriculum is uniquely designed to encourage cross-disciplinary studies and collaborations, within the university and the community, and to prepare students for professional practice.

In addition, the faculty member will be expected to pursue an active research agenda and conduct service activities on both the School and College level. The position presents a unique opportunity for candidates who have an interest in pursuing an innovative, cross-disciplinary research agenda, with an emphasis on engaged scholarship. We offer a supportive and collegial atmosphere in which designers make a variety of important contributions to research, teaching, and public engagement.

The City of Knoxville is a hidden gem with a beautiful and walkable downtown, active neighborhoods, and eclectic cultural activities, restaurants and shopping. Trip Advisor recently named it a Top Ten Destination on the Rise. The Knoxville metropolitan area has a population of more than 857,000 and is located within easy driving distance to Asheville, Atlanta, Nashville, and the Great Smoky Mountains. The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

Required qualifications:

  • The successful candidate must:
    o be capable of teaching across all levels in the undergraduate BFA curriculum
    o exhibit design/concept generation beyond project management and production
    o exhibit an ability/interest in the development of new technologies into established design practice
    o have a terminal degree

Desired qualifications:

  • The successful candidate should:
    o exhibit an interest in curriculum development relative to the direction of the program
    o possess design teaching experience at the undergraduate level
    o exhibit professional experience in design practice

Review of applications will begin on January 10, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please submit the following application materials:
Cover letter of intent
Current curriculum vita
research/creative activity statement
Statement of teaching philosophy
Complete contact information for three references
Digital portfolio of work
Digital portfolio student work, if applicable

Please submit electronic materials to:
Angela Stackhouse

For more information on the position please contact Cary Staples, Search Committee Chair,, 865-974-3210.

For more information on the College of Architecture + Design see:

  • The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

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Contact Information

  • Cary Staples
    Graphic Design
    University of Tennessee Knoxville
    Art + Architecture Building
    1715 Volunteer Blvd.
    Knoxville, TN 37996-2400
  • 865-974-3210


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