ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ART: GRAPHIC DESIGN
Position no. 0084461, University of Hawaii at Manoa, College of Arts and Humanities – Department of Art and Art History, tenure track, full-time, 9-month, to begin August 2019, pending position clearance and availability of funds. UHM is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities and women.
The Department of Art and Art History at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa is conducting a search for an Assistant Professor, tenure track, in graphic design. Specifically we are seeking applications from candidates who possess an understanding of the critical, historical and theoretical aspects of graphic design as well as an awareness of the ways in which traditional approaches to the discipline are evolving. The ideal candidate will be able to apply this understanding to UI/UX areas, including: motion graphics, interaction design, experience design, data visualization, mobile and/or other emergent technology applications for designers.
The position is unique in that the selected candidate will have an active role in shaping the future of the Design Area at the University of Hawai’i and its relationship to the Department, the larger University, and the local/global design community. The candidate will also be able to develop their own research and practice within the context of a large, extremely diverse urban area that is situated not only within the unequalled physical beauty of the Hawaiian islands, but in a singular position between the United States and Asia.
The successful candidate will teach five courses per year across all levels of the graphic design curriculum. The candidate also will conduct research; work with graduate students; advise students; develop curricula; manage and supervise the design lab; participate in the governance of the department; and assume other duties as assigned by the Department Chair.
A terminal degree (i.e., MFA, MA, MDES, MGD, or equivalent degree) with a concentration in graphic design and an emphasis in its application to one or more of the following UI/UX areas: motion graphics, interaction design, experience design, data visualization, mobile and/or other emergent technology applications for designers. College-level teaching experience.
National exhibition/publication record; the ability to incorporate the critical, historical, and theoretical concerns of graphic design into teaching; and an interest in cross-disciplinary design collaborations within the department and with other areas within the university (i.e. architecture, computer science).
Graphic Design at the University of Hawai’i
The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa is a Carnegie I research university and the flagship institution of the ten-campus University of Hawai’i system. Located in a lush tropical valley in a residential neighborhood of Honolulu (a city with approximately 400,000 residents) it enrolls about one-third of the system’s 50,000 students. The student body is highly diverse and includes international students from Asia, the Pacific, and Europe, as well as students from Hawai’i, Alaska and the continental United States.
The Design Area is located within the larger Department of Art and Art History-a comprehensive and diverse center in the Asia/Pacific region for the study of design, visual art, and art history. Comprising seven distinct media areas plus art history, the department combines seasoned faculty expertise with state-of-the-art facilities to provide an outstanding locus for study in design and the visual arts. Over the years the Department has sponsored a lively visiting designer, artist and scholar program that brings visitors to Honolulu for lectures and workshops that complement the regular activities of the Department. These visitors have included designers Irma Boom, Elizabeth Diller and Ric Scofidio, Michael Sorkin, Stefan Sagmeister, Massimo Vignelli; artists Xu Bing, Mel Chin, Hasan Elahi, Ann Hamilton, Mona Hatoum, Pepon Osorio, Lisa Reihana; and scholars Glenn Adamson, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Wu Hung, Lucy Lippard, and Lowrey Stokes Sims. This department initiative was complemented by design-specific programming in 2012, when the University of Hawai’i was a partial sponsor of the AIGA Educators conference: Geographics: Design, Education and the Transnational Terrain-a conference that brought over one hundred and fifty designers and scholars from twenty-three countries to Honolulu. Conference speakers included: Peter Hall, Russell Kennedy, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Sharon Poggenpohl, Ella Shohat, and Lucille Tenezas.
This environment provides a unique and rich context for faculty and students to thrive. Over the past twenty years, the graphic design area has been recognized internationally, nationally and locally for its excellence. Graphic design work from current students, alumni, and faculty has been exhibited internationally and nationally by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) in New York, the Society for Experiential Design (SEGD), The Type Director’s Club in New York, The Art Director’s Club, Eye magazine, Print magazine, and How magazine. Locally, graphic design students have repeatedly won awards from the Honolulu Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and the Hawai’i chapter of the American Advertising Federation.
Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications, C.V., statement of teaching philosophy, portfolio with 20 samples of personal work and 20 samples of works by students, transcripts (copies are acceptable, however, official/original transcripts will be required at the point of hire), and names and contact information of 3 professional references.
Electronic submissions are accepted by UH FileDrop Service at https://www.hawaii.edu/filedrop/ with the expiration timer for the file upload set to 7 days (attn: Becky O’Reilly at email@example.com) or hard copies may be mailed to: Design Search, Attn: Becky O’Reilly / Department of Art and Art History, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, 2535 McCarthy Mall, Room 142, Honolulu, HI 96822.
Sequence all images into a single PDF and label each image file in the PDF. Digital Images should be formatted as JPEG (RGB) files. JPEGs should be no smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side, at 72 ppi. Time- or Web-Based Work, Video, Sound, and Animation can be submitted as Mac OS compatible MOV, MP4, AVI formats. Provide URLs for web-based works. Also provide concise printed instructions for viewing/listening to time-based or web-based work. These instructions are especially important for reviewing web-based material that the reviewers might otherwise browse randomly. Time-based work should be limited to 10 minutes.
Search Committee Chair Anne Bush (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 808-554-2491. Review of applications will begin on January 11, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received by this date will be assured of full consideration.