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Assistant/Associate Professor of Art: Visual Communication and Graphic Design (2 positions)

  • Deadline:
    Feb. 4, 2013, midnight
  • Location:
    Department of Art & Art History, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 120 Richards Hall, Lincoln, Nebraska, 68588-0114, US

The Department of Art & Art History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln invites applications for two positions of Assistant or Associate Professor of Art in Visual Communication and Graphic Design. Applicants should demonstrate a vision for a comprehensive and rigorous curriculum that includes print, web, interactive and emerging media with a focus on preparing students to succeed professionally and to be technically, aesthetically, and creatively prepared to innovate in these areas. Associate Professor rank commensurate with experience.

Develop and lead a visual design curriculum for students at the undergraduate and graduate levels which takes an expanded view of visual communication and which recognizes the importance of concept generation, ideation and storytelling as part of visual communication in a wide variety of media. The successful candidate will demonstrate an eagerness to apply innovative learning strategies in the classroom including online and/or blended instruction, and help build cross-disciplinary connections with other programs across the university. Teach courses in visual communication and design, one of which may be photography Typical course load is two courses per semester plus supervision of graduate students. Maintain an active professional/creative research practice and participate in Department and University service including committee work, advising and supervising internships.

About the University of Nebraska-Lincoln:
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) is the flagship of the University of Nebraska system and a member of the Big Ten Conference and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation. The Department of Art & Art History's five art historians and fourteen studio faculty serve more than 280 students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in Art History (BA and MA) and Studio Art (BA, BFA and MFA). The Department offers courses in art history, painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, foundation design, graphic design, photography and new genres as well as many special topics courses that bridge these areas.

As a research university, UNL is committed to providing support for faculty creative work in the form of on-campus studios, access to equipment, and grants for travel and research. Collaboration is encouraged among colleagues in the Department, as well as with Music, Theatre/Film, Computer Science and other areas across the University. As one of only fifty institutions in the nation to be named a Civic Learning Leadership Institution by Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, UNL also encourages faculty and students to engage with the broader community. Lincoln, Nebraska is the state capitol and a city of approximately 300,000 people. It has been consistently received recognition for its high quality of life. The city has an extensive bike trail system and a highly regarded public school system. UNL is located in the heart of the city in close proximity to restaurants, entertainment and cultural activities, which include the Lied Center for the Performing Arts, the Sheldon Museum of Art, and the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center

Minimum qualifications:[ul]

  • MFA in Art/Design or equivalent professional experience
  • Demonstrable record of creative and professional achievement in the field of visual communication and design[/ul]
  • Preferred qualifications:
  • Demonstrable college teaching effectiveness including innovative use of instructional technology
  • Leadership experience in curriculum development or professional work
  • Expertise in one or more of the following: publication design, interaction design, user experience design, typography, branding, package design, design history, information design, creative coding, and motion graphics
  • Additional expertise in the related area of photography, including digital photography, photographic illustration, studio lighting or editorial photography
  • Experience mentoring in professional practices and entrepreneurship[/ul]

  • Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

    To apply, please visit:

    The following documents must be submitted electronically via https://unlart.slideroom.com:
  • Letter of application
  • Teaching statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • URL of portfolio
  • Names and contact information for three references (no letters needed)
  • URL of student work (optional)[/ul]

  • For questions, please contact Prof Jeff Thompson at jeffthompson@unl.edu.

    The University of Nebraska has an active National Science Foundation ADVANCE gender equity program, and is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers.

    For further information about the Department, please see:

    Review date: Review of applications will begin February 4, 2013 and continue until the position is filled or the search closed.