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Lecturer of Visual Communication. Graphic Design/Interactive Design

  • Deadline:
    April 1, 2013, 11:25 a.m.
  • Location:
    Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, 86011, US

The School of Communication at Northern Arizona University invites applications for a lecturer of Visual Communication position (Graphic Design/Interactive Design) beginning in August 2013.

The visual communication program offers a creative and intellectually stimulating environment, with a history of over fifty years. We nurture our students to focus on their role as designers and their use of visual communication techniques and theory for various media and practices.

Responsibilities include teaching and advising at the undergraduate level; and service requirements.
The proposed workload includes 4 courses per semester as well as advising, mentoring, service to the school, university, and discipline. The position begins in August 2013.

Minimum Qualifications

• This position requires an MFA degree, MS or MA or equivalent master’s degree in Visual Communication or a related field.
• College or university teaching experience

Preferred Qualifications
• Documented ability to teach undergraduate classes in Graphic Design, Interactive Design and Web Design.
• MFA degree in Interactive Design, Graphic Design or closely related field
• Bachelor’s degree in Interactive Design, Graphic Design or closely related field
• Strong ability to teach industry standard print, illustration and photo-manipulation software
• Expertise in interactive design along with HTML, CSS and JavaScript
• Expertise in various types of interface design including web, tablet and smartphone.
• Expertise in motion design and animation
• Experience in digital device design and other coding languages
• Professional experience with print design
• Professional experience designing for interactive and/or time-based media
• Experience teaching online or hybrid courses
• Full-time university or college teaching experience
• Experience working with individuals from culturally diverse backgrounds
General Information (This section includes information about the University or the specific department or program, and background checking requirements. All job duties should be included in the Job Description section)

The School of Communication is located in a $14.5 million state-of-the-art facility that includes five computer labs, digital imaging labs, a student media complex, editing bays, television broadcast studios and modern electronic classrooms and seminar rooms. Please visit our website: http://nau.edu/sbs/communication/

Northern Arizona University has a student population of about 25,000 at its main campus in Flagstaff and at over 30 sites across the state.
Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch. NAU carefully balances teaching, scholarship and service with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student’s success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.
While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research that extend to such national concerns as forest health and bioterrorism. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.
Flagstaff has a population of about 65,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at the intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.
With its elevation of 7,000 feet and four-season climate, Flagstaff is ideal for year-round outdoor activities. Nearby attractions include the Grand Canyon, Lowell Observatory, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, and Arizona Snowbowl.

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. Additionally, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.


Salary is $43,000 - $45,000, depending on experience.
Application Deadline
This position will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on 4/1/13.
Application Procedure

Please e-mail the following application materials to VCsearch2013@nau.edu with the subject line in this format: “(Your last name) VC application.” Please limit file size limit to 20mb

To be considered for this position, the following information should be included:

• Letter of application - please explain your interest in the position and how you meet minimum and preferred qualifications; and provide details regarding your educational background, professional and/or teaching experience, teaching philosophy, and your commitment to working in a diverse university community
• Current Curriculum Vitae
• 10 - 15 samples of student work (.pdf).
• 10 - 15 portfolio samples of professional/scholarly/creative work (.pdf).
• A link to a site with your portfolio and students’ work.
• List of five references with names, addresses, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers

The committee may request additional information at a later date.

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples. Form A-1 Revised 2/11