Assistant Professor - Graphic Design

Montana State University

United States

August 2, 2021


Position Details Announcement Number FAC - VA - 21059

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Nicole Divine at 406-994-4502 or

Classification Title Instructor Working Title Assistant Professor - Graphic Design Brief Position Overview

The School of Art at Montana State University invites applications for a tenure-track position for Assistant Professor of Graphic Design. Each faculty member will teach and advise undergraduate and graduate student in the School of Art; maintain an active and peer-recognized professional practice of client-initiated or self-initiated design projects and/or academic research; and participate in ongoing curricular development, as well as department, college, and university governance.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes Faculty Rank Assistant Professor Position Number 4A4367 Department Art Division College of Arts & Architecture Appointment Type Faculty Contract Term Academic Year Semester If other, specify From date If other, specify End date Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining FTE 1.0 Benefits Eligible Eligible Salary $60,000 - 63,000 annually, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications Contract Type MUS If other, please specify Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

The School of Art at Montana State University seeks to broaden its design education offering. We seek a full time faculty member in Graphic Design at the rank of Assistant Professor, who has potential for excellence in design thinking in an environment beyond print. The BFA degree in Graphic Design at MSU is a four-year undergraduate program that is nationally accredited by NASAD with an emphasis on the development of critical thinking and the professional design skills necessary for employment within the creative industries. Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work- life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career partners.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teaching and Advising – preparation and delivery of undergraduate courses, senior capstone courses; curricular advising, career advising/mentoring
  • Professional Practice and Scholarly Research
  • Service and Outreach – departmental, college and university committees and community engagement
  • Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • MFA or MDes in graphic design or appropriate related field.
  • Experience in typography, layout design and conceptual problem solving.
  • Experience using Adobe Creative Cloud software in a Mac environment.
  • Current professional practice in the field of graphic design and/or a record of scholarly creative work.
  • Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • The preferred candidate has experience in ONE OR MORE of the following areas:

  • UI /UX Design for Web and Mobile

  • Design for the Outdoor Recreation Market
  • Branding/Identity
  • Packaging Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Product Design/Prototyping
  • Advertising Design/Art Direction
  • Motion Graphics/Digital Animation
  • Digital Publishing/Publication Design
  • Digital Illustration/Digital Manipulation
  • Design Entrepreneurship

  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to explain and communicate detailed information both verbally and in writing.

  • Record of professional accomplishments.
  • Prior teaching experience at the college or university level. # Experience with curriculum development.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with and engaging diverse students and colleagues within and outside the school.
  • The Successful Candidate Will

    Applicants should articulate a vision for a rigorous curriculum in graphic design with a focus on preparing students to succeed professionally and to be technically, aesthetically, and creatively prepared to innovate in these critical areas. Successful candidates will advance appreciation for diversity and add intellectual diversity to the School.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

    This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University's rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

    Physical Demands

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

    The Program

    Students come from all over the country to study at the School of Art, particularly in our graphic design program. Our art students and our curriculum are inclined toward creative problem solving and entrepreneurial thinking. The School of Art faculty comprise a group of enthusiastic practitioners and thinkers, with expertise in publication design, letterpress, typography, screen-printing, web design, illustration, digital imaging, advertising and design history. The program emphasizes critical thinking skills and practical experience in both traditional and digital media.

    The Department

    Within the School of Art, there are approximately 350 students majoring in studio art, design (BFA), art education and art history (BA) and a graduate program in Fine Arts (MFA). All programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD). For more information visit our website at: www.

    The College

    The College of Arts and Architecture is home to distinctive academic programs housed in the Schools of Art, Architecture, Music and Film & Photography. Students enjoy close mentoring relationships with faculty through a curriculum that is rich in studio- and lab-based pedagogy. The College offers international and cultural travel opportunities for students in all majors and encourages internship experiences for many of its programs. The College hosts the only accredited Architecture program in Montana and supports a unique, world-class graduate film program in science and natural history filmmaking. Graduates from the college enjoy successful careers in art, design, media production, photography, architecture, education and music, or choose to apply the discipline, creative problem solving skills and work ethic embedded in their programs to other careers. The College is home to the internationally recognized Montana Shakespeare in the Parks theater company and supports the Black Box Theatre as well as innovation and design spaces such as the Design Sandbox for Engaged Learning and the Community Design Center. For more information about the College of Arts and Architecture, go to www.

    Number of Vacancies 1

    Desired Start Date Upon successful completion of search. Position End Date (if temporary) Open Date Close Date Applications will be:

    Screening of applications will begin on August 2, 2021. However, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

    Special Instructions

    To be considered for this position: 1. Cover letter that specifically addresses qualifications 2. Statement of teaching philosophy 3. Current resume or vita 4. PDF portfolio, 20 examples of creative work 5. PDF portfolio, 20 examples of student work if available

    Diversity Statement

    Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

    Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University's mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

    Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant's ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee's ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

    In compliance with the Montana Veteran's Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran's preference please complete the veteran's preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

    MSU's Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: .

    FLSA Details FLSA Status Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

  • Cover Letter addressing Each of the Required and Preferred Qualifications
  • Teaching Statement (max 2 pages)
  • Resume OR Curriculum Vitae
  • Sample Creative Work
  • Optional Documents

  • Sample Student Work
  • Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

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