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The NASAD accredited Art Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Communication Design BFA program beginning in August 2016. The Department offers courses that examine art and design in relationship to contemporary society with specific emphasis on emerging and interdisciplinary practices.
The BFA in Communication Design program positions the role of design as a responsive form of intervention operating in distinct socio-cultural landscapes. Students gain experience in three pedagogical tracks that lead to a broad but deep relationship to the field, fostering specialization at the senior level. Theory and practice are integrated throughout the curriculum in individual and team-based contexts. The program emphasizes community-driven design that merges best practices across art and design disciplines. Students in Communication Design respond to problems through a spectrum of outcomes that may be rooted in the tradition of contemporary practice emphasizing time-based, performative, cultural, object-based, built or visual experiments in communicative form.
Ideal candidates will possess strengths that are design-centered but supported by an interdisciplinary approach to pedagogy. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to teaching design practices that embrace emerging technologies: undergraduate courses focused on web/mobile design, responsive web design, user interaction and user experience design and development, and/or design and development of interactive social media applications.
Responsibilities include: teaching 18 studio semester credit hours per academic year (three studio courses per semester) across the curriculum in Communication Design with emphasis on emerging technologies; advising students for academics, professional development, portfolio review, and senior thesis, including regular office hours; service to University, community and profession; and on-going professional development, critical scholarship, exhibition, and/or publication. Among the courses taught by the faculty hired will be undergraduate Communication Design courses focused on interaction design, web design, user experience design, and time-based applications as well as typography, branding, and systems design applications, especially as they pertain to digital environments.
The successful candidate must have the ability to work with and be sensitive to the educational needs of a diverse urban population.
MA in Communication Design or closely related field plus six years professional experience; or MFA in Communication Design or closely related field.
Experience teaching undergraduate level courses focused on web/mobile design, responsive web design, user interaction and user experience design and development, and/or social media interactive applications.
Experience teaching typography, branding, and systems design applications especially as it pertains to digital environments.
Ideal candidates will possess strengths that include proficiencies in interactive design theory, technologies, platforms and systems.
Individuals whose research and/or practice focuses on the connections between technologies which contribute to socially, economically and/or environmentally sensitive design are preferred.
Experience working with and sensitivity to the needs of a diverse urban student population including (but not limited to) students of color, LBGTQIA students, students from low-income backgrounds, first-generation students, students with disabilities, undocumented students, non-traditional students, student veterans, and English-language learners.
Proficiency in applicable knowledge of relevant media software.
A portfolio of 10-20 student work samples or a link to such a portfolio is required if the applicant has the preferred teaching qualifications.
IMPORTANT: in order to be considered as applicant YOU MUST FILL OUT THE APPLICATION AT https://www.msudenverjobs.com.
Official Transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.
In order for your application to be considered complete, you will need to include the following documents: 1) Curriculum Vitae; 2) Cover letter; 3) Teaching Philosophy; 4) Portfolio of 10-20 professional work samples or a link to such a portfolio; 5) A portfolio of 10-20 student work samples or a link to such a portfolio is required if the applicant has the preferred teaching qualifications. Portfolios or links can be upload to the “other documents” category. Candidates advancing to the on-campus interview will be required to submit 3 letters of recommendation and all academic transcripts.
If you cannot load any or all documents at the time of application, then please send documents to:
Attn: Pat Yarrow
Subject: Search F 122 Assistant Professor of Communications Design.
All documents must be received by close date, November 13th at midnight. Documents received after this date will not be considered.
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