California State University, San Bernardino — Art & Design – Tenure-track, Assistant Professor Design (General)

Art & Design – Tenure-track, Assistant Professor Design (General)
California State University, San Bernardino


California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is located in San Bernardino in the Inland Empire, 60 miles east of Los Angeles and operates a satellite campus in Palm Desert located in Coachella Valley. CSUSB serves approximately 20,000 students, of which 81% are first-generation college students and graduates about 5,000 students annually. As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has one of the most diverse student populations of any university in the Inland Empire, and the second highest Hispanic enrollment of all public universities in California. CSUSB employs 467 full-time faculty and offers 48 undergraduate, 35 graduate, and one doctoral degree programs and 14 academic programs with national accreditation.

At CSUSB, diversity, equity and inclusion are values central to our mission. We recognize that diversity and inclusion in all its forms are necessary for our institutional success. By fully leveraging our diverse experiences, backgrounds and insights, we inspire innovation, challenge the status quo and create better outcomes for our students and community. As part of CSUSB's commitment to hire, develop and retain a diverse faculty, we offer a variety of networking, mentoring and development programs for our junior faculty. We are committed to building and sustaining a CSUSB community that is supportive and inclusive of all individuals. Qualified applicants with experience in ethnically diverse settings and/or who demonstrate a commitment to serving diverse student populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

Typical Activities

The Department of Art & Design at California State University, San Bernardino invites applications from a diverse group of qualified applicants for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2021.

The Design Program in the Department of Art & Design at California State University, San Bernardino seeks to appoint an innovative and versatile design educator, with a broad range of design skills – across graphic design, branding, marketing, 3D design, product design, web and mobile platform design, digital motion graphics – and a commitment to the professional practice of graphic design for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor.

Candidates should have at least five years industry experience working as a designer; and broad training that includes strong foundations in typography, aesthetics, and conceptual development applied across media. An ideal candidate will have university teaching experience also. Applicants should display evidence of strong interpersonal and communication skills as well.

Typical Activities: The successful candidate will teach into the design program's schedule of classes at all undergraduate levels; perform committee duties at department, college and university levels; continue their professional and/or research work in their area of specialization; and, broaden links to local, regional and national communities within their area of expertise in order to promote and further student success.

Qualified candidates must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring a diverse student population and to working effectively with faculty, staff and students across a wide range of disciplines.

In addition, new faculty are encouraged to develop and participate in activities that support the University's strategic plan. This plan emphasizes: a) student success; b) faculty and staff success; c) stewarding resources; d) community engagement and partnerships; and, e) enhancing the campus identity. CSUSB's Strategic Plan is available at CSUSB actively encourages qualified applicants to apply who demonstrate a commitment to serving a diverse student population and advancing student success through highly engaged, high impact educational practices. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from women and members of historically underrepresented groups.

Minimum Qualifications


  • MFA in Design or equivalent graduate qualification
  • 5 years working in industry


  • Demonstration of some university-level teaching experience


The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with CSUSB. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: CSUSB cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that CSUSB has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to CSUSB or individuals in the university community.

For health and well-being, CSUSB is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.


The Department of Art & Design, as part of the College of Arts & Letters at CSUSB, offers several bachelors degrees in art history, design, studio art, and visual studies, plus an MFA program in Studio Art. In the design area, we offer a BA in Design Studies and a BFA in Design (with concentrations in Interface Design, 3D Design, Motion Design, and Marketing). The department serves approximately 500-600 students in its majors per year, plus other students from across the campus. The core approach taken to teaching across all the areas of the department focuses on visual and material literacy, as well as critical and discursive analysis of art, design and other cultural productions. Students that we serve gain a broad base of skills in the areas of art and design making, as well as research, critical thinking, problem solving, and writing. Through our programs we strongly encourage an open approach to understanding how all aspects of art, design and cultural production contribute to imperatives of diversity and community engagement.


For more information about the Department of Art & Design see or

Contact current department chair Dr. Matthew Poole

or contact search committee chair Dr. Kurt Collins

Supplemental Information


Please submit the name, telephone number and email address of three references and three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to comment, copies of all post-secondary degrees (official transcripts will be required prior to appointment) with your application.

1) Curriculum Vitae

2) Cover Letter that includes:

a. A statement of your teaching philosophy.

b. A statement of your research experience and goals.

c. A statement of how you might contribute to CSUSB's Strategic Plan.

3) If available, evidence of teaching effectiveness such as teaching portfolios, reports on teaching observations, and/or student evaluations of teaching.

4) Unofficial copies of all postsecondary degree transcripts (official transcripts will be required prior to appointment).

5) Reference List – names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three (3) referees whom we may contact to obtain letters of recommendation.

Confidential Letters of Recommendation will be solicited from those listed as references on the application if the applicant is moved forward in the recruitment process. Non – Confidential Letters of Recommendation can be uploaded by the applicant during the application process.

6) A Diversity Statement, which may include your interpretation of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and must include specific examples of how your background and your educational and/or professional experiences have prepared you for this role at California State University, San Bernardino (maximum 1,000 words).

Formal review of applications will begin December 6, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. Information regarding CSUSB's Department of Art & Design can be found at

If you are interested in this opportunity, we invite you to apply using this CSU Recruit hyperlink at Salary is commensurate with experience.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

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