Olivet College — Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

Olivet College, a liberal arts college in south central Michigan with a long-standing commitment to inclusion and diversity, seeks an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design. The successful candidate will be instrumental in the renovation of the graphic design curriculum and create a fresh vision for the graphic design degree. The successful candidate will also actively collaborate with faculty in the Media Production & Communication and Business Marketing programs to develop innovative cross-disciplinary opportunities for student engagement. The position is a full-time tenure track faculty position.

Given the college’s commitment to supporting a diverse and inclusive faculty, members of historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position Requirements:  MFA degree in Graphic Design, at least five years in the design industry, and college-level teaching experience preferred; Master’s degree in related field with at least five years’ experience in the design industry welcome.  Interested individuals should be well versed in Adobe Creative Suite; candidates with specializations in print production, e-publishing and web design are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated successful teaching at the undergraduate level and will have relevant experience in the field of graphic design. Candidates must indicate a clear commitment to teaching and provide evidence of the ability to create positive and engaging learning experiences for students in and outside of the classroom. Candidates who are passionate about teaching and mentoring undergraduate students in a collaborative, collegial, and diverse academic environment are strongly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to applicants with expressed interest and experience in collaborative program innovation and development, as well as applicants with demonstrated competence working with culturally diverse groups in teaching, scholarship, and/or service.

Position Responsibilities:  Full-time faculty members teach 24 credit hours (or the equivalent) over two semesters.  Faculty responsibilities also include advising and mentoring students, engaging in scholarly activities, and participating in other service activities in support of the college and its mission.  Candidates must bring the ability to create a positive classroom experience and a commitment to mentoring undergraduates in a collaborative and diverse environment. The faculty member will work collaboratively with faculty in the Media Production & Communication and Business Marketing programs to develop cross-disciplinary opportunities for students with the end goal of creating a high-quality graphic design program that prepares students well via internships and other types of career preparation experiences.

Starting Date:  July 1, 2022.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue as required.

Application Process:  Click on this link to go to the online application site:  Career Center

Once in the Career Center, click on the job title to view the posting and click “Apply” to set up a profile and upload the following materials:

  1. Letter of application;
  2. Current resume or curriculum vitae with contact information for three references;
  3. One-page statement of your interest in and experience with working with a diverse population of students in a multi-ethnic environment;
  4. Statement of teaching philosophy and approach to the assessment of student learning;
  5. Transcript from the highest degree-granting institution related to the position (official or unofficial) and/or documentation of graduate coursework or relevant certification in the area of instruction; and
  6. Student evaluations (if available).

Offer of hire is contingent upon receipt of official transcripts, completion of a background check, and verification of information submitted.

About the College:  Olivet College was founded in 1844 as a college open to all regardless of race, gender, or ability to pay.  The college’s faculty and staff continue its tradition of creating and sustaining a welcoming and inclusive educational environment for students.  The college is one of the most diverse private liberal arts institutions in the state of Michigan and actively seeks diversity in its students, faculty, and staff.  Students from underrepresented minorities constituted 26% of the fall 2021 student body, with over 17% of the student body identifying as African American.  The student body is a mix of urban and rural students from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds, many of whom are first-generation college attendees.  The college’s faculty and staff are committed to providing personalized, individualized attention for students who commit themselves to seeking academic and personal success.

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