Purchase College, SUNY — Graphic Design Assistant Professor

The School of Art+Design at Purchase College, the premiere center for arts training within the State University of New York (SUNY) system, seeks candidates for a new full-time, tenure track faculty line in our undergraduate Graphic Design Program at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in the fall of 2022. As a public institution, Purchase College values diversity, equity and inclusion in our teaching and service to a diverse student body including financial standing, race, and gender-identity. 

The School of Art+Design is part of the School of the Arts at Purchase offering professional and conservatory programs in the visual and performing arts adjacent to and complemented by focused inquiry in the liberal arts and sciences. Our rigorous programs prepare students for careers across the performing arts and in the visual arts and design, as well as developing lives informed by creative experience. The school honors tradition, encourages experimentation and collaboration, develops critical thinking, and embraces new concepts, materials, and technologies. Purchase is located just 25 miles north of Manhattan in Westchester County and enjoys deep connections to the city. Our faculty of working artists is committed to creating a supportive climate in which students are passionate about learning to see, to think, to make, and to contribute.

The Graphic Design Department mounts an undergraduate program that approaches graphic design as a vital field of professional art practice, giving voice and shape to culture through a wide variety of partnerships and investigations across media and processes. 

Our search committee seeks a design educator with social and cultural awareness and engagement, who explores how the practice and process of design can be a meaningful artistic and societal project–an individual who will contribute to the vision of our growing program, and who demonstrates leadership potential. Additionally, special attention will be given to candidates who will thrive in a public university context and share that enthusiasm with their students. 

The position includes delivering core and elective courses at various levels of the program, and collaborative curriculum and course development within the Graphic Design area. Teaching load includes delivering five courses per academic year, academic advisement, and mentoring senior thesis. As a tenure-track position, continued professional/artistic/scholarly achievement on an expanding scale, superior teaching, and service (College-wide, divisional, and within Graphic Design) are required. The search committee seeks candidates with an interest in Foundations curriculum and teaching as well. 

The ideal candidate will be a practicing graphic designer/artist/educator with an innovative approach to visual communications and a passion for student learning and success. Strong engagement with and knowledge of typography is essential.

Areas of specialization primarily include graphic (print-based) design, web design, time based/motion graphics, or any combination of these. Expertise in the Adobe Creative Suite is required, particularly with a strong capacity using and teaching Id, Ps, Ai, Ae, XD, Figma and/or Sketch. Faculty regularly integrate new technologies, industry-changes, and cultural developments into their courses. Additional fluencies in dynamic typography, data visualization are a plus, with opportunities to expand teaching to include letterpress, risography, VR, AR, 3D modeling, or any combination of these. 

Appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor requires a terminal degree (MFA) in a studio discipline or commensurate experience with at least 3 years college-level teaching experience or the equivalent. Candidate’s professional practice may encompass client-centered work, self-authored work, and entrepreneurial projects. A professional record of national or international scope is desired. Salary: $60,000 + $3,026 location pay. 

Applicants must attach the following to the online employment application:

  • Cover letter (maximum one-page) expressing interest in the position and summarizing qualifications,
  • CV, including projects, clients/collaborators, publications, exhibitions, reviews, awards, panels/papers, courses taught, etc.,
  • A portfolio consisting of 20 examples of professional work and 20 examples of student work. Portfolio could be delivered as web-hosted images/videos or a link for the electronic delivery of a PDF. Please provide these web-links via a list contained in a document,
  • Names, addresses, and e-mail addresses (and phone numbers, if possible) of three references.

To apply for the position, please visit our Purchase College Job Vacancy website at https://jobs.purchase.edu and complete an online application. Review of applications begin February 3rd, remaining open until filled. Phone calls, hard copy, or e-mail submissions of application materials will NOT be accepted.

We provide competitive benefits (health, vision, dental insurance and retirement options), access to fitness, library, and course offerings. Generous paid holidays, vacation and sick days and downstate location stipend are included. 

Nondiscrimination Policy – Purchase College, SUNY is an AA/EEO employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Purchase College is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to service, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual’s race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction. Employees, students, applicants, or other members of the community (including vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic. To view the entire policy, please visit the following website: https://www.purchase.edu/offices/hr/policies-and-procedures/

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