Full-Time Faculty, Graphic Design

  • Otis College of Art and Design
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Apr 09, 2024
Design (all areas)

Job Description

Full-Time Faculty, Graphic Design

We are searching for an experienced Full-Time Faculty, Graphic Design at our Goldsmith Campus - Westchester campus. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: 


The Assistant Professor in the Graphic Design and Illustration Department is a renewable non-tenure track, full-time, and benefits-eligible position. Our desired candidate should demonstrate a range of cultural competencies and pedagogical approaches that expand beyond the canon of euro-centric design practices in a manner that affirms the experiences of a diverse student body. The position requires a strong commitment to teaching Graphic Design and Typography courses within our BFA and MFA major programs. The Assistant Professor is responsible for and contributes to teaching and curriculum development of undergraduate and graduate Graphic Design courses, student advising, departmental and college service and committee involvement, and creative professional practice. Areas of knowledge and expertise include graphic design, typography, identity & branding, motion graphics, visual design of apps and interfaces, and creative direction. Must be able to work efficiently, cooperatively, and collaboratively in a team environment. Candidates from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Please note that candidates with teaching and professional experience appropriate to an Associate Professor or even Professor designation will be considered for the role at an elevated faculty rank.


Full-Time Faculty are responsible for effective teaching, ongoing professional achievement, and service to their home department and the College. Fulfilling this work makes up 100% of their responsibilities.
Specific responsibilities include:
Teach courses as scheduled and in alignment with the mission and learning outcomes of the Department and College: Hold a full-time studio course contact hour load, consisting of 18 contact hours per week or 9 credit hours each Fall and Spring semester.
      - Prepare the syllabus and any supporting materials associated with teaching the course, and begin each semester fully prepared for classes. Collaborate with other faculty in team-taught courses.
      - Evaluate and improve the course content and pedagogy relevant to contemporary approaches and academic and industry standards. Introducing and discussing sustainability and diverse topics beyond Euro-centric approaches and creating an inclusive learning environment.
      - Record attendance and grading in a timely manner for students and the College's record keeping.
     - Demonstrate commitment to student success and a healthy classroom environment.
      - Refer students as needed to Student Affairs and other Campus Life resources.
•  Sustain strong record of creative/professional practice. 
      - Maintain active creative/professional practices.
      - Maintain an active professional network.
•  Provide up to 6 hours per week in service time to the Department and/or the College, as assigned by the Department Chair.
      - Participate and contribute to the College's shared governance system through Academic Assembly, Faculty Senate, Academic Assembly subcommittees, ad-hoc committees, task forces of various topics.
     - Departmental service may include but is not limited to providing academic advising to departmental students, attending departmental meetings, organizing visiting artists & designer series for department, monitoring department lab hours, assisting Chairs with scheduling courses and assigning physical resources, creating student work exhibitions for wall displays, supervising classroom assistants, and representing department at internal and external events and other duties as assigned.
      - Contribute to Program Assessment as scheduled.
      - Support and mentor diverse students and their successful academic progress and career preparation.
      - Demonstrate professionalism and cooperation with colleagues.
      - Adhere to institutional policies and procedures.
      - Work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve departmental and college goals through sustained efforts and initiatives.
•     Must be responsive to work-related phone calls and emails during non-business hours on occasion.

Required Qualifications:

 -One or more of the following degrees: BFA, BA, MFA in Graphic Design or related fields.

-Demonstrated teaching effectiveness at the College level with an expertise in the field of Graphic Design or related field.
-Substantial knowledge of historic and contemporary artists and designers that expands beyond the euro-centric cannon.

-Demonstrated ability to develop a successful course relating to the fundamentals of graphic design, visual literacy, and working knowledge of methodologies and production for design studio courses.
-Sustained record of creative and professional practice in related art and design fields.  

-Strong ability to work creatively and effectively with a diverse student body as part of a team of professional designers, artists, and educators.


-Graduate degree (MFA, MDes, etc.)
-Two years of teaching experience beyond graduate school.

-Experience in writing design curriculum, especially for designing identities, product/app design and designing for usability.

-Commitment to affirming and understanding the lived experiences of students coming from underrepresented communities as it pertains to art and design educational experiences.

-Excellent organization, and time management skills.
-Computer literacy, working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office Suite (including Outlook), Google Drive, and digital software and online learning management systems (LMS).
-Willingness to teach in other areas of the Graphic Design program including the Graduate Graphic Design program (fall, spring, summer).

-Experience working in a design studio, agency, or other team of designers, knowledge of the norms and current practices in the field.

FLSA Status: Exempt

Compensation Type: Annual Salary

Salary Range: 72,008.00 - 81,061.00

Our company provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

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