Assistant Professor, Visual Art & Graphic Design

  • Salt Lake Community College
  • Salt Lake City, UT, USA
  • Jun 15, 2024
Full time Design (all areas)

Job Description

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Assistant Professor, Visual Art & Graphic Design

Salt Lake Community College


Position Title: Assistant Professor, Visual Art & Graphic Design

Open Internally or Externally: External

If faculty, tenure track status: Tenure Track

Reports to (title): Associate Dean, Shelley Bodily

Department: Visual Art & Design

Requisition Number: F23TT39

Position Type: Replacement

Job Category: Faculty

FT/PT: Full-time

Initial Work Location: Varies

Starting Salary: Min. $58,438.00/ Academic year

Job Open Date: 04/22/2024

Job Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Priority Review Date: 06/04/2024

Job Summary: Welcome to the SLCC Community!!If you value recreation & the scenic beauty of nature, along with a strong Community Foundation; Then, Salt Lake Community College is the place for you. Nestled in the beautiful Wasatch Mountains. SLCC proudly serves Utah’s most diverse student population, providing education to more than 45,000 students across eight campuses. We strive to be a model for inclusive and transformative education. Therefore, the Visual Art & Design department seeks to hire an active and engaged faculty member with expertise in the arts, an emphasis in graphic design, a positive commitment to teaching excellence, and a capacity for inclusive, collaborative, and innovative instruction.Salt Lake Community College’s Visual Art & Design Department provides a quality arts education and assists students in achieving their artistic and career goals. In addition to offering associate degrees and certificates in art, the department also provides an opportunity to explore a variety of art media. We prepare individuals to build their professional-looking portfolios for employment and/or transfer to a four-year college or university.The selected candidate will work as a full-time, tenure-track faculty member in the Visual Art & Design Department’s Graphic Design & Communications Specialization. The candidate will teach traditional art and design physical materials courses and digitally based computer lab courses. They will join a progressive department where faculty members are thoughtful individuals, equity-minded practitioners, and knowledgeable visual arts instructors who may utilize various modalities for instructional delivery.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties: Responsibilities & Duties:

Teaching: Under general supervision, the faculty member will prepare and teach a combination of course modalities. A positive commitment to teaching excellence and responsibilities will include an ability to create and instruct in the following:

  • Traditional hands-on skills required in the preliminary design process, physical materials, and presentation.
  • Computer software skills in Adobe’s InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.
  • A variety of delivery modalities and teaching technologies for classes in traditional in-person, face-to-face, hybrid, online, and lab environments.


The faculty member will teach an average of 15 instructional units per semester (approximately 18 hours of in-class time per week during the Fall and Spring semesters) in the Visual Art & Design Department at Salt Lake Community College. Regular full-time faculty members teach assigned day, evening, and weekend classes in accordance with established guidelines and policies. SLCC faculty participate in advising students, committee assignments, support academic and institutional activities, and other duties as assigned.

Much of the assigned teaching load may consist of introductory, intermediate, and advanced graphic design courses, which require coordination of course curriculum paperwork and adjunct training. Additional duties may include but are not limited to participation in Visual Art & Design program curriculum development, annual program assessments, and periodic program reviews in collaboration with other program faculty.Professional:

  • Become familiar with and abide by all college policies, with immediate priority given to those policies that govern interactions with colleagues, staff, administrators, and departments throughout the college.
  • Maintains professional etiquette in communication with students, staff, faculty, and administrators.
  • Works closely with department peers and administrators to understand processes and procedures leading to success as a contributing teacher and member of the academic unit.
  • Maintains necessary education, credentials, and professional skills and demonstrates teaching competencies consistent with department standards.
  • Solicits feedback and implements suggestions from students and peers when appropriate.
  • Expands knowledge in discipline and teaching craft on an ongoing basis.
  • Promotes professional development of peers/colleagues through recognized professional activities (in‐service activities and the presentation of conference papers and/or publications, and other methodologies appropriate to the teaching field), as approved by the department.
  • Participates in the collegial mentoring relationship, serving as a mentor and/or mentee in the department and college.
  • Engages in local, state, and/or national professional organizations appropriate to the faculty role.
  • Serves community partners as content area experts when needed.
  • Completes required training and participates in professional development.
  • Other duties as assigned:

Please see our SLCC Faculty General Description found Appendix 1 Faculty Compensation and Workload Handbook.

Service: The faculty member will serve their program, department, school, college, and the larger community by attending both general and discipline-specific forums and meetings. Faculty are expected to serve on college and department committees and community committees, engage with the community in multiple roles, and mentor departmental adjunct faculty. The faculty member will also participate in professional development activities that are applicable to their growth as an artist and an educator.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties Continued: Professional:Become familiar with and abide by all college policies, with immediate priority given to those policies that govern interactions with colleagues, staff, administrators, and departments throughout the college.Maintains professional etiquette in communication with students, staff, faculty, and administrators.Works closely with department peers and administrators to understand processes and procedures leading to success as a contributing teacher and member of the academic unit.Maintains necessary education, credentials, and professional skills and demonstrates teaching competencies consistent with department standards.Solicits feedback and implements suggestions from students and peers when appropriate.Expands knowledge in discipline and teaching craft on an ongoing basis.Promotes professional development of peers/colleagues through recognized professional activities (in‐service activities and the presentation of conference papers and/or publications, and other methodologies appropriate to the teaching field), as approved by the department.Participates in the collegial mentoring relationship, serving as a mentor and/or mentee in the department and college.Engages in local, state, and/or national professional organizations appropriate to the faculty role.Serves community partners as content area experts when needed.Completes required training and participates in professional development.Other duties as assigned:Please see our SLCC Faculty General Description found Appendix 1 Faculty Compensation and Workload Handbook.Service:The faculty member will serve their program, department, school, college, and the larger community by attending both general and discipline-specific forums and meetings. Faculty are expected to serve on college and department committees and community committees, engage with the community in multiple roles, and mentor departmental adjunct faculty. The faculty member will also participate in professional development activities that are applicable to their growth as an artist and an educator.

Minimum Qualifications: Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree plus the equivalent of four (4) years of full-time employment/experience in the visual arts or an art-related field.

.– Or –

  • An Associate’s degree plus the equivalent of six (6) years of full-time employment/experience in the visual arts or a related field.

– And –

  • Demonstrated experience teaching experience at the high school level, in a professional industry environment, or expert certification training, or similar learning environment.



Preferred Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications:Master’s degree in a related field.9 years of full-time paid professional, non-teaching graphic design/art experience in the graphic design industry as an art director, senior graphic designer, or creative director.Post-secondary teaching experience in a variety of courses, including but not limited to design, typography, layout, branding, packaging, job preparation, art history and/or appreciation, etc.Online teaching experience.Curriculum development experience.Experience with or a strong interest in utilizing proven strategies to eliminate equity gaps in student success.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: KSA’s:Exhibit knowledge of current best practices in graphic design/arts and advertising.Present a strong, proven understanding of design, layout, and typography for both print and web.Current in technological advances related to the graphic design/arts industry tools and software.Significant demonstrated experience using Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator to teach courses applicable to print, illustration, web, multimedia, etc.Present a strong, proven knowledge of digital file creation and pre-press production.Present a strong, proven knowledge of print processes and production: traditional lithography, letterpress, screen printing, offset lithography, flexography, web and digital printing, etc.Present a strong, proven knowledge of the history of printing and emerging print industry development trends.Present a strong, proven knowledge of the history of paper, manufacturing, and development trends.Present and maintain strong, proven knowledge of the history of the graphic design/arts industry and its major influences.Experience teaching traditional in-person, face-to-face, hybrid, and online course modalities.Documented evidence of professional growth in teaching (training, credentials, professional development, student feedback, etc.).Knowledge of and an ability to facilitate the creation of digital and print portfolios for graphic designers.Understanding and experience using high-impact practices (HIPs) for teaching.Support for student success when entering the workforce or transferring to a four-year college or university.Experience teaching students from underserved populations, including diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, which also includes students with disabilities.Communication skills and cross-cultural abilities that maximize effective collaboration with a diverse community of students and colleagues.Bilingual.

Non-Essential Responsibilities and Duties:

Special Instructions: Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States at the time of hire.Anticipated Start Date: Fall Semester 2024Priority Review Date: June 4, 2024 Applications received by the priority review date will receive priority in screening. The screening of applications submitted after the priority review date will be determined by the committee until the position is filled. All applications submitted by the priority review date will be reviewed.The following are the requirements to complete the application:Cover letter,Curriculum vitae or resume,Copies of university/college transcripts,One-page teaching philosophy statement, andProfessional work website addressWhen creating application documents, pay close attention to the “Preferred Qualifications” and “Knowledge, Skills & Abilities” sections of this application. Please speak to as many of the listed qualifications as possible when appropriate.UPON REQUEST, selected finalists for this position will be required to participate in a teaching demonstration and to provide letters of recommendation from individuals who have observed the candidate in a professional work environment and/or teaching.Selected finalists for this position, upon request, will be required to submit a physical professional portfolio of their artwork.SLCC’s People and Workplace Culture department (human resources) will conduct criminal background checks on the selected finalists. In addition, it is permissible to submit unofficial transcripts when applying for this position. **Official transcripts are required before employment can be offered to the chosen candidate. SLCC offers a comprehensive benefits package for FT Faculty members. Please visit: SLCC Employee Benefits Page.

SLCC Highlights: Salt Lake Community College is Utah’s largest open-access college with the most diverse student body in the state. We proudly educate 45,000+ students pursuing degrees in 100+ programs across 8 areas of study, and Utah’s fastest growing industries and four-year baccalaureate programs consistently welcome SLCC graduates. Every SLCC employee has a hand in transforming students’ lives to strengthen its surrounding communities. SLCC employees work at 11 locations across the valley and capital city of Salt Lake with easy access to the beautiful Wasatch Mountains, world-class outdoor recreation, sporting events, museums, history, and arts and entertainment.Salt Lake Community College seeks and values contributions from each community member and welcomes new and diverse perspectives. A respectful work environment is its top priority; academic excellence and lasting transformation come about when diverse voices can speak and collaborate freely. As an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution, SLCC leads the state with the highest enrollment of students from the Latinx/a/o community. SLCC is committed to serving diverse students and being a model for inclusive and transformative education.

FLSA: Exempt

SLCC Information: Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) is fully committed to policies of equal employment and nondiscrimination. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, religion, protected veteran status, expression of political or personal beliefs outside of the workplace, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.SLCC is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). In addition to URS, SLCC offers several other retirement account options.


To apply, please visit: https://jobs.slcc.edu/postings/58636






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