Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

  • South Dakota State University
  • Brookings, SD
  • May 03, 2021
Full time Design (all areas)

Job Description


The School of Design at South Dakota State University is offering an exciting career opportunity as an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design. We are looking for a creative and innovative professional to join us in the School of Design. This is a 9-month, full-time, tenure-track, benefit eligible position and start date is August, 2021. This position is supervised by the Director of the School of Design. 

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


South Dakota State University Graphic Design faculty teach in a robust and growing Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program. Candidates for the Assistant Professor position will teach assigned courses in Graphic Design, support accreditation efforts, and engage in student recruitment and retention. Candidates will demonstrate expertise in one or more of the relevant expertise areas. Successful candidates will be expected to demonstrate the capacity to establish a national research/creative agenda through peer review.

School of Design tenured and tenure-track faculty teach a 3/3 course load. Tenure-track faculty may be assigned research/creative activity release time (20%) as well as service expectations.

  • Brand Identity
  • Computer Graphics
  • Creative Cognition
  • Design Technologies
  • Design Thinking
  • Design Systems and Strategies
  • History of Graphic Design
  • History of Modern Design
  • Interaction Design
  • Packaging Design
  • Publication Design
  • Sustainable Design
  • Typography
  • Web Design and Development


  • Terminal degree in Graphic Design, Interactive Design or equivalent, such as MFA, MDes or PhD by start date.
  • Potential for scholarly research or creative agenda demonstrated through peer reviewed publications or portfolio.
  • Ability to teach Graphic Design at the university level.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Effective interpersonal skills.


  • Experience teaching at the university level in one or more of the relevant areas of expertise.
  • Graphic Design expertise in professional practice or design achievement demonstrated through national peer-review and personal portfolio in one or more of the relevant areas of expertise.
  • Evidence of progress towards peer reviewed scholarly research and/or creative activity.
  • Ability to teach or work collaboratively with other disciplines.
  • Commitment to working with diverse students, faculty, and staff.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by May 21, 2021.


Commensurate with qualifications.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


South Dakota State University is the state's largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students.

SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. Its employees embrace the university's core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.

Graphic Design is nested in SDSU's School of Design where faculty and programs form a collaborative teaching and research environment that values cross-program and interdisciplinary initiatives. The School grants the BFA in Graphic Design, Studio Art, Architecture, and Interior Design; BLA in Landscape Architecture; and the MArch in Architecture. Students may also earn certificates of study in Animation, Art History, Ceramics, Graphic Design, Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture. Graphic design students may pursue minors in Advertising, Entrepreneurial Studies, Social Media, Film Studies, Museum Studies, Computer Science, or related study.

The program has initiated NASAD accreditation and is committed to a successful outcome by 2022. Graphic Design majors are served by four full-time graphic design faculty and complimented by art foundation instructors. Graphic Design majors study visual communications theory and practice in digital, print, time-based, and interactive media. Areas of study include Typography, Branding, Computer Graphics, Publication, Motion Graphics, Interactive Design, Package Design, Information Design, Digital Illustration, Visual Communication, and Animation.

As the state's 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2014. The university's total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state's first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state's highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children's Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by May 21, 2021. 


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on "apply for this job." This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a:

1) Cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement;

2) Curriculum Vitae;

3) Reference Page with the contact information for three academic and/or professional references;

4) Teaching philosophy (attached as ´other document');

5) Research, scholarship and/or creative activity agenda (attached as ´work sample')

6) A personal professional portfolio that includes professional, academic, and/or research materials (attached as ´portfolio').

* upload Format: PDF file type, 5MB (max.) or works can be provided with a URL website link.

Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at 605-688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university's verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.

It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University's Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.


For inquires on the position, contact Young Ae Kim, Graphic Design Search Chair, SDSU School of Design, 101 Grove Hall, Brookings, SD 57007, or (605) 688-4103.

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