Assistant/Associate Professor of Graphic Design

  • University of Tennessee, College of Architecture and Design
  • 1715 Volunteer Blvd, Knoxville, TN, USA
  • Oct 23, 2019
Full time   Design (all areas)

Job Description

School of Design

College of Architecture + Design

University of Tennessee Knoxville


Assistant / Associate Professor of Graphic Design

full-time tenure track position; salary commensurate with experience; excellent benefits.

The School of Design in the College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor to teach in the Graphic Design program beginning August 1, 2020. The School of Design sits within the College of Architecture and Design alongside Schools of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Landscape Architecture. The Graphic Design program is rigorous and highly respected, with students entering a myriad of design fields upon graduation and beyond.


Assistant / Associate Professor of Graphic Design, Job duties + Responsibilities

The successful candidate will join Graphic Design colleagues as part of a progressive design education environment.

With a teaching load of two courses per semester, this individual will contribute to the development of undergraduate minors and a future graduate curriculum in our growing School of Design. The candidate must be capable of teaching in our undergraduate BFA and bring an interest in curriculum development. The current curriculum emphasizes experimentation, problem-solving and cultural engagement. It is uniquely designed to encourage cross-disciplinary studies and collaborations, within a Research-1 university and to prepare students for professional practice. Candidates should have an MFA with a design emphasis, MGD or MDes.

In addition, the faculty member is expected to pursue an active research agenda with a strong vision of how that contributes to the future of the Design field. We offer a supportive and collegial atmosphere—one in which designers make valuable contributions to research, teaching, and public engagement both internationally, nationally, and within the University at large. The faculty member will also be responsible for service activities on both the School and College level. The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity, inclusiveness and intercultural goals of the University.

The City of Knoxville is a hidden gem with a beautiful and walkable downtown, active outdoor scene, inviting neighborhoods, and eclectic cultural activities, restaurants and shopping. Trip Advisor recently named it a Top Ten Destination on the Rise.
The Knoxville metropolitan area has a population of more than 857,000 and is located within easy driving distance to Asheville, Atlanta, Nashville, and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Required qualifications:

The successful candidate must:

  • be capable of teaching in our undergraduate BFA curriculum
  • have a record of an engaging research agenda
  • have an interest/ability in the development of emerging technologies, design theories, and cultural shifts in communication relative to traditional design practice
  • have a terminal Design degree

Desired qualifications:

The successful candidate should:

  • demonstrate an interest in curriculum development relative to the direction of the program
  • possess design teaching experience at the undergraduate level
  • exhibit professional experience in design practice

Application Details

Review of applications will begin on January 13th, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please submit the following application materials:

  • Cover letter of intent
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Statement of one’s own research/creative activity
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Statement of experience with diversity and inclusion in an academic context
  • Complete contact information for three references
  • Digital portfolio of work
  • Digital portfolio of student work, if applicable


 Please submit electronic materials to:

Angela Stackhouse



For more information on the position please contact Deb Shmerler, Search Committee Chair,


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The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status.



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Application Deadline

Open Until Filled