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[TEACHING / JOB] Assistant or Associate Professor in Design and Visual Communication, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee; Department of Art & Design; Peck School of the Arts

University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Department of Art & Design, Peck School of the Arts

in Design and Visual Communication

Position Title:
Assistant or Associate Professor, tenure track, nine month (academic year) in the Design and Visual Communication area of the Department of Art and Design, Peck School of the Arts, at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Position Description:
The Department of Art & Design at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee seeks a colleague in the Design and Visual Communication program. Required teaching includes Design and Visual Communication classes at all levels. Possible opportunities include developing and teaching introductory curriculum (Introduction to Design and Introduction to Typography); developing service learning opportunities; Web, Interaction and/or Mobile App Design; Information Graphics; Design Entrepreneurship; Product Design. Collaborative interdisciplinary opportunities exist between DVC and Engineering, Architecture, Public Health, SOIS and other departments and schools on UWM’s campus. Potential to work with international programs.

Participation in Department of Art and Design’s current and developing graduate program is expected. Service expectations include participation in curriculum development, course scheduling, community outreach, budget, student advising and participation in Design and Visual Communication Portfolio Review. Faculty members are expected to maintain active creative, professional or scholarly research in their field and actively contribute to the department, school, and university through committee service and faculty-shared governance responsibilities.

Required Qualifications:
MFA or equivalent terminal degree is required (applicant must have terminal degree [MFA or equivalent] by the start of the appointment). Digital expertise required.

Preferred Qualifications:
Previous college teaching experience is preferred.

Other preferred qualifications include:
• outstanding typographic skills
• excellent ideation and critical thinking skills
• strong teaching skills at all levels of undergraduate design curriculum and graduate studio curriculum
• knowledge of communication theory and visual literacy
• experience with design process, design thinking, strategies and methodologies for problemidentification and problem-solving
• evidence of creative, scholarly or professional research potential

Program Description:
The Department of Art & Design has 24 full-time faculty members and 12 full-time academic staff members and offers BA, BFA, MA and MFA degrees in the areas of Ceramics, Cross-Disciplinary Studio, Design and Visual Communication, Digital Studio Practice, Fibers, Jewelry/Metalsmithing, Painting/Drawing, Photography, Print/Narrative Forms, and Sculpture, as well as BFA and MS
degrees in Art Education.

The Peck School of the Arts (PSOA), with more than 2000 majors, is one of the largest and most exciting programs in the arts in the state and region. PSOA is home to the newly established Design Research Institute and has a legacy of outstanding programs in Art & Design, Dance, Film, Music, Theatre, and a professional gallery, INOVA, the Institute of Visual Arts. PSOA is dynamic, creative and collaborative within the university and within the Milwaukee community.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is one of two public doctoral research universities in Wisconsin, offering more than 30,000 students a comprehensive liberal arts and professional education through 180 degree and certificate programs.

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Desired Starting Date:
August 18, 2014.

Application Procedures:
Persons interested in being considered for this position must apply through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Employment Site: The direct link to the posting is

Completed online applications must include a letter of application describing interest in and qualifications for the position; a curriculum vitae which includes applicant’s email address; a brief research plan; a teaching statement; and a separate document listing the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references. Do not include letters of reference with application.

In addition, to complete the application, a single PDF work sample document should be emailed to and must include:

  • Appropriate evidence of professional activity in the form of 20 images of applicant’s work (committee will not review websites or other online materials)
  • Numbered list identifying the work
  • 20 examples of applicant’s students’ work clearly labeled with class level, representing the breadth of applicant’s teaching experience
  • Numbered list identifying the student work

Applicants should include their last name in the subject line of the email and their full name in the body of the email.

Do not attach the work sample document to the application website.

The Search Committee may request additional materials later.

Application Deadline:
Continuous recruitment. Initial screening of candidates begins November 1, 2013 and continues until a qualified candidate is hired. Applications received after October 31, 2013 may not receive consideration.

UWM is an affirmative action, equal employment opportunity employer.

All finalists for this position will require a criminal records review consistent with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act.

The names of those nominees and applicants who have not requested that their identities be withheld and the names of all finalists will be released upon request.

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