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JOB: SUNY Purchase, full-time tenured Asst or Assoc Professor of Graphic Design

The School of Art+Design at Purchase College, SUNY (State
University of New York) seeks candidates for a full-time, tenure
track faculty at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor of
Graphic Design with expertise in web and interactive design.
Areas of specialization can be either a.) dynamic typography,
b.) creative coding, c.) time based/motion graphics, d.) data
visualization, e.) visual literature/design authorship, or any
combination of these.
The ideal candidate will be a practicing graphic designer/artist with an innovative approach
to communicating through the tools and methodologies of graphic design/media design, and
have a passion for teaching. Strong engagement with and knowledge of typography is essential.
The position, within the Graphic Design area, includes teaching required and elective courses,
developing new courses, collaborating on curriculum development, advising students and serv-
ing on campus committees. Teaching load includes delivering five courses per academic year,
academic advising, plus mentoring individual senior thesis projects. Faculty should be qualified
to teach across the curriculum from first year to final thesis year in the BFA program. Additional-
ly, faculty who are interested to contribute at the graduate-level are also encouraged to apply.
Duties also require continued professional/artistic achievement on an expanding scale (on track
towards tenure) and service (which encompasses College, School, divisional, and Graphic Design
program governance). The Graphic Design board of study mounts an undergraduate program
that approaches graphic design as a vital field of professional art practice that gives shape to cul-
ture through a wide variety of media. The search committee seeks candidates with the potential
to build bridges beyond the School of Art+Design to other areas of study in the arts, letters, and
sciences (such as New Media, Creative Writing, Theater).
Successful candidates will provide a broad approach to graphic design and visual communica-
tions with a demonstrated passion for student learning and success, and interest in professional
arts training paired with a liberal education. Additionally, special attention will be given to faculty
that thrive in a public university context and share that enthusiasm with their students: we seek
designer/artists that explore how the practice and process of design can be an artistic and
social project.
Founded on the principle that artists and scholars are indispensable to each other and to an
enlightened society, Purchase College combines professional/conservatory programs in the
visual and performing arts with focused inquiry in the liberal arts and sciences. Located 25 miles
north of Manhattan in Westchester County, the campus celebrates individuality, diversity,
and creativity as we encourage students to Think Wide Open. At Purchase College, the
premiere center for arts training within the SUNY system, the arts play a special role: liberal
arts education infuses the arts and the arts infuse the campus. Purchase College is part of the
State University of New York system. The position will begin in the fall of 2018 (subject to
budgetary approval).
Rank [Assistant or Associate Professor] and salary commensurate with experience.
A terminal degree (MFA) in a studio discipline or commensurate professional experience, and
some college teaching experience are required. Candidates professional practice may encompass
client-centered and/or self-authored work, entrepreneurial projects, and writing about design. A
professional record of national or international scope is desired. Five years full-time experience
at the rank of Assistant Professor, or professional equivalent thereof, is required for appointment
at the rank of Associate Professor.
Applicants must attach the following to the online employment application:
1) Cover letter (maximum one-page) expressing interest in the position and summarizing
2) CV, including projects, clients/collaborators, publications, exhibitions, reviews, awards, panels/
papers, courses taught, etc.,
3) A portfolio consisting of 20 examples of professional work and 20 examples of student work.
Portfolio could be delivered as web-hosted images/videos or a link for the electronic delivery of a
PDF. Please provide internet web-links only, via a list contained in a document.,
4) Names, addresses, and e-mail addresses (and phone numbers, if possible) of three references
(attach as “Other Document 1”).
Apply by January 15, 2018 through this link:
Posting # 0800691
Phone calls, hard copy, or e-mail submissions of application materials will NOT be accepted.
Special Note: Nondiscrimination Policy – Purchase College is committed to fostering a diverse
community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, as well as ensuring equal educational
opportunity, employment, and access to service, programs, and activities, without regard to an
individual’s race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sex-
ual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status,
domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction. Employees, students, applicants, or other
members of the Purchase community (including vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be sub-
jected to harassment that is prohibited by law or treated adversely or retaliated against based
upon a protected characteristic. To view the entire policy, please visit the following website:
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Purchase College is an AA/EEO employer. The
Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery
Act, mandates that all Title IV institutions, without exception, prepare, publish and distribute
an Annual Security Report. This report consists of two basic parts: disclosure of the University’s
crime statistics for the past three years; and the availability regarding the University’s current
campus security policies. Purchase College’s Annual Security Report is available at https://www.
Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permit-
ted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current
compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended
a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested
from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at
(518) 474-6988 or via email at
Please share with qualified graphic designers and design educators!
We look forward to your application.
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