Position Number: D96123
Job Title: Assistant Professor of Graphic Design with a Focus in Emerging Creative Technologies
Department: School of Art + Design
FTE: 1.0 benefits
Job Type: Tenure Track
The College of the Arts (COTA) and The School of Art + Design at Portland State University invite
applications for an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design with a Focus on Emerging Creative Technologies,
commencing Fall 2021. This is a tenure-track, 1.0 FTE, 9-month position.
In conjunction with the Graphic Design faculty and the School Director, this position will be primarily
responsible for developing, coordinating, and maintaining courses that focus on emerging technologies in
Graphic Design in the School of Art + Design. The School of Art + Design seeks candidates who are
engaged makers with a strong record of professional practice/research. A successful candidate will
demonstrate an expansive view of the field of graphic design, a connection to contemporary and
emerging practices, and the ability to stay current in the latest design methods, technologies, and
platforms that engage students in productive online learning. In addition to teaching, the position entails
participating in curricular development, playing a leadership role in the Graphic Design program, and
supporting the program’s events and activities.
About the Graphic Design Area:
PSU Graphic Design’s mission is to foster the development of strong and engaged communication
designers. PSU’s Graphic Design program equips students to conquer creative challenges with a breadth
of technical and artistic skills. Our program prepares students to be exploratory, experimental,
collaborative graphic designers who can thrive in today’s world.
The faculty in the design program at Portland State University are active makers as well as educators.
Through their efforts and connections, Portland State’s graphic design students become part of the larger
The graphic design program at PSU draws its strength from its location within an expanded School of Art +
Design and a large research university. PSU.GD’s curriculum is informed by proximity to programs such as
MFAs in Studio and Social Practice and BFA in Art Practice. Students have the opportunity to collaborate
across programs and take advantage of facilities and lecture series outside of the PSU.GD offerings.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Teach 28 credits per year as determined by Director. A typical teaching load will be 7 4-credit
courses in the graphic design area.
• Professional activities of a scholarly nature are expected.
• Advising students.
• Departmental, university and community service.
• Working with other design faculty on program and curricular development.
Required / Minimum Qualifications:
• MFA or equivalent terminal degree in graphic design, new media/multimedia, or closely related
• Research and/or strong professional accomplishments in graphic, interaction, and experience
design (and/or related fields).
• Teaching experience at the university level.
• High level and up-to-date skills in design software/tools and creative technologies.
• A proficiency in graphic design concepts and practice, including typography, conceptual problem
• Experience in diversity and equity design, 3-D modeling/printing, experience design,
microcontrollers, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, extended reality, and
mixed reality, UX prototyping tools, coding.
• A background working in a collaborative educational environment.
• A demonstrated ability to interface with Art Practice, and other areas in the College of the Arts
and beyond. As an expert in new media content creation and production, this individual will aid
collaborative efforts across the university to build and support knowledge in emerging
• A background in grant writing and willingness to pursue external funding resources.
Key Cultural Competencies:
• Creates an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates differences.
• Functions and communicates effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs,
behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds.
• Seeks opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and
inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement.
• Adheres to all PSU’s policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment
and the Professional Standards of Conduct.
The annual salary rate for this position will be dependent upon the knowledge, experience, skills and
abilities of the chosen candidate, the budget of the hiring department, and approval from HR.
PSU’s excellent benefits package includes 95% premium paid healthcare; a generous retirement and
vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or dependent at any of the Oregon
Please visit the Total Compensation Calculator to see the added value of PSU’s employee benefits.
• Cover letter.
• Teaching Philosophy.
• Statement of Research Interest.
• PDF of 10 Images of Student work (Upload to “Other 2”).
• Link to Website or Design Portfolio.
• Evidence of on-line teaching (Upload to “Other 4”).
• Name and full contact information for three Professional References.
The cover letter should address relevant teaching experience, areas of teaching interest and availability.
The “PDF of 10 Images of student work with course and assignment information” should be uploaded to
“Other 2” section. The “evidence of on-line teaching” such as course syllabi and assignments should be
uploaded to “Other 4” section.
Review of applications will begin February 26th, 2021 and will continue until the finalists are identified.
Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. For further information, please contact Kate Bingaman Burt
at kate or (503) 725-3324.
For additional information about this position please view the job posting at:
Portland State University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Institution and welcomes applications
from diverse candidates and candidates who support diversity.