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Position title: Assistant Professor of Visual Communication Design in the School of Design

Start Date: August, 2019

Position Summary: The position is in the School of Design at San Francisco State University.

The School of Design at San Francisco State University serves a diverse population of students in the areas of Visual Communication Design and Product Design at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our curricula promote a strategic, user-centered design process focused on problem solving. Our classes help students to build the technical, conceptual, critical, and collaborative skills required in design professions.

The position focuses on teaching and research grounded in traditional skills such as typography, form, and layout informed by conceptual investigations rooted in an understanding of design history and theory. Abroad range of experience in media crossing from traditional print media to digital/interactive and integration of teaching across media are required.

The position includes a full-time faculty workload per the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the California State University and the California Faculty Association. The workload primarily includes teaching (or other agreed upon primary assignment); conducting an active ongoing program of scholarship or creative works that advances knowledge in the field of one’s specialty; and service contributions to the department, college and the university.

Teaching assignments for this position may include typography; layout design; editorial and identity design; designing across multiple media platforms from traditional to new media, from print to screen based and interactive media. Expert level skills in Adobe CS and other relevant media software tools are expected in this position.

The scholarship may address a range of topics in the areas of visual communication design in its many forms in practice and/or theory.

Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, participation on departmental, college, and university-wide committees; mentoring and advising graduate and/or undergraduate students; holding regular office hours; curriculum development and improvement, particularly with regard to student learning outcomes; supporting the design gallery; and remaining current in both subject area and teaching methodologies.

Essential Job Tasks:

  • Facilitate student success through teaching and advising with a focus on inclusive pedagogy;
  • Develop course materials for undergraduate and/or graduate students on topics of visual communication design in its many forms in practice and/or theory, and linked to student learning outcomes;
  • Administer, evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, tests, papers, etc. in a timely manner;
  • Maintain student grades and other required records or reporting materials;
  • Conduct research in one’s field of interest and present findings in peer-reviewed journals, books, or professional conferences; and/or pursue creative work in one’s specialty field including professional practice, exhibiting, and work subject to peer review;
  • Participate in outreach activities (design gallery, student organizations) as appropriate;
  • Stay current on developments in the discipline;
  • Hold regularly-scheduled office hours for the purpose of advising and assisting students;
  • Participate on assigned committees in accordance with school or College needs, and SF State's strategic vision;
  • Guide and supervise department technicians in support of safe, clean studio facilities and equipment;
  • Participate in service assignments and other duties at the department, college, and university level;
  • Additional duties as assigned.

To Apply Please Submit :

  • letter of intent/interest;
  • a current CV; 
  • a statement on how your teaching and scholarship and/or creative work align with the commitment of the School of Design to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community;
  • work portfolio (and/or samples of scholarly papers if applicable);
  • teaching philosophy, description of research/creative interests as relevant;
  • names and contact information of three references. Letters of recommendation upon request at a later date.

Send packet to design@sfsu.edu. Application review begins January 10, 2019 and continues until filled.

Lecturer Applications

To be considered for a lecturer position please email a resume/CV, link to portfolio and/or professional work and cover letter to design@sfsu.edu with the subject “Lecturer Pool.” Please note: applicants must have either completed a graduate degree or have equivalent experience to be considered for a position. Teaching experience on the college level is a plus. All applications will be placed in the lecturer pool for the School of Design.