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Assistant Professor, Visual Communication - Department of School of Art and Design - College of Visual and Performing Arts (6679)
Northern Illinois University

Date Posted Oct. 28, 2022
Title Assistant Professor, Visual Communication - Department of School of Art and Design - College of Visual and Performing Arts (6679)
University Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL, United States
Department School of Art and Design
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Communication


The School of Art and Design at Northern Illinois University invites applications for one tenure-track position in Visual Communication, at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning in Fall 2023.

NIU, located 65 miles west from Chicago, is a comprehensive teaching and research-based institution with close to 17,000 currently enrolled students. The main campus is located in DeKalb, 65 miles west of Chicago’s “Loop” and 40 miles southeast of Rockford. In addition to the main campus, NIU has three education centers in Rockford, and Naperville. DeKalb/Sycamore, with a population of about 50,000, is a modern paradox, a rural/urban community. It is simultaneously recognized for its manufacturing and rich farmlands. The site of the first manufacture of barbed wire and the development of hybrid seed corn are evidence of its diversified history. This year Meta (Facebook) announced further expansion with an injection of over $1 billion into three new data centers at its cloud campus in DeKalb. The blend of industry and agriculture, coupled with the cultural and recreational facilities of the university and supplemented by easy access to Chicago and Rockford, provide an enjoyable environment in which to live.

The Visual Communication (VisCom) program at NIU provides an intellectually based, professional education that focuses on graphic form and communication, design as a problem-solving process, the relationship of design to culture, design theory and practice, design research and concept development skills—all of which are needed to produce significant and impactful solutions.

Position Summary

The VisCom program seeks a design educator to teach a variety of courses, from intro-level to advanced-level. The ideal candidate will possess sophisticated skills in traditional graphic design practices and digital media/new media processes.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teaching a variety of introductory through advanced level design courses in the Visual Communication program, as assigned.
  • Maintaining an ongoing record of research and artistry.
  • Performing professional and university service.
  • Engaging in meaningful service to the Visual Communication department, as assigned.
  • Mentoring and training part-time faculty.
  • Participating in the assessment of student work.
  • Collaborating with faculty in the development of the program, curriculum content and pedagogy to ensure the quality of the student experience.

Minimum Required Qualifications

  • A terminal degree (M.F.A.) in Visual Communication, Graphic Design, Interactive Design or equivalent field of study from an accredited (recognized equivalent) university at time of appointment;
  • Two years of experience teaching graphic design courses, or related courses at the university level (this may include graduate teaching assistantships);
  • At least two years of professional work experience;
  • Demonstrated record of contribution to the equity and inclusion of the academic community through research, creative and scholarly activities, teaching, advising and service.

Additional Requirements

  • Expert skills and knowledge of emerging technologies that are grounded in contemporary concepts, principles, design practices, and current software tools. 
  • Ability to perform assigned departmental responsibilities 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proficiency and expertise in two or more of the following disciplines: identity design, package design, motion graphic design, video production and editing, interactive design, and UI/UX design, and design research methodologies.
  • Administrative experience.
  • Record of active participation in professional organizations.
  • History of collaboration in curricular development that integrates current practices from the visual communication industry with a cross-disciplinary approach.

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