George Fox University - Faculty
  • 14-Oct-2021 to Until Filled (PST)
  • Communication & Cinematic Arts
  • Newberg, OR, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Benefit Eligible


Position Description: Assistant/Associate Professor of Art & Design; Graphic Design

George Fox University announces a tenure-track position in Art and Design with a focus on Graphic Design, to begin August 15, 2022. The committee seeks a working design practitioner with significant professional experience, as well as an understanding of the technical, critical, and theoretical issues in contemporary graphic design education. This role will be a central voice in shaping curricular decisions around our graphic design major.

George Fox University, a Christ-centered community, prepares students spiritually, academically, and professionally to think with clarity, act with integrity, and serve with passion. Our vision is to be the Christian university of choice known for empowering students to achieve exceptional life outcomes. We put students first, with Christ at the center of our work, embracing change in order to improve. As a Christ-centered community, George Fox University values diversity as an essential dimension of God's design for human communities. In seeking to become a more inclusive community, we especially encourage applications from women and candidates from racial and ethnic backgrounds that are underrepresented on our faculty.

Program/Department Mission Statement: The Department of Art and Design at George Fox University prepares students for positions of service and leadership by cultivating excellence within the fields of art and design. We emphasize the importance of Christ-centered spiritual formation, social responsibility, stewardship, and diverse discourse within the lives and professional practice of our students. We promote the broader academic values of inquiry, critical thought, experimentation, and innovation.

Our program prepares students to operate professionally within the field of art and design, engages students in critical analysis and response to contemporary visual culture, provides students with professional opportunities to launch their emergent practices, and promotes a programmatic vision to serve our community through the agency and transformational potential of the visual arts.

The work of our new colleague will include, but is not limited to:

  • Teaching broadly in the graphic design curriculum specifically web and interactive media and UX/UI spaces.
  • Teaching on occasion within the shared foundations coursework of the university (2D or 3D design, context and theory courses, etc).
  • Advising and mentoring students
  • In support of our commitment to diverse voices and non-western population representation, the program includes five non-western art and design history courses and commits to broad representation of practitioners of color over the entirety of the curriculum resources. In addition, our survey of art and design history courses emphasize a decolonized perspective. Successful candidates should demonstrate a history of commitment to this ethos or a willingness to approach their teaching practice centering on these principles.
  • Working with the program assessment team to measure efficacy of the graphic design major according to program outcomes and national standards.
  • Developing and revising curriculum to improve student outcomes in the graphic design major.
  • Full time faculty serve on at least one university-wide working group or committee
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of the School of Design

Required Qualifications:

  • MFA in a relevant field such as Graphic Design, Visual Communications, User Experience Design, Interaction Design, Human-Centered Design, Interface Media, etc.
  • Strong skills in technical software and core competencies of graphic design practice.
  • A commitment to working with a diverse population of students is essential; demonstrated experience in this area is preferred.
  • Demonstrated success and or aptitude for remote, hybrid, and face to face instruction.
  • All applicants must express a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and express their Christian testimony in a local church. In addition, employees agree to live in agreement with the Community Lifestyle Statement and affirm the theological commitments expressed in the Statement of Faith.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Involvement with professional organizations such as AIGA, SEGD, UCDA.
  • 1-3 years of experience teaching and mentoring undergraduate students.
  • The successful candidate will maintain a significant investment in their own professional design
  • Practice and research, with an ability to connect students to a professional network.
  • Experience with assessment in art and design programs.
  • Experience supervising and mentoring students in the context of internship and practicum work.
  • The program is also interested in candidates who have experience with or aptitude for the work of department chair leadership.

Salary and Rank

Appointment at the Assistant Professor level is anticipated, though candidates with significant teaching experience at previous institutions may be considered for appointment at the rank of Associate Professor. Salary and benefits are competitive with comparable institutions.

Application Procedures - kindly apply only through this website

When completing the online application, please assemble and upload one .pdf document in the section marked Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, and Essay Requirement that includes:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Faith and learning essay*
  • Statement of teaching philosophy

Your cover letter should address how you meet the required qualifications listed above.

A second .pdf should be uploaded in the same location that includes 10 images of recent student work made under the direction of the candidate, and a portfolio of the candidate's own work or a link to the portfolio site. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Other supporting materials may be requested at a later stage of the review process.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply at once. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Priority consideration will be given to candidates who apply on or before November 26, 2021

Questions may be directed to: Jillian Sokso, Director, the School of Communication and Design. Jsokso@georgefox.edu

*INTEGRATION OF FAITH AND LEARNING ESSAY George Fox University is committed to the idea that one of the primary responsibilities of Christian higher education is to help students develop a uniquely Christian worldview. As teachers and mentors, it is important for George Fox University faculty members to integrate Christian faith and principles in all aspects of their lives. As an essential part of the application process, the University will carefully consider your response to the following: In a one-page essay (about 300 words) describing your personal Christian faith, as well as how your faith informs your teaching, scholarship, and service (including service and leadership in your church and/or in Christian ministries.)


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