George Fox University - Faculty
  • 07-Sep-2022 to 31-Mar-2023 (PST)
  • Communication & Cinematic Arts
  • Newberg, OR, USA
  • 53793-63155 per year
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Medical, dental, life, disability insurance; retirement plan; tuition remission.

Position Description: Assistant/Associate Professor of Art & Design (Applied Design)

George Fox University announces a tenure-track position in the School of Communication and Design with a specialization in design or illustration/animation to begin August 15, 2023. The committee seeks a working studio practitioner with significant professional experience, a broad knowledge of contemporary and historical art and design, as well as an understanding of the technical, critical, and theoretical issues in their relevant field.

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 design curriculum. This could include courses such as ARTD110 Creative Suite, Illustration II, and/or ARTD270 Web Design, Interactive Design and UX/UI. The teaching load is 4 courses per term.
  • Supporting our commitment to diverse voices and non-western population representation. The Art and Design 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. Successful candidates should demonstrate a history of commitment to this ethos and/or a willingness to approach their teaching practice centering on these principles.
  • Working with the program assessment team to measure course efficacy according to program outcomes and national standards.
  • Serving on university and department committees as well as undergraduate student advising.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Terminal degree (MFA) in a relevant field is required. Non-tenure track appointments may be considered for candidates with extensive industry experience lacking a terminal degree.
  • A minimum of 1-3 years experience teaching in art and design curriculum, with experience in applied design, animation, or illustration.
  • Strong skills in image and or object making, studio management, and a dedication to a professional studio practice demonstrated through portfolio and experience.
  • 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 in studio, lab, and theory-based courses.
  • 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.
  • The program is also interested in candidates who have experience with or aptitude for the work of department chair or school leadership.

Priority consideration will be given to candidates who apply on or before February 15, 2023.

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.

*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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