Position: Assistant Professor, Graphic Design Communication/Web Design
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Website: http://www.philau.edu/graphicdesignblog/

Philadelphia University seeks applicants for a full-time, professional-practice-track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Graphic Design Communication program for the academic year beginning August 2015.

Candidates must have a M.F.A. or M.S. (or equivalent advanced degree) in Graphic Design, Visual Communication Design, Digital/Interactive Design (or related area of focus) with a strong focus on web and interactive Design. The candidate should have a thorough knowledge of interactive media, responsive design and web technologies preferably coupled with professional experience in the field. The ideal candidate should possess a strong understanding of front-end programming (HTML, CSS, and Javascript) and latest development techniques and frameworks. The candidate should also possess experience with information architecture, user experience, concept modeling, and knowledge of prototyping methods such as wireframing. The position requires a strong understanding of designing in mobile environments including responsive websites (and responsive programming) and a working knowledge of CMS frameworks (such as WordPress or Expression Engine).

Candidates must have industry experience. A minimum of three to five years of industry work experience is preferred. Strong evidence of excellent conceptual and technical ability is required. Traditional design skills and training are required. Competency, if not fluency, with Macintosh platform is required. College-level teaching experience is preferred.

The successful candidate will be committed to excellence in teaching and mentoring, the practice of design, and service to the University and the broader design professions. The candidate will join a vibrant program with a proven track record in interdisciplinary and collaborative engagement across the University and with industry. Student work from the Graphic Design Communication program has regularly received recognition and won awards in international, national and regional design competitions.

Position responsibilities include teaching of coursework in interactive design/web technologies/digital imaging as well as additional coursework as determined by the candidate’s areas of expertise and the needs of the program. Potentially teaching across the curriculum from freshmen to senior-year; required participation in maintaining, shaping and broadening the curriculum, as well as developing new interdisciplinary curriculum; required participation in ongoing service to the graphic design communication program, as well as the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce and Philadelphia University, including advising students and service on University committees; willingness to teach across the curriculum; and ability to teach in an interdisciplinary environment.

Submit a letter of application; curriculum vitae; statement of teaching philosophy; link(s) to online portfolio documenting evidence of professional excellence, including brief project descriptions; link(s) to online portfolio of student work including examples of student outcomes and brief assignment descriptions; and a list of three references. Address application to:
Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel
Chair, Search Committee
Graphic Design Communication
Philadelphia University
106 Hayward Hall
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144-5497

Electronic submissions accepted; submit a single PDF by email to GraphicDesignCommJobs@PhilaU.edu.

Review of potential applicants will begin immediately. To receive full consideration, application materials must be received no later than Jan. 15, 2015.

About the Graphic Design Program:

The graphic design communication program is part of the School of Design and Engineering within the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, along with other design disciplines (such as animation, fashion design, industrial design, interactive design and media and textile design), along with business and engineering disciplines. The ideal candidate will be someone who celebrates the design process, embraces the craft of design, and promotes strategic design thinking; as well as someone who shares the vision from the University’s 2008–2013 Strategic Plan that integrated all design, engineering, and business disciplines, a curricular initiative derived to prepare graduates to excel in their respective disciplines, as well as to lead in interdisciplinary, professional environments. For more information, candidates are expected to visit the blog for the graphic design communication program at www.philau.edu/graphicdesignblog.

Philadelphia University, founded in 1884, is a private university with 3,600 students enrolled in more than 70 undergraduate and graduate programs. As the model for professional university education, the University prepares students to be leaders in their professions in an active, collaborative and real-world learning environment infused with the liberal arts. Philadelphia University includes the innovative Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce; the College of Architecture and the Built Environment; and the College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts. For more information, go to www.PhilaU.edu.