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San Jose State University
  • Position Number: 1144793
  • Location: San Jose, CA
  • Position Type: Fine and Applied Arts - Graphic Design


A terminal degree (MDes or MFA) in Graphic Design or related discipline is required. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated familiarity and ability to teach GD aesthetic fundamentals as well as problem solving through a solid foundation in visual, analytical, and communication skills. The candidate must exhibit an understanding of design within historical, socio-cultural, economic and technological contexts and demonstrate a command of image making and visual exploration. Applicants should have an awareness of and sensitivity to educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience.


At least 2-5 years of professional experience in design and university teaching experience in design or design-related courses are desired qualifications, as are: (1) mastery in two or more of the following specializations: information design, interaction design, motion graphic design, and design thinking; (2) expertise in image making, typography, and visual exploration using digital media with applications. Candidates should be able to teach at all levels and demonstrate the ability to interact and/or collaborate with colleagues in a multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary environment. Applicants should have awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience.


The appointee will teach lower and upper division courses in the Industrial Design Program and potentially graduate courses in the future. Along with regular teaching assignments, the appointee will share student advising, curriculum development and student review responsibilities. The ability to attract funding and project sponsorship is also expected. Effectiveness in academic assignment, scholarly, creative and professional activity, and department/college/university service are all required to achieve tenure and promotion.

Responsibilities will include major advising of students, program and curriculum development, new student recruitment, grant writing, and associated organizational responsibilities. Candidate must address the needs of a student population of great diversity—in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation—through course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.

Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Starting Date: August 17, 2018

Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Submission Deadline: 12:00 p.m. on February 16, 2018.

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Application Materials:

  • Letter of Application (PDF)

  • Resume/CV (PDF)

  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy (PDF)

  • Statement of Research Intent (PDF)

  • Design Portfolio (PDF/link to website)

  • Examples of Student Work (PDF)

  • Three confidential letters of recommendation (PDF)

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