Art & Design Assistant Professor - Graphic Design

Art & Design Assistant Professor - Graphic Design






Department: Art


Locations: Macomb, IL


Posted: Nov 2, 2022


Closes: Open Until Filled


Type: FT - Continuous


About Western Illinois University:


Western Illinois University serves nearly 7,600 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan, non-residential branch campus in Moline, IL. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and designated a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review.


Job Description:


APPOINTMENT: The Department of Art & Design seeks a colleague to join its dedicated faculty as a full-time, tenure-track, Assistant Professor of Art; Graphic Design beginning August 2023. Position is a 9-month position on an academic year basis.


RESPONSIBILITIES: Teach introductory to advanced courses in graphic design, typography, interactive design, and digital media to BA and BFA undergraduate students. Continue contributing to the field of graphic design through creative/research/professional work and activities. Other responsibilities include maintaining the computer lab, developing and assessing the graphic design curriculum, recruiting students, and serving on departmental, college, and university committees.


RANK & SALARY: Assistant Professor, tenure track. Salary is Competitive. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:






A terminal graduate degree in graphic design, visual communication, digital or new media, or a related discipline. Candidates whose terminal degree is outside design need to demonstrate academic experience in creative disciplines. Specific degree discipline is less important than references and the portfolio of publishing / exhibition / professional work. Candidates must be proficient with the Macintosh platform and current/emerging software.




The ideal candidate will be passionate about teaching and have experience teaching college-level courses in art and design. A record of professional experience in the design industry is a plus.


For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body). Unless otherwise stated, the degree must be conferred at the time of appointment.


Additional Information:


THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Art & Design has 12 full-time faculty members providing instruction to approximately 90 majors and approximately 20 minors.


Degrees offered include a BFA in Art with Options in Art Studio, Graphic Design, and Art Teacher Education and a BA in Art with Options in Art Studio and Graphic Design. Art Studio specializations include Ceramics, Digital Photography, Drawing/Painting, Metals/Jewelry, Printmaking, and Sculpture.


The Department of Art & Design plays a crucial role in the visual arts culture of the campus, community, and region. The department and the University Art Gallery regularly invite international, national, and regionally recognized artists to campus for exhibitions, workshops, and lectures. The department and its faculty actively promote the visual arts throughout the university and regional community.


Our art studio students are prepared to pursue graduate level programs or enter the professional world of art. Students are frequently admitted to national, recognized graduate level programs, many with scholarships and/or assistantships.


The Department of Art & Design is NASAD accredited. For more information about the Department of Art & Design, please visit our website:




About WIU (


Since 1899, Western Illinois University has provided outstanding educational opportunities to individuals in west central Illinois and well beyond our region and state. WIU's traditional residential campus in Macomb, Illinois, is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region, while the WIU-Quad Cities non-residential branch campus in Moline, Illinois, is the only public university in the immediate Quad Cities region.


WIU-Macomb, IL: Western's traditional, residential main campus offers a comprehensive slate of undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, and post-baccalaureate certificates. A diverse community in west central Illinois, Macomb features a unique blend of agriculture, industry, service, retail, education, and culture. Macomb serves as the county seat, with connections across the state with Amtrak providing twice-daily service from Macomb to Chicago (and point in-between). Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).


WIU-Quad Cities: Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Moline, Illinois, the WIU-Quad Cities campus is the only public four-year regional university that serves the Quad Cities region. Designed as a metropolitan commuter campus, WIU-Quad Cities offers select undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. Moline is located just 80 miles north of the Macomb campus and is centered within a diverse, bi-state community of 383,000 that offers a broad range of cultural, social, and entertainment amenities and experiences, as well as varied businesses and industries.


WIU Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism (


Western Illinois University fosters respect, equity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. WIU is committed to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity. We value inclusion as a core value and as an essential element of Western's public service mission. WIU embraces individual uniqueness and a culture of inclusion that supports broad and specific diversity initiatives. Western believes in the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society as integral to the success of all individuals.


At WIU, we will:


• Maintain a safe and secure environment for all members of our University communities.

• Educate and empower students, staff, and faculty to be social justice advocates.

• Provide curricula, programs, training, resources, and environments that reflect and strengthen the diversity of our communities, and to elevate cultural awareness and understanding.

• Ensure fair, equitable, and inclusive access to University facilities, programs, resources, and services.

• Create inclusive and equitable policies and practices.

• Diversify the University's workforce by assessing hiring practices to attract, retain, and develop talented staff and faculty from diverse backgrounds.

• Address intergroup disparities through areas as representation, retention, learning outcomes, and graduation rates

• Create a Universitywide diversity plan to ensure a continued commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity.


Academics (


More than 61 undergraduate degree programs, 41 graduate programs, two doctoral programs and 16 post-baccaulaureate certificate programs prepare students for a successful career after graduation.


Student Resources


More than 200 student organizations at Western provide social, academic, recreation, athletics, service, academic, and many other opportunities for students to grow and learn, develop leadership skills, and much more.


Numerous concerts, lectures, films, dance performances, cultural events and more are presented and performed each year, along with numerous major theatrical and dance productions and studio shows, and a variety of service-oriented projects and activities, all in a diverse and inclusive campus environment.


The Multicultural Center is home to four cultural and resource centers: The Gwendolyn Brooks, Casa Latina, the Women's Center, and the LGBT*QA Resource Center. These cultural and resource centers promote WIU's goal of enhancing justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion through educational programming and advocacy.


WIU Intercollegiate Athletics (


The University's athletics program, based on the Macomb campus, sponsors 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's and women's varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League.


Application Instructions:


APPLICATION: Complete applications include:


1) a letter of application


2) current curriculum vita or resume


3) a statement of teaching philosophy


4) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current professional references


5) a separate statement regarding your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion


6) a portfolio of work (20 examples) and artist statement (and/or link to professional website)


7) a portfolio of student work (20 examples)


8) copies of unofficial academic transcripts, official copies will be requested of selected candidates.


Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL


**Note** In order to upload Individual documents must be under 2 MB in size.


Screening will begin on November 28, 2022.


Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment for its employees and students and requires candidates to submit to a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in the background investigation.


Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Ian Shelly, Search Chair at mailto:[email protected]


For assistance with the online application system contact the Office of Human Resources at (309)298-1971 or via email at mailto:[email protected]


Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual's membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.




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