Assistant Professor of Art - Graphic Design

Position ID: 44244
Georgia College and State University
Department of Art
Position Description
Job Class: 
Assistant Professor
Job Description: 

Business Title

Assistant Professor of Art-Graphic Design

Position Number


Home Department


Employment Type

Tenure Track Faculty




Faculty (10-month)

Time Limited?


Time-Limited Appointment Length

Not Applicable

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday with occasional evening or weekend events. 40-hr work week.

Work Hours per week


Travel Required?


Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The mission of the Department of Art is to prepare our students to be arts practitioners with the skills and values that will make them active and responsible participants in society. The intent is to educate graduates to engage in questions of self-expression, artisanship, identity, community, values, politics, and meaning.

The Department of Art is committed to delivering excellence in teaching, scholarly activity, university/community service, and the delivery of instruction. The department offers a balance of studio work, history and theory courses, and organizes them around a combination of activities, which include exposure to: various teaching methods, visiting artist experiences, contemporary art through campus galleries, independent learning opportunities, and senior projects.

The Department of Art is positioned within the College of Arts and Sciences, which is the largest of the University’s four colleges. Approximately 195 full-time faculty teach 3,000 students in thirteen departments, with majors encompassing the arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, sciences and mathematics, fine and performing arts, and select professional programs.

The Department of Art consists of four areas of program study and serves over 100 undergraduate majors. Courses are taught by eleven permanent and full-time faculty from the fields of Art History, Graphic Design, Museum Studies, and Studio Art. Our faculty embrace diversity, interdisciplinarity, multiculturalism, and community engagement in our teaching, research, and service. The department is housed in a new, multi-million dollar facility that boasts gallery space, studios, and lecture rooms scaled for our small class sizes.

Georgia College is known for combining the educational experience of private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public universities. The university’s main campus is a residential learning community focused on undergraduate education and a select number of graduate programs. Faculty and staff are dedicated to engaging students through high impact pedagogies that foster intellectual curiosity, reasoned inquiry, and critical thinking. We strive for excellence in the classroom and beyond. We nurture collaborative leadership and global citizenship. We value reason, respect, and responsibility. Georgia College seeks faculty and administrators who understand and embrace our public liberal arts mission and are dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through teaching, scholarship, and service.

Georgia College is a member institution of the University System of Georgia and is the state’s designated public liberal arts university. A member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), Georgia College enrolls approximately 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students and is prominently cited for educational excellence in a number of leading publications. The university’s beautiful and historic campus is located in Milledgeville, which was the mid-nineteenth century capital of Georgia and is very near the geographic center of the state.

All Georgia College faculty share the responsibility of teaching our core curriculum and providing foundation courses for majors and non‐majors alike. To carry out our public liberal arts mission, we seek faculty with the desire and ability to engage students as they launch their intellectual journey.

Georgia College is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative-Action Institution committed to cultural, racial, and multi-ethnic communities and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is expected that successful candidates share in this commitment.

Primary Purpose of Position

The Department of Art invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Graphic Design. Teaching load is three courses per semester with some sections that may be combined. Duties include introductory courses, courses in the candidate’s areas of expertise, senior capstone supervision, and expectations for research and service. Special consideration will be given to applicants with a global perspective in their teaching and research. Opportunities for curriculum development and additional support through funding for research, professional research leave (i.e. sabbatical), student assistantships, study abroad, and summer teaching are available.

Key Functions and Related Job Duties

Key Function

Faculty - Teaching/Instructing

Job duties performed for the above function

Teaching Responsibilities
- Teach courses in the discipline
– Mentor students
– Contribute to the core curriculum.

Courses will include Core, foundations and graphic design media such as fundamental design, web design, interactive design, digital imaging, and motion media. The successful candidate will teach a 3/3 load while maintaining an active research agenda and service to the department, college, and university.

The primary purpose of this position is to teach courses and provide expertise within the academic discipline. All Georgia College faculty share the responsibility of teaching our core curriculum and providing foundation courses for majors and non-majors alike. To carry out our public liberal arts mission, we seek faculty with the desire and ability to engage students as they launch their intellectual journey.

This faculty member will also contribute to the Georgia College core curriculum by teaching topical first-year (GC1Y) or sophomore seminar (GC2Y) courses, and/or Core courses in Art Appreciation.

Key Function

Faculty - Scholarship and Creative Activity

Job duties performed for the above function

All faculty are expected to stay current in their field, develop within the profession, and produce artistic and academic-related scholarship.

Examples of professional development, scholarship, and creative activity may include:
– Publications (editing, citations)
- Commercial product applications
- Exhibitions
– Presentations at professional meetings
– Current work in circulation or in progress
– Grants received or applied for
– Membership and participation in professional organizations
– Other professional service of development activities

Key Function

Faculty - Service to Institution

Job duties performed for the above function

All faculty are expected to support the advancement of the department, college and university mission by providing service to the institution. Service may be at the department, college, university, community and disciplinary level.

Service examples to the Institution may include:
– Committee memberships and offices
– Programs directed and advised
– Participation in special programs or projects
– Other service for the institution

Other Duties and Responsibilities

Other Duties and Responsibilities


Equal Opportunity Statement

Georgia College is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without consideration to age, color, disability, gender, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Background Check Statement

Georgia College conducts job-related background checks on final candidates in order to ensure a safe and secure work environment. All employment offers will be contingent upon the successful completion of applicable background screenings which include, but are not limited to criminal history, motor vehicle report, credit history, drug and alcohol screening.

Minimum Requirements

Proposed Minimum Experience/Education

Candidates must hold an MFA at the time of appointment.

Must maintain knowledge of new and evolving technologies.

Must meet SACSCOC accreditation requirements stated in C.S. 3.7.1 ( [faculty credentials])

Department Required Skills

Graphic Design and digital technology experience is required. We seek candidates with a strong commitment to teaching, research, engaged learning, and mentoring students at the undergraduate level in the context of a liberal arts college environment. We seek a colleague who is devoted to diversity, global engagement, and the free exchange of ideas in their teaching philosophy and research. Our desired candidate is one who will contribute to the University’s mission of cultural, ethnic, racial, and gender diversity. We are active in creating an inclusive campus community that values the expression of difference in ways that promote excellence in teaching, faculty development, and institutional growth. We also seek a candidate who is capable of creating a critical and inventive environment in the classroom and within the community.

List any other requirements

The ability to work collegially and effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds is expected.


Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education

Experience teaching at the college or university level, professional activity, and curriculum development is preferred.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * What is the highest level of education you have achieved?
    • Bachelors
    • Masters
    • Specialist
    • ABD - All But Dissertation (Degree work completed; Dissertation needs to be completed)
    • Doctoral
  2. * Do you have higher education teaching experience?
    • Yes, 1 - 2 years higher education teaching experience
    • Yes, 3 - 5 years higher education teaching experience
    • Yes, 5 or more years higher education teaching experience
    • No, I do not have higher education teaching experience
  3. * Have you successfully completed 18 graduate level semester hours in the teaching discipline described in this posting?
    • Yes
    • No
Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. Portfolio
  5. List of 3 References and Contact Information

Optional Documents

  1. Web link to online resource (link to information posted by applicant)
Application Procedure: 
Please see the below "Institution Employment Link" to view a complete job description, create an application, and apply for the position.
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CIP Discipline Code: 
Graphic Design
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
Interactive Design
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Degree Levels: 
Position Type: 
Application Deadline: 
Position Starting Date: 
Saturday, August 1, 2020
Vacancy Status: 

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University System of Georgia
Applicant Clearinghouse
278 Brooks Hall
The University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602

Phone: (706) 542-7817
Fax: (706) 542-2822


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