College of Arts & LettersPosition:
Department of Art
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design/Visual Communication
1) An earned MFA with an emphasis in Communication Design or a related field;
2) Evidence of practical knowledge, experience, and skill in contemporary Communication Design;
3) Evidence of successful professional design practice;
4) Evidence of successful teaching experience at the undergraduate level
1) Experience in any of the following: interaction design, design history, theory or criticism, human-centered design, typographic design, environmental graphic design, service design, packaging design;
2) Evidence of successful teaching experience at the graduate level;
3) Three years previous teaching experience at the university level;
4) Five years of professional design practice.
The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service to the University, profession and to the community. These responsibilities generally include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions.
The successful candidate will support our students in developing projects with purpose as part of a socially and culturally engaged college. They will teach undergraduate and graduate students in the BA-Art, Graphic Design/Visual Communication and MA/MFA Design programs, as well as an anticipated certificate in Emerging Media Analysis and Design.
The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.
Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system. The University is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the U.S. for the upward mobility of its students, and is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good. We offer nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, ethnic studies, and the humanities. Our faculty have a strong commitment to scholarship, research, creative pursuits, community engagement, and service.
Our 240,000 alumni reflect the City and County’s dynamic mix of populations. The University has one of the most diverse student populations of any college or university in the nation. As a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, and Asian-American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students. The University is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual.
The Cal State LA College of Arts & Letters transforms lives and sustains thriving communities and cultures. We develop and amplify our students’ unique talents, diverse life experiences, and intellects through the study and practice of the Arts and Humanities so that they can tell meaningful stories, forge their professional pathways, and inspire their communities.
The Department of Art offers the Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees; over 700 majors are currently enrolled. The Department is the largest in the College, and is home to the ninth largest major in the University. There are fifteen full-time faculty and 30 lecturers. Cal State LA has maintained NASAD accreditation since 1974.
Please submit the following in a single PDF to the Search Committee Chair at the email address below:
1) A cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications, and approach to teaching design.
2) A curriculum vitae.
3) A narrative statement describing your commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of first-generation students.
4) A list of three professional references.
5) A University Application for Employment Form
6) Visual material that addresses minimum and preferred qualifications. Clearly identify these materials and submit no more than 12 total examples in a single PDF.
Finalists will be required to submit:
1) Official transcripts.
Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
Review of applications will begin November 15, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.
Please email all application materials in a single PDF to: GDVC19@calstatela.edu. Please type “GD/VC Assistant Professor Application” in the subject line.
Please address all questions to the search committee chair Jimmy Moss at: GDVC19@calstatela.edu or 323-343-4010.
Note: The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/TITLE IX EMPLOYER
Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.