College of Arts & Letters


Department of Art

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design/Visual Communication

Starting Date:

August, 2022

Minimum Qualifications:

1) An earned MFA, or equivalent degree, with an emphasis in Communication Design or a related field, from an accredited institution (or equivalent) is required at the time of application.
2) Evidence of practical knowledge, experience, and skill in contemporary Communication Design;
3) Evidence of successful professional practice in design;
4) Evidence of successful teaching experience at the undergraduate level.

Preferred Qualifications:

1) Experience in any of the following: design history, theory or criticism, environmental graphic design, human-centered design, information design, interaction design, service design, typographic design, user experience design;
2) Evidence of successful teaching experience at the graduate level;
3) Experience with curriculum development;
4) Experience with community engagement partnership or project development.


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 and will teach undergraduate and graduate students in the BA-Art, Graphic Design/Visual Communication, and MA/MFA Design programs.

As a member of the faculty, the successful candidate will also actively participate in the continued development of the art and design programs.

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of 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.

The University:

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 College:

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:

The Department of Art offers the Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees; over 775 majors are currently enrolled, more than 200 of which are GD/VC students. The Department is the largest in the College, and Art is the fifth largest major in the University. There are fifteen full-time faculty and 42 lecturers. Cal State LA has maintained NASAD accreditation since 1974.

Required Documentation:

Please submit the following to the Search Committee Chair at the email address below:
1) A cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications.
2) 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 students who are among the first-generation of their family to attend a college or university.
3) A curriculum vitae.
4) A list of three professional references.
5) A University Application for Employment Form
6) A single PDF portfolio that demonstrates evidence of the minimum and preferred qualifications listed above. Clearly identify these materials and submit no more than 20 examples in a file of no more than 10MB.

Finalists will be required to submit:
Official transcripts.

Due to COVID travel restrictions, the search committee will be hosting finalist interviews, presentations and leading campus tours remotely to ensure equitable treatment for all candidates. A general campus introduction and a virtual tour is available at

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


Review of applications will begin January 21, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.

Please email all application materials (#1-6 above) in a single PDF to: [email protected]. Limit PDF file size to 10MB or less and title the file: “LastName_FirstInitialGDVC21”, substituting your last name for “LastName” and the first letter of your first name for “FirstInitial”. Please type “GD/VC Assistant Professor Application” in the subject line.

Please address all questions to the search committee chair, Prof. Jimmy Moss, at: [email protected]. 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.

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to [email protected]

Beginning January 1, 2022, campuses may not hire or reappoint an Employee to perform CSU-related work outside of California. Requests for exceptions are very limited based on CSU Policy and must have prior written approval from the University President.

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.


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.