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Instructional Faculty - Graphic Design - Tenure Track - Rochester Institute of Technology - (Rochester, NY) - FullTime


College of Imaging Arts and Sciences

CIAS School of Design

Faculty Type (Tenure Status): Tenure-Track

Faculty Discipline: Graphic Design

Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor

Employment Category: Fulltime

Anticipated Start Date: 15-Aug-2018

Department/College Description


The School of Design is comprised of five undergraduate programs, two graduate programs, and the Vignelli Center for Design Studies. The undergraduate programs include: 3D Digital Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and New Media Design. The graduate programs are: Visual Communication Design and Industrial Design. Approximately 800 undergraduate and 80 graduate students are enrolled in the School of Design. To learn more about the programs in the School of Design, please visit


The College of Imaging Arts and Sciences (CIAS) offers programs in Art, Design, Crafts, Film and Animation, Photography, and Media Sciences. CIAS has garnered critical acclaim as a leader in higher education. Its accomplishments are peer-recognized and its influence considerable in several disciplines. It possesses the University’s highest number of national top-ten graduate rankings (photography, graphic design, industrial design, glass, and ceramics). It is one of the University’s largest Colleges, with fifteen BFA programs and four BS programs, serving approximately 2,000 undergraduate students; ten MFA programs, two MS programs in Print Media, and an MST in Visual Arts-All Grades, with approximately 300 graduate students overall. Minors in Art History, Imaging Systems, and Media Arts and Technology are also in the College’s portfolio of academic offerings. The College’s faculty members are peer-regarded for their scholarship, creative, and scientific endeavors, as well as their work as educators. Many of the College’s 140 faculty members are world-renowned for their scholarly achievements. Faculty and students, along with 59 dedicated staff members, act together to foster a unique and close-knit educational community based on aesthetic and creative innovation. To learn more about the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, please visit


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Detailed Job Description

The School of Design in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at the Rochester Institute of Technology invites applicants to apply for a tenure track position to teach in the Graphic Design program. The Graphic Design program focuses on developing strong conceptual and formal visual communication skills to inform, direct, promote, entertain, engage, and educate audiences. The program prepares students to integrate design principles, methods, concepts, images, words, and ideas to creatively convey visual messages meant to produce specific responses from diverse audiences. Students are engaged in the theory, process, and practice of visual, motion, and interactive design throughout the curriculum.

Faculty Position: Graphic Design. We are seeking candidates who are well-rounded design professionals and educators with advanced visual design, interface design, user experience design, and motion design skills. Additional creative skills within interactive design, motion design, creative coding or installation work is recommended. Candidates should be qualified to teach throughout the curriculum. Primary responsibilities will be teaching user experience design, visual design, interface design, experimental interaction design, information and project planning for small- and large-scale interactive problems, and motion design. Ideal candidates will possess the ability to provide leadership and vision in integrating emerging technologies and techniques into the Graphic Design curriculum. In addition to a full teaching load each term, other responsibilities include career advising, curriculum development, research, scholarship and creative activity, and service to the university, college, department, and profession.

We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. Select to view links to RIT’s,, and

Required Minimum Qualifications

MFA in Graphic Design, or a terminal degree in a related field of study (completed by June 2018).

• Minimum of three years professional experience in interaction design, user experience design, and visual design.

• Minimum of two years teaching experience at the university level beyond a teaching assistantship.

• Evidence of efficacy in teaching in areas such as interaction design, user experience design, visual design, experimental design, motion design.

• Proficiency in typography, design principles and methodology, user interface design, user experience design, project planning and motion design.

• Proficiency in graphic design applications, coding interactions, and emerging web and mobile technologies.

• Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.

Required Minimum Education Level


Required Application Documents

Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, List of References, Portfolio of Students’ Work, Portfolio of Work, Sample Syllabus, Statement of Diversity Contribution, Statement of Teaching Philosophy

How To Apply

Apply online at; search openings, then Keyword Search 3484BR. Please submit your online application, curriculum vitae, cover Letter addressing the listed qualifications and upload the following attachments:

• A brief Teaching Philosophy

• The names, addresses and phone numbers for three references

• Examples of course syllabi and assignments

PDF or a link to a website presenting twelve examples of professional work

PDF or a link to a website presenting twenty examples of student work.

You can contact the search committee with questions on the position at:

Peter Byrne, Administrative Chair, School of Design, Rochester Institute of Technology by email at

To receive full consideration, all application materials should be received by Monday, January 8, 2018. The position will be open until an acceptable candidate is found.

Additional Details

The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources.RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities.RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to

RIT does not discriminate. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion. For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov.

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