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Polk State College
  • Position Number: 2671563
  • Location: Winter Haven, FL
  • Position Type: Fine and Applied Arts - Graphic Design

Adjunct Faculty - Digital Media Technology (Graphic Design) (2021243)

Job Description

At Polk State College, our amazing faculty and staff create an inspiring workplace. This instructional position is an excellent opportunity to help shape tomorrow's leaders. This position offers day or night teaching assignments at the Lakeland campus. We offer a collaborative, creative, and culturally diverse work environment. If you want to be supported in your efforts to grow professionally and be recognized for your contributions, then work for Polk State.



Polk State College is hiring an Adjunct Instructor for Graphic Design to join the Digital Media Technology faculty team. The primary role of this position is to provide college-level instruction and instruction-related activities to encourage, support, and enable students' success. If you work for Polk State, you will join a talented and dedicated academic community working hard to prepare tomorrow's leaders.

The position is a non-tenure track, term-to-term, temporary, faculty assignment. In this role, you will teach courses in graphic design, digital publishing, UI/UX, and myriad topics in digital media. Courses may be scheduled in morning, afternoon, or evening sessions and are primarily offered in a face-to-face format.

We are seeking a faculty member who will be an effective instructor willing to explore creative strategies to help students master critical content in digital media. The chosen candidate must be committed to course planning, instructional preparation, personal learning, and most importantly, student success.

Candidates for this role will have strong academic credentials along with hands-on expertise in digital media and excellent instructional skills. We are seeking someone who has strong skills in graphic design and media principles and is also able to use industry-standard tools to demonstrate these principles, step-by-step, from conception to a fully-realized, completed, professional product. In other words, someone who can explain the concepts well and demonstrate them through hands-on, professional projects.

The selected candidate will be patient, respectful, and able to communicate effectively to diverse students of varying economic and educational levels. He or she will care about students and be passionate about teaching effectively. The instructor will incorporate project-based learning as part of the instructional strategy and will actively infuse strategic assessments to inform pedagogical effectiveness.

Additionally, the instructor will welcome feedback in the classroom and embrace change if current instructional strategies are less than optimal. He or she will prepare relevant instructional content before classes, respond to emails promptly, and address student needs quickly and professionally.

If chosen, the instructor will work closely with the campus Academic Dean and the Department Coordinator or Program Director.

Adjuncts are paid at a rate of $36.38/hr.


- Teach courses in accordance with college and departmental policies and procedures, as well as Basic Course Information sheets.
- Prepare and submit timely grade reports and other reports on student performance as may be scheduled or required.
- Organize class activities and assignments, relating them to the overall learning outcomes of the course.
- Provide input and work with other faculty and staff to review, produce and/or select course-related materials.

Required Skills:
- Extensive knowledge of the subject area(s) in which the individual is responsible for instruction.

- Knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of effective communication and of effective instruction.

- Knowledge and understanding of the characteristics and challenges of community college students.

- Knowledge and understanding of principles of curriculum development.

Additional Requirements:
  • Mastery of current versions of Adobe Creative Cloud software, specifically, Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and XD.
  • Strong skills in graphic design, printing, layout, colors, typography, multimedia, and web design
  • Strong skills in UI/UX, prototyping, and interface design using industry-standard tools
  • Ability to create media content for print, web, interactive, and mobile output
  • Excellent communication, problem-solving, and people skills
  • Mastery of current versions of Microsoft Office
  • Expert user of Macintosh platforms


A minimum of a Master's degree in Digital Media, Film, Graphic Arts, Television, or other Electronic Media field from a regionally accredited college or university; or a Master's degree with 18 graduate credit hours in Digital Media, Film, Graphic Arts, Television, or other Electronic Media field.

Required Experience:
Teaching experience is preferred.


  • Background Screening: Reference checks and successful completion of a Level II background check (fingerprinting) will be required prior to employment, including third party Education Verification for all stated degrees.

  • A completed online application consists of:
    • an electronic job application,
    • cover letter,
    • current vita/resume, and
    • unofficial transcripts.

Submissions that do not include all required information will not be considered.

  • UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS: When uploading unofficial transcripts, please redact any of the following items which appear on the transcript: Social security number, birth date, age, gender, and date of high school graduation.

    • Foreign Transcripts: Faculty with international degrees must have their coursework evaluated in terms of U.S. "equivalency." Polk State College requires that all international credential evaluations be conducted by one of the companies affiliated with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). More information about NACES affiliates can be obtained at the NACES website.

    • Submission of official transcripts will be required as a condition of employment following receipt of job offer.

  • Note : Relocation assistance is NOT provided for this position.

  • As a general rule, Polk State College does not provide H1-B visa sponsorship. Exceptions may be made based on the College's need for a candidate with unique skills and expertise and where the College cannot otherwise recruit and hire qualified non-sponsored candidates.

  • Polk State College receives and reviews adjunct applications on an ongoing basis in order to pre-qualify applicants for future hiring needs on all campuses. Once a candidate's application is reviewed for qualification status and approved, the candidate will be placed in the Talent Pool and may be contacted for an interview in the future if a hiring need in that discipline arises. An offer will then be extended for a particular semester assignment and a campus location.

  • The deadline to apply for this job opening is by 8:00 am on Friday, December 10, 2021. Applicants will be notified by Human Resources if additional documentation is required.

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Polk State College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution committed to excellence through diversity in education and employment. The College complies with all state and federal laws granting rights to students, employees, and applicants for employment or admission to the College. Polk State College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, disability, or pregnancy in its programs, activities, or employment.

For questions or concerns, please contact: Reggie Webb, Interim Title IX Coordinator; 999 Avenue H, NE; Winter Haven, FL 33881; 863.292.3602 Ext. 5343;

Polk State College is a drug-free workplace and participates in E-Verify.

Polk State College is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to applicants and employees with disabilities. If you feel you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a position with Polk State, please call 863-297-1070 or e-mail and let us know the nature of your request, along with your contact information. Reasonable accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that only those inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will receive a response.

Company Location: Lakeland Campus
Salary Type: Hourly
Salary: 36.38 - 36.38 USD
Employment Term: T-Temporary
Assignment Type: PARTTIME
Pay Level: 01- OPS & ADJ
FLSA Status: Exempt

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