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Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Position Number: 1653301
  • Location: Rochester, NY
  • Position Type: Graphic Design

Instructional Faculty
College of Art and Design
CAD School of Design

Faculty Type (Tenure Status): Tenure-Track
Faculty Discipline: Graphic Design
Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor
Employment Category: Fulltime
Anticipated Start Date: 12-Aug-2020

Department/College Description

The School of Design is comprised of five undergraduate programs, three 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, Industrial Design, and Integrative Design. Approximately 750 undergraduate and 90 graduate students are enrolled in the School of Design. To learn more about the programs in the School of Design, please visit
RIT's College of Art and Design is the university's creative hub where art, design, science, and technology intersect. The Colleges four schools offer programs in Art, Design, Crafts, Film and Animation, Photography and Photographic Sciences. The range of innovative programs offers students a panoramic perspective from creating fine art using centuries-old methods to pushing the boundaries of digital creativity. The College of Art and Design has an enrollment of more than 1,700 undergraduate students and 300 graduate students,

Detailed Job Description

The School of Design in the College of Art and Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology invites applicants to apply for mulitple tenure track positions to teach in the Graphic Design undergraduate program and the Visual Communication Design graduate program. The School of Design focuses on developing strong conceptual and formal visual communication skills. Expectations include teaching undergraduate and/or graduate studio and lecture courses; teaching a full load each term; participating in innovative teaching and curriculum development; rendering service to the school, college, university, and/or community; career advising and mentoring undergraduate students; and participating in professional organizations important to the field of graphic design.

Faculty Position: Graphic Design
We are seeking candidates who are well-rounded designers and understand current and emerging trends in graphic design education and contemporary practice. Candidates should be qualified to teach throughout the curriculum. Ideal candidates will possess the ability to provide leadership and vision in integrating emerging media applications into the Graphic Design and Visual Communication Design curriculums. 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, school and profession.

We are seeking individuals who have the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness; cross disciplinary opportunities; 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 core values, honor code, and diversity statement.

Required Minimum Qualifications
  • MFA in Graphic Design or a terminal degree in a related field of study.
  • Minimum of two years full-time professional experience in graphic design and/or a related design field.
  • Minimum of two years teaching experience beyond a teaching assistantship.
  • Demonstrated expertise in typography.
  • Demonstrated expertise in at least one of the following areas: branding design, editorial design, experiential design, information design, packaging design, publication design, systems design.
  • Demonstrated experience in at least one of the following areas: interaction design, motion design, user experience design, user interface design.
  • Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the Colleges 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 4882BR. Please submit your application, cover letter addressing the listed qualifications, curriculum vitae, and upload the following attachments:

  • Brief teaching philosophy
  • Provide the names, addresses and phone numbers for three references
  • Contribution to Diversity Statement
  • Course syllabi with at least three assignments
  • PDF or provide a link to a website presenting fifteen examples of professional work (maximum size 5MB)
  • PDF or provide a link to a website presenting twenty examples of student work

You may contact the search committee with questions on the position at: Peter Byrne, School Director, School of Design, Rochester Institute of Technology via email at
To receive full consideration, all application materials should be received by December 9, 2019. The position will be open until an acceptable candidate is found.

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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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