The Department of Art and Performing Studiesat Xavier University of Louisiana invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position teaching Design August 2023. The ideal candidate will have an MFA in Visual Arts and/or interdisciplinary arts discipline with a minimum of 18 graduate hours in design arts. Candidate should possess evidence of teaching excellence with an active proven track record in design theory with a strong emphasis using digital and practice. The successful candidate will approach the study of digital design with a focus on visual design skill development as well as a working knowledge of UX and UI theory and practice. Candidates whose research and teaching interests engage BIPOC communities in national, international, or transnational contexts are of particular interest. Those having strong interdisciplinary arts backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply, as we seek to grow our collaborations with departmental colleagues in mass communication, Business and performance studies.
Job Duties & Responsibilities:
Teach a 4/4 teaching load (18 contact hours), developing cross-listed curriculum in graphic design, with a strong emphasis using digital media and departmental service that contributes to our major and minor in Art.
Teaching responsibilities may include courses in three of the five listed areas of graphic design, web design, digital illustration, animation, and moving graphics.
Be prepared to lead and collaborate with colleagues on designing, shaping, and building an innovative and contemporary design program that will incorporate Xavier's mission of social justice.
Demonstrate a commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population
Demonstrate the ability to contribute to recruitment efforts and our existing strengths in community-based artistic partnerships, mentoring of undergraduate creative scholarship, and social justice. The Xavier art department has a long history of community engagement.
Applicants will be encouraged to participate in local and national arts organizations related to their field of research.
Develop and maintain an active program of individual scholarship and creative practice.
Areas of research, practice, and teaching may include design for diverse content structures (narrative, informational, or interpretive), interaction modes (digitally- or physically-interactive), and content formats (screens, pages, objects, or environments).
MFA in Visual Arts and/or interdisciplinary arts discipline with a minimum of 18 graduate hours in design arts.
At least 2 years of experience in teaching design courses.
Visual design skills with the latest software and Adobe Creative Cloud and/or Adobe eLearning Suite (most individual components) and ability to conduct workshop presentations.
Understanding the theory and practice of UX and UI design strategies.
Ability to learn new professional visual art making tools and methods as technology and requirements change.
Ability to learn and use education software adopted by the university.
MFA degree in visual communication/graphic design or other relevant field of study.
Demonstrated experience in a design practice.
Maintains a current web site with a comprehensive design/digital design portfolio.
Confident drawing and design skills (physical and digital).
Experience in diverse community building through the visual arts.
Experience with digital motion graphics and/or animation.
Xavier University of Louisiana, founded by St. Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in 1925, is Catholic and historically Black. The ultimate purpose of the University is to contribute to the promotion of a more just and humane society by preparing its students to assume roles of leadership and service in a global society. The only historically Black, Catholic university in the United States, XULA is a private, liberal-arts based, co-educational institution offering 40 undergraduate majors, 5 master’s degree programs and a doctor of pharmacy program. More than one-half of its 3,100 students are from Louisiana, but it draws students from nearly all fifty states and 35 countries. Xavier is recognized as a national leader in the sciences and the liberal arts: • #1 in the nation in the number of African American graduates who go on to complete medical school (AAMC data 2019). • Among the nation’s top four colleges of pharmacy in graduating African Americans with Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) degrees. (2018) • #1 in the nation in awarding bachelor's degrees to African American students in the biological and biomedical sciences, the physical sciences, and physics. ...(2018) • #3 in the nation in the number of African American graduates who go on to earn a Ph.D. in science and engineering disciplines. (2018) • The Department of Physics is #1 in the nation for awarding African Americans baccalaureate degrees in physics and the physical sciences, according to the American Institute of Physics. (2018) Xavier is consistently ranked by the American Chemical Society as one of the top 25 universities in the nation. • The 2020 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges named Xavier among its 300 “best and most interesting” four-year colleges and universities. • Xavier was also singled out as one of the nation’s 385 best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review in the 2020 edition of its annual “The Best 385 Colleges”. • College Consensus, a unique college ratings website that aggregates publisher rankings and student reviews, ranks Xavier as the nation’s #3 Historically Black Colleges and Universities) (2019). It also ranks Xavier as #3 among all Louisiana colleges. • College Factual ranks both Xavier’s biology and chemistry programs as program as No. 1 in Louisiana. (2019) • Your 2018 Guide to College Transfer lists Xavier as one of only 90 colleges and universities nationwide profiled as “transfer friendly” in this guide to the college transfer process by the Kaplan Educational Foundation. • The Student Loan Report ranks #Xavier 12 out of 800 Private schools who left graduates with the least amount of private student loan debt, a form of financial aid known for higher interest rates and less forgiving repayment programs. (2018) • Zippia.com named Xavier's Psychology Program as #1 in Louisiana. (2018) • Learn.org ranks Xavier Among the Top 50 STEM schools in the U.S. (2019) • The Edvocate ranks Xavier as the nation’s No. 3 Catholic University. (2019) • Zippia.com rates Xavier #1 in Louisiana in its 2019 report, “Best College in Each State for Getting a Job”.