To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
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Job Description Summary
The Department of Humanities at Michigan Technological University invites applications for an Assistant Teaching Professor in Graphic Design. The Humanities Department offers degrees in Communication, Culture, and Media; Scientific and Technological Communication; and English. Graphic design and media courses serve all the different Humanities program areas, as well as the minor in media production. The ideal candidate will have excellent design and communication skills and be able to work successfully within this interdisciplinary environment. There is no remote option for this position. Please see our website: http://www.mtu.edu/humanities.
Michigan Tech attracts world-class faculty and staff who enrich the educational experience of smart, motivated, and adventurous students. Applicants who are committed to promoting a sense of belonging and contributing to an equitable and inclusive learning environment for all are strongly encouraged to apply (https://www.mtu.edu/diversity-inclusion/).
Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)
Teach the equivalent of 3-4 courses per semester, including graphic design, motion design, and other visual media courses. Ability to teach in HDMZ media studio on Mac platform Collaborate with Humanities faculty and program areas in the development of Humanities graphic design and media production curriculum in areas such as data visualization, motion design, animation, accessible design, and/or scientific and technical illustration. Advise and mentor students and assist with portfolio development Assist with program outreach and annual student showcase. Integrate safety practices into daily activities and commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work.
Master’s degree in graphic design or master’s or Ph.D. degree in a relevant field with professional and/or teaching experience in graphic design.
Required Experience (minimum requirements)
Proven record of teaching excellence in graphic design Proven record of cultivating a safe, equitable, and interactive learning environment
Desirable Education and/or Experience
Teaching experience in higher education. Arts background (BFA or MFA) Professional or teaching experience in one or more of the following: data visualization, motion design, animation, accessible design, information design, digital/print publication design, UX/UI wireframing, branding/identity management, and/or photography Art Exhibition
Excellent design and communication skills Ability to work as part of a team in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment Ability to work with diverse students, staff, and faculty Fluency in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and After Effects Expertise with graphics tablets and other design peripherals
Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities
Adobe XD or other wireframing software Autocad or other 3-D rendering software Adobe Lightroom Demonstrated success in, or potential future contributions to, working with persons from diverse backgrounds, creating a sense of belonging, and fostering a fair, objective, welcoming place to work for persons with a wide variety of personal characteristics and viewpoints.
Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills
Work Environment and/or Physical Demands
The work environment is that of a typical office and/or classroom setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.
Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment
Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.
Required University Training:
Employee Safety Overview
Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training
Annual Data Security Training
Annual Title IX Training
Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.
Other Conditions of Employment:
The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. This is not an E-Verified Position.
Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities
Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Title of Position Supervisor
Internal & External
Dependent on Funding
Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)
Applicants will need to upload the following documents:
Curriculum Vitae/Resume Cover Letter Teaching Statement Evidence of teaching effectiveness Design Portfolio
We strongly encourage applicants to address the required and desired qualifications in their cover letter along with an explanation of how they will contribute to the Vision and Mission of Michigan Tech.
Applicants will be asked for the names and contact information of three reference providers. At least one letter must address the applicant's teaching abilities. Reference letters and additional materials will be requested at a later stage of the hiring process. Review of applications for full consideration will begin on January 8, 2024, and continue until the position is filled.
Michigan Tech is located in Houghton, MI on the south shore of Lake Superior. Houghton was recently named one of the 100 best small towns in America and the local community provides excellent resources conducive to quality family life. This area is known for natural beauty, pleasant summers, abundant snowfall, and numerous all-season outdoor activities. The University maintains its own downhill and cross-country ski facilities adjacent to campus and a nearby golf course. Numerous cultural activities and opportunities are available on campus and in the community.
Applications from women and BIPOC scholars are highly encouraged by both the department and the institution. Michigan Tech is building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from all individuals.
Michigan Tech is proud to be an ADVANCE Institution that has thrice received National Science Foundation support to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM.
Michigan Tech recognizes the importance of supporting faculty members’ partners; candidates selected for on-campus interviews will be invited to bring a guest.
Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Our scope is international. Our approach interdisciplinary. We work at the intersections of communication, composition, literature, modern languages, philosophy, rhetoric, visual studies, linguistics, gender studies, and technical communication. Our students develop the communicative, analytic, and cultural knowledge to thrive in all aspects of their future lives.Applications from women and BIPOC scholars are highly encouraged by both the department and the institution. Michigan Tech is building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from all individuals.