Assistant/Associate Teaching Professor in Ames, Iowa

Iowa State University

Position Title:Assistant/Associate Teaching Professor

Appointment Type:Faculty

Job Description:

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

The Department of Graphic Design in the College of Design at Iowa State University is welcoming applications for an Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor to join our 14-person graphic design faculty and assist in advancing the department’s future goals. Applicants should demonstrate interest and ability to teach in all areas of graduate and undergraduate graphic design. This especially includes one or more of the following areas: history of graphic design, interaction design, web development, creative technology, typography, experiential design, UX/UI design, and motion graphics. The successful candidate will have a strong spirit of collaboration and be committed to interdisciplinary teaching and dialogue and working with diverse groups.

We seek a candidate to join our faculty as a Full-Time Assistant or Associate Professor of Teaching for a 9-month service period. The teaching load is 3 courses per semester. An appointment may be 1–3 years in length, renewable, and is not tenure-eligible. The expected start date is August 16, 2023.

Successful candidate must be able to:

-Develop and teach courses independently, as well as teach existing courses as part of a coordinated and dynamic team of graphic design instructors.

-Demonstrate a clear understanding of design processes and methodology as part of the creative process.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

-MFA in graphic design OR BFA in graphic design + Master’s degree in a related discipline


-BFA in graphic design + 5 years professional experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

-Experience developing and teaching graphic design courses.

-Experience teaching at the graduate level.

-Demonstrated ability to teach design processes, design research, and design methodology as part of the creative process.

Department/Program & College Description:

The Department of Graphic Design is part of ISU’s College of Design, along with Departments of Architecture, Art and Visual Cultures, Community and Regional Planning, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture. The Department offers a NASAD-accredited BFA in Graphic Design, an MA in Experiential Graphic Design, and an MFA in Graphic Design. The department enrolls over 270 undergraduate and over 25 graduate students, all of whom engage in both traditional and emerging technologies and are prepared to become leaders in the field of visual communication.

Within the College of Design, we pride ourselves on our collaborative, creative, and diverse stance to enrollment, hiring, and educational experiences. Within our seven departments, each day we strive to fulfill the goals of our shared governance through our strategic plan. The College of Design is dedicated to all forms of diversity and inclusion, and committed to the expanded role of design as an agent of change in society.


Our mission is to educate students to become successful designers, planners, artists, scholars and citizens who improve the quality of life, enhance human experience and advance environmental sustainability ; and to serve as a resource for Iowa and beyond through research, creative endeavors, extension and outreach.


We value innovation, curiosity, collaboration, open exchange of ideas, diverse perspectives , and environmental and social responsibility .


Our vision is for College of Design faculty, staff, students and alumni to increasingly be known for their ability to lead interdisciplinary processes and draw upon their disciplinary expertise to generate informed, innovative responses to challenges and opportunities .

Department Unit/Website:

Proposed Start Date:August 16, 2023

Proposed End Date or Length of Term:May 15, 2024

Number of Months Employed Per Year:09 Month Work Period

Time Type:Full time

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, to receive full consideration, applications should be received by June 30, 2023. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter3) Contact Information for Three ReferencesIf you have questions regarding this application process, please email [email protected] or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.Why Choose ISU?Iowa State University is committed to fostering a workplace of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value. Our Iowa State Employees enjoy comprehensive health and work-life benefits, including medical and dental; as well as:• Retirement benefits, including defined benefit and defined contribution plans;• Generous leave plans;• Onsite childcare (Ames, Iowa);• Life insurance and long-term disability;• Flexible Spending Accounts;• Various voluntary benefits and discounts;• Employee Assistance Program;• Wellbeing program.

Original Posting Date: June 13, 2023

Posting Close Date:

Job Requisition Number:R12093

By focusing on the future and providing the best student experience possible, Iowa State attracts students and faculty who want to make a difference. With a comprehensive land-grant mission of education, research, extension and outreach, we produce scholars whose ideas change the world. And through Innovate at Iowa State , we provide innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities for students of all backgrounds. Located just 30 minutes north of Des Moines, the city of Ames was recently named one of the Top 10 cities in the U.S. for campus life and career opportunities.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community. (

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email [email protected] .

If you have questions about the application process please email [email protected] or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485 . Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email [email protected] or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485 . TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942 .

General ISU compensation information can be found on the University Human Resources ( website. Please note that this is only a list of ranges and individuals will be paid commensurate with qualifications.

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