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Assistant Professor, Graphic Design


College Division: Academic Affairs - College of The Arts

Salary Plan: Full Time Faculty

Job Code/Title: 9003 / Assistant Professor

Position Number: 00042191

Hiring Salary/Salary Range: $65,000.00/year

Organizational Summary:

As the creative center of the University of South Florida, the College of the Arts provides an enriched, creative, and professional environment for tomorrow's leaders in architecture, art, art history, music, theatre, dance, and design. The College's three research centers lead the way, making meaningful contributions to their field in practical ways every day, the most prominent being the university's world renowned Graphicstudio. 

USF's Contemporary Art Museum, Wilson Gallery, three professional theaters and two state-of-the-art concert halls support production of nearly 400 events each year, including concerts, performances, exhibitions, lectures, conferences, masterclasses, and festivals -- all free of charge and open to the entire Tampa Bay community. The USF School of Art & Art History with 500 majors and more than 25 fulltime faculty on two campuses (St. Petersburg & Tampa), is the design and visual arts educational hub in a diverse region of more than 3 million residents. The Graphic Arts Program is housed in Harbor Hall on the St. Petersburg campus' beautiful Bayboro Harbor adjacent to Downtown St. Petersburg. Harbor Hall has just completed a $1 million renovation featuring state-of-the-art studios, classrooms, and research spaces.  The design faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for their high-impact creative research achievements.

The College is an integral engine for socioeconomic progress through research, advocacy, and engagement. The interdisciplinary ecosystem facilitates, prepares, and educates students and faculty to become creative leaders in a global society engaging and collaborating to create lasting positive impact.

Position Summary:

The School of Art and Art History at the University of South Florida (USF) invites applications for a tenure-earning Assistant Professor position in Graphic Design. Located in the heart of St. Petersburg, the Graphic Design program seeks to continue its upward trajectory and is adding faculty with the skills to lead in this profession for decades to come. Collaboration with diverse industries, other university departments and colleges, people, and cultures is a key component of design and USF will build on that with an interdisciplinary approach as the College of the Arts grows its design offerings. 

The ideal candidate will maintain an active research/creative practice agenda and annually report on progress toward promotion and tenure. Areas of expertise of particular interest include, but not limited to: Photo/Video, UI, UX, 2-D animation, web development, interactive design. The appropriate candidate will be responsible for service and able to teach courses at all levels of undergraduate and graduate study.


Teach a variety of courses in graphic design.

Maintain an active research/creative practice agenda and annually report on progress toward promotion and tenure.

Engage in service to the university. Manage administrative activities. May represent the university, college/school, or department/program on university and/or state-wide committees.

QUALIFICATIONS (Education and Experience):

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree from an accredited institution in the field of specialization or professional experience equivalent.
  • A demonstrated record of achievement in teaching, academic/creative research, and service. Must meet university criteria for appointment to the rank of Assistant Professor.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree in Graphic Design, Visual Communication, or related area of study.
  • A demonstrated record of successful research/creative practice.
  • Two years of full-time college level teaching experience.
  • Demonstrated leadership.
  • Experience as a practicing graphic designer.
  • Curricular development experience. 
  • Demonstrated ability to expand the range of the program through interdisciplinary and innovated work. 

Please provide the following documents when completing your application:

  • Letter of interest 
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy 
  • Contact information for three (3) references
  • Link to a curated online portfolio of work examples. If the works require passwords for viewing, please include them. Files that cannot be easily accessed may not be reviewed. 
  • A separate portfolio of student works must also be accessible online as examples of teaching.
  • Diversity statement that describes their effectiveness in promoting inclusive excellence among diverse populations in teaching, research, and/or practice