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Visiting Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

Illinois Wesleyan University and the Ames School of Art and Design & Design invites applications for the position of Visiting Assistant Professor of Graphic Design. This position is a one-year appointment beginning August 1, 2023. We are seeking a design educator with expertise in visual problem solving and a thorough understanding of the role of design in contemporary society. The successful candidate will teach design fundamentals, typography, image making, ideation strategies and/or relevant content based on expertise. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to inspire students conceptually, aesthetically, and technically. Candidates with specialization in areas such as: identity systems, information design, product design, packaging, animation, motion, game design, or industrial design are encouraged to apply.

The Ames School of Art and Design and Design & Design, one of IWU’s four professional schools, offers the BFA, BA, and minor in Graphic Design, and Studio Art, and a minor in Art History. The School of Art boasts two galleries, Macintosh computer lab, and outstanding facilities for drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and glass. The on-site laser cutters, 3D printers, and vacuum former support all areas within the School. Additionally, the IDEA Center, provides the space and technology for all students on campus to create and innovate.

Founded in 1850, Illinois Wesleyan is a highly selective, private undergraduate liberal arts university with a tradition of teaching excellence. As an equal opportunity employer, we are strongly committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students. We seek candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to supporting and further building our community in these dimensions.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Masters Degree with undergraduate degree in graphic design
  • College-level teaching experience (Teaching Assistant experience acceptable)
  • Demonstrable skills in oral and written communications
  • Ability to foster an active and engaged learning environment


Preferred Qualifications

MFA, MGD, MDes or equivalent in related field
Evidence of creative/scholarly activity



Teach six courses annually as assigned by the Director
Hold weekly office hours
Participate in School of Art & Design faculty meetings



Competitive salary and benefits offered



Review of applications will begin May 8th and will continue until the position is filled.

Required materials:

  • letter of application
  • curriculum vitae
  • 20 examples of personal work and 20 examples of student work (pdf or web links)
  • sample of relevant course syllabi (if available)
  • contact information for three professional references

Please address and highlight in your materials if you have an interest, background, or experience relevant to fostering an inclusive classroom and supporting a diverse community within the university setting.


Send materials via email to:

Julie Johnson, Director
Ames School of Art and Design & Design
Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, Illinois