Assistant Professor of Graphic Design


Illinois Wesleyan University and the Ames School of Art invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Graphic Design. This tenure-track position is a nine-month appointment beginning August 1, 2019. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. We are seeking an individual with potential to provide leadership and excellence in graphic design theory and practice. The successful candidate will teach all levels of graphic design with expertise in typography and two or more of the following areas: image-making, identity design, information design, motion, web design, mobile app development, video. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to inspire students conceptually and technologically.

The Ames School of Art, one of four professional schools, offers the BFA, BA, and minors in Graphic Design, Art, and Art History. The School of Art boasts two galleries, a new Macintosh computer lab, and outstanding facilities for drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, and glass.

Founded in 1850, Illinois Wesleyan is a highly selective, private undergraduate liberal arts university with a tradition of teaching excellence. As an EEO, 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:

MFA in Graphic Design, Visual Communications, or equivalent terminal degree in closely related field
Demonstrable skills in oral and written communications
Preferred Qualifications
College-level teaching experience
Demonstrated excellence in teaching
Evidence of creative/scholarly activity
Experience in curriculum development and implementation



Teach six courses annually as assigned by the Director and consistent with expertise. Oversee and mentor students in design internships. Applicants will be expected to engage in scholarly activities, provide academic advising to students, and participate in department, college, and university service.


Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Materials received by December 15 will receive full consideration. Please submit: letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of creative/scholarly research practice, statement of teaching philosophy, unofficial transcript, sample of relevant course syllabi (if available), contact information for three professional references, web links to scholarly/creative work and student work, a clear statement describing how research, teaching, and/or service has provided preparation for contributing to our commitment to address issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and/or other issues of historic marginalization.


Send materials to:

Julie Johnson
Director, Ames School of Art
6 Ames Plaza
Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, Illinois 61701