Graphic Design, Full-Time, Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor
Job Details
Main Campus - Edmond, OK

Preference date:  Jan. 17, 2021

Position Overview

Teaches, advises and mentors students, evaluates student performance, and maintains department and student records in accordance with university policies. Adheres to the educational philosophy of the university. Works in a collaborative manner with colleagues and professional peers. Participates in university meetings that relate specifically to faculty. Serves on department, college, and university committees as requested. Prepares departmental reports as requested. Engages in teaching, service, and scholarly and/or creative activities as defined by the tenure and promotion policy in the UCO Employee and Faculty Handbook.

College Overview

The College of Fine Arts and Design is a center of excellence for the arts and design, as well as a locus of innovation for improving and promoting arts education. Founded in 2001, the college combines the traditional excellence inherent in Oklahoma's oldest public educational institution with groundbreaking thinking about the role of the arts on the 21st century. The College of Fine Arts and Design nurtures leadership qualities in students, thus expanding the scope and qualities of their career opportunities. The institution's educational emphasis is on faculty mentorship in student-centered education, with a commitment to respect diversity and encourage inclusiveness. This commitment to excellence provides students the opportunity to interact and work closely with our more than 100 outstanding full and part-time faculty members who are dedicated to holistically developing the artist, scholar, creative professional, educator, citizen and leader. With more than 200 performing and visual arts events every year, the college encourages students from a variety of academic disciplines and programs to view exhibits, attend special events, experience performances, partake in masterclasses, discuss their work , and ultimately find their unique artistic voice while learning to think from a global perspective. The College of Fine Arts and Design currently has six academic units, the Department of Art, Department of Dance, School of Design, Department of Theatre Arts, School of Music and the Academy of Contemporary Music and specialized accreditations from National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). For further information see our website

Department Specific Essential Job Functions
 The University of Central Oklahoma School of Design invites applications for a Full-time, Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor in Graphic Design. This position will include academic, creative, and service responsibilities in a School of Design offering B.F.A. degrees in Graphic and Interior Design. UCO Design seeks dynamic and motivated candidates with a high level of creative industry, social engagement, and a commitment to department participation.


Preference will be given to candidates who are also able to demonstrate experience with

  • Digital Design and Emerging Technologies such as: Adobe CC, motion, 3D modeling and printing, web or mobile applications, or AR/VR
  • Print/digital production techniques and technologies and file management
  • A strong knowledge of typography is required. 


Teaching responsibilities may include undergraduate courses in Design Foundations, Computer Graphics, and other graphic design courses as needed. This position requires a commitment to engage in research/creative/scholarly activity in your area of specialization at local, regional, national and/or international levels. This position will also require service commitments to the university, college, department, and professional organizations; participation in shared governance of the department; the recruitment and mentorship of undergraduate design students; and active participation in the advancement of the School of Design.



Experience Required:
Teaching, research, departmental/school and university service is expected. An earned terminal degree awarded by a regionally accredited or internationally recognized institution in the field specified in the position announcement (exceptions require Academic Affairs approval). **NOTE** If the terminal degree is not obtained and submitted by the time of employment, the position rank will change to TT-Instructor.


Qualifications/Experience Required
An earned MFA degree requiring a minimum of 60 graduate hours awarded by a regionally accredited or internationally recognized institution in the field specified in the position announcement. NOTE: MFA candidates that have degrees in progress are eligible to apply. If the terminal degree is not obtained and submitted by the time of employment, the position rank will change to TT-Instructor until such time as the degree is completed. 


Qualifications/Experience Preferred
 M.F.A. in Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design or related field. MFA must be either completed or in progress at the time of hire.
 Minimum of two years university teaching experience.
 Demonstrated excellence in teaching.
 Demonstrated experience in graphic design.
 Demonstrated experience in student mentorship. 


 Ability to teach courses in graphic design, design foundations, digital and print production, digital design and emerging technology.

 The successful applicant will have the knowledge, skill, and ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with faculty, staff, and students in the College of Fine Arts and Design.


Physical Demands:

Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.