Iowa State University - Ames, IA

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The College of Design at Iowa State University invites nominations and applications for the position of Chair, Department of Graphic Design, at the rank of associate or full professor with tenure. Working with thirteen accomplished graphic design faculty members, as well as with students, staff, and alumni, the new Chair will have an opportunity to articulate and advance a clear vision for the Department of Graphic Design in all three dimensions of the university's land grant mission: learning, discovery, and engagement.

A national leader in user-centered graphic design education, the Department offers a NASAD accredited professional BFA in Graphic Design, an MA and an MFA in Graphic Design as well as the country's only MA in Environmental Graphic Design. The department enrolls 232 undergraduate and 41 graduate students following a highly rigorous and competitive admission process. Within the fundamental framework of typography, design history, theory, principles, and practice, students engage traditional and emerging technologies and are prepared for professional practice in visual communication, including information design, branding, interactive design, mapping and other communication systems. Over 95% of ISU Graphic Design students are employed in the profession shortly after graduation.

Reporting to the Dean of the College of Design, the Chair will be responsible for faculty hiring and evaluation, the departmental budget, degree program course development, program assessment and accreditation oversight, and communication of departmental values and interests within the department, college, university, and academic and professional communities at large.

One of the most comprehensive design colleges in the nation, the College of Design brings together prestigious professional programs in architecture, community & regional planning, graphic design, industrial design, integrated studio arts, interior design and landscape architecture. The collaborative opportunities that emerge from the close interaction of these disciplines are one of the college's greatest advantages. The College of Design is home to 1799 undergraduate and 209 graduate students. The College is dedicated to the broad, interdisciplinary education of design professions, to which the future chair of graphic design is expected to contribute through interdepartmental dialogues and collaborations. 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 positive change in society.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution. For more information about Iowa State University and its benefits, please visit...

Required Qualifications
A terminal degree in graphic design, visual communications design or related field is required, as is significant experience and a distinguished record of nationally or internationally recognized work in teaching as well as research, and/or professional practice that would warrant a tenured appointment at the rank of full or associate professor. Candidates must show evidence of excellent communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications
Evidence of strong academic leadership and fiscal and personnel management.

A track record of supporting faculty development and curricular innovation, as well as student development and recruitment.

Experience in resource development, grant writing, and stewardship .

Experience in emerging areas of visual communications including interactive design, information design, user experience (UX), and/or interdisciplinary design.

Commensurate with qualifications

Special Conditions
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.

Application Instructions
To apply for this position, please click on "Apply for this Vacancy" and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter
3) Contact information for five references
4) Visionary Statement on Graphic Design Education - Attach as Other Document(s) 1
5) Non-returnable, personal samples of creative and/or scholarly work - You may attach as any of the Other Document(s) 2-6.
6) Non-returnable samples of student work, if appropriate - You may attach as any of the Other Document(s) 2-6.

If electronic submissions of samples for #4 and #5 are not possible, send materials to:
Attention: David Ringholz, Iowa State University, 156 College of Design, Ames, Iowa 50011-3091

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If you have questions regarding this vacancy, please email David Ringholz, or call (515) 294-0454.

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

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