Instructor of Graphic Design

South Dakota State University

United States


The Graphic Design Program in the School of Design at South Dakota State University invites applications for an Instructor to begin August 2019.


Successful candidate must be proficient in the theories and fundamentals of Graphic Design expertise with a working knowledge of the Adobe CC and emerging advancement in Web Design. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate classes where technical skill, contemporary culture, design theory, and cross-disciplinary collaboration are key.

We seek a colleague who has a thorough understanding of the implications of design practice in relationship to broader social, cultural, economic, scientific, and technological forces; has the ability to inspire students and to help them develop skills necessary for the translation of meaningful ideas into innovative and actionable solutions to real world problems; and can assist with the development and support of the program’s relationship with external partnerships and non-profit institutions. 
SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


POSITION LEVEL: Instructor, starting August 2019.


Full Standard benefits. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate courses in Graphic Design, developing curriculum, mentoring students, supporting accreditation effort, service, and engaging in student recruitment and retention.


MFA or equivalent terminal degree in Graphic Design or closely related field by August 15, 2019.
• Relevant teaching experience at the university level.
• Portfolio of student work demonstrating ability to teach at the university level. 
• Effective interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills.


• Demonstrable record of teaching experience in areas (Digital Design, Typography, and Graphic Design) at the unveristy level.
• Teaching or/and professional experience in Web Design (HTMLCSS, JavaScript, and/or PHP knowledge).
• Graphic Design expertise in professional practice as demonstrated through the portfolio. 
• Record of service within the discipline (student recruitment and retention).
• Demonstrable commitment to working with diverse students, faculty, and staff.
• Evidence of collaborative and cross-disciplinary teaching.


This system guides you through the electronic application form. This employment site will require the attachment of: 
1) Cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement;
2) Curriculum Vitae; 
3) A statement of academic interest including a description of your ability to teach within the professional program (attached as ‘portfolio’);
4) Contact information for three academic and/or professional references; 
5) Teaching philosophy (attached as ‘other document’);
6) A personal portfolio of 15-20 projects that includes professional, academic, and/or research materials (attached as ‘work sample’); and
7) Student work of 15-20 (attached as ‘media file’).

  • Portfolio upload Format: 25 pages (max.), PDF file type, 5MB (max.)
  • The portfolio and student works can be provided with the URL link to their website.

Please contact SDSU Human Resources at 605-688-4128 if you require assistance with the electronic application process.


Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.

For inquires on the position, contact Young Ae Kim, Graphic Design Search Chair, SDSU School of Design, 101 Grove Hall, Brookings, SD 57007, or (605) 688-4103.

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