Assistant Professor of Art and Design, Tenure-Track Position
Augsburg University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate degrees to approximately 3,500 students of diverse backgrounds. With a student/faculty ratio of 15:1, the university focuses on close personal interaction with faculty and experiential education opportunities on campus and in the community. An Augsburg education is defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies, guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran church and shaped by its urban and global settings. At both the undergraduate and graduate levels, students actively engage in international travel and intercultural experiences that broaden their view of the world and deepen their engagement in it.
Augsburg University values the diversity of persons, perspectives, and convictions. Critical thinking, rigorous analysis, and open discussion across a full range of ideas lie at the heart of the University’s mission as an institution of higher learning. Essential to the University in living out its mission of educating students to be “informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders” is that our foundation be one of diversity, inclusion, equity, and intercultural competency.
Augsburg’s main campus is located in the vibrant Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, one of the most diverse areas in the Twin Cities. The University of Minnesota West Bank campus and one of the city’s largest medical complexes are adjacent to Augsburg; the Mississippi River and the Seven Corners Theatre district are just a few blocks away. In addition to its Minneapolis campus, Augsburg has a site in Rochester, the fastest growing city in Minnesota and headquarters of the Mayo Health System. In addition to these locations, Augsburg owns and operates international sites in Central America and southern Africa.
The Augsburg University Department of Art and Design invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Graphic Design ( with a multi-disciplinary practice) beginning August 24, 2020. Through experiential learning and critical engagement, the Department of Art and Design fosters understanding of, and respect for, the crucial societal contributions of art and design. The Department’s mission is to consistently provide students a sound basis for visual literacy and appreciation, accomplishment in art making, an understanding of historical context, and provide opportunities for community engagement and visibility. Pedagogy is structured to allow students to access their own agency by focusing on creative problem-solving and expression. The department is committed to the convergence of Art and Design, inclusive experiences, curricula, and assessments, and has authored the identity statement: S E E – T H I N K – M A K E.
The successful candidate will typically teach a six (6) course-load per academic year (3/3 course load per semester) including foundation and advanced courses in graphic design, digital media as well as potential courses in studio arts. Successful candidates possess a high level of intercultural competency and are able to effectively teach and interact with students from diverse social and cultural identities and backgrounds. Candidates are thus encouraged to highlight skills and experiences that demonstrate these abilities.
Responsibilities for this position include teaching a variety of undergraduate major courses and lower division, non-major courses; advising/mentoring students; contributing to the field through artistic practice and/or academic scholarship; serving on departmental and university committees; participating in administrative duties; and collaborating on departmental initiatives.
Required for this position: Terminal degree in the field (MFA or PhD in art or design) by the start date; a strong record of presentations, and exhibitions/projects, and/or publications in area of interest that demonstrates commitment to a studio practice.
Augsburg University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national origin, familial status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status or public assistance status.
To apply for this position upload a cover letter, CV, personal portfolio, examples of student work and official transcripts. As part of the online application process, you will be required to provide the names of three professional references. If your application advances in this search, you will be notified prior to Augsburg contacting your references. Application review will begin December 2; position open until filled. Further information is available at www.augsburg.edu/hr/.