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Faculty, Art+Design (Graphic Design), Full-Time, Tenure-Track, Fall 2023


The Art + Design Department at Salem State University seeks to fill a full-time, tenure-track position in Graphic Design. The ideal candidate will have significant professional and teaching experience. They will be engaged in contemporary design practices across multiple media with an investigative and growth-oriented relationship to an ever-evolving discipline.

The NASAD-accredited Art + Design major at Salem State offers a liberal arts integrated curriculum structured to provide an in-depth experience in the visual arts and design with an emphasis on studio production. The Art + Design faculty currently consists of seven full-time professors, three professional staff, and a network of experienced adjunct instructors.
Salem State University is an Emerging Hispanic Serving Institution with Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. The university is well-known regionally for its expanded arts community including art, design, music, dance, theater, and creative writing. Salem State offers many opportunities for professional growth and collaboration.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Candidates are required to perform duties in accordance with the MSCA contract. Duties include teaching, advising, scholarship and contributions to continuously improve the department and university. The standard teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester. The position is subject to available funding. 

The Assistant Professor of Graphic Design will take leadership of a well-established, well-supported concentration in Graphic Design and play a strategic role in keeping the program up to date, including clear perspectives on curriculum development and engagement with our graphic design alumni and regional professionals.

Skills Experience

Required Qualifications:
Candidates must have an MFA in Graphic Design (or related area) along with professional and teaching experience in the discipline. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to mentoring and student-centered teaching. They will be committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching and design practices.

Preferred Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will have significant professional and teaching experience in the discipline, including engagement in UI/UX and other developing design practices. They will show commitment to developing new curricular experiences, community engagement, and mentorship at all levels. They will engage in the evolution of the discipline technically, sociologically and/or conceptually. They will demonstrate an interest in Latinx art and visual culture. Candidates with experience working with a diverse student body comprised of many students of color and first-generation students are encouraged to apply.
As an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), Salem State University seeks to enrich the faculty/librarian ranks by actively encouraging candidates whose lived and scholarly experiences directly address issues regarding the health, welfare, and representation of Latinx populations in the United States. Candidates who meet this strongly desired qualification should present documented activities in Latinx-related teaching, scholarship/research, and service, including community-based endeavors in each of these three areas.

Working Conditions:
Salem State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. For accommodation information or requests please email

EEO Statement:
Salem State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Persons of color, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly urged to apply.

Please Note: If there is no application deadline associated with a position, it may be removed at any time and additional applications will not be accepted.

To Apply

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please apply online and attach curriculum vitae, (unofficial) transcripts and a cover letter, which references facilitation of opportunities such as internship placements, civic engagement projects, AIGA student chapters, outside speakers, etc., and discusses course materials and assignments that address a range of design traditions. Please note that resume review will begin in January.

Employment is contingent upon a completed background and CORI check satisfactory to the university. Internal candidates are not subject to a background check.

This position is eligible for H1B visa sponsorship. 

Please note all newly hired staff and faculty, will need to be in compliance with Salem State University’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Requirement.


Competitive and commensurate with education and experience.

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