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  • Overview:

    The Department of Design invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor of Design beginning September 2017. The department currently consists of 6 tenured and tenure-track faculty currently dedicated to teaching the core curriculum with a dedicated instructional technician. We are seeking a well-rounded designer and educator to complement and expand the curriculum with expertise in design production, materials and finishing, and book arts. Candidates should be qualified to teach throughout the curriculum as well as contribute to the evolution of this forward-looking program. The Department of Design supports Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities, and encourages applications from diverse candidates.

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  • Location: Bellingham, WA
  • Starts On: Aug. 3, 2016, 9:50 p.m.

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  • Job Description:

    ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Design curriculum spans several aspects of graphic design, including theory and formal principles of 2D and 3D design, conventional and digital printing and finishing, motion, video, interaction, and design history. It averages 130 declared undergraduate majors and graduates between 48 - 54 students each spring. It contributes two courses to the Humanities portion of the general university requirements. In addition to classroom/studios, the facilities include two Mac labs, and a production lab with inkjet printers, Vandercook letterpresses and mechanical binding equipment.

    ABOUT THE COLLEGE:The College of Fine and Performing Arts is comprised of the departments of Art, Design, Music, Theatre and Dance, housed in several buildings with five performance spaces, including a Performing Arts Center overlooking Bellingham Bay. The College is also home to the Western Gallery, which manages one of the top ten outdoor sculpture collections in the country.

    ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: Western Washington University is located in Bellingham, WA, a city of approximately 80,000 located between Seattle, WA and Vancouver, B.C. and on the Pacific Ocean. It is near mountains, islands, lakes and rural areas with hundreds of miles of hiking trails and numerous other outdoor activities. The University enrolls approximately 15,000 students in six colleges. Bellingham is ranked in the top ten nationally in several desirable categories including: most artists per capita (2nd), outdoor adventures, most secure, air quality, best place to retire, quality of life and environmental awareness. The University has been listed as the number two rates Masters granting university in the western United States, and number one in the NW, for the past 11 years. 95% of the students at Western are undergraduate students and enjoy a strong liberal arts tradition with numerous interdisciplinary opportunities. More information can be found at:

    +Teach two lower and/or upper level design courses per term
    +Student advisement
    +Collaborative curriculum development and participation in program activities
    +Maintain a creative, research and/or professional practice agenda
    +Participation in committee work, departmental and university governance activities

    +MFA, MDes or equivalent terminal degree from an accredited college or university
    +Ability to teach lower and upper level design courses
    +Evidence of design expertise through professional experience or design achievement through peer
    review, in one or more of the areas listed below, as demonstrated through application materials
    +Expertise with the current Adobe Creative Cloud and other software relevant to area of expertise
    +Experience with letterpress, digital printing processes and equipment, pre-press
    +For appointment at the Associate Professor level, demonstrated excellence in teaching, participation in
    curriculum development, and scholarly/creative activity sufficient to achieve tenure within the Department and College are required
    Areas of Expertise Relevant to Position
    +Design production
    +Sustainable design, materials and processes
    +Book Arts
    +Environmental graphic design

    +Degree emphasis in Design related field
    +Teaching experience
    +Knowledge of issues of professional practice
    +Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse students, faculty and staff
    +Experience with screen printing, 3D printing, laser cutting

    SALARY: Competitive salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

    APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS AND REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: Please log in at the website provided and submit your application via WWU’s Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE). Note: You will need to be using Internet Explorer to utilize our online application system.

    Candidates must submit a cover letter addressing qualifications, current vita, statement of design teaching philosophy, course syllabi (if available), 20 samples of student work (if available), 20 samples of personal/professional work, and contact information for five references. You must upload all the requested materials using the EASE application link provided. Official transcripts documenting degrees will be required prior to a contract being offered.

    Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

    WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

    All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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  • Western Washington University
    Bellingham WA 98225

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