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Art & Design: Assistant Professor in Graphic and Interdisciplinary Design

UW-Eau Claire – Eau Claire Campus

Full Time, Faculty/Instructional

  • Official Title: Assistant Professor
  • Job ID: #20540
  • Date Posted:
  • Apply by: | To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by deadline. However, screening may continue until position is filled.
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Art & Design: Assistant Professor in Graphic and Interdisciplinary Design


POSITION: A tenure-track faculty position at the rank of assistant professor in the Department of Art & Design in the College of Arts & Sciences. The department seeks a dynamic graphic designer with expertise in interdisciplinary design who is committed to teaching excellence and to maintaining vibrant undergraduate programs.  This appointment carries an initial two-year probationary appointment beginning with the 2024/2025 academic year on August 19, 2024.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Master of Arts, Master of Science, or Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design or a related field by August 19, 2024, is required.  ABD applicants will be considered but must complete the terminal degree by March 2025. Candidates must have expertise in Adobe Creative Suite software in both print and digital environments, as well as HTML and CSS, and be responsive to ongoing developments and innovations in the graphic design industry. Candidates must demonstrate an ability and excitement for teaching foundations, required, and elective studio and lecture courses at all undergraduate levels and to students of varied backgrounds.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: The department seeks candidates with graphic design expertise and experience in some combination of UI/UX user interface and user experience design, animation, creative coding, motion design, 3D digital & product design, identity system design, and editorial and information design.  The department encourages applications from candidates enthusiastic about emerging technologies and interested in the development of innovative curricula and integration across the visual arts.  These could include such things as design thinking methodologies, theory and research, data-driven design, data visualization, exhibition design, way finding, or environmental signage. Experience with fabrication hardware (e.g., laser cutter, 3-D printer, CNC router), 3-D software (e.g., Blender, VR, AR, Cinema 4D), and developing a fabrication lab and promoting a maker-space culture would contribute nicely to department activities and programming.

DUTIES: Teach three courses per semester at all levels based on program needs and in accordance with specialization; participate in research and creative or scholarly activities; provide academic advising to students as assigned; engage in service to the department, university, and profession. We strive to meaningfully inspire, mentor, and serve the needs of all students, including students of color, students of more recent diasporas (e.g., Hmong, LatinX, Somali, Middle Eastern), and other groups underrepresented in the arts in Western Wisconsin.

DEPARTMENTThe Department of Art & Design consists of nineteen faculty and staff. There are approximately 210 majors. It offers the following programs: Bachelor of Fine Arts, BA/BS in Studio Art and Graphic Communications, and Liberal Arts BA/BS in Studio Art. The department offers minors in studio art and art history. Design courses are also part of the Multimedia Communication minor. The Department houses the Ruth Foster Art Gallery, maintains a woodshop and a finishing lab, and is developing a fabrication lab. For more information regarding the Department of Art & Design, please visit the following website:

UNIVERSITY and EAU CLAIRE COMMUNITY: UW-Eau Claire, an institution of approximately 9,000 students and 1,200 faculty and staff, is consistently recognized as a top comprehensive university in the Midwest and is widely known as a leader in faculty-undergraduate research and study abroad. We strive for excellence in liberal education and select graduate and professional programs through commitment to teaching and learning and dedication to our core values of diversity, sustainability, leadership, and innovation.

The City of Eau Claire, situated at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers, is at the center of a metropolitan area of approximately 100,000 people located 90 miles east of Minneapolis/St. Paul. The area features beautiful parks and trails, strong public schools and health care facilities, a vibrant arts scene and local food culture, and abundant indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications are submitted electronically. Please follow instructions found on the following UW-Eau Claire Web site:  You must create an account and login before you can apply.  If you have not yet registered, click on the "Click here to Register" link to begin the registration process. If you are already a registered user, input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Login."  Click the link to the Art and Design: Assistant Professor position (Job ID # 20540) and then click the "Apply Now" button to submit your application electronically.  Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and all required fields are completed.  Please be sure you have included the following in PDF format:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vita
  • Unofficial graduate school transcript
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Statement about scholarly and creative activity
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • 15-20 examples of personal/professional work
  • 15-20 examples of student work, if available 

Please direct requests for additional information to: Dr. Paul Kaldjian, (715) 836-3277 or

To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by March 15, 2024.  However, screening may continue until position is filled. 

The University reserves the right to contact additional references with notice given to the candidates at an appropriate time in the process. Employment will require a background check. Employment will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding past conduct related to sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).

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