Arcadia University

Job Description: The Department of Visual and Performing Arts within the College of Arts and Sciences at Arcadia University invites applications for a nine-month, full-time non-tenure-track, Assistant Professor of Practice in Graphic and Interactive Design position to begin in the Fall of 2023. The successful candidate will embrace inclusive excellence in the classroom to provide an educational environment where all students can thrive.

Arcadia's College of Arts and Sciences offers programs in humanities, computer science, visual and performing arts; media and communication; psychology; and sociology and criminal justice. These programs prepare students for careers that contribute to a global society and allow students to exhibit, perform, and publish on campus through a variety of campus media outlets, including several art galleries, literary magazine, and online journal.

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  • Teaching three courses (12 credits) per semester
  • Overseeing senior projects
  • Maintaining a classroom and facilities, administrating budget for the Graphic Design area, and participating in departmental work, planning, and advising.
  • We seek faculty members who are interested in engaging in service to the Department and University.


  • Professional experience and a high level of professional activity/engagement in their field in concordance with the role of professor of practice and an established record of expertise for teaching relative to rank is expected, along with a working knowledge of the historical, theoretical, and practical discourse surrounding Graphic and Interactive Design.
  • The successful candidate would demonstrate expertise in one or more of the following areas: Print and Web Design, Brand Identity Design, UI/UX Design, Motion Graphics, Illustration, Digital Imaging.
  • Faculty are expected to be able to perform as excellent teachers and practitioners, provide service to the University and the community, and to achieve these goals with the highest professional and ethical standards.
  • Commitment to high-quality instruction in a student-centered environment is expected. The University serves racially & ethnically-diverse students from different socio-economic backgrounds, first-generation college students, & a significant international student population.
  • Demonstrated commitment to helping students succeed through engagement in & out of the classroom and the ability to demonstrate sensitivity and knowledge about diversity, equity, and inclusion and embrace opportunities for continued growth in cultural competence is expected.


  • MFA or equivalent work experience. Individuals without a terminal degree, but with outstanding and lengthy practice in their respective field, will be considered;
  • Teaching experience at the college level;
  • Demonstrated interest in contributing to a contemporary interdisciplinary setting;
  • Willingness to develop curriculum in concert with colleagues from the various studio disciplines;
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity and knowledge about diversity, equity, and inclusion and embrace opportunities for continued growth in cultural competence.
  • Professional experience and high level of professional activity/engagement in their field in concordance with the role of professor of practice;
  • Candidates should possess a strong vision and the ability to develop and lead a Graphic Design program within the liberal arts context.

Application Instructions:

Upload the following:

  • A cover letter summarizing the candidate's qualifications;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Statement of teaching philosophy, including statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • List of three (3) professional references and their contact information
  • 20 samples of candidate's creative work
  • 20 samples of students' work.
  • Each digital file should be less than 10MB in PDF file format. Each work should include title, material, size, and year. Student work samples should include the description of the project. For time-based work, please include a web link.

Application Information:

  • Review of applications will begin immediately with a priority deadline of January 6, 2023. The position is expected to start in August, 2023.
  • Applications must be submitted online through Arcadia's Human Resources portal to receive full consideration. Please do not email application materials to the hiring manager. Due to the volume of applications received, communication will generally be limited to candidates selected for additional consideration.
  • Application review will begin immediately. Posting will be removed from the website once we've established a sufficient talent pool for consideration.

Arcadia University is a top-ranked private University in Greater Philadelphia that provides a values-based educational experience by placing students at the center. The Institute of International Education has ranked Arcadia first nationally in study abroad for 10 of the last 13 years, and the Princeton Review has ranked Arcadia among the "Best in the Northeast" for eight consecutive years. The University's Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs are nationally ranked in their respective categories by U.S. News & World Report, which cites Arcadia for being among the top study abroad programs and among the "most innovative," and "best value" colleges. Arcadia promises a distinctively global, integrative, and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and lead in a diverse and dynamic world. Through its community of practice and commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) and to combating anti-Black Racism, Arcadia has made facilitating a safe and welcoming environment a priority. Learn more about our vibrant community at

Our belief and experience is that there is strength in diversity and we are committed to building a welcoming and inclusive environment for students and employees alike. We are a community built on varied experiences and perspectives that beneļ¬ts from open-minded discussion and cultural humility. Guided by our University's values, we are committed to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, and we are working towards dismantling anti-Black racism/white supremacy and other forms of interpersonal and systemic discrimination and oppression.

We welcome candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, service, and/or lived experiences to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. The successful candidate will include a statement of interest demonstrating examples of ways they will incorporate our values in their teaching and scholarly work through application, methodology, content, and/or inclusion of students from diverse backgrounds pursuing research/creative work.

At Arcadia University, our JEDI principles (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) are the foundation of our highly regarded, values-based learning community, which reflects the world in which we want to live. As such, Arcadia actively seeks and welcomes candidates of diverse backgrounds and abilities. Arcadia prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, age, gender identity, military or military veteran status, disability, family medical or genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic. All offers of employment are conditional based on the successful completion of a background check. Employment may not begin until the University accepts the results of the background check.

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