Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track): Graphic Design

School of Art + Design



The School of Art and Design at San Diego State University (SDSU) seeks to appoint graphic design faculty, with a focus on interactive media, UX/UI, web and mobile platform design, and a commitment to the professional practice of graphic design for a tenure-track appointment as an assistant professor, to start August 2020.


Faculty responsibilities typically include eighteen contact hours per week. Candidates are required to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in graphic design, provide design and technological expertise, critical insight, and direct advanced undergraduate and graduate student research. Collaboration and coordination with part-time instructors is expected, as well as involvement in curriculum development. Faculty represent the School of Art and Design at community events, participate in service-oriented activities within the university community and the community-at-large, remain active in the profession and in appropriate professional organizations. Every faculty member is expected to assume a fair share of responsibility for non-classroom activities, in order to enhance the collegiality and effectiveness of the School, College, and University, and to promote the stature of SDSU in the community.


Salary commensurate with experience.


  • Hold a terminal degree in graphic design or other relevant advanced degrees.
  • Current or recent college-level teaching experience.
  • Demonstrate expertise in design theory, history, and criticism, graphic design foundations, typography, print and screen based design.
  • A high-profile record of research/creative accomplishment.
  • A strong commitment to working with diverse student populations.


  • A broad vision on innovative curricula development.
  • Experience incorporating interactive media, UX design, UI design, web design in the classroom.
  • An understanding of the responsibility of a public university to encourage and to support freedom of expression and academic freedom. 


Applicants should submit a letter of intent summarizing the candidate’s qualifications (including a statement of leadership philosophy), a full curriculum vita, and names and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.

Applicants should apply via Interfolio at

Inquiries should be directed to:
Arzu Ozkal – Chair, Director Search Committee School of Art + Design
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego CA 92182-4805


With more than 1500 faculty and over 36,000 students, San Diego State University is one of the largest universities in the western United States. Located in a large and ethnically diverse metropolitan center bordering Mexico and on the Pacific Rim, the University uses the social, cultural, scientific, and technical resources of this region to enrich its teaching and research programs. SDSU celebrated its centennial in 1997 and currently offers the Bachelor’s degree in 95 areas, the Master’s degree in 78, and the Doctorate in 22. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university, and a Hispanic-serving institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. SDSU is an established and acknowledged leader in the 23-campus California State University system. Web site:


The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts comprises 10 diverse departments / schools committed to the pursuit of excellence in academic and artistic endeavors intended to enhance the human enterprise. The College is recognized for its excellent academic programs that prepare students for professional careers in a wide spectrum of artistic, cultural, educational, social, and technical fields. The College highly values interdisciplinary studies. Web site:


The School of Art + Design facilitates successful undergraduate and graduate student learning regarding the evolution, theory, and practice of art, design, and art history, preparing future artists to make vital contributions through these disciplines to their immediate communities and the global society. The School offers Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Master of Fine Arts degrees in the visual arts. Students in the School have access to comprehensive studios specifically designed to develop art in a wide range of media. Facilities for specific emphases include: woodworking, ferrous and non-ferrous metalwork, painting, printmaking, ceramics, color and black & white darkrooms, large format digital printing, 3D rapid prototyping, and high-end computing for design, multimedia, and video production. Web site: 


Arts Alive SDSU is dedicated to providing opportunities for all students, faculty, and staff at San Diego State University to engage in the arts as an integral part of a comprehensive education that promotes creative research, interdisciplinary collaboration, professional innovation, and personal enrichment on campus and in the community. Arts Alive works to raise awareness of the vibrant arts programming at SDSU, while increasing attendance at SDSU arts events both on- and off-campus. Arts Alive facilitates collaborations among students and faculty in the arts, humanities, and sciences in courses that apply artistic practices as a mode of critical inquiry. All of this serves to develop a national profile for SDSU as a progressive educational institution, providing arts-based models of interdisciplinary research, community engagement, and program assessment. Web site: 

The School of Art + Design is committed to practicing policies of inclusion, diversity, access, and equity in student advising, faculty hiring and mentoring, and the tenure and promotion process. We encourage applicants whose teaching experience and/or research activities demonstrate commitment to working with underrepresented populations and communities. Please visit our website for information about the School and its programs: <>. 

The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.