Assistant Professor – Graphic Arts

Binghamton, New York, United States

Job description

About Binghamton University:

Binghamton University is a world-class institution that unites more than 130 broadly interdisciplinary educational programs with some of the most vibrant research in the nation. Our unique character – shaped by outstanding academics, facilities and community life – promotes extraordinary student success.

Binghamton merges rigorous academics, distinguished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities to engage and challenge its 17,000 students. The high-achieving Binghamton student body also represents a great diversity of life experiences, from first-generation college-goers to international students. Beyond their talent, these classmates share a desire to shape the future through technology, insight, intellectual exploration and community service.

Job Description:

The Department of Art and Design offers BFA and BA degrees, and a minor in studio practices including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and graphic design. The department is an academic unit within Harpur, an outstanding liberal arts college that forms the core of Binghamton University.

The Graphic Design program at Binghamton University builds upon the liberal arts training of its students, preparing them to express and communicate conceptual, narrative and informational content from a wide range of knowledge domains.

The program trains its students to become creative problem-solvers who make sophisticated use of visual language to communicate substantive information and interpretive perspectives across a variety of media that range from the printed page to the digital screen. Students are encouraged to develop their distinctive voice of expression, enriched by broad exposure to the fine arts and equipped with conceptual and technical tools of graphic design, to become skilled visual communicators in a complex world. Graphic Design is housed in two computer labs equipped with 48 Macs and computer design center with 10 Macs.

The Department of Art and Design at Binghamton University (SUNY) invites applications for Assistant Professor tenure-track position in Graphic Design. The candidate must demonstrate potential for excellence in scholarship and teaching at all levels of the curriculum.

We seek applicants with an MFA in Graphic Design, knowledge of graphic design theory and methodology, typography, print and user interaction design (UX/UI), excellent communication and problem-solving skills, and experience in curriculum development. A fluency in Mac OS, Adobe CC, and other industry-standard print and interaction design software is required. The position includes teaching at all levels of graphic design classes from beginning-to-advanced typography, print and interaction design, active creative research, as well as service to the university.

Appointment date: September 1, 2018

The successful candidate will:

· Teach a range of graphic design courses at the undergraduate level at 2/3 load: the equivalent of 12/18 studio hours
per week as determined by the Chair each fall and spring semester
· Develop and maintain digital equipment/resources
· Participate in curriculum development
· Contribute to developing a strong culture of design research and practice in the department
· Maintain substantial creative accomplishments in the applicant’s professional discipline
· Advise students
· Participate in committee work and other service to the department and the college
· Perform all other related activities as required


· An MFA in graphic design or equivalent terminal degree is required, and three years’ college level teaching
experience preferred.
· A strong record of professional accomplishment, as demonstrated through portfolio, and an active
exhibition/publication record are required.

Experience in any of the following areas is highly desirable:

· Interaction design (UX/UI) for web and mobile devices
· Motion graphics
· Package design
· Computer 3D modeling and 3D printing

Additional Information:

The State University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. As required by title IX and its implementing regulations Binghamton University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs and activities which it operates. This requirement extends to employment and admission. Inquiries about sex discrimination may be directed to the University Title IX Coordinator or directly to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Contact information for the Title IX Coordinator and OCR, as well as the University’s complete Non-Discrimination Notice may be found here.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Binghamton University is a tobacco-free campus, effective as of August 1, 2017.

How to apply

Applications will only be accepted digitally.

Please submit three PDF files, each labeled as Lastname-Firstname-Item.pdf (example: Doe-John-PersonalWork.pdf):

PDF #1 includes:

· letter of application
· CV
· Contact information for three references
· Teaching philosophy
· Two examples of syllabi
· Unofficial graduate transcripts
· URLs to online portfolio if available

PDF #2 includes:
· 20 labeled samples of personal work

PDF #3 includes:
· 20 labeled samples of student work

Please reference “Graphic Design Assistant Professor” in the subject line of the email.

Submit materials to: The review of applications will begin January 01, and will continue until position is filled. For questions, please contact department at

Binghamton University has built a reputation as a world-class institution that combines a broadly interdisciplinary, international education with one of the most vibrant research programs in the nation.