Assistant Professor of Interactive Design

Cedar City, Utah, United States

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Job description

The Department of Art and Design at Southern Utah University, an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design seeks applicants for an Assistant Professor of Interactive Design (UX/UI) who contribute to the vitality of this growing program. This position is full-time, 9-month, tenure track. The desired start date is August 16, 2018. Salary is commensurate with qualifications & experience; excellent benefits. This is a new faculty line and contingent upon funding approval.

Southern Utah University is a comprehensive, regional master degree-granting university located in Cedar City, Utah. It is an accredited, state-supported institution with an enrollment of 10,000+ students and home to the newly opened Southern Utah Museum of Art. Surrounded by national parks, monuments, forests and wilderness areas that draw millions of visitors annually from around the world and home to the Utah Shakespeare Festival, SUU is only 40 minutes from great snow skiing and year-round golfing. It is located 2 ½ hours from Las Vegas and 3 ½ hours from Salt Lake City.

General Duties & Responsibilities1. Teach 5­-6 beginning through advanced studio courses per year in user experience design, user interface design, interactive design, 2D design and new media.

2. Demonstrate and maintain professional design activity and research as it relates to professional development as an educator and designer. This will be key in the responsibility to mentor students.

3. Engage students through experiential learning by participating in, planning, and organizing trips, studio tours, and design related professional lectures and activities.

4. Participate in the advancement of the graphic design area through the development of unique and relevant curriculum, committee work, collegiality, and recruitment.

5. Participate in department, University, and community service through committee service, volunteering, and collegiality.


Required QualificationsEducation, Training, and Skills:

1. MFA in graphic design, interactive media, visual communications or a closely related field.

2. Professional level UI/UX design experience and college-level teaching experience are preferred.

3. Demonstrated excellence and experience in most or all of the following as they relate to graphic design:

Design processes and functional typography. Design writing & ideation, design thinking, and design research. Criticism of typography, branding, art direction, and process development.

Design responsibility topics such as sustainability processes & best practices for designers

4. Knowledge of appropriate Mac and Adobe software.

5. Experience and professional connections in the design profession.

6. Energetic individual who will assist in shaping the mission, direction, and the continued growth of the SUU graphic design program.


1. Experience teaching at a college level and developing university-level curriculum.

2. Some professional experience working in an interactive design related field.

3. Experience in team driven objectives and work well in collaborative situations, etc.

In accordance with Utah State Code 53A-3-410, appointment to this position is contingent upon the successful passing of a background check.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preferred applicant will have 2 – 5 years of teaching experience with various levels of students.
  • Excellent portfolio and proficient in Adobe design software.
  • Proficiency in software appropriate to the field.
  • Experience with HTMLCSS, Javascript, SASS and other front-end development technologies/methodologies is a plus.

Full Time/Part Time: Full TimeHours worked/day: 8

Months/year: 9

Tenure/Non-Tenure Track: Tenure-Track

Salary or Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience, excellent benefits.

Posting Number: F1600146

Close Date: 06/17/2018

Open Until Filled: No

Special Instructions to Applicant

If you have questions or problems with the application process, please contact Human Resources at or 435-586-7754.

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From its founding in 1897, Southern Utah University has evolved from a teacher training institution to now become Utah’s designated liberal arts and sciences university. SUU has always placed students first by fostering small, personalized classes led by supportive professors who are some of the nation's top scholars in their fields of study. True to the University's academic core vision of becoming a nationally recognized institution of learning, SUU faculty, staff and administrators enable students to honor thought in all its finest forms, achieve excellence in their chosen field, and create positive change in the world. People throughout the state look to the University for major academic specialties, economic and business development opportunities and training, distinguished cultural programs, athletic activities, and regional archives. Some of the nation's most acclaimed national parks and outdoor recreation opportunities surround Cedar City and provide the basis for a distinct educational partnership between the University and the National Park Service. A wider range of metropolitan activities is close at hand however, with Las Vegas, Nevada, just two-and-a-half hours south and Salt Lake City, Utah, just three hours north.