Assistant Professor or Instructor – Graphic/Visual Design



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Job description

Bangor, ME

The New England School of Communications at Husson University invites applications for an Instructor or Assistant Professor (dependent upon qualifications) of Graphic/Visual Design to begin in Fall 2020. With a foundation in innovation and design thinking, the Graphic/Visual Design program’s interdisciplinary curriculum will bridge science with creativity. The ability to visually communicate has gone beyond traditional graphic design to new and exciting fields such as user experience, data visualization, and augmented and virtual reality. Students will receive instruction that will expand their career choices to include opportunities within content development and management, design and production, and integrated technology. Coursework including fine arts, 2-D and 3-D graphics, coding, animation, and web design balances artistic fundamentals with emerging technologies. The interdisciplinary approach and use of challenge-based learning will lead to an immersive and interactive educational environment for practicing real life skills. Combining this hybrid of disciplines, Graphic/Visual Design students become adaptive, creative professionals able to compete in today’s ever-changing job market. The primary responsibility of all full-time faculty of the University is the scholarly teaching of students in the courses and sections that are assigned. The successful candidate must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to quality teaching, and professional service, as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills. He or she will be expected to deliver experiential and applied learning to students. All course delivery and assessment data will be aligned and collected in accordance with Husson University standards. Courses will be taught in face to face classrooms, hybrid environments and via online delivery. The candidate will remain current and pursue scholarship in his/her field of study as well as participate in committees and other forms of service to the institution. Additionally, this faculty will advise students regarding a variety of career goals and courses.



• Teach 24 credits per academic year;
• Courses taught may include, but are not limited to FA115 Art & Design Foundations, MC 245 Graphic Design, MC 248 Typography, MC 329 Digital Illustration, & MC 335 Graphic Design II and other courses in faculty member’s area of expertise. These courses are taught as core requirements within Husson University’s Graphic/Visual Design degree;
• Instruct and assist in the growth and success of a diverse population of students through careful preparation of course materials, effective teaching methodologies and informed critical feedback on assignments and discussions;
• Prepare course materials and use appropriate teaching techniques which may include but are not limited to delivering lectures, leading discussions, and conducting experiential learning opportunities in face to face classes, hybrid environments and online through Canvas;
• Deliver experiential and applied learning to students while incorporating the technology available on campus;
• Contribute to the development and revision of course content and instructional materials, textbook and equipment selection, and assessment strategies;
• Align all course delivery and collect assessment data in accordance with Husson University standards.
• Learn and apply emerging technologies and advances as necessary to perform duties in an efficient, organized and timely manner.
• Maintain current knowledge of instructional methods and new technologies pertinent to areas of assignment
• Advise the Academic Director on proposed curricular changes
• Assist the department in experiential assessments & exercises where appropriate

Scholarship and Professional Activity

• Remain current in areas of expertise through continual study and scholarship in discipline and through involvement in professional organizations;
• Assist in the research and assessment of industry trends and future technologies concerning curriculum


• Participate in School, College, and University meetings, retreats, committees, and activities (open house, and/or student recruitment projects);
• Create and maintain community relations
• Representing the School off campus when appropriate
• Follow the policies and procedures outlined in the Faculty Handbook


• Advise students in NESCom according to the Husson University Advising Manual;
• Work with students and employers in professional settings, internships, field placements, and similar work-related situations as needed;
• Employ University retention strategies;
• Maintain weekly office hours to meet with students regarding class work, course registration, program declaration and career preparation.

The Instructor or Assistant Professor will be provided with the necessary training and supportive supervision to help them succeed and become part of a vigorous learning environment.


The successful candidate will hold at a minimum a Master’s degree. A MFA from an accredited institution is preferred.

Demonstrated excellence in teaching with specific knowledge and ability to teach undergraduate courses in graphic/visual design topic areas is required.

Training and professional work experience in the field of graphic/visual design is preferred.

The successful candidate will be dynamic, energetic, creative, and engaging and have strong interpersonal and communication skills, demonstrating a commitment to cultural diversity and inclusive education.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to the Husson University’s mission and to the highest ethical standards.

How to apply

Apply online

For more than 100 years, we have been committed to experiential learning that leads to real-world success.Husson is a university in a collegiate setting, located in the heart of northern New England. With approximately 2,500 students and an emphasis on preparing students with a broad education and marketable skills, Husson is an excellent choice for students who want the intimate feeling of a small college and the professional preparation of a university.