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Visiting Faculty - Graphic Design - Visual Media and Arts (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

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Position type: FAC - Visiting Faculty - 1st Year - Academic Year
Location: Allendale
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


The Department of Visual and Media Arts at Grand Valley State University, located in Allendale, MI ( invites applicants for a Visiting Professor position in the Graphic Design emphasis area, beginning August 2021. This is a 1-year, full-time, teaching-focused position, with the possibility of renewal for 2 more years.

As a community of educators, artists, and scholars, the Department of Visual and Media Arts values the examination of the world through diverse cultural discourses which inform pedagogy and scholarship, and diverse forms of collaboration with university, local, and regional communities. We seek a candidate committed to being excellent in undergraduate teaching and students’ career-connectedness. The chosen candidate will help support GVSU’s student-centered mission and the institution’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. We encourage applications from candidates from underrepresented groups, and from candidates who have interest and/or experience in working with diverse student and community populations.

The teaching responsibilities include 8 courses/year (4 fall and 4 winter). Teaching opportunities include courses in Design fundamentals, typography, print design/production, packaging design, user experience/user interface design, and branding design. Candidates with teaching experience that encompasses major and non-major populations will receive special consideration.

Required Qualifications and Education

Applicants must have:

  • A terminal degree in Graphic Design, User Experience, or related field (M.F.A., M.Des, Ph.D.) from an accredited university by August 6, 2021;
  • Ability to teach courses in Design fundamentals, typography, print design/production, packaging design, user experience/user interface design, and branding design;
  • Minimum of three years of professional experience as a scholar and/or practitioner in graphic design, user experience, or related field;
  • Experience in or demonstrated understanding of social justice education and/or initiatives, and/or inclusion, diversity, and/or intercultural training.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, such as the ability to interact with others with respect and empathy.

Preferred Qualifications and Education

  • Minimum of two years of undergraduate teaching experience in graphic design (teaching assistantships will be considered);
  • Demonstrated expertise in at least two of these areas: print design, editorial design, packaging design, user experience design, user interface design, branding design;
  • Experience in teaching for non-design majors, adult learners, and online learners;

Responsibilities - Essential Functions

The chosen candidate will:

  • Teach 8 courses/year (4/4) in the Graphic Design area in any of these areas: typography, print design, experience design, branding, professional practice.
  • Remain current by undertaking professional development opportunities to improve their disciplinary knowledge, competence, or skills.

Responsibilities - Non-essential Functions

  • Support the area coordinator in area operations.
  • Participate in student reviews at the junior and senior levels.


The salary will be commensurate with experience. The university offers a comprehensive package that includes health and life insurance, tuition waiver, adoption resources, wellness coaching, and free access to campus fitness facilities. Family and child care options on and off-campus are also available. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit


The Department of Visual and Media Arts seeks to uphold the values of a liberal education while providing intensive engagement in the production and examination of the visual and media arts. The department is located in the Allendale campus and has 36 full-time faculty and 600 majors. 20% of the students reported being from an underrepresented minority (African American or Black, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Asian, Hispanic or Latinx, Two or more races, International, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander). 33% of the department majors have reported being a first-generation college student.

The Department offers NASAD-accredited undergraduate degrees in Art History (BA), Art Education (BA/BS), Film and Video Production (BA/BS), Photography (BA/BS), and Studio Art (BA/BS/BFA). The BFA in Studio Art degree has emphases in Ceramics, Graphic Design, Illustration, Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Visual Studies. The department also offers minors in Art History, Photography, and Studio Art. Several courses offered by the unit serve the institution through its General Education program or are courses for non-majors.

The Department is well-equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for digital and physical media, including computer labs, digital fabrication labs, digital printing labs, animation labs, a film studio, a woodshop, a metal shop, a print shop, studios for painting and ceramics, and a darkroom. Further information about the department is available at

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is the largest college at Grand Valley, offering over 50 bachelor degrees and a growing number of advanced degrees in the natural and mathematical sciences, the fine arts and humanities, and the social sciences. CLAS is a student-centered and diverse learning community that engages in critical inquiry, extending knowledge to enrich and enliven individual and public life. Our faculty are active teacher-scholars committed to equitable, inclusive, career-connected, and community-engaged liberal arts and sciences education. There are many opportunities for collaboration within CLAS and across a broad group of partners on and off campus.

Campus and Community

Grand Valley University (GVSU) is a public comprehensive institution located in West Michigan with campuses in Allendale, downtown Grand Rapids, and Holland, plus centers in Muskegon and Traverse City. The University attracts more than 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students with high quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities, and has been nationally recognized for innovativeness and its contribution to students’ social mobility. The greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area has a population of around one million people, is affordable and rich in cultural amenities, and is located in easy driving distance of Chicago, Detroit, Lake Michigan beaches, and many other superb summer and winter recreational venues. Grand Valley is highly rated for safety, sustainability, and veteran and LGBTQ friendliness, and GVSU is committed to supporting employees and their families in work-life balance.

For a list of community resources on and off-campus that may help a candidate’s decision toward accepting a position at GVSU, please visit

Culturally, the Grand Rapids area is an active hub for art and design, housing the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Grand Rapids Public Museum, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, the South Division Street Corridor — known as Avenue for the Arts, and the international art competition ArtPrize every two years.

The Grand Rapids metro area has historically been one to appreciate and advocate for design. In the 19th century, the city became a major center for residential fine wood furniture. Today, the furniture manufacturing industry has shifted its focus toward the workspace market, but still appreciates and advocates for the value of design in our culture and daily lives. The West Michigan design community is a mix of in-house designers, freelancers, design studios, user experience designers, user interface designers, design strategists, and more. There are many opportunities to connect with the professional community through a variety of organizations, including: AIGA West Michigan, IxDA Grand Rapids, Creative Mornings, Code For Good, Ladies that UX, Michigan UxPA, The Illustration League, etc.

How to Apply

Apply online at and select "Apply now". Please include:

(1) a cover letter describing the motivation to teach at GVSU and your qualifications for the position

(2) a curriculum vitae

(3) a teaching statement that highlights your experience with student-centered teaching/learning techniques

(5) a statement on commitment to inclusive excellence that includes a summary of ongoing and anticipated activities to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity in your teaching (please put in Leadership Philosophy)

(6) a url for a portfolio of scholarly/creative works with 8–10 samples

(7) a url for a portfolio of student works with 8–10 samples of works.

The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. The selected applicant will be required to submit official transcripts prior to receiving an offer. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215. For inquiries about the position, please call (616) 331-3486 or email Associate Professor Vinicius Lima, search committee chair at Please allow 3–5 days for a response.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all search events and processes will be conducted online. Candidates should expect to have technology that will allow the use of videoconferencing software such as Zoom, Google Meets, Skype. Accommodations within reason will be provided for qualified applicants.

Application Deadline: 

Consideration of applications will begin on July 16, 2021. The position will remain open until filled and may be closed at any time at the discretion of the university.

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall,, (616) 331-9530.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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