Assistant Professor at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California



Assistant Professor at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California

GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION – Assistant Professor, Full-Time, Academic Year, Tenure Track in the College of Liberal Arts at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, beginning September 15, 2017. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Teaching assignment may include courses in one or more of the following areas: web design and production, mobile app design, user interface and user experience design and production.

Candidate selected will be responsible for creative lecture and laboratory teaching approaches that include current and emerging technologies to enhance student education and for participating in scholarly practices such as research, conference presentations, and grant development that lead to publication or its equivalent. The successful candidate will also be expected to pursue a systematic program of professional development, curricular improvement, and to participate in service activities including committee service, student advising, and building industry relationships.

Cal Poly operates on a teacher-scholar model in which faculty are expected to be excellent teachers, to produce scholarship in their field of interest, and provide service to the institution. The typical teaching assignment is twelve units per quarter.

REQUIREMENTS: Master’s degree in Graphic Communication or a closely related field, and industry experience is required. PhD preferred. Proven experience in web technologies (HTML, CSS, etc.), Axure, InVision, Balsamiq or Adobe XD UI/UX prototyping applications valuable. Experience with JavaScript, JQuery or PHP is valuable.

Additionally, the candidate should have expertise in contemporary design practices that include foundation theory and practice including typography, color theory and a solid understanding of traditional print processes and work flows.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT: The Graphic Communication Department is the leading four-year university program in printing and publishing in the U.S. Ours is a learn-by-doing program with over 30,000 square feet of laboratories containing all major printing technologies. The department celebrated its 70th year in 2016.

The successful candidate will join eight full-time faculty and 350 undergraduate students. The department’s website is

Applicants must also be prepared to provide the names and email addresses for a minimum of three professional references when completing the online application. Cal Poly will directly solicit letters from the individuals listed by applicants. Official sealed transcripts will be required prior to appointment.

REVIEW BEGIN DATE: Review of applications will begin January 9, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly’s values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

Cal Poly’s commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

ABOUT THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS: California Polytechnic State University is a comprehensive polytechnic university with a strong commitment to its Learn by Doing philosophy. The College of Liberal Arts offers 17 highly selective Bachelors degree programs and five Master’s degree programs with 250 full-time faculty and nearly 3,000 undergraduate majors. Our faculty are engaged in teaching, scholarship, and service. Cal Poly is among the most selective universities in the nation; student quality is high, with applications significantly exceeding admissions.

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