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Instructor in Visual Communication Design (multiple)

The Design School

Job description:

The Design School at Arizona State University invites applications for multiple full-time, Instructors in Visual Communications Design. This is a non-tenure track appointment beginning Fall 2022. These positions are renewable on an annual basis contingent upon availability of resources, satisfactory performance, university funding and the needs of the unit.

The successful candidate is expected to actively participate in the Bachelor of Science in Design in Graphic Design as well as the Master of Visual Communication Design program. The appointee will be expected to teach studio courses and lecture/seminar courses, mentor students, and participate in limited service to the program, school, institute and university. In person, online and hybrid teaching is expected.

About ASU:

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts:

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program nationally and located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. The Herberger Institute comprises the schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; The New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school through developing and scaling ideas to strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture and to increase the capacity of artists to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.

About The Design School

The Design School is committed to creating inclusive spaces that welcome and celebrate cultural diversity and decolonizing design education. In the next several years, we are conducting faculty searches to help us achieve this goal. We seek colleagues that can contribute, within their design field, to justice, health, and sustainability, and work across our school’s disciplines to support ASU’s design aspirations and mission of inclusion.


The Design School is the largest and most comprehensive design school in the country. It plays prominent roles in design research, pedagogy and public engagement within the Herberger Institute, the University and the greater Phoenix community. Over the next year the Design School is embarking on an exciting ‘redesign’ process – building the next great American design school at the New American University, a school that is relevant, equitable and collaborative. The strategic planning process will engage the local community, country and world in defining what a design school in the future will look like. The successful candidate will join the School on that journey.

Currently, the school has approximately 55 full-time faculty and 1,500 students enrolled in programs in architecture, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, urban design and visual communication design. The Design School faculty work on a variety of issues – from addressing the future of the Rio Salado in Metropolitan Phoenix to partnering with Google on increasing human satisfaction to working with communities across the globe to address critical issues of sustainability. In addition, the school’s curricula and research are grounded in its commitment to prepare the next generation of designers to engage in collaborative multidisciplinary inquiry so that they may work productively within and beyond the boundaries of their respective disciplines. 

The visual communication design program is accredited by the National Association of the Schools of Art and Design. The program has been in existence at Arizona State University under various names, colleges, schools and departments since the 1970’s. Graduates from the program primarily go into the profession to firms/companies in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix and various destinations in-between. The pursuit of the visual communication design program is to educate designers who are well grounded with form making skills and can think, analyze and apply their design expertise using traditional and new technologies to solve problems. The program also supports two broader graduate programs, the Master of Science in Design and the Doctor of Philosophy in Design, Environment and the Arts.

Required qualifications: 

Required qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in visual communication/graphic/experience design
  • One year of experience teaching visual communication/graphic design studio courses at the university level
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching and scholarship and/or creative practice as appropriate for the position;
  • Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in creative activity and/or teaching.
Desired qualifications: 

Desired qualifications:

  • Minimum of two years professional experience with digital and analog graphic design methods, including a working knowledge of current interactive, computational design/representation technologies and three-dimensional design expertise;
  • Demonstrated expertise in new digital/computational graphic communication media and experience with social media platforms;
  • Commitment to exploring the current and future role of visual communication design in environmentally and socially responsible design practices;
  • An interest in online teaching and learning.
Instruction to apply: 

Instruction to apply:

All applications must be submitted electronically to http://apply.interfolio.com/107405.  The committee will only review electronic submissions totaling 2GB or less in file size and submissions must include:

  • A cover letter stating qualifications and teaching interests
  • A statement about diversity, equity and inclusion as it relates to your teaching
  • A curriculum vitae or resume
  • Contact information for three references;
Application deadline: 

Application deadline:

The application deadline is July 14, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.


For information about The Design School, visit: design.asu.edu.

For information about the interior design program, visit: https://design.asu.edu/degreeprograms/graphic-visual-communication-design

The Design School is active within social media. The following links can be used to access the various social media platforms that The Design School engages in, which provide insight into the daily activities within the school: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thedesignschool  

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ASUDesignSchool  

Instagram: https://instagram.com/asudesignschool  

You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp8XQNyHfsEXEbwKcwC25KQ Issuu: http://issuu.com/thedesignschoolasu  

Please note that at this time of this posting we have not launched the ‘Redesign’ process publicly; it should be launched in late Spring 2019. 

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. (See https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html and https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.)

In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources.  ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://www.asu.edu/police/PDFs/ASU-Clery-Report.pdf  You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.

COVID-19 Vaccination Arizona State University is a federal contractor and subject to federal regulations which may require you to produce a record of a COVID-19 vaccination. For questions about medical or religious accommodations, please visit the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s webpage.