COLA Alumni Career Opportunity: Director of Graduate Studies in Graphic Design at Virginia Commonwealth University

The Department of Graphic Design at Virginia Commonwealth University is seeking a dynamic teacher, skilled researcher and compassionate & curious colleague for the position of Director of Graduate Studies.

The Department of Graphic Design encourages the exploration of diverse problem-solving methodologies, innovative investigations and creative research in all forms of communication. The program is dedicated to and respected for its long history of publishing, teaching methodology, graphic design research, scholarship, and practice, with a renewed and reinvigorated focus on design thinking and making, process and collaboration, seeks practitioner/writer from design, or design related field, to help pivot program to a strong orientation toward the future of design.

Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Graphic Design

Please direct questions to Roy McKelvey, Associate Professor and Chair of the search committee

For full consideration, application materials should be submitted by January 15, 2016.

The link above will direct you to details about the position and the online application.

Further details below:

Director of Graduate Studies, Dept of Graphic Design, Virginia Commonwealth University

The Department invites collaboration-minded applicants with qualifications, experience, and demonstrated strength in the areas of design theory, criticism and research informed by a studio practice with strong understanding of contemporary design engagement and a record of scholarly publishing. Applicants should be able to show a strong record of teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level, with demonstrated experience in administrative leadership.

As the Director of Graduate Studies, the faculty member will be a visionary leader for the graduate program and will foster and disseminate compelling ideas concerning the nature and future of design education and practice. In addition, the Director must be a passionate practitioner who models curiosity and rigorous optimistic engagement to students and fellow faculty. The Director will lead in the areas of design theory, criticism and research informed by a studio practice with a strong understanding of contemporary design engagement.

This is a full-time, 9-month tenure-eligible position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor in the Department of Graphic Design that will serve as the department’s Director of Graduate Studies.

The Director of Graduate Studies will contribute to interdepartmental initiatives within and outside of the School of Arts and will demonstrate a sincere willingness and ability to work collaboratively with others. The faculty member must have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation or disability.

To apply, please submit application materials via VCU eJobs at Application packages should be submitted as one PDF and must include a letter outlining your interest in the position, current CV, teaching philosophy, documentation contextualizing research and teaching, and a list of five current references including names, addresses, phone numbers, and emails.

Application materials should be submitted to the attention of Roy McKelvey, Associate Professor and Chair of the search committee.

For questions about the application process or VCU eJobs, contact Ryan Ellington, Director of Human Resources at or via phone: 804-828-2787. Only electronic applications submitted via eJobs will be accepted.


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