Adjunct Instructor – Graphic Design


Candidate will be responsible for providing quality instruction to students through well-prepared classes, relevant assignments, fair and holistic assessment of learning, clear documentation of student progress, and support of the academic success for at-risk students. Successful candidate will receive mentorship and support from tenured and tenure-track graphic design faculty, the art department, and College-wide faculty development resources.

The current need is for a candidate who can thoroughly, enthusiastically teach introduction classes (composition along with Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign), 200-level beginning/intermediate classes for graphic design majors, and a 300-level layout course with intense multipage projects for print and digital publishing. This position is coverage for tenured faculty on sabbatical and serving as department chair, presenting room to grow for the right candidate. Established projects, syllabi, schedules, and texts are available for use and adaptation with approval. Some office hours are expected.

Planned assignment is one course per semester from fall 2019 through spring 2023, with the exception of one semester. Courses are 10-14 students each and taught in dedicated Mac labs with 27” iMacs in the beautiful art and theatre center, The Stream.


  • Teach assigned courses in a computer lab environment
  • Adequately prepare all course materials and lessons. Note preparation time will vary based on instructor experience in teaching that course
  • Provide each student with clear course expectations, regular critique and feedback, evaluations and timelines through carefully written topical outlines and approved, standardized syllabus with course schedule
  • Provide interesting and relevant assignments for students that demonstrate learning outcomes in a real-life setting
  • Clearly and methodically demonstrate conceptual and technical ideas and skills to students in beginning levels of study
  • Suitably challenge, engage, serve, and communicate with students to encourage their participation and learning while maintaining mutual value and respect
  • Complete regular and timely updates of project and exercise grades in Blackboard course management software online (training available), final grade submission through online system to the registrar’s office, academic alerts, learning assessments, and final portfolio assessments on a timely basis


Necessary Education or Work Experience:

  • Possesses a minimum of two (4) years of occupational (i.e., practical) experience and a Masters degree (or international equivalent) from an accredited institution in a related discipline preferred.
  • Minimum BA/BFA required with at least six (6) years of occupational experience.
  • Teaching experience strongly preferred.
  • Candidate will also be required to complete a satisfactory background check.
  • Candidate will be required to submit a resume and/or curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy and copies of unofficial transcripts (all degree levels) with their application.
  • Include a PDF (low resolution), website, or cloud storage link to 10 pieces of recent design work with your application.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • Excellent skill with Adobe Creative Suite/Cloud, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign. Additional areas of expertise are a plus.
  • Strong conceptual skills in layout design, composition, and logo/identity design
  • Strong technical skills in software use as well as basic prepress standards
  • Expertise in interpersonal and oral presentation/written communication skills, as demonstrated by: degrees, transcripts, portfolio of personal artwork, portfolio of student artwork (if available), CVs/Resumes, and personal interview. Candidate will be expected to present a portfolio of design work during interview process.

Other Qualifications:

Edgewood College, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. Candidates must demonstrate multicultural competence – the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to work with others who are culturally different from self in meaningful, relevant, and productive ways. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations including women and racial and ethnic minorities are especially encouraged to apply. The selected candidate must actively support the mission of the College by working with faculty, staff and students to share in our core values — truth, compassion, justice, partnership, and community.

To apply: For full consideration, please submit the following application materials: letter of interest, current CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and list of three professional references with contact information to:

Edgewood College
Human Resources – AGDI
1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, WI 53711
Equal Opportunity Employer