Assistant Professor of Graphic Design


Edgewood College in Madison, WI seeks candidates for a full time, tenure track position in the Art Department to serve the Graphic Design area. Start date is January OR August 2018.

The Edgewood College campus is largely on a first-name basis with low student to teacher ratio. Students value these personal connections highly, and faculty self-governance remains collegial. We are a student-centric teaching college that values service and our positive role in the community.

The Graphic Design (BA) and Web Design and Development (BS) Programs at Edgewood College are rooted in the liberal arts with strong ties to studio art. Students progress through a thorough curriculum in our majors which prepares them to enter the workforce as professionals. There are high expectations for visual creativity, concept development, and technical skill. We also have minors in these areas designed to supplement career plans which deal with marketing, communications, and tasks involving electronic/social media.

Design courses in the programs include: Digital Art & Design, Typography, Digital Fine Art, Video, Layout, Concept Development, Motion Graphics, Web Design I and II, Usability for the Web (UX), Portfolio Development, and Internship Seminar. Many students choose to minor in photography, business, computer science, art, or art history.

There is room to grow and pursue promotion for the right candidate. Applications for Associate rank and tenure occur separately. There is regular opportunity for faculty development through on-campus workshops, the video library, and funding to pursue other training. Established projects, syllabi, schedules, and texts are available for use and adaptation with approval. Courses are capped at 12 students each and taught in dedicated Mac labs (currently filled with recent 27" iMacs) in the LEED Gold Certified art and theatre center, The Stream. There are large format inkjet printers and a variety of papers available.

Classes run on either Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. Some classes may be run on Fridays only. There are no weekend classes. Classes typically run during the following times: 
8:00-9:50 a.m., 10:00 -11:50 a.m., 12:00 a.m.-1:50 p.m., 2:00 - 3:50 p.m. 


  • Teach assigned courses in a computer lab environment on the newest versions of Adobe CC, fully utilizing this and other electronic resources
  • 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
  • Begin serving the Art Department and College through committee work, meeting attendance, academic advising, supervising/coordinating, and contributing to the workings of the institution at appropriate times.
  • Stay on top of trends in the graphic design industry and update oneself through personal study and professional development activities (funding available) in order to stay on track with the latest software updates and evolving media
  • Continue to pursue and grow a line of academic creative scholarship in the digital visual arts related to the field of graphic design (freelance work does not apply)

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 all 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.

Job Qualifications

Necessary Education or Work Experience:

The ideal candidate has an MFA, college-level teaching experience beyond teaching assistantships, a creative academic scholarship practice in the digital visual arts, expertise in a variety of Adobe CC industry-standard applications, and strong portfolios of graphic design and non-similar student work.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • Excellence in Adobe Creative Suite/Cloud, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign. Additional areas of expertise (photography/videography, motion graphics, digital fine art, usability, or web design) a plus.
  • Strong conceptual skills in layout design, composition, logo/identity design, and use of imagery
  • Demonstrated excellence in typography, both in the expressive and the technical realms.
  • Strong technical skills in software use as well as basic prepress/media export standards
  • Expertise in interpersonal and oral presentation/written communication skills, as demonstrated by: degrees, transcripts, portfolio of personal artwork, portfolio of student artwork, CVs/Resumes, and personal interview. Candidate will be expected to present a portfolio of design work during interview process.

Required Experience:

  • Possesses a minimum of three (3) years of occupational (i.e., practical) experience, preferably full-time/non-freelance
  • MFA degree (or international equivalent) from an accredited institution in a related discipline.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Teaching experience beyond teaching assistantships.
  • Additional areas of expertise (photography/videography, motion graphics, digital fine art, usability, or web design) a plus.
  • Variety of industry experience (in-house vs. agency vs. freelance)

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 in a single PDF of a reasonable file size:

  • letter of interest, with clear indication of available start date
  • current CV
  • list of three professional references with contact information
  • statement of teaching philosophy
  • Portfolio of 15-20 pieces of personal best work (or link to website with a curated portfolio section of same size)
  • Portfolio of 10 pieces of best student work (or link to website with a curated portfolio section of same size)

Please also submit copies of unofficial transcripts with your application in a separate document.

Edgewood College

Human Resources – APGD

1000 Edgewood College Drive

Madison, WI 53711


Equal Opportunity Employer