Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

St. Cloud State University

Founded in 1869, St. Cloud State is an award-winning regional public university and proud member of the Minnesota State Universities & Colleges system. The 100-acre campus is about an hour northwest of Minneapolis and St. Paul, along the oak-crowned west bank of the Mississippi River. St. Cloud State students prepare for life, work and citizenship by exploring the world around them and making it better. St. Cloud State employees value active and applied learning, community engagement, sustainability, and global and cultural understanding. These commitments complement more than 200 majors, minors and pre-professional programs, 60 graduate programs and 250 student clubs and organizations. St. Cloud State began as a normal school in 1869 and became St. Cloud State Teachers College in 1921. Bachelor's degrees were first offered in 1925. Master's degrees debuted in 1957. In 1975, the institution became St. Cloud State University. In recent years, the University added applied doctoral programs in Higher Education Administration and Educational Administration and Leadership. A diverse mix of students from Midwestern towns and U.S. metropolitan areas are learning alongside more than 1,000 international students from about 80 nations.

Position Details

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design
St. Cloud, MN

Fixed-term appointment for 2019-20 academic year.

The Art Department at St. Cloud State University seeks an individual to teach a variety of undergraduate graphic design courses as well as foundation courses within the BFA major. Independent artist/designers with an active practice, engagement within the design field and knowledge of current digital technologies are strongly encouraged to apply.

The position is housed in a department that serves 200 studio art, graphic design, art education, and art history students. The Department of Art is part of the School of the Arts within the College of Liberal Arts and has a strong commitment to contemporary art and design education. Cross-disciplinary research and collaboration are encouraged in the department and university. The Kiehle Visual Arts Center sits on the banks of the Mississippi River, sixty miles north of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, home to the Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Both the Twin Cities and St. Cloud have thriving design communities as well as a range of galleries and art centers. St. Cloud State University is a comprehensive university of approximately 14,000 students and is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.


The successful candidate will teach three courses per semester. Course load includes teaching Introduction to Graphic Design (Typography) and Systems/Information Design courses in Fall semester, Digital Print Production and Professional Practice courses in Spring semester, and a Computer Studio foundations course (Intro to Adobe Creative Suite), in both Fall and Spring.

The successful candidate will also mentor and advise graphic design majors who seek careers as design professionals as well as work with graphic design minor students.The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to: 1) teach and/or perform assignment effectively; 2) conduct scholarly achievement or research; 3) continue preparation and study in discipline; 4) contribute to student growth and development; and 5) provide service to the university and community. (IFO Article 22, Section B)


  • MFA or equivalent in graphic design or related field required by date of appointment. 
  • Strong body of design work 
  • Demonstrated effectiveness of teaching in higher education, which may include teaching assistantships. 
  • Strong working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite. 
  • Evidence of demonstrated ability to teach and work with persons from culturally diverse backgrounds.


  • Professional experience as a designer

Why Work For Us:

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

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