Adjunct Faculty - Graphic Design

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Work type: Faculty - Temporary & Continuing
Location: Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Categories: Faculty, Part-Time

Position Title: Adjunct Faculty - Graphic Design  
Location: Grand Rapids (Kendall)  

92160 - KCAD Graphic Design

Advertised Salary: Starting at $4,310 per 3 credit course.  
FLSA: Exempt  
Temporary/Continuing:  Temporary  
Part-Time/Full-Time: Part-Time  
Union Group: Kendall Faculty Association (MEA-NEA)  
Term of Position: Less than 9 month  
At Will/Just Cause: Just Cause  
Summary of Position: Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) in Grand Rapids, MI, prepares artists and designers to have impact through practice. Responsibilities for a KCAD adjunct faculty member include syllabus and class preparation, instruction during scheduled course time, providing reasonable availability to students for consultation and assistance with respect to assigned course(s), evaluation of student performance, submission of final grades on the FSU Banner system, and archiving of both course material and student work as requested by the program chair and/or the Dean of Academic Affairs.

The mission of the Graphic Design program of Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) is to graduate students that demonstrate a balance in verbal and visual thinking, making, and response to their work. These areas provide the basis for a discipline with the primary role of communication founded on a strong idea conveyed through a comprehensive use of form and media utilization.

Teaching assignments within the BFA Graphic Design Program include a series of introductory to intermediate design-related content and software/technology-based courses. Courses are to be taught in person on KCAD’s campus in Grand Rapids, MI. The candidate(s) selected for the position must reside in Michigan after acceptance of employment.
Position Type: Faculty - Temporary & Continuing  
Required Education: Master’s degree in a related field to content being taught
Master’s degree in unrelated field and additional minimum of 18 graduate credits in a field related to the content being taught
A bachelor’s degree in a related field to content being taught, a minimum of six years of experience working in the field of industry of the content area being taught, and a combination of:
• Evidence of recognized accomplishment in area being taught, including awards, bibliography of publication referencing design or art work or scholarship or;
• Evidence of scholarly/creative accomplishment in terms of completed design work, patents, exhibitions, presentations, publication, and juried recognition at the regional, national and international level or;
• Evidence of service to the field in terms of memberships on committees or boards of professional organizations and other contributions to the field
Required Work Experience: Minimum of five (5) years of professional-level practice in graphic design.
Proficiency in design-thinking, industry-standard software and processes, including but not limited to concepting, art direction, illustration/photographic software, typography, digital photography, etc.

Required Licenses and Certifications:    
Physical Demands:
  • Office Environment
  • Moving
  • Sitting
  • Standing
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered: Prior teaching experience (adjunct or full-time).
Knowledge of design history, contemporary industry/technological trends, academic research.
Essential Duties/Responsibilities: Prepare and distribute syllabi and class materials according to college standards.
Teach appropriate course as assigned.
Assess and evaluate student learning and provide formative feedback throughout the duration of the course.
Provide reasonable availability to students for consultation and assistance with respect to assigned course(s).
Evaluate student performance.
Submit midterm and final grades on the FSU Banner system.
Display and archive course material and student work as requested by program chair and/or the Dean of Academic Affairs.
Contribute to the college’s continuous improvement.
Maintain effective communication with students and colleagues.
Work collaboratively with faculty, students, and staff throughout the college.
Demonstrate an understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion, especially in working relationships with students, faculty, staff and community members.
Perform any other duties assigned within the position classification area.
Marginal Duties/Responsibilities: None  
Skills and Abilities: Proficiency in Adobe CC, including Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, as well as digital photography.
Working knowledge of typography and typesetting.
Ability to direct multiple student projects and engage in project-based assessment.
Demonstrated commitment, experience and understanding for diversity, equity and inclusion.
Required Documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Unofficial Transcript 1
  • Portfolio 1
Optional Documents: None  
Special Instructions to Applicants: Unofficial Transcript 1 (Required): Applicants must attach a copy of unofficial transcripts of degree as described in the Required Education section. Transcripts must include: Institution name, applicant name, date degree attained, and degree awarded. Finalist will be required to submit an official transcript.

Candidates that do not have a Master’s degree will be required to have a combination of experience and accomplishment as outlined under the Required Education section. This combination must be clearly documented in your curriculum vitae/resume and application materials in order for the search committee to determine if candidates meet the required qualifications. For example, in order to determine if there is a minimum of six years of experience in the area being taught, the curriculum vitae/resume must clearly list dates of employment and all applicable experience should be listed. Evidence of recognized accomplishment, scholarly/creative accomplishment and service in the field must be detailed.

Portfolio 1 (Required): Portfolio should include no less than 20 examples of professional or personal work, demonstrating particular skills as they pertain to the position posting
Initial Application Review Date:
September 11th, 2023  
Open Until Position is Filled?: True  
Posting Close Date:
EEO Statement: Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community. Ferris offers employment opportunities to qualified candidates seeking careers in a student-focused environment that values opportunity, collaboration, diversity and educational excellence.  Learn more about the Ferris Mission and community at The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups. For more information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit: Ferris Non-Discrimination Statement.  

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