Assistant Professor of Design

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Work type: Faculty - Temporary & Continuing
Location: Big Rapids, MI 49307
Categories: Faculty

Position Title: Assistant Professor of Design  
Location: Big Rapids (Main Campus)  

34500 - Marketing

Advertised Salary: $75,000 - $85,000. Salary commensurate with education, experiences and other requirements. Comprehensive benefit package (healthcare, vacation, etc.)  
FLSA: Exempt  
Temporary/Continuing:  Continuing  
Part-Time/Full-Time: Full-Time  
Union Group: Ferris Faculty Association (MEA-NEA)  
Term of Position: 9 Month  
At Will/Just Cause: Just Cause  
Summary of Position: The Design Program has a long and successful history of preparing graduates for Design careers, excelling as Graphic Designers, Interaction Designers, UX Designers, Product Designers, and more. The program is uniquely situated in the College of Business and addresses the importance of communication, community, and business context. The selected candidate must be able to teach multiple subject areas within all levels of the design curriculum as well as courses serving non-design majors. Additionally, the selected candidate will excel in the areas of graphic design, brand identity design, and the creation of desirable and useful user experience, as well as work with digital design technology that meets the demands of the current professional design practice. Focus on student-centered learning, engage in a collaborative teaching environment, participate in the design community, and stress the importance of self-discovery, peer learning, and collaboration within the classroom. This is a full-time position on the main campus in Big Rapids. The anticipated start date of this position is August of 2024 at the earliest and January of 2025 at the latest.  
Position Type: Faculty - Temporary & Continuing  
Required Education: BFA/BS in Design related discipline. Pursuit of masters in related discipline. Completion of masters required within a set time frame determined at time of hire.  
Required Work Experience: Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in communication design, art direction, and the technology tools that meet the demands of the current professional design practice in print and digital media. Demonstrated interest in creating and evaluating design curriculum. Demonstrate involvement in professional organizations and community service. Must be technically proficient in tools and software.  
Required Licenses and Certifications: None  
Physical Demands:
  • Office Environment
  • Moving
  • Sitting
  • Standing
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered: MFA, MBA, MA or MS in a design related discipline.  
Essential Duties/Responsibilities: Teach in multiple subject areas.
Manage multiple projects and situations.
Integrate current technology into the learning environment.
Work in support of teaching and professional services.
Contribute to the further development of a strong design curriculum.
Develop new course content and/or maintain and manage existing courses.
Assess the quality and progress of new curriculum development with other design faculty.

Faculty members also have professional responsibilities which include advising students, orientation and registration of students, participation in university committees, departmental activities and initiatives, keeping regular posted office hours (which are scheduled at times convenient for students), and participation in functions which have academic significance. Faculty may be required to teach on-campus or in an online environment.

Demonstrates an understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially in working relationships with students faculty, staff and community members.

Any other duties assigned within the position classification area.
Marginal Duties/Responsibilities:    
Skills and Abilities: Strong qualities of professionalism and collegiality. Strong interpersonal and communication skills. The ideal candidate is flexible and conscientious, detail-oriented, self-managing, and active in community service and support of the University mission.
Demonstrated commitment, experience and understanding for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Required Documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript 1
  • Portfolio 1
Optional Documents:    
Special Instructions to Applicants: Unofficial Transcript 1 (required): Applicants must attach a copy of unofficial transcripts of undergraduate degree. Transcripts must include: Institution names, applicant name, date degree attained, degree awarded. Finalist will be required to submit an official transcript.  
Initial Application Review Date:
December 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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