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Posted On September 25, 2017

Assistant/Associate Professor and Chair - Graphic Design

The Cleveland Institute of Art is seeking a qualified individual to fill a full-time ranked faculty position as Assistant / Associate Professor and Chair of the Graphic Design Department.

Preferred Experience:
• MFA or equivalent level of professional experience within the graphic design industry and a record of professional work and achievement.
• A significant record of professional activity in graphic design.
• College-level teaching.
• Working relationships with designers from other design disciplines, such as Industrial Design, Interior Architecture, Photography, Illustration and Animation.

Preferred Knowledge & Skills:
• Strong problem solving
• Production-oriented (digital and print)
• Design for web and social media
• UX/UI development
• Adobe Creative Suite, specifically InDesign, Illustrator, PhotoShop, After Effects and Final Cut Pro proficiency
• Curriculum development
• Course management
• Project management
• Awareness of contemporary design issues and trends
• Knowledge of graphic design history and theory

Preferred Qualities:
• Effective Leadership
• Positive Attitude
• Respectful to co-workers and students
• Strong Communication
• Organized
• Spirit of Mentorship & Collaboration

The Chair of Graphic Design is expected to take a strategic approach to graphic design, whether as part of a multi-media campaign or in working with other disciplines. Additionally, they are expected to generate opportunities for their students, which include the development of partnerships or sponsorships, identifying internship opportunities and building a network of external resources. Finally, the chair will oversee students in external client or community-based design projects.

All full-time, ranked faculty members are expected to participate in departmental and school-wide committees, curriculum development, advising of undergraduate students and assessment of programs.

Application Requirements:
1. A 1-2 page cover letter summarizing experience and credentials
2. A 1-2 page vision statement on the future directions of Graphic Design in education and teaching philosophy
3. Curriculum vitae
4. 15-20 digital files representing your creative work
5. 10 digital files of student work and/or professional projects in a leadership role as an Art Director, Creative Director or Design lead.
6. Annotated list/descriptions for both personal and student files
7. Names and contact information for (email address, phone numbers) three current references

All application materials must be submitted in a single .pdf file in the order listed (1-8). Limit pdf file size to 10MB or less and label the file following the following convention: Last Name_First Name_GD 2017. Any examples of video or motion graphics must be listed as hyperlinks within the pdf file and link to portfolio websites or video sharing sites such as Vimeo. Do not email video files.

Applicants are required to set up an account on (free) to submit complete application file to:

Questions can be directed to Maria Rouzzo, Office of Academic Affairs:

The position begins Spring semester 2018 or Fall 2018 based on candidate availability. Review of applications is scheduled to begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Academic transcripts and background check authorization will be required for finalists. The Institute offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. Rank and compensation are commensurate with experience and qualifications.


CIA is one of the nation's leading accredited independent colleges of art and design. For more than 130 years, the college has been an educational cornerstone in Cleveland, Ohio and produces graduates competitive as studio artists, designers, contemporary craftsmen, and educators.

The Cleveland Institute of Art is committed to leadership and vision in all forms of visual arts education with 15 majors in the arts, crafts and design areas. CIA's academic mission, Cores + Connections, connects core values of faculty mentorship, studio and academic rigor, cutting edge curriculum, and state-of-the-art facilities to student engagement in field-based experiential learning, professional projects in collaboration with external partners, and social or community-based practices in art and design.

CIA is uniquely well-positioned among world-class colleges/universities, museums/galleries, parks/gardens, hospitals, major partners in industry, and a rich diversity of neighborhood organizations. The campus is in the heart of Cleveland’s vibrant and culturally rich University Circle and Uptown districts, home to Case Western Reserve University; Cleveland Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland; Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland Museum of Natural History; Western Reserve Historical Society; Cleveland Botanical Garden; and Severance Hall, home of the Cleveland Orchestra. Cuyahoga County provides generous public funding for the arts and supports hundreds of arts and cultural organizations.

To nurture the intellectual, artistic, and professional development of students and community members through rigorous visual arts and design education.

To advance culture, community, and global quality of life.

The Cleveland Institute of Art is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, and to the principles that promote inclusion.

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