Job Description

Job ID
UW Stout;Menomonie, WI
Full/Part Time


The School of Art & Design at the University of Wisconsin–Stout invites applications for an Assistant Professor position in Graphic Design and Interactive Media commencing fall of 2020. This position will support BFA and MFA students studying visual communication and interaction design, as well as further interdisciplinary collaboration between faculty and students aligned with other programs within the School and across the University. This is a tenure-track, 9-month academic year position. Primary expectations include teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, creative research, and service to the University.

The BFA in Graphic Design and Interactive Media is a progressive and well-established program housed within the Department of Design. The program was ranked #2 in the state, and #1 among public Wisconsin universities by Animation Career Review. The program is comprised of more than 250 students and is the largest of six BFA programs offered by the 1,000-student School of Art & Design, the largest public art and design program in the upper Midwest. Program faculty are excited to welcome a new member to the team.


Minimum / Required

  • MFA or equivalent terminal degree in Graphic Design or closely related field by contract start date
  • Expertise in user experience and interface design
  • Evidence of potential for teaching excellence

Highly Desired

  • Professional design experience
  • Experience designing for desktop, tablet, and mobile devices
  • Proficiency with HTML and CSS
  • Applied knowledge of other design / development technologies
  • Interdisciplinary teaching / research experience
  • Interest in partnering with industry
  • Interest in leadership opportunities


  • Teach studio courses each semester, following National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) guidelines, that may include introductory, intermediate, and advanced Graphic Design and Interactive Media classes, as well as other studio classes that support the major and MFA in Design graduate program.
  • Demonstrate organizational skills, collegiality and the potential for future leadership in the Graphic Design and Interactive Media program
  • Collaborate with other faculty to maintain / develop course curricula
  • Foster a rigorous and inclusive learning environment
  • Provide academic advisement for students in the major and MFA in Design graduate program
  • Participate in program assessment
  • Perform service to the department, college, and university
  • Engage in professional creative research
  • Pursue external funding
  • Perform other duties as designated by Chair


The Graphic Design and Interactive Media Program at UW-Stout has a 30-year history of excellence, and competes on both a regional and national level, attracting students from around the country. Student designers have been recognized by AIGA, IDMAA, the Dieline, CSS Design Awards, CSS Winner, Above the Fold Awards, and many others. The program’s curriculum offers a comprehensive foundation in both visual communication and interaction design, based on a rigorous study of typography, branding, and user experience. The program also provides students opportunities to explore a broad range of specializations including packaging, advertising, publication, exhibition, and user experience design, as well as both front-end and mobile / tablet app development. For more information, please visit:


The University of Wisconsin-Stout offers a rich, dynamic and collaborative environment in which to work and grow. A member of the University of Wisconsin system, UW-Stout is unique within the system--it is named after its founder, James Huff Stout, and holds the distinction of being Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, a designation which highlights our combination of applied learning, real-world experiences and a solid liberal arts foundation.

UW-Stout offers 50 undergraduate and 24 graduate degrees, including two terminal degrees. Average student enrollment is 9,000.

UW-Stout faculty enjoy opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, state-of-the-art facilities, and a modern digital environment. UW-Stout values innovative approaches to solving problems in society and industry, and faculty are encouraged to maintain strong ties and seek collaborative projects within their disciplines and industries.

All undergraduate students participating in traditional, on campus-based programs are issued laptops. Faculty use the university’s online course delivery system and must be available for online interactions and/or alternate time frames for teaching. Faculty members teach, advise students, conduct research, assess student learning and engage in service activities.

The university is located in Menomonie, Wisconsin, just 60 minutes east of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Menomonie is a vibrant town of 16,000, and is surrounded by lakes, streams and woodlands. The community is part of the scenic Chippewa Valley Region, which has a population base of more than 200,000.

More information about the UW-Stout community and region: Facts and data about the university:


Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin State retirement plan.

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, UW-Stout is committed to inclusive excellence and is actively seeking applications from individuals from diverse groups; veterans and individuals with disabilities.

An offer of employment is contingent upon the final candidate passing a criminal background check and a reference check process. The reference check process includes asking the final candidate and most recent supervisor questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. Final candidates with previous employment within the UW System and State of WI agencies will be subject to additional reference checks.

A successful candidate must have authorization to work within the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

In response to a public records request, the University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in their online application, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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Applicants will need to complete all required fields and attach all required documents prior to submitting the online application.

Note: Once you have attached your materials and submitted your application you will not be able to go into the system and change them.

Required application materials:

  1. Cover letter specifically addressing how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications
  2. CV
  3. Names and contact information for a minimum of three (3) professional references
  4. Unofficial copies of transcripts; official transcripts required at time of hire
  5. Professional portfolio: Upload a single, multipage PDF including up to 20 samples of personal / professional design work with brief written descriptions. Inclusion of hyperlinks to interactive and time-based work is strongly encouraged.
  6. Evidence of potential for teaching excellence: Upload a single, multipage PDF which may include up to 20 examples of student work, syllabi, course materials, mentorship outcomes, leadership training, etc.
  7. Teaching philosophy

To ensure consideration complete applications must be submitted online by Thursday, January 2, 2020. Screening of applications may continue until the position is filled.

Before starting the online application process we recommend you preview the frequently asked questions (FAQs) available at:

It is the policy of UW-Stout to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual's disability.

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