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Assistant or Associate Professor of Interactive Design
About the Position: The Department of Design invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor of Interactive Design beginning September 2013. The Department of Design and the College of Fine and Performing Arts strive to further Western’s identity as an institution that welcomes and embraces diversity, and encourage applications from diverse candidates.
About the College/Department: The College of Fine and Performing Arts is comprised of the departments of Theatre and Dance, Music, Design and Art, housed in six buildings with five performance spaces, including a Performing Arts Center overlooking Bellingham Bay. The College also is home to the Western Gallery, which manages one of the top ten outdoor sculpture collections in the country.

The Department of Design has over 190 declared undergraduate majors and graduates 48-54 students each spring. In addition to a comprehensive design foundation, the program consists of emphasis areas of design production, graphic design and new media/interactive design. The program is facilitated by 5 full-time Design tenured/tenure track faculty as well as accompanying adjuncts. In addition to classroom/studios, the facilities include two Mac labs, and a production lab with Epson inkjet printers, Vandercook letterpresses and a Heidelberg GTO offset press.
Position Responsibilities:
  • Teach lower and upper level interactive design courses
  • Student advisement
  • Collaborative curriculum development and participation in program activities
  • Maintain a creative, research and/or professional practice agenda
  • Participation in committee work, departmental and university governance activities
Required Qualifications:
  • MFA or equivalent terminal degree from an accredited college or university
  • Evidence of expertise in interactive design through professional experience or achievement in interactive design through peer review, as demonstrated through application materials
  • Expertise with the current Adobe Creative Suite and web development technologies and software such as HTML and CSS
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Degree emphasis in Interactive or Graphic Design
  • Professional experience in interactive design such as coding and programming for web and mobile (HTML, CSS, JavaScript) and/or motion graphics and digital video
  • Teaching experience
  • Knowledge of issues of professional practice
  • Appreciation for working with diverse students, faculty and staff
Academic Emphasis: Interactive Design
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Bargaining Union: United Faculty of Western Washington
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Please log in at www.acadweb.wwu.edu/hr/employment/index.shtml and submit your application via WWU’s Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE). Note: You will need to be using Internet Explorer to utilize our online application system.

Candidates must submit a cover letter addressing qualifications, current vita, statement of design teaching philosophy, course syllabi (if available), 20 samples of student work (if available), 20 samples of personal/ professional work, and contact information for five references. You must upload all the requested materials using the EASE application link provided. Official transcripts documenting degrees will be required prior to a contract being offered.
Other Information: Western Washington University is located in Bellingham WA, a city of approximately 80,000 located between Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC and on the Pacific Ocean. It is near mountains, islands, lakes and rural areas with hundreds of miles of hiking trails and numerous other outdoor activities. The University enrolls approximately 15,000 students in six colleges. Bellingham is ranked in the top ten nationally in several desirable categories including: most artists per capita (2nd), outdoor adventures, most secure, air quality, best place to retire, quality of life and environmental awareness. The University has been listed as the number two rated Masters granting university in the western United States, and number one in the NW, for the past 11 years. 95% of the students at Western are undergraduate students and enjoy a strong liberal arts tradition with numerous interdisciplinary opportunities. More information can be found at: www.wwu.edu.
Job Posted: 11/9/2012
Closing Date: 3/26/2013
Closing Date Notes: Application review begins January 7, 2013; position is open until filled
Recruitment #: 120905
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); eoo@wwu.edu

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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