Assistant Professor in Communication Design, Tenure Track - College of Arts & Sciences

Assistant Professor in Communication Design, Tenure Track - College of Arts & Sciences

  • 527206
  • Anchorage, Alaska, United States
  • Faculty Full-time
  • UNAC Grade 30
  • UAA College of Arts & Sciences

The Department of Art within the University of Alaska Anchorage is inviting applications for a full-time tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Communication Design.  This position would entail developing and teaching in a new program that incorporates the studio areas of graphic design, illustration, photography, and printmaking. A successful candidate will be mentoring students in the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Art Programs and the Occupational Endorsement Certificate in Graphic Design. We are especially interested in hearing from candidates that demonstrate the ability to work in an interdisciplinary context with majors in studio art.

Teaching will include undergraduate graphic design, typography, and computer art courses in multiple modalities including in-person, online and hybrid.  A candidate should have the ability to teach a wide range of historical and contemporary content and emerging theories and methodologies related to design.  We are seeking a candidate that is committed to mentoring students, encouraging them to develop critical and visual thinking that will prepare them for careers in advertising, branding and corporate identity, digital product design, exhibit design, interface design, package design, service design, user experience design, and web design.

The applicant's creative work should be vibrant, rich and reflective of contemporary design practices. We are looking for a design/artist whose work bridges between the field of graphic design and fine arts, showing experience in more than one area of creative expression. A successful applicant will have a track record of excellence in professional and scholarly achievement.

Successful applicants will have evidence of creative and professional accomplishments with a trajectory towards developing a national reputation. Specialization in graphic design, web design, typography and computer art. Fluency in Adobe Creative Cloud software: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Keynote, Powerpoint and After Effects. Have strong interpersonal and communication skills. Evidence of a commitment to collegiality, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Two years college/university level teaching experience.

This position requires service to the Department of Art, University of Alaska Anchorage and the community. We are interested in a candidate that is interested in fostering collaboration with other areas within the University and business partners within the community with the end goal benefiting the educational experience of our students.

The Department of Art

The Department of Art, a NASAD accredited institution, is composed of seven full time faculty and ten adjunct faculty whose diverse artistic pursuits provide a wide range of educational opportunities for students. The Department has 118 art majors who are pursuing BA and BFA degrees in six areas of study.  Our mission is to prepare and empower students to use their creative abilities to make a difference in our community. A comprehensive multi-studio approach encourages innovative thinking, strengthens creativity and technical ability and develops a broad knowledge of historic and contemporary art and design.

The University

The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is a premier university set in the heart of Alaska’s largest city. It is a place where culture, innovation and adventure converge. Roughly 12,000 students from all over the U.S. and 89 countries are currently pursuing their dreams at UAA.  The campus is nestled in the middle of a greenbelt, surrounded by lakes, ponds and wildlife, and is connected to a city-wide trail system perfect for active lifestyles. Its unique location provides unparalleled access to valuable industry connections, Arctic research, outdoor recreation courses and more. Specialized academic programs facilitate a variety of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, including groundbreaking educational opportunities that positively impact the surrounding communities and kick-start successful careers.

UAA transforms lives through teaching, research, community engagement and creative expression in a diverse and inclusive environment. Serving students, the state, and the communities of Southcentral Alaska, UAA is a comprehensive, open access, public university established on the ancestral lands of the Dena’ina, Ahtna Dene, Alutiiq/Sugpiaq, Chugachmiut, and Eyak peoples.

Minimum Qualifications:

Masters of Fine Arts Degree in either/or Visual Art, Graphic Design, Design Communication or related fields.

Position Details:

This position is located on the University of Alaska campus in Anchorage. This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor faculty position. Salary will be based upon applicable academic preparation and experience complete with a competitive employee benefits package:

  • 12 paid holidays per year as well as paid time off
  • Tuition waivers for yourself and family members
  • Affordable Medical, Dental and Vision Care coverage
  • An employee assistance program and a free wellness program with financial incentives for participation
  • State of Alaska retirement plan
  • Regular professional development training

Applicants must upload the following documents to their online application:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcripts verifying terminal degree
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Names of three references with contact information including phone and email address
  • 10 examples of applicants work
  • 10 examples of student work

Applications will be accepted for review on February 02, 2024, to ensure consideration, please apply by 11:55 PM, Alaska Standard Time on February 01, 2024.


The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, educational institution and provider and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Steven Godfrey, Professor of Art, at

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