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Assistant Professor of Design

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Fine & Performing Arts

Position Title Assistant Professor of Design
About the University

Western Washington University is located in Bellingham, WA, a city of approximately 90,000 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 16,000 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:

About the Department

The Department of Design curriculum spans several aspects of graphic design, including theory and formal principles of 2D and 3D design, conventional and digital printing and finishing, motion, video, interaction design and design history. We average 130 declared undergraduate majors and graduates between 48–54 students. Each year, we contribute two courses to the Humanities portion of the general university requirements. In addition to classroom/studios, the facilities include two Mac labs, and a production lab with Canon and Ricoh large format and production grade printers, Vandercook letterpresses, screen printing facilities, a production grade laser cutter as well as mechanical binding equipment.

About the Position

The Department of Design invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor of Design beginning September 2020. The department consists of 7 tenured and tenure-track faculty, a dedicated instructional technician, program manager, and administrative services manager. We are seeking a well-rounded designer and educator to complement and expand the curriculum with expertise in one or more of the following areas of design: experiential /environmental, typography, visual design and interaction design (user experience, web, motion graphics). Candidates should be qualified to teach through- out the curriculum as well as contribute to the evolution of our program. 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. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

Required Qualifications
  • MFA, MDes, or equivalent terminal degree from an accredited college or university
  • Evidence of design expertise through professional experience or design achievement through peer review, as demonstrated through application materials
  • Proficiency in the current Adobe Creative Cloud and other applications relevant to area of expertise
Preferred Qualifications
  • Degree emphasis in Design related field
  • Professional experience in area of design expertise
  • Teaching experience
  • Knowledge of issues of professional practice
  • Commitment to working effectively with diverse students, faculty and staff, and cultivating equitable and inclusive working and learning environments


 Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

Candidates must submit:

  • Cover letter addressing qualifications and commitment to working effectively with diverse students, faculty and staff, and cultivating equitable and inclusive working and learning environments.
  • 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 PageUp application link provided.

Official transcripts documenting degrees will be required prior to a contract being offered.

Closing Date Notes Application review begins October 15, 2019; position is open until filled 

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);

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services at The report can be found at: Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

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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