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South Dakota State University
School of Design
South Dakota
Posted: 05/19/2020
Part-Time Instructor of Graphic Design

The Graphic Design Program in the School of Design at South Dakota State University is offering an exciting career opportunity as a Part-Time Instructor. We are seeking a colleague who has a thorough understanding of the implications of design practice in relationship to broader social, cultural, economic, scientific, and technological forces; has the ability to inspire students and to help them develop skills necessary for the translation of meaningful ideas into innovative and actionable solutions to real world problems; and can assist with the development and support of the program’s relationships with external partnerships, and non-profit institutions. This is a 9-month, part-time, permanent (45%) position to begin August 2020. This position is supervised by the Director of the School of Design.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


· Teach assigned undergraduate courses in Graphic Design, Digital Design, Typography, and Web Design.

· Developing curriculum, mentor students, support accreditation effort, and engage in student recruitment and retention.

· Permanent Part-Time Instructor is assigned a 45% teaching load and expected to maintain current in their discipline.

· Instructor may have a limited service role as assigned.


· MFA in Graphic Design or equivalent terminal degree by start date.

· Evidence teaching Graphic Design at university level as demonstrated through student portfolio.

· Typography, Adobe CC knowledge, HTML &CSS knowledge.

· Graphic Design expertise in professional practice as demonstrated through portfolio.

· Effective written and verbal communication skills.

· Effective interpersonal skills.

· Must be authorized to work in the United States. Sponsorship is not available for this position.


· Experience teaching undergraduate levels of Digital Design, Typography, and Graphic Design at the university level as demonstrated through student portfolio.

· Evidence of success attracting and recruiting students.

· Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse students, faculty, and staff.


Commensurate with qualifications.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.

Graphic Design is nested in SDSU’s School of Design where faculty and programs form a collaborative teaching and research environment that values cross-program and interdisciplinary initiatives. The School grants the BFA in Graphic Design, Studio Art, Architecture, and Interior Design; BLA in Landscape Architecture; and the MArch in Architecture. Students may also earn certificates of study in Animation, Art History, Ceramics, Graphic Design, Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture. Graphic design students may pursue minors in Advertising, Entrepreneurial Studies, Social Media, Film Studies, Museum Studies, Computer Science, or related study.

The program has initiated NASAD accreditation and is committed to a successful outcome. Graphic Design majors are served by five full-time design faculty and complimented by art foundation instructors. Graphic Design majors study visual communications theory and practice in digital, print, time-based, on-line, and interactive media. Areas of study include Typography, Branding, Computer Graphics, Publication, Motion Graphics, Web/Interactive, Digital Illustration, Advertising, Visual Communication, and Animation.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by July 6, 2020.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system guides you through the electronic application form.

This employment site will require the attachment of:

1) Cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement;

2) Curriculum Vitae;

3) Statement of academic interest including a description of your ability to teach within the professional program (attached as ‘work sample’);

4) Reference page with the contact information for three professional or academic references with appropriate contact information (name, position, phone, mailing and email address);

5) Teaching philosophy (attached as ‘other document’);

6) Personal Portfolio* of 15-20 projects that includes professional, academic and/or research materials (attached as ‘portfolio’); and

7) Student Work* of 15-20 examples (attached as ‘media file’);

*The portfolio and student work can be provided with the URL link to their website.*

Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.

It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.

For questions on the position, contact Young Ae Kim, Search Chair, at 605-688-4103 or

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.