Visual Communication Design, Lecturer Sought by NKU SOTA

NKU_SOTA logoWorking Title: Visual Communication Design, Lecturer
Department: School of the Arts
Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Commitment to Inclusive Excellence
Northern Kentucky University (NKU) seeks excellence by enriching its educational environment and culture through the diversity of its administration, faculty and staff and by embracing inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of its work. NKU is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. We encourage applications by members of diverse groups and by persons with a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity and experience in achieving goals relative to inclusive excellence.

Purpose of Position
The School of the Arts at Northern Kentucky University invites applications for a position in Visual Communication Design for its selective-admission BA and BFA Visual Communication Design program. The position begins August 2022. We are seeking a dynamic designer/educator to fill a renewable lecturer position (non-tenure track) to teach across levels in our professionally-oriented, studio-based design program.

Visual Communication Design at NKU
This role provides opportunities to be part of a committed team of colleagues and wonderful students. NKU design faculty and alumni are active around the world making award-winning work as featured in Communication Arts, Print Magazine, Under Consideration’s Brand New, Graphis, How, AIGA design competitions, and in many more venues. Established in 1968, NKU is a nationally recognized, metropolitan university of 16,000+ students located just seven miles from downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Greater Cincinnati is a national/international hub for design practice in the branding/interactive branding and packaging industries, in particular. The NKU Visual Communication Design program is rooted in valuing a fundamental understanding of the visual and functional principles of design, while nurturing the individuality of each student to achieve distinctive, meaningful, and memorable work. The program addresses a broad array of media and design contexts.

The region is home to thriving arts organizations and venues such as the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Contemporary Arts Center, the American Sign Museum, and the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center; historically significant cultural institutions such as the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Cincinnati Museum Center; distinctive libraries, such as the Lloyd Library and Museum; vibrant community experiences such as the Blink Festival and abundant ArtWorks murals; a healthy business community; unique neighborhoods; top schools for families; and numerous parks, among other things.

Primary Responsibilities
The successful candidate will be expected to teach three undergraduate classes per semester (6 classes per academic year) in alignment with current/best practices in industry, and participate in department/school activities including student reviews, and program-related committee work.


Minimum Qualifications
Candidates are required to have a bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication Design or related field, and extensive practice, expertise, or experience that demonstrates equivalency to an MFA/MDES degree, or hold a terminal degree. Candidates must also be capable communicators, demonstrating the potential for a successful career in teaching in an ever-evolving field.

Preferred Qualifications
The most desirable applicants will demonstrate an optimal combination of skillsets and expertise in more than one of the following: typography, branding, visual systems, packaging, information design, graphic design history, motion design, design research & process, and/or other pertinent areas of practice; in particular, candidates demonstrating success in digital product design (web/mobile/environmental), UI/UX design, experience design, and/or innovative /future-aligned areas of interaction design will be closely considered. The Visual Communication Design Program is open to innovative and broad skill sets that may benefit our program in unexpected ways.

Questions regarding the use of this website should be directed to the Human Resources Department at Questions regarding the nature of the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Hans Schellhas ( For additional information on NKU, visit and

Applications will be reviewed starting March 25, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

Applications must include the following (PDF format, 15MB maximum file size/document):

  1. Cover letter addressing qualifications for the position
  2. CV
  3. Portfolio of professional work (PDF or link to web site)
  4. Portfolio of student work, if available (PDF or link to web site)
  5. Teaching philosophy
  6. Design philosophy
  7. Diversity statement*
  8. Names and contact information for three references

* The diversity statement should provide the candidate’s unique perspective on their past and present contributions to — and future aspirations for — promoting diversity, inclusion, and social justice in their professional career.

(In line with the University’s Affirmative Action Policy, candidates are not expected to disclose their identity or membership either in the diversity statement or in other application documents submitted to the search committee.  Demographic information is solicited through the application process; however, those data are confidential and are not provided to members of the search committee.)

Any candidate who is offered this position will be required to go through a pre-employment criminal background check as mandated by state law.

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree with expertise and experience equivalent to an MFA, or MDES, or have attained a terminal degree in the discipline.

Minimum Education: MFA or MDes

Preferred Education
Terminal Degree Appropriate to Discipline

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