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The School of Art is a dynamic, forward-thinking school with a commitment to interdisciplinary art and design practice through a social justice lens. We are looking for colleagues to join our internationally recognized faculty that includes multiple Guggenheim, Fulbright, and NEA recipients. Candidates should be committed to teaching and mentorship of a student body that includes many first-generation college students, students of color, and international students.

Where Innovation and Diversity meet Creativity

Faculty and students forge cross-disciplinary experimentation, challenging conventional thinking and blurring lines between traditional artistic disciplines, indeed, between the arts and the other humanities and sciences.

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Four Assistant/ Associate Professor positions in Design, Mason School of Art

George Mason University invites a diverse range of applicants for four positions at the Assistant or Associate rank to support the Design programs in the School of Art (soon to be formally renamed School of Art and Design). The available positions include both tenure track and term appointments.
George Mason University is a Carnegie Tier 1 Research [R1] university located in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and is the largest public university in Virginia, with the most diverse student body in the state.

George Mason University is committed to values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access that inform academic excellence. We are committed to dismantling racism in our structures, polices, and practices. We hope to identify individuals who will support our goal at being a national exemplar of anti-racism. We seek candidates who will not only enhance our interactional and representational diversity but whose research, teaching, and community engagement efforts contribute to diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environments for our students, staff, and faculty.

George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

About the Position:

The selected candidate will have a broad range of skills and expertise in design and expected to teach courses across the School. We are particularly interested in finding a candidate who can round out the strengths of existing faculty (one or more of the following backgrounds or abilities are particularly desired): UI/UX design, motion design, environmental design, publishing/book arts, design theory, design thinking, and hybrid design practices. The Design program within the School of Art is a growing program and we are interested in faculty who can contribute to further curriculum development, including expansion of both undergraduate and graduate programs in Design.
In addition to teaching, the selected candidates will be expected to engage in professional creative research and perform service in alignment with the type of appointment.
These positions begin August 2022.


  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the Design program and work with faculty to develop new courses that will expand the School’s offerings and serve students in related disciplines;
  • Sustain an active program of nationally/internationally recognized creative and/or scholarly research in their areas of expertise, and participate in local and national professional organizations;
  • Complement existing faculty expertise in design, theory, research, and intersecting areas;
  • Contribute to interdisciplinary research and teaching within the School of Art;
  • Supervise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students; and
  • Contribute to the School’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community.

Required Qualifications:

  • MFA (or equivalent) degree in design or a related field; or substantial professional record with national/international recognition;
  • Successful experience teaching graphic design at the college level;
  • Active record of recognized professional activity and creative research; and
  • Experience working with a diverse population.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusive pedagogies, issues related to unconscious bias in design, and/or accessible design;
  • Research and pedagogical focus in any of the following areas: human-centered or user experience design; mobile and/or emergent technologies; design strategy, research, history, theory, and criticism; service design or community engagement; generative design and data visualization; or speculative technologies such as VR, AR or AI;
  • Demonstrate and articulate a vision for the future of design education; and
  • Capacity for leadership, and a record of strong research and scholarship.

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Teaching philosophy addressing DEIA (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access)
  • Links to Scholarly and/or Creative Work (as Other doc.)
  • Sample Syllabi (as Other doc.)
  • List of 3 to 5 Professional References, with contact information

For full consideration apply by January 28, 2022.