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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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Two Open Rank Positions, Design, School of Art

George Mason University invites a diverse range of applicants for two open rank positions to support the Graphic Design and/or Design Thinking program in the School of Art. 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 anti-racist mission. We seek candidates who will not only enhance our 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.

About the Graphic Design and/or Design Thinking Program:

At Mason, B.A. design students learn conceptual and digital craft skills culminating in a final project. B.F.A. students build on the B.A. foundation, exploring design history in greater depth and receiving exposure to specializations such as UX design, package design, information design and advertising design. The School of Art also offers an MFA in graphic design with an emphasis on design authorship.

About the Position:

The selected candidates will have a broad range of skills and expertise in design and will be expected to teach courses across the School. We are particularly interested in finding candidates who can round out the strengths of existing faculty (one or more of the following backgrounds or abilities are particularly desired): UX design, design thinking, motion design, environmental design, and particularly hybrid practices.

In addition to teaching, the selected candidates will be expected to engage in professional creative research and perform service, which will include committee work, recruitment, and participation in School of Art events. These 2 positions, which are both contingent on funding, are 9-month appointments beginning August 2021.


  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the graphic design and design thinking programs and develop new courses that will expand the School’s offerings and serve students in related disciplines;
  • Sustain an active program of creative and/or scholarly research in their areas of expertise, produce peer-reviewed publications, 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 graduate student thesis;
  • 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;
  • 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; UX/UI design; interactive or motion design; 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;
  • Capacity for leadership, and a record of strong research and scholarship.