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Eastern Washington University

Lecturer - Design - Visual Communication Design

Location: Cheney, WA
Posted: July 06, 2022
Application Deadline: August 13, 2022


Eastern Washington University
Britt Pirker
Cheney, WA, 99004
(509) 359-2381

Lecturer - Design - Visual Communication Design

About Eastern Washington University:

Eastern Washington University is a regional, comprehensive public university located in Cheney and Spokane, Washington, with programs offered throughout the state and online with an enrollment of over 12,000 students. Eastern is one of six state-funded four-year institutions of higher education in Washington reporting to its own Board of Trustees.

Eastern's 300-acre main campus is located in Cheney, a community of 11,000 residents 16 miles southwest of the state's second largest city, Spokane. Eastern also offers programs in downtown Spokane at the Brand new Catalyst building and on the Riverpoint Campus which is shared with Washington State University. Eastern also offers program throughout the state based on the needs of the community. Eastern offers an array of bachelor's and master's degrees and one applied doctorate in physical therapy. EWU offers 135 fields of study, 9 master's degrees, 12 graduate certificates, 39 graduate programs, 1 educational specialist degree, and 1 applied doctorate to more than 10,000 enrolled students.

Tribal Land Acknowledgement
Eastern Washington University resides within the traditional homelands of the Spokane People and other tribes who are connected through their shared history of this region. This land holds their cultural DNA and it is their Ancestors who are here and bring forth the knowledge of this place—the knowledge that comes from the land.

Job Summary:

The Department of Design at Eastern Washington University (EWU) invites applications for a one-year sabbatical-replacement Lecturer position with expertise in Visual Communication Design to begin in September 2022.
The Department of Design has eight full time faculty and roughly 150 undergraduate majors. Located in the new, net zero energy Catalyst Building in Spokane WA, the Department of Design is a community-engaged department prioritizing collaboration with community partners on project-based student learning.

We are seeking broadly trained candidates who will be inspirational teachers, role models, and mentors who complement the strengths of our faculty to engage in instructionally-intensive undergraduate programs. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching. Candidates must show a high degree of interest in human and cultural diversity with a demonstrated ability to apply a culturally responsive and flexible approach to teaching that supports the diverse needs, including universal access, of our students, faculty, staff, and the community. Additionally, all faculty are expected to actively participate in assessment of student learning.
The ideal candidate will be interested in working collaboratively with colleagues across disciplines; working with nonprofits, government agencies, businesses, and other educational institutions on collaborative courses and projects; and be committed to advancing the design disciplines through one's practice and approach to design education. Candidates should exhibit a strong foundational understanding of visual communication design, digital foundations, photography and photographic media, systems design, design thinking, and sustainable design practices. Applicants who possess expertise in a complimentary field and/or industry experience are encouraged to apply.

EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, students and academic program offerings and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. Eastern Washington University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS: Eastern strives to satisfy all requests for special access needs for persons with disabilities. Requests for such accommodations are welcome and may be made by calling Human Resources at: (509) 359‐2381.

Required Qualifications:

• Either a Master's or Bachelor's degree in Visual Communication Design or related field with relevant industry experience, with an emphasis in photography and photographic media, visual communication design, and/or digital foundations. The degree must be completed by the appointment date.
• Strong interest in teaching visual communication design courses that might include photography, design foundations, digital foundations, typography, or web design.
• Excellent communication skills to meet the needs of our diverse student body.
• Demonstrated ability to apply a culturally responsive and flexible approach that is supportive to the diverse needs, including universal access, of our students, faculty, staff and the public.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Either an MFA or MDes with 2+ years of relevant experience, a Master's with 3+ years of relevant industry experience, or a Bachelor's degree with 5+ years of relevant industry experience in Visual Communication Design or related field, with an emphasis in photography and photographic media.
• At least 1 year of teaching experience.
• Proficiency using software programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
• Interest in working collaboratively with colleagues across disciplines and through project-based learning; engaging with community on collaborative courses and projects.

Other Skills and Abilities:

Job Duties:

Job Duties

Conditions of Employment:

This position, during the course of university employment will be involved inthe receipt of, or accountability for, university funds or other items of value;as well as the unsupervised access with the developmentally disabled,vulnerable adults or children under the age of 16. The offer of employmentis contingent upon successful completion and passing of a background checkprior to beginning employment.

All new employees must comply with EWU immunization Policy 602-02 and provide proof of immunity or vaccination to MMR and proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before beginning work at EWU, Waivers for the immunization requirements are available for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs.

Note: Interviews may be conducted via Zoom (camera must be enabled). While we anticipate being open for in-person instruction for academic year 2022-23, should Washington State or university pandemic restrictions disallow for in-person instruction, then courses will be taught via onlineplatforms, including Zoom and other technologies. Candidates must be able to demonstrate competence using these technologies.

Salary Information: The expected salary upon hire is $60,678.

Posting Date: 07/05/2022

Open Until Further Notice: Yes

Closing Date:

Screening to Begin: 7/20/2022

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Submit your application materials through our online applications portal provided below. If you are unable to submit through the applicant portal, please contact Human Resources Services at (509) 359-2381.

To apply, visit

EWU does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, age, marital status, families with children, protected veteran or military status, HIV or hepatitis C, status as a mother breastfeeding her child, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, as provided for and to the extent required by state and federal laws.

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