Assistant Professor, Design Communications (506049)

  • Cal State University (CSU) San Francisco
  • San Francisco, California
  • May 08, 2022
Full Time Education and Training Information Technology and Communication Services Public Health

Job Description



San Francisco State University School of Design offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Design Communications beginning August 2022. We seek a colleague with a strong background in industry-based or scholarly design writing and portfolio communication techniques, who will enhance our program's classes with impactful teaching and research and help prepare students for a professional career in design. We are especially interested in qualified candidates with a demonstrated commitment - through their research, teaching, and service - to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.

The School of Design undergraduate and graduate programs express a practical and theoretical design practice that celebrates diversity and community. The school is driven by nationally and internationally acclaimed professionally active faculty. Design students at all levels are expected to develop professionally competitive skills and are encouraged to engage in user-centered
design practices and strategic decision making. Design faculty are committed to high-quality teaching and research, supporting student growth in design practice in a liberal arts context at both undergraduate (BS Visual Communication Design, BS Industrial Design, and Design minor) and graduate (MA Design) levels.

The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:
  • Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body
  • Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging
  • Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice
  • Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio
  • Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus;
  • Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and
  • Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.


The position requires undergraduate and graduate teaching in the area of design research, design writing and communication, portfolio development, and professional practices; mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students; developing an active ongoing program of scholarship or creative practice in the candidate's area of specialty; and participating in ongoing committee and service assignments.


  • Ph.D., MFA, or equivalent terminal degree in visual communications/graphic design, industrial design, or a relevant discipline from an accredited program. Terminal degree must be completed by the first day of employment.
  • Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students.

  • Record of teaching contributions in design research, design communications, and/or portfolio development.
  • Demonstrated strong ability in professional design communications in various media, including but not limited to writing, graphical communication, and verbal presentations.
  • Active record of scholarship or creative activities with evidence of juried review,including design awards, exhibitions of work, peer-reviewed publications, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in teaching, and/or scholarship/creative works.
  • Experience teaching and working closely with students from historically underrepresented communities.
  • Record of contributing to supportive and collaborative work environments.

Rank and salary

Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement, and other benefits.


A complete online application must be submitted to receive consideration. To begin the application process, upload the following materials:

1. Brief cover letter summarizing your relevant experience, including teaching, scholarship, and creative work

2. A current curriculum vitae (CV).

3. A statement discussing your teaching philosophy, including how this intersects with your scholastic and/or professional interests, and how these align with the School of Design's mission to create well-prepared designers and foster an inclusive and diverse academic community. (500 words)

4. A diversity statement describing how you will support SFSU's diverse student and community populations, including how you have addressed diversity in your past teaching, research, and service. (500 words)

5. A sample of design writing that demonstrates your ability to clearly communicate the methodology and results of a design process. (around 5 pages/2000 words)

6. A portfolio (PDF or website link) of academic, professional and/or personal work that indicates your accomplishments within the field of design. You may include any publications, writings, personal statements, and notable reviews or articles discussing your work as applicable.

7. Evidence of teaching effectiveness, which may include student course evaluations, peer evaluations, syllabi, and/or examples of student work.

8. Names and contact information of three professional references.

Application review begins January 10, 2022, continues until filled. Letters of recommendation to be submitted upon request at a later date. Please direct all questions about the position to Rosa Valencia at

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

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