St.  Catherine University

Assistant Professor, Graphic Design - Art & Art History

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St. Paul, MN
Feb 02, 2021
Mar 04, 2021
St. Catherine University
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

Position Title Assistant Professor, Graphic Design - Art & Art History Division Academic Affairs Department/Office Art & Art History Position Summary

The School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences at St. Catherine University invites applications for a full-time Assistant Professor position in Graphic Design with a tenure track contract. This position is within the Art and Art History department and is scheduled to begin in the Fall term of 2021-2022.

Our Art and Art History Department, in collaboration with our campus art gallery, The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, strive to reflect and celebrate the diversity of St. Catherine University and its many neighbors in the community. We are a small and collaborative department committed to challenging ourselves and our students to think critically about the roles that visual art plays in contributing to, interrupting and promoting healing from systems of injustice.

Our faculty are anti-racist educators who foster excellence in our students while teaching courses to art majors and students in other disciplines. In challenging times that threaten the rights of people of color and indigenous peoples, women, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and disabled persons, our faculty and staff recognize all that our students have to offer and live the St. Catherine University mission to educate women to lead and influence. Join us as we uniquely position our graduates to become changemakers and social justice advocates.


  • Build the graphic design program and collaborate with colleagues to develop coursework and a curriculum for career readiness and with pedagogies that engage a diverse student body.
  • Engage with department colleagues to dismantle the ways in which racism, colonialism, and other forms of oppression have conditioned our areas of practice, research and pedagogy.
  • Maintain a personal design practice.
  • Teach the equivalent of six undergraduate courses during the academic year (typically three in fall and three in spring term). Courses will include:

    • Entry-level data visualization
    • Entry-level art design
    • Three upper level classes in publication design, web design and illustration which are taught in a rotation with one per semester.
    • Topic to be developed in the faculty area of interest.
    • Core curriculum which includes The Reflective Woman or Global Search for Justice.

  • As an educator, and advisor, and a mentor, foster a culture of inclusive excellence through authentic relationships with students of all cultures and abilities..
  • Monitor and assess student-learning outcomes and provide timely and frequent feedback to students on performance.
  • Participate in student portfolio reviews.
  • Serve as an advisor of Ariston, a student-run arts publication.
  • Provide service to the Department and University through participation in committees and projects.
  • In keeping with liberal arts-based curriculum, manifest commitment to women, diversity, inclusion, social justice in teaching, research, service and accomplishments.

St. Catherine University in St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a comprehensive Catholic university and home to one of the nation’s largest colleges for women, with associate and graduate programs for all genders. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1905, the University integrates liberal arts and professional education within the Catholic traditions of intellectual inquiry and social teaching. Committed to excellence and opportunity, St. Catherine enrolls nearly 5,000 students in certificate, associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs in traditional day and evening/weekend/online formats.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • A record of active engagement in the field of graphic design.
  • Experience articulating contemporary, historical and conceptual graphic design issues.
  • Two years of teaching experience at the college or university level.
  • Experience teaching, advising and mentoring a diverse student body.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Record of excellence in teaching
  • Interest or experience in facilitating the use of graphic design as a vehicle for social justice

We seek creative, adaptable faculty and staff who enjoy working in a university climate that promotes cultural diversity, multicultural understanding, and cultural fluency. Consistent with the university’s commitment to women, diversity and social justice, preference will be given to candidates who manifest these themes in their experience and service.

EEO Statement

St. Catherine University is an equal opportunity employer. Our commitment to inclusion reflects the central value of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet to “love of neighbor without distinction” and provides a learning and working environment that is enriched by the diversity of all our members. Individuals of religious, racial, ethnic, gender identity, nation of origin, or disability groups that have traditionally had less representation in higher education are encouraged to apply. Should you need an interview accommodation please contact us at or 651-690-6565.

Application instructions for FACULTY

Visit to apply. Attachments required for submission include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Ten personal work samples in a PDF
  • Ten student work samples in a PDF
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Artist statement

Three references and successful completion of a background check will be required for employment. Priority will be given to complete applications received by February 22, 2021. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2021.

St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
Equal Opportunity Employer / Drug Free Workplace / Tobacco Free Workplace

Our university is a proud member of the Upper Midwest HERC and is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff and assisting dual career couples. For more information and to find other higher education jobs in the Upper Midwest region, visit:

Posting Number 20200034-FAC Posting Start Date 12/01/2020 Application Deadline 03/15/2021 Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * What is your highest level of completed education?
    • Some high school
    • High school diploma or GED
    • Some college
    • Associate's degree
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Some graduate school
    • Master's degree
    • ABD
    • Professional degree (e.g., JD, MD)
    • Doctoral degree
  2. * How many years of full-time teaching experience do you have at the college or university level?
    • None to some
    • 1 year
    • 2 years
    • 3 years
    • 4 years
    • 5 or more years
  3. * Give us one brief example of how you are currently pursuing your own design practice.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Tell us one way in which anti-racism is built into your curriculum.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Are you presently legally authorized to work in the United States for any U.S. employer? Please be aware that St. Catherine University is only able to consider candidates who are authorized to work in the United States.
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * St. Catherine University welcomes applications from candidates who are traditionally under-represented. We are happy to consider candidates who are currently in possession of a temporary work visa, however, please be aware that we do not offer employment visa sponsorship. Will you now or in the future require an employer to sponsor you for an employment-based visa/status in the U.S. (e.g. H-1B status)?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Maybe
  7. * Can you perform the essential functions of this position with or without accommodation?
    • Yes
    • No
Applicant Documents Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Other Document 1
  4. Other Document 2
  5. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  6. Artist Statement
Optional Documents
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
651-690-6000 Human Resources
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