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Lecturer, Digital Design Foundations

University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI
Start date
Mar 6, 2024
Closing date
Apr 5, 2024

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The University of Wisconsin-Stout School of Art & Design seeks an educator for a renewable lecturer position teaching multiple sections of design foundation studios. The number of course sections to vary by term. The range of courses taught includes studio-based digital tools courses (Adobe Creative Suite) as well as visual communication design and portfolio building courses. These courses serve undergraduate students in various design disciplines, including graphic design and interactive media, industrial and product design, interior design, game design and animation.

There are three primary areas of teaching for this position (all courses serve multiple majors):
  • Digital tools: introduction to, and focus on, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
  • Communication design: best practices for presentations and client communications.
  • Portfolio building and job search best practices.
Syllabus, typical projects, office space, laptop computer, class resources and mentorship from area faculty are available to support the instructor. This is a 9-month academic year instructional staff position, with intent to renew. Course delivery is in-person and in accordance with NASAD standards.

This advertised position is just one of several opportunities the University of Wisconsin-Stout is searching for this year due to continued enrollment growth in the School of Art & Design. Please visit Careers & Jobs to learn about art and design teaching opportunities currently open at UW-Stout.

APPOINTMENT DATE: August 19, 2024


Minimum / Required
  • Have one of the following by date of hire:
    • Master's Degree in relevant field.
    • Bachelor's Degree with 5 years of experience in relevant field.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite software, particularly Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
  • Proficiency in the basics of visual communication design (layout, hierarchy, typography).
  • Experience in a design-focused discipline, including but not limited to one of the following:
    • Graphic Design
    • Web/Interactive Design
    • Industrial and Product Design
    • Interior Design
    • Architecture
    • Game Design
    • Animation
    • Concept Art
Highly Desired/Preferred
  • Completed terminal degree (M.F.A., Ph.D., etc.) in related field of study.
  • Previous experience in teaching, coaching, or mentoring in related field of study.
  • Demonstrated success working with diverse student populations.
  • Commitment to cultivating a work environment and student experience that embraces inclusion.

The School of Art & Design has over 85 faculty/staff and over 1,300 students, making it the largest higher education art and design entity in the upper Midwest. The School of Art & Design student population accounts for roughly 20% of the on-campus undergraduate population at UW-Stout. Our school serves MFA in Design , eight undergraduate degrees , and six minors .

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To ensure consideration complete applications must be submitted online by Monday, January 1, 2024, end of day. Screening of applications may continue until the position is filled.

To apply, click the Apply button on this screen or go to

Please be sure you have included the following documents for full consideration :

1. Cover letter*
2. Current resume
3. Three (3) professional references; including e-mail address and telephone number
4. Unofficial transcripts (undergraduate and advanced degree; as applicable)
5. Portfolio (20 images max) of professional work (link or pdf)
6. Portfolio (20 images max) of student work (link or pdf) if available.
7. Teaching philosophy (1-2 pages)

*Please use your cover letter to speak to each of the Minimum/Required Qualifications for this position as listed above. For each required qualification, describe your relevant experience, using specific examples from your work history to illustrate how your experience satisfies the requirement.

Applicants will need to complete all required fields and attach all required documents prior to submitting the online application.

Note: Once you have attached your materials and submitted your application you will not be able to go into the system and change them.

Before starting the online application process, we recommend you preview the frequently asked questions (FAQs) available at:

It is the policy of UW-Stout to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual's disability.

For questions regarding this position or recruitment, please contact:
Search Chair: David Richter-O'Connell
Phone: (715) 232-2507

If you need assistance with the online application process or if you submitted your application prior to uploading all the required application materials, please contact:
Search Coordinator: Rebecca Rother


University of Wisconsin-Stout, Wisconsin's only Polytechnic University, offers an unmatched career-focused education that combines applied learning, theory and research with real-world experience that prepares tomorrow's leaders to drive the future of business and industry. At UW-Stout, our students think and do from day one, and we are proud to produce lifelong learners, ethical leaders and responsible citizens who succeed in a global society.

UW-Stout is recognized nationwide for its operational excellence. We were the first and remain the only full four-year public higher education institution in the nation to receive the Malcolm Baldrige Award, and we are dedicated to a process-improvement model that leverages the power of data and the value of our people. We believe in critical thinking and fact-informed decision making. We pursue sustainability in form and function and collaborate across campus and with our partners to solve problems in industry and society. And providing an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment for our faculty, staff and students to live, learn and work is a top priority.

We offer 45+ undergraduate degrees, 20+ graduate degrees and 30+ professional certificates in Art, Design & Graphics; Business & Management; Education; Human & Social Sciences; Information Technology & Communications; and Science, Engineering & Math. Our first-class digital infrastructure and learning environments provide our nearly 7,000 students with every avenue to explore and personalize their success. And we invest in people who share our vision to advance our position as Wisconsin's only Polytechnic University and as a regional, national and international leader in higher education.

Be a part of the future at UW-Stout. Learn more at

University of Wisconsin-Stout is located in Menomonie, Wisconsin, a community an hour east of Minneapolis-St. Paul. A pillar of Wisconsin's Chippewa Valley and recognized as one of the best small towns in America, Menomonie provides an idyllic combination of natural beauty, outdoor recreation, boutiques and arts and culture with access to a metropolitan area. For more information about the UW-Stout community and region visit:


Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin State retirement plan, demonstrating our commitment to the diverse needs of our employees.

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All qualified candidates meeting application requirements will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against. As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, UW-Stout welcomes applications from individuals from diverse groups; veterans, individuals with disabilities and from historically excluded populations. UW-Stout provides equal opportunity to all persons and is committed to inclusive excellence.

Employment is contingent upon the final candidate's completing a criminal background check and being cleared to work by the Human Resources Office. Employment is also contingent upon the final candidate passing reference checks. The reference check process includes asking the final candidate and most recent supervisor(s) questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

Official transcripts required at time of hire.

In response to a public records request, the University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in their online application, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7) .

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Find Your Calling at UW-Stout

The University of Wisconsin-Stout is a career-focused polytechnic university emphasizing applied learning. UW-Stout is known for the annual career success of its graduates, with 97 percent employed or continuing their education upon graduation.

At UW-Stout, you will join a vibrant community of passionate educators and support staff who impact our students' lives and our society at large. We call ourselves Stout Proud, and we are looking for talented individuals to join our team.

With over 1,400 employees, UW-Stout offers a wide range of positions for faculty, both tenure-track and adjunct, as well as for administrators, managers, professional and support staff. We offer exceptional benefits and a rewarding academic environment.

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