Assistant Professor, School of Design (6427BR)

Requisition Number: 6427BR

School/Department: CAD School of Design

College : College of Art and Design

Faculty Rank : Assistant Professor
Tenure Status: Tenure-Track

Anticipated Start Date: 10-Aug-2022

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The School of Design in the College of Art and Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology invites applicants to apply for a tenure-track position to teach in the School of Design. We are seeking candidates who are well-rounded designers with an expertise in motion design. Ideal candidates will possess the ability to provide leadership and vision in integrating motion design into the Graphic Design, New Media Design and Visual Communication Design curriculums. Candidates should be qualified to teach throughout the curriculum. Ideal candidates will also bring diverse perspectives and experiences that contribute to a broader understanding of design and how contemporary social and professional environments are shaping our practices and understanding of the field. Expectations include teaching undergraduate and/or graduate studio and lecture courses; participating in innovative teaching and curriculum development; rendering service to the school, college, university, and community; career advising and mentoring students; and participating in professional organizations important to the field of design.

We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. We are seeking individuals who are committed to RIT’s core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.

Department/College Description

The School of Design is comprised of five undergraduate programs, three graduate programs, and the Vignelli Center for Design Studies. University Archives, the Vignelli Center, and the Cary Graphics Arts Collection house a world-renowned collection of design artifacts that are core to research and primary resource educational treasures. The undergraduate programs include 3D Digital Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and New Media Design. The graduate programs are Visual Communication Design, Industrial Design, and Integrative Design. Approximately 750 undergraduate and 90 graduate students are enrolled in the School of Design. Our faculty are recognized scholars and practitioners in the fields of design and our alumni are leaders at the most dynamic and recognized design-related companies, as well as being recognized with prestigious awards from Adobe, AIGA, GDUSA, IDSA, Paperboard Packaging Alliance, and Society of Typographic Arts. To learn more about the programs in the School of Design, please visit School of Design | College of Art and Design | RIT.

RIT’s College of Art and Design is the university’s creative hub where art, design, science, and technology intersect in our +200,000 sq. ft. facility. We are a dynamic and professional arts and design community comprised of 2,000 students (UG and Grad), nearly 140 FT faculty, 60 creative staff, and a number of professional part time faculty, all of whom contribute to our college’s ecosystem. The College’s four schools offer programs in Art, Design, Crafts, Film and Animation, Photography and Photographic Sciences. The range of innovative programs offers students a panoramic perspective from creating fine art using centuries-old methods to pushing the boundaries of digital creativity. The College of Art and Design also takes full advantage of RIT’s opportunities in technology, STEM, engineering, sustainability, and entrepreneurism programs, as well as our global campuses, College of Art and Design | RIT.


Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Beyond our main campus in Rochester, New York, RIT has international campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo. And with more than 19,000 students and more than 125,000 graduates from all 50 states and over 100 nations, RIT is driving progress in industries and communities around the world. Find out more at


MFA in Graphic Design, New Media, Visual Communications, Animation or a terminal degree in a related field of study.

  • Minimum of two years professional experience in motion design and/or a related design field.
  • Teaching experience in motion design and/or a related design field.
  • Demonstrated expertise in motion design.
  • Demonstrated expertise in any of the following areas: typography, graphic design, narrative storytelling.
  • Demonstrated experience in at least one of the following areas: 3D design, compositing, interaction design.
  • Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the College’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.


Apply online at; search openings, then Keyword Search 64274BR.
Please submit your online application; cover letter addressing the listed qualifications; your updated curriculum vitae, and upload the following attachments: .

A brief teaching philosophy.

Provide the name, title, company, email address and phone number for three professional references and how you are acquainted.

Upload a Contribution to Diversity Statement that addresses ways in which you approach diversity in your teaching process and incorporate elements of diversity into your design approaches.

Upload course syllabi with at least three assignments. (Max size 5MB)

Provide a link to 5 to 10 examples of professional work.

Provide a link to 5 to 10 examples of student work.

You may contact the search committee with questions on the position at: Peter Byrne, School Director, School of Design, Rochester Institute of Technology by email at

To receive full consideration, all application materials should be received by February 28, 2022. The position will be open until an acceptable candidate is found.

The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to