Assistant Professor, Visual Communications Studies (6046BR) - Rochester Institute of Technology

Requisition Number: 6046BR

School/Department: Visual Communication Studies

College : National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Faculty Rank : Assistant Professor
Tenure Status: Tenure-Track

Anticipated Start Date: Fall 2022

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The NTID Visual Communications Studies Department at RIT is seeking to fill a full-time 9-month Tenure-Track position with an individual whose particular strengths are focused in graphic design and new media, and who can work collaboratively with other faculty to achieve VCS’ defined goals and outcomes. Instructional responsibilities include teaching and tutoring students in VCS programs as well as deaf and hard-of-hearing students supported by NTID in RIT’s College of Art & Design’s (CAD) bachelor’s degree programs. Additional responsibilities include; the attainment of proficiency in ASL and knowledge of Deaf culture, curriculum development, service to the Institute and Department, continuing professional development and scholarship activities.

Assigned courses will necessitate expertise in the use of a range of software including Adobe’s Illustrator, InDesign, Premier, and Photoshop. Expertise in the application of a variety of associated input, editing and output hardware is required. Courses assigned could include; graphic design, typography, identity design, digital illustration and animation.

We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to RIT’s core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.


The National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) is one of the nine colleges of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and is home to the world’s first and largest technological college for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. NTID began operations in 1968 to provide deaf and hard-of-hearing students with outstanding technical and professional education programs, complemented by a strong liberal arts and sciences curriculum, that prepares them to live and work in the mainstream of a rapidly changing global community and enhances their lifelong learning.

The Visual Communications Studies department offers several associate degree programs in the areas of 2D and 3D graphic media design and production. These programs lie at the intersection of technology and creativity resulting preparedness for either employment in or continuing education for bachelor degrees in continuously growing opportunities in business, communication, media, publishing, manufacturing, entertainment, and advertising fields.


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


  • An MFA degree in graphic design, digital media or related field and expertise in using associated software, hardware, materials and processes used to create deliverables.
  • At least three years of work experience in graphic design, digital media or other demonstration of experience and special competence within the field in ways recognized by the profession.
  • At least three years of demonstrated teaching experience, particularly with deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
  • Demonstrated scholarship as defined in RIT Policy (E04.II.B) in graphic design, digital imaging or related-fields with evidence of peer-reviewed dissemination.
  • The granting of tenure is partially dependent on a demonstrated knowledge of ASL and Deaf Culture. A candidate who does not know ASL will be expected to learn ASL and obtain a NTID Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) rating of Intermediate Plus by the end of their second academic year.
  • Evidence of the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.


Apply online at Job Search Welcome | Rochester Institute of Technology search openings, then Keyword Search 6046BR. Please submit your application, curriculum vitae, cover letter addressing the listed qualifications and upload the following attachments:

  • A portfolio (max size 3MB)
  • Examples of student work
  • A brief teaching philosophy
  • The names, addresses and phone numbers for three references
  • A Contribution to Diversity Statement
  • A statement on scholarship

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