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Assistant Professor of Communication Design

Apply now Job no: 520873
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Monterey Bay
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Computer Science

Classification:  Academic Year Faculty
Priority Screening Date:   Extended - January 17, 2023
Recruitment Status:  Open Until Filled
Appointment Date:  Fall 2023 

Powered by an inspiring Founding Vision StatementCalifornia State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is a mid-sized comprehensive baccalaureate and masters granting university whose staff and faculty help transform student lives with a focus on student success and engagement through experiential learning, service learning in its regional community, and the promotion of multicultural and global perspectives on and beyond campus. With a vibrant, diverse student body of over 7,400 students. CSUMB is both a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)

The university’s Strategic Plan prioritizes inclusive excellence through recruiting and investing in the development of a diverse body of faculty, staff, and administrators. CSUMB’s sustainability initiative is to be carbon neutral by 2030. The university’s faculty and staff, many of whom live in the East Campus housing development, appreciate living and working so close to the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. As one of the 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system, CSUMB offers excellent benefits, including access to below-market-rate campus housing and competitive salaries for faculty and staff. 

The Communication Design program (CD) in the School of Computing and Design at California State University Monterey Bay is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time, tenure-track position in Communication Design at the rank of Assistant Professor. Candidates with expertise in the areas of multimedia interaction design will be considered. The Communication Design program offers a Bachelor of Science degree and has a heavy focus on screen based design, therefore, we are seeking candidates with strong technical and digital multimedia skills in addition to a formal degree in graphic design or interaction design.

We are seeking candidates who are passionate about addressing the challenges and exploring the opportunities facing higher education to join our team that is working on attracting underrepresented, low-income, and first-generation students into the design related computing fields and supporting them through post-graduation success. Along with their commitment to teaching in the CD program, including courses related to their area of expertise, an ideal candidate will be interested in all aspects of an end-to-end CD pathway to support a diverse student body. This begins with students’ initial interest in design and digital visual communication technologies, and moves through college readiness; teaching high quality user experience courses; co-curricular academic, professional, and personal growth support; internships; and finishing with graduation and careers. The selected faculty will join a cross-disciplinary team, building strength via strong regional collaborations with partner organizations from education, industry, and government.

CD Program

The CD program at CSUMB in collaboration with our partners is interested in reexamining approaches to communication design in higher education, especially as it relates to broadening participation in the field. Unlike most design programs typically housed in Fine Arts departments, our Communication Design program, since its inception, is part of the School of Computing & Design within the College of Science. We offer two Concentrations: Game Design and Visual Design. In addition to a strong foundation in design and communication theories, all of our CD students take web programming and UI/UX courses. They graduate with portfolios that demonstrate strong technical, creative, and collaborative skills that prepare them to contribute to the evolving and technologically demanding communication design professions.


  • Teach foundational and core CD courses as well as upper division courses in the Visual Design concentration.
  • Develop curriculum and support material for CD courses as needed
  • Play an instrumental role as part of the CD program team to develop and implement the program vision, projects, and initiatives that support broadening participation in computing and design
  • Develop collaborative relationships and execute projects with educators in institutions in the CD pipeline, including feeder community colleges, high/middle schools, educational offices in the Monterey region and industry partners
  • Collaborate in the design, development and delivery of other Communication Design courses
  • Develop and/or implement research and creative activities (grant-funded where feasible) that contribute to the dynamic learning environment and provide our diverse students with opportunities for undergraduate research
  • Additional responsibilities include guiding student capstone learning experiences, exploring innovative pedagogical approaches and participating in the development of grants


  • Earned terminal degree in Graphic Design, Interactive Media, UI/UX, or closely related field (MFA or PhD)
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching, inclusive excellence, and improving learning outcomes
  • Fluency in using the industry standard graphic design software applications, and
  • Willingness to stay current and to explore new and emerging technologies


  • Professional industry experience outside of academia in Visual Design
  • Experience teaching across the range of course offerings including introductory and technical advanced courses (such as Typography, Design Fundamentals, user research, web coding, and Visual Thinking)
  • Strong knowledge of/background in challenges teaching screen based design in higher education, with particular interest in developing solutions to address these challenges for low-income, underrepresented and first generation student populations
  • Experience in developing scholarly activities outside the classroom to create an excellent learning environment for CD students
  • Ability to work with the existing faculty/staff team to contribute to the overall quality of the program
  • Experience in acquiring grants, contracts and sponsorships
  • A record of successfully teaching, advising, recruiting, empowering, and nurturing the educational goals of a diverse student population


The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

The incumbent is required to maintain confidentiality as outlined in the Department of Education’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy and California’s Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check (including a criminal records check).

Working in the State of California is a condition of employment.


Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:  $79,000 - $81,000


CSUMB offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding health, dental & vision plans; a fee waiver education program; and membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).  For more information, visit: CSU Benefits Summary.  Additionally, University Corporation at CSU Monterey Bay provides access to affordable campus housing based on availability, visit: Schoonover Employee Housing.


For full consideration, applicants must complete the required online application and submit required documents by the priority screening date found at Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University. Materials submitted become the property of CSUMB and will not be returned.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting University Personnel at (831) 582-3389.


CSUMB hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States and is an E-Verify employer. In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the Cal State University, Monterey Bay Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at:

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our highest priority. While on campus, students, faculty, staff, and the community will be expected to follow all campus safety mandates.  

Per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Policy, all students and employees are required to submit their vaccination status to the Otter Vaccination Registry and are encouraged to be vaccinated.

CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus. 


CSUMB is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.   We value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.  We consider qualified applicants for employment for their anticipated contributions and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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