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Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Art & Design Studies (IADS) Program

University of North Texas
Denton, TX
Closing date
Apr 11, 2024

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Posting Title:
Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Art & Design Studies (IADS) Program
UNT-IADS-Interdiscipl Art & Design-136010
College of Visual Arts and Design
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ORP Eligible
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Department Summary:

The Interdisciplinary Art & Design Studies (IADS) program is housed with the College of Visual Arts and Design. Through its undergraduate degree, students are given the freedom to pursue "interdisciplinarity" as a field of academic inquiry, and opportunities for creative inquiry specific to their own professional pursuits. Each student has the flexibility to chart their own course within the degree to explore aspects of art and design that interest them and are provided advising, mentorship, and professional guidance on career pathways that will align with their professional goals.The IADS BA offers three tracks: Arts Management, Design Management, and Open Track. The highlight of the program is its ability to prepare students to be leaders in the field of art and design with marketable skills in creative entrepreneurship, cultural humility and awareness, digital skills in communication, and social responsibility. The IADS degree, combined with a strategically chosen minor and an internship, provides students with an excellent preparation for careers in art- or design-related fields, including those in art law, non-profit arts organizations, digital image providers, galleries, instructional design, visual merchandising, and auction houses, operations and sales.
College of Visual Arts and DesignConsidered one of the leading visual arts and design schools in the nation, UNT's College of Visual Arts and Design is home to more than 2,650 undergraduate and graduate students in NASAD and CIDA accredited programs including the BA, BFA, MA, and MFA in art education, art history, ceramics, communication design, drawing and painting, fashion design, interaction design, interdisciplinary art and design studies, interior design, metalsmithing and jewelry, new media art, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and user-experience design, with certification offered in art museum education, and a PhD offered in art education. It includes the Department of Art Education, Department of Art History, Department of Design, Foundations Program, Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies Program, and Department of Studio Art.

College faculty enjoy active collaborations with specialized subject matter librarians, opportunities for teaching and research through UNT library special collections, and partnerships with the university's Center for Learning, Experimentation, Application, and Research (CLEAR).UNT is committed to a culture of mentoring excellence in all areas that impact faculty life. Building a network of mentors is foundational to our success and UNT is home to Employee Resource Groups, such as the Black Faculty Network, International Faculty Network, La Colectiva, and the Neurodiversity Professional Network.

Offering instruction in Frisco and Dallas as well as at the main Denton campus, the College of Visual Arts and Design also comprises the CVAD Galleries, Texas Fashion Collection, Onstead Institute for Education in the Visual Arts and Design, Gough Design Research Space, and textile and digital fabrication lab facilities that support student work, faculty research, as well as college, university, and broader constituents in recently built and renovated, state-of-the-art facilities.A nationally and internationally recognized community of faculty provides students with excellent mentors and role models upon which to pattern their careers. The College of Visual Arts and Design is dedicated to creating a climate and curriculum that supports student, faculty and staff success through its programs and practices. Additional information about the college and university can be found online: and

University of North TexasEstablished in 1890, University of North Texas is a student-centered public research university with over 47,500 students. A Carnegie-ranked Tier One public research university, and multi-year recipient of the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, UNT is one of the nation's most diverse universities with more than 10,000 Hispanic students, 6,000 African American students, 3,750 international students, 3,400 Asian/Pacific Islander students, and 500 Indigenous students. UNT has a highly diverse campus with a wide range of languages spoken in addition to English. We welcome candidates who have experience with HSI/MSIs and/or who speak Spanish, Vietnamese, American Sign Language, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin and other variations), Arabic, Tagalog, Farsi, French, or/and Yoruba.

UNT has been designated as both a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).

As part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Denton provides access to rich cultural offerings and excellent research and professional opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. With 7.6 million people and two international airports, DFW is the fourth-largest metro area in the United States. DFW is racially, ethnically, religiously, and culturally diverse and maintains a long-standing commitment to the arts. The Dallas Arts District is the largest contiguous arts district in the country and includes performing and visual arts institutions including the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, and the Crow Museum of Asian Art. The Fort Worth Cultural District includes the Amon Carter Museum, Kimbell Art Museum, and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.Denton is home to two state universities (UNT and Texas Woman's University) and an active Greater Denton Arts Council, which provides foundational support for Denton's artists, K-12 students, and other local arts organizations and mounts exhibitions and programs at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. Denton is also known for its live music scene, including the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival, among other annual cultural events, such as the Denton Black Film Festival.
Position Summary:
The College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas invites applications for a 3-year (renewable) Lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Art & Design Studies (IADS) Program, beginning Fall 2024. The optimal candidate is someone well-versed in digital technologies used in art and design-related fields, with an openness to working with students whose interests span a broad array of art and design professions. The standard teaching load is a 4:4 and will include teaching skills such as digital tools and communications, art and business, and interdisciplinary topics in art and design.
Minimum Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree (i.e., MFA or PhD) in a related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience in digital communications and design management.
  • Ability to teach undergraduate courses engaging with the Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Demonstrated experience in successful grant writing and/or raising funds.
  • Commitment to research and/or creative practice.
Physical Requirements:
Ability to communicate
Security Sensitive:
This is a security sensitive position.
EEO Statement:

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.
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Applicants must apply online at and submit the following materials:
  • Cover letter describing your qualifications, most significant professional/ creative work, and accomplishments as an instructor. (one page)
  • Curriculum vita (CV) that includes a listing of courses taught (with the possibility that syllabi may be requested later)
  • Digital portfolio - upload a single PDF with links to 10 images/examples of the candidate's own work, as well as 10 examples of student work; all image samples must include name, title, size, media, and date work was completed, and in the case of student work, include the course title.
  • Contact information for three references (contacted only for finalists)
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