Kentucky College of Art and Design, Inc.
  • Louisville, KY, USA
  • Full Time

KyCAD is seeking to fill a new position in the role of Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Graphic Design with a strong interdisciplinary foundation in contemporary design practices.

Rank will be based on qualifications and experience at the time of hire.  The initial contract will be for one year full-time, with the possibilityof renewal. Candidates must be available for work starting August 14, 2023. KyCAD does not offer tenure-track appointments. This position is open to internal and external applications. 

In addition to qualifications, experience, and alignment with KyCAD's mission, vision and institutional culture as an independent College of Art and Design, KyCAD is intentionally seeking to broaden the diversity of its full-time faculty. KyCAD understands the term 'diversity' intersectionally, to include ethnicities, national origins, ages, gender identities, gender expression, sexual orientation, religions, political affiliations, learning differences, different abilities, socioeconomic status, and all forms of meaningful human difference. All persons whose qualifications, interests and experience align with the position description are encouraged to apply.

Position Description: 

As an independent college in the vibrant arts city of Louisville, KyCAD's mission is to deliver a first-class arts education to students by offering a contemporary and interdisciplinary approach to practice. KyCAD expects faculty to be practicing artists or designers who are interested in teaching, and in continuing to develop an interdisciplinary, subject-led curriculum. In keeping with its forward-looking culture of innovation, KyCAD's unique program is organized around two semesters (Fall and Spring) consisting of two 6-week sessions and one 3- week session each.

The candidate should be interested in playing an active role in a vibrant, student-centered teaching and learning environment, and should be ready to work with a small, dedicated team building a forward-looking college of art and design that places an emphasis on city partnerships, community involvement, and undergraduate research. 


The candidate will bring an important energy and vision for developing a future-focused college and fostering an interdisciplinary design agenda. A robust, collegial and inclusive approach to decision making and discussion is required. As the institution is growing and changing quickly a flexible, hands-on approach is needed. An annual workload planning process will reflect the institution's changing needs.

Teaching and Teaching Related Administration:

  • Teach five classes per academic year, including foundational courses, electives, and junior and senior capstone courses.
  • Create and maintain syllabi for all courses taught.
  • Collaborate with other faculty to create a holistic approach to teaching and learning.
  • Provide mentoring and academic advising to students through appointments and office hours. 
  • Coordinate guest speakers as required or beneficial to student learning and development.
  • Lead off-campus study visits that enhance student learning and assist in fulfilling course requirements.
  • Engage in studio critiques of student art at all levels.
  • Together with College staff and administration, assist in building collaborative community and industry opportunities for students to extend their learning. 
  • Embrace and enhance the college's culture to help ensure continued engagement, motivation and drive.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Oversee and assist in maintaining studio facilities in relation to classes taught.
  • Work on special projects on behalf of the institution as needed.
  • Participate in committee, community and faculty meetings.
  • Work with the KyCAD team to develop and complete our accreditation process.
  • Attend conferences for institutional development.
  • Engage in course and program assessment, including planning, implementation, and learning outcomes development.
  • Assist in the collaborative design and continuous improvement of an art and design curriculum that focuses on innovative new models of delivery.
  • Act as an ambassador for the institution at local, national and international conferences and events.
  • Participate in the College-wide recruitment, admissions and scholarship processes. 
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Actively pursue a self-designed Practice/Research/Scholarship program of continuous professional and creative development that informs teaching, maintains a current understanding of subjects of interest and contributes to contemporary dialogue in the field.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Master's degree in teaching discipline or master's degree with a concentration in the teaching discipline (minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline), or equivalent professional experience or expertise in Graphic Design, or a related field.
  • Three academic years of teaching experience in a higher education environment preferred.

KyCAD welcomes applicants from both traditional and non-traditional academic and professional backgrounds.

Equal Opportunity Employment: 

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and minorities individuals to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position will be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by KyCAD Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check. The candidate will also be required to complete Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) online training.

Note: All faculty, staff and students are required to provide vaccination status or complete bi-weekly COVID-19 testing (this requirement is subject to change).

The Kentucky College of Art + Design is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well- being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live.

Application Process: 

Those who are interested in applying for this position will need to submit the following through our applicant portal at

  • Full Curriculum Vitae.
  • A Letter of Interest that addresses professional background, qualifications, and KyCAD's mission and vision. 
  • A statement explaining, in the candidate's opinion, the importance of diversity in a Studio Arts education.
  • Contact information for three professional references.
  • Sample Syllabi for two courses. 
  • Artist's Statement
  • 15-20 images of professional work with image descriptions, submitted either as one PDF file or as a URL link to an online portfolio.
  • 10-20 images of student work, may be submitted as one PDF file or URL link to an online portfolio

If you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with Kentucky College of Art and Design, please contact Human Capital Management at

Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. Completed application materials must be submitted by February 1, 2023in order to be ensured full consideration. 

About KyCAD: 

Founded in 2009, The Kentucky College of Art + Design is proud of its success. Core values and principles have helped to shape the institution and our work toward a mission to provide a transformational experience for our students.

As a new independent and licensed college offering a BFA in studio art, we are the only four-year, independent college of Art and Design in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Please visit our website at for more information about the College's history, mission, vision, and interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning for art and design.

The Kentucky College of Art + Design is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live.

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