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Adjunct Faculty, Graphic Design

Austin Community College District

Job Description

Adjunct Faculty, Graphic Design


Job Description Summary:

Responsible for preparing and delivering graphic design coursework in engaging, innovative, and discipline-appropriate ways that reflect a commitment to success equity, respect for diversity, an understanding of culturally responsive teaching, and knowledge of the teaching field. Meet professional standards for faculty in accordance with college policies and procedures.


Job Description:

Principal Responsibilities and Duties

  • Prepare and teach graphic design courses to a diverse student population based on the department's approved course learning outcomes. Courses topics may include:

    • Design processes and frameworks

    • Typography

    • Branding

    • Environmental design

    • Packaging

    • Multichannel campaigns

    • Publication design

    • Concept development

    • Design studio processes

    • Website design

    • Portfolio development

  • Evaluate student progress and provide clear, timely feedback reflecting program learning outcomes and departmental expectations.

  • Provide teaching and mentoring services to students in a manner that does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, political affiliation, or other protected categories.

  • Remain current in the field through a variety of professional development activities.

  • Perform other related tasks as assigned by the department chair, dean, and/or associate vice president, vice president, and executive vice president.



  • Demonstrated proficiency using computer applications in the Mac OS environment, online resources, and other technologies for the classroom.

  • Demonstrated proficiency and expertise through the use of advanced features in one or more of the following Adobe Creative Suite software: InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop.

  • Preferred: Demonstrated proficiency using an online learning management system such as Blackboard to develop and build course content and perform administrative duties (posting office hours, syllabi, etc.)

  • Preferred: Demonstrated experience with HTML/CSS and visual design.


Principal Professional Standards

  • Meet deadlines for attendance certification and submission of final course grades.

  • Maintain regular office hours to assist students and improve student retention and success.

  • Recognize and reflect standards of civility and collegiality in all interactions.

  • Comply with published college policies and procedures and meet professional standards for teaching in a community college.

  • Make appropriate use of the college's learning management system.


Required Education

  • Bachelor’s or Associate's degree in Art, Graphic Design, Commercial Art, Computer Graphics, Graphic Design, Printing/Production, or Visual Communication.


Required Work Experience (Workforce Programs)

  • Documentable 3 years of non-teaching industry-relevant work experience.


Other Requirements

  • Submit a cover letter 

  • Provide a portfolio that includes examples of visual assets for print and digital applications. The portfolio can be either 

    • a pdf portfolio or 

    • a link to a website of recent professional work

    • If you have teaching experience, please include examples of both
      student work and evidence of curriculum development.

  • Provide documented evidence of training in digital media (college transcripts or software training certification).


Qualities of a Successful Candidate

The successful candidate will be able to:

  • Explain the role of the graphic designer and the design workflow within a studio environment 

  • Describe best practices of creative collaboration with internal and external teams

  • Describe the effective use of graphic design principles and processes to produce designs.

  • Identify current visual trends and movements in graphic and interactive design.

  • Describe the production workflow of printed or digital assets a.) within a design studio environment and b.) with industry-related vendors (such as offset printers, large format printers, screen printers, web developers, etc.).

Application Requirements

An application must be submitted by the closing date for this position.


Criminal Background Check

Pre-employment criminal background checks are required for all staff and faculty positions.


ACC Benefits Overview


Full-time faculty and staffing table employees who work in full-time and/or part-time positions at the college are eligible for ACC medical benefits effective the first of the month after their first 60 days of employment. Benefits include medical, dental, life insurance, short- and long-term disability, retirement plans and AD&D.

ACC does not participate in Social Security. ACC participates in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and the Optional Retirement Program (ORP-Faculty and Administrators Only). Part-time and Hourly employees participate in the ACC Money Purchase Plan (ACCMPP) as a retirement program required by federal law.


Working Conditions
  • Work is routinely performed in an office/classroom environment.
  • Subject to standing, walking, sitting, bending, reaching, kneeling, pushing, and pulling.
  • Ability to lift up to 10 pounds.
  • Work safely and follow safety rules. Report unsafe working conditions and behavior. Take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent others from engaging in unsafe practices.


Number of Openings:



Job Posting Close Date:

December 31, 2022

Clery Act

As required by the US Department of Education, employees are required to report violations under Title IX and, under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), select individuals are required to report crimes. If this position is identified as a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified, trained, and provided resources for reporting.



The above description is an overview of the job. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Duties and responsibilities may change with business needs. ACC reserves the right to add, change, amend, or delete portions of this job description at any time, with or without notice. Employees may be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made by ACC at its discretion to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions of the job.


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