Faculty – Graphic Design Instructor

  • Hawkeye Community College
  • Waterloo, IA
  • Feb 21, 2024
Full time Graphic Design Education

Job Description

Job Summary

Hawkeye Community College’s Graphic Design program has a strong history of well-trained graduates who have gone on to win industry awards and moved on to high level positions within the industry. Are you the next inspirational instructor to guide a new generation of skilled Graphic Design professionals? If so, please apply for an exciting but rare opportunity.


At Hawkeye Community College, we believe the instructor matters.  If you want to work at the higher level you need to learn from those who have been there.  Today’s employers are looking for well-rounded individuals that have a variety of skills to meet the demands and expectations of today’s healthcare. Our students build a strong foundation of skills and competencies needed to be successful in today’s fast-paced environment. Students are guided with support from our faculty which possess both the necessary academic credentials and industry experience within their respective disciplines.


As an instructor, your teaching assignments may include days and evenings, and various sites and formats

(face-to-face, on-line) and has a typical teaching load of 15 credit hours per term. Instructional courses may

include courses such as: Print Design, Web Design, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. The ideal

candidate will have a strong background in both print and web design, with a minimum of five years of full-time

experience working for an established graphic design studio or advertising agency.


Hawkeye Community College provides a two-year faculty induction and mentoring program to support our newest faculty members.  For additional information about Hawkeye Community College and our Graphic Design Program, please visit www.hawkeyecollege.edu


Essential Job Functions

Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Teaches print design and web design courses.
  • Teaches Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator courses.
  • Stays current with the latest trends and advancements in graphic design and web design.
  • Prepares daily instructional plans and materials.
  • Employs various instructional modalities, methods and materials that are appropriate for meeting stated objectives, assessing accomplishments of students on a regular basis, and providing progress reports as requested and required.
  • Formulates and maintains curriculum for assigned courses.
  • Supervises, recruits and advises students.
  • Maintains positive relationships with faculty, students, all divisions of the college as well as the program’s Advisory Committee, prospective employers, and the community.
  • Participates in program, professional development, campus committees and activities as assigned. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Unless otherwise approved under Hawkeye’s remote work policy, regular on campus and/or onsite attendance is considered an essential function of the position.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Associate in Applied Arts (AAA) or Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Graphic Design.
  • Five (5) years of full-time experience in print and web design.
  • Demonstrated foundation in the principles of design, composition, application of color, and typography.
  • Demonstrated ability designing, building, and preparing various single page, multi-page, and multi-panel print publication formats for commercial printing.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with image acquisition, color management, color correction, retouching, extracting, layering, compositing, painting, and preparing raster imagery.
  • Demonstrated ability designing and mocking up websites.
  • Demonstrated experience in purchasing domain names, setting up web hosting accounts through a web hosting service (WHS) system, and Search Engine Optimization (SEO). 
  • Demonstrated ability to showcase a portfolio of work.
  • Demonstrated strong organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills to positively interact with students, faculty, and staff.
  • Demonstrated motivation to serve students from all backgrounds and educational experiences.
  • Demonstrated ability and motivation to work with diverse populations (faculty, staff, students, and general public) in a professional and personable manner.



Preferred Qualifications

  • Community college experience.
  • Experience teaching and/or training in graphic design.
  • Experience creating augmented reality (AR) design experiences.  
  • Experience using Adobe Generative AI.
  • Experience designing icons, generating icon fonts, and creating favicons and mobile touch icons Skillful at drawing vector illustrations in various drawing and color blending styles using Adobe Illustrator.
  • Experience using web hosting provider tools within cPanel along with installing content management system (CMS) websites onto a web server.
  • Possesses a strong foundation in both HTML5 and CSS3 encoding languages.
  • Accomplished in building and maintaining responsive CMS websites.
  • Versed in common ADA accessibility guidelines for print and web.


Working Conditions 

Anticipated schedule includes teaching approximately 5 classes per week. Teaching assignments may include days, evenings, face-to-face, online, or hybrid instruction.


Work is performed either in or a combination of an office and classroom setting using technology.  Requires good hand-eye coordination including visual acuity to use a keyboard and read technical information; arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp.   Sit, stand, bend, lift and move frequently during working hours. During course of day, interact with students, faculty and staff in person, by telephone and computers.


Employment Status 

Full time, nine-month faculty contractual position beginning August 2024 position with comprehensive or competitive benefits program including health, dental, vision, life, and LTD insurance, a Section 125 plan for medical and dependent care expenses; holiday, personal, sick leave; tuition reimbursement/remission; and a choice of retirement programs—IPERS (defined benefit) or TIAA (defined contribution).

  • Salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s education and experience based on the Hawkeye Professional Educators’ Associate Master Agreement.
  • Current faculty pay structure consists of 20 steps with Step 1 as $47,374 through Step 20 as $62,616.


Hawkeye Community College is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, committed to equity and diversity in its educational services and employment practices: https://www.hawkeyecollege.edu/about/diversity-inclusion/equal-opportunityThe College does not discriminate on the basis of sex; race; age; color; creed; national origin; religion; disability; sexual orientation; gender identity; genetic information; or actual or potential parental, family, or marital status in its programs, activities, or employment practices. Veteran status is also included to the extent covered by law. Any person alleging a violation of equity regulations shall have the right to file a formal complaint. Inquiries concerning application of this statement should be addressed to: Equity Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator for employees, 319-296-4405; or Title IX Coordinator for students, 319-296-4448; Hawkeye Community College, 1501 East Orange Road, P.O. Box 8015, Waterloo, Iowa 50704-8015; or email equity-titleIX@hawkeyecollege.edu, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone number 312-730-1560, fax 312-730-1576, email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov

If any applicant is in need of a reasonable accommodation in completing the application process, please notify a member of Human Resource Services.


Application Procedure

  • Complete an online application at hawkeyecollege.edu/employment
    • Submit/upload a cover letter addressing the following:
      • Describe your education and experience as it relates to this position.
      • Describe two or three things that make you uniquely qualified or particularly well-suited for this position.
    • Submit/upload a resume.
    • Submit/upload 3 professional references with a minimum of 1 being from a current/past supervisor.
  • Priority screening is set to begin on Monday, March 25, 2024. Completed applications, along with the required materials, received after the priority screening date will be considered at the discretion of the college. 


Current faculty pay structure consists of 20 steps with Step 1 as $47,374 through Step 20 as $62,616.

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