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Assistant Professor of Practice in Integrated Design

The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas
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The Department of Design and the Center for Integrated Design in the School of Design and Creative Technologies at The University of Texas at Austin (UT) seeks a faculty colleague with a focus in Integrated Design. We are seeking skills in human-centered design, design strategy, design thinking, design research, and expertise in the traditional crafts of design. We encourage applications from both academics and seasoned practitioners eager to join a team of whole-hearted collaborators in reinventing design education for the twenty-first century. This is a non-tenure track position with the intention of recurring annual contracts at the initial rank of Assistant Professor of Practice. Earliest start date: January 2022. The position requires relocation to Austin, TX.

As part of the School of Design and Creative Technologies (SDCT), the Design Department proudly boasts curricular offerings which align with shifts in the creative economy, including design coursework for non-majors offered largely through the Center for Integrated Design (CID). CID provides design-based learning experiences for any student at UT Austin, and believes in the power of design to amplify and strengthen the creative work of all students regardless of discipline. Integrated Design is based on traditional and emerging practices of design: human-centered design, design thinking, user-research, co-design, equity design, and participatory design, to name a few. This set of practices is one of the most innovative and in-demand skills for students entering the workforce, regardless of major.

Course development and teaching responsibilities in our fast-growing programs may include the following:

  • introductory courses in Design Thinking and other forms of Design skills courses for both design majors and curious non-majors from engineering, business, computer science, medicine, and other fields
  • introductory, intermediate, and advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in Human-Centered Design
  • senior capstone project for the Bridging Disciplines Certificate in Design Strategies
  • thematic/special topics courses in your area of expertise at both the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • interdisciplinary team-taught courses that enroll students from multiple design specializations and/or university departments
  • graduate thesis supervision 

In addition to teaching, the full-time faculty in Integrated Design will participate in administrative, committee, and student service activities, including development of new curricula, and strategic development of the Center. Non-tenure-track faculty are encouraged to maintain an active agenda of creative and/or professional practice.


Required Qualifications:
Candidates for these positions must:

  • have a strong portfolio of recent design work, including but not limited to Human-Centered Design, Design Thinking, and Design Strategy
  • be proficient in industry-standard methodologies and practices
  • have a graduate degree but outstanding professional experience will be considered in this or a related field
  • have a record of working productively and collegially with people of diverse disciplines, ranks, races, ethnicities, nationalities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, and abilities.

Preferred Qualifications:
We are particularly interested in candidates who:

  • have prior academic or professional activity that prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and support students from diverse backgrounds.
  • have a record of successful collaboration across disciplines.
  • have experience teaching both small- and large-enrollment courses, and/or hybrid or online courses.
  • have experience developing new courses and curricula
  • can demonstrate (through portfolio of work, degrees earned, or writings) expertise in a field complementary to Human-Centered Design, Design Thinking, and/or Design Strategy
  • are familiar with contemporary Design strategy workflows, concepts, and methods of production, including qualitative research, and rapid prototyping.
  • can demonstrate (through degrees earned, portfolio of work, writings, or course syllabi) engagement with one or more of the following areas:
    • design for inclusion and equity
    • design research, including design ethnography or design anthropology
    • public interest design or design for social impact
    • co-creation or participatory design 
    • other contemporary topics in design

To apply for the position, please submit the following to Interfolio at https://apply.interfolio.com/96036.

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Posted: 2021-10-08 Expires: 2021-11-07

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