The proposed product design curriculum includes a modular group of courses with variable credit that allows for an intensive, specialized investigation of advanced topics (both at the undergraduate and future graduate level). “Modular” refers to smaller and more flexible units of credit. This nimble subset of the curriculum allows the program to respond to the growing trend of specialization within the profession. The concept allows faculty to develop short courses related to niche or research interests that are beyond the required curriculum. Further, students are able to suggest special topics for deeper dives into contemporary ideas/materials/trends. Module categories include: Design Competencies (e.g., furniture design, packaging, typography, animation, etc.); Design Management (e.g., project budget, team organization, design for manufacturing, etc.); Social Impact & Innovation (e.g., service learning, humanitarian design, community health, etc.); Advanced Materials & Processes (e.g., mobile app development, sensors, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, coding for designers, robotics, smart textiles, VR/AR/AI, etc.); Professional Development (e.g., public speaking, portfolio, web development, etc.); and Healthcare (e.g., healthcare systems (ICU, ER), assistive devices, clinical observation, medical devices, point-of-care instruments, etc.). At the undergraduate level these modules serve to enhance studios and the senior thesis, and/or combine to form future undergraduate certificates.
The Program Director, who will report to the Dean of the College of Design, is responsible for the overall academic, administrative, and fiscal leadership of the Product Design Program. The Program Director will provide leadership in defining the strategic priorities and vision for the program and to enhance its visibility, brand, and reputation. In this role, the Program Director will be responsible for continuing to advance and strengthen degree programs; foster excellence in teaching, research, and engagement; build the program’s enrollment; oversee the hiring of new faculty during the inaugural 4 years; advance innovation and multidisciplinary activities and work collaboratively with the Assistant Dean for Finance to effectively manage program resources. The Program Director should promote a diverse work and learning environment that fosters entrepreneurship, growth, collaboration, and shared governance.
Candidates should demonstrate through evidence in their dossiers an understanding of: curriculum development and assessment of professional education programs in design; scholarly interests of a research university and the design research responsibilities of its faculty; outreach obligations of a land grant institution and the potential for designers to work with the community; and strategies through which contemporary design programs engage the profession and through which academic programs address an evolving professional context for design.
Ideal candidates will have background to shape the new program’s educational vision. While the base curriculum is developed, the inaugural Director is expected to edit and refine the curriculum as each year of the degree evolves and to assist in submitting the new graduate degree and any associated certificates and minors determined to enhance the program. In addition, candidates should have an interest in interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and research.
The position commences August 1, 2020 and includes an eleven or twelve month contract at the rank of associate or full professor. Salary is competitive and based on qualifications and experience. Candidates should demonstrate the potential for successful university teaching, an active research and/or design portfolio, and collegial participation in service activities.