Professor in Design

University of North Texas

UNT has a highly diverse campus with a wide range of languages spoken in addition to English. We welcome candidates who have experience with HSI/MSIs and/or who speak Spanish, Vietnamese, American Sign Language, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin and other variations), Arabic, Tagalog, Farsi, French, or/and Yoruba.

Position Summary
New College invites applications for an open-rank clinical faculty member to teach and mentor students in several New College undergraduate programs, beginning Fall 2022. We seek a candidate with a multidisciplinary background who has the credentials to teach undergraduate courses in the following areas: design thinking, creative thinking, user experience design, and strategic design. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accreditation requires 18 graduate credit hours or more in the teaching discipline.

Please note: the classes this faculty will teach are NOT part of studio arts or art-related degree programs; there are no studio arts related to these classes.

The successful candidate will teach within three New College programs: B.S. Project Design and Analysis, B.S. Applied Project Design and Analysis, and B.S. in Industrial Distribution. All programs in New College feature project-based curricula, which require creativity and collaboration among faculty as well as cross-course integration.

The successful candidate will be an innovative and collaborative educator with the capacity to foster student success, both within the classroom and in mentoring relationships, with a demonstrated capacity to engage individuals across a spectrum of backgrounds, ages, levels of experience, and career aspirations. Applicants are expected to have evidence of teaching excellence and demonstrated success with a diverse and multicultural student body.

This position will be based at UNT’s regional campus located in Frisco, Texas. This effort is the next phase in UNT’s partnership with the City of Frisco to create a new branch campus focused on career readiness for the 21st Century. UNT at Frisco supports 20 plus undergraduate and graduate degrees and more than 1,700 students. The first building for the new campus, a 100,000 square foot $115 million dollar facility, is scheduled for completion in fall of 2022. Faculty will be based at UNT’s regional campus but may also teach at the Denton campus or online. Night and weekend classes may be included in the teaching load.

Clinical faculty at UNT teach 3 courses per semester with negotiated course load reductions possible for variable recruiting, professional activities, program advising, course development, assisting with accreditation, providing career guidance to students, or other professional development and service activities. Actual course loads are assigned based on program needs and determined by the Chair of New College. Clinical faculty are also expected to engage in scholarly and professional activity as well as service to the department and college. This position is a non-tenure track, 9-month appointment. The initial appointment is 3-years and is renewable. There may be opportunities for summer teaching, depending on program needs. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
Minimum Qualifications
Master’s degree with 18 graduate credit hours or more of design or creative practice by the start of employment.
Minimum of 2 years university-level teaching experience.
A record of teaching excellence.
Ability and willingness to teach several different design-related undergraduate courses including, but not limited to, design thinking, creative thinking, user experience design, and strategic design.
Preferred Qualifications
Terminal degree in design or creative practice (such as PhD, DDes, MFA, MDes, etc.) with 18 graduate credit hours or more of design or creative practice by the start of employment.
Involvement with industry and public engagement in the classroom.
Experience with project-based curricula.
Experience teaching real-world problem solving with industry clients.
Experience facilitating applied and/or experiential learning opportunities for students.
Experience collaborating with multidisciplinary faculty.
Experience with cross-class/cross-disciplinary integration.
Experience teaching cohort-based programs.
A commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, demonstrated through course work, mentoring, or other professional activities.
Service to the profession as evidenced through membership in professional organizations and related activities
Dedication to ADA compliance and implementing 21st-century skills into course curriculum.
Background and/or interest in undergraduate student mentoring.
Desire to take service leadership roles and seek career development and promotion.

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