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Tenure-Track Position in Design Foundations

Tenure-Track Position in Industrial Design (Product)

Part-Time Positions

Position title: Assistant Professor of Design (Foundations) in the School of Design

Start Date: August, 2020

The School of Design at San Francisco State University offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Design Foundations beginning August 2020. We seek a colleague whose teaching and research interests include foundational topics such as principles and elements, form and space, sketching and prototyping, digital media, and other introductory design concepts and tools. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, through diversity, to the excellence of the academic community. 

The School of Design  serves a broad and diverse community of undergraduate and graduate students. Our teaching stresses user-focused design practices, process-based approaches, and contextual design within an interdisciplinary department. We offer two BS degrees in Visual Communication Design and Product Design, and an MA in Design at the graduate level.

This position is focused on teaching and curriculum development for the School of Design’s lower division and foundational design classes. Our department serves design students in the areas of Visual Communication Design and Product Design, as well as students in other disciplines for general education coursework. This position aims to establish a pathway to success for design students in their upper division courses within the major should they choose to continue their studies in design. In addition, this position would include specific advising duties to help freshmen and sophomore students choose their path of study. 

This position includes a full-time faculty workload per the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the California State University and the California Faculty Association. The workload primarily includes teaching or other agreed upon primary assignment; conducting an active ongoing program of scholarship or creative works that advances knowledge in the field of one’s specialty; and service contributions to the department, college and the university. 

The teaching assignments may include introductory design concepts, such as principles and elements, form and space, sketching and prototyping, and digital media among others. Curriculum development aimed at undergraduate student success is expected. The candidate’s scholarship may address a range of topics in the areas of design and design education.

Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, productive participation on departmental, college, and university-wide committees; mentoring and advising students; holding regular office hours; curriculum development and improvement, particularly with regard to student learning outcomes; and remaining current in both subject area and teaching methodologies.  

Essential Job Tasks:

  • Facilitate student success through teaching and advising with a focus on inclusive pedagogy
  • Develop course materials and curricula for foundational design topics
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, papers, etc. in a timely manner
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations or other learning assessments
  • Maintain student grades and other required records or reporting materials
  • Maintain an active program of scholarship and/or creative work in the candidate’s field(s) of specialty
  • Ensure safe studio facilities in concert with department technicians
  • Plan, evaluate and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction 
  • Stay current on developments in design and design education
  • Hold regularly scheduled office hours for the purpose of advising and assisting students
  • Work closely with our first-year experience (FYE) programs, our Freshmen Orientation and other student success initiatives aimed at achieving educational equity
  • Actively participate in collegial interactions in fulfilling service assignments and other duties at the department, college, and university level
  • Additional duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Candidates must have a PhD, M.F.A, or equivalent terminal degree in a design or a related discipline. Terminal degree must be completed by the first day of employment. 
  • Record of contributing to collegial, supportive and collaborative work environments

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Record of teaching design fundamentals at the undergraduate level
  • Ability and passion to work with university and college student success initiatives
  • Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students
  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in teaching, and/or scholarship/creative works
  • Experience teaching/working with students from historically under-represented communities

Rank and salary:

  • AssistantProfessor
  • Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience
  • The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits

To Apply, Submit Materials to:

  • design@sfsu.edu (subject line: Application in Design Foundations)
  • Application reviews begin January 01, 2020 and continue until filled.

Applications Should Include:

  • a letter of intent/interest;
  • a current CV;
  • a statement on how your teaching and scholarship and/or creative work align with the commitment of the School of Design to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community;
  • portfolio of work and samples of scholarly papers (if applicable);
  • teaching philosophy;
  • sample assignments and student work;
  • description of research/creative interests;
  • names and contact information of three references. Letters of recommendation upon request at a later date.

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status.  Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.

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Position title: Assistant Professor of Industrial Design (Product) in the School of Design

Start Date: August, 2020

The San Francisco State University School of Design offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Industrial Design beginning August 2020.We seek a colleague with a strong background in design practice who will enhance the core industrial design classes with impactful teaching and research, drawing from their academic and professional skills. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service, and through diversity, to the excellence of the academic community.

The School of Design undergraduate and graduate programs express a strategic, user-centered design practice that celebrates diversity and community. The school is driven by nationally and internationally acclaimed professionally-active faculty. Design students at all levels are expected to develop professionally competitive skills and are encouraged to engage in user-centered design practices and strategic decision making. Design faculty are committed to high-quality teaching and research, supporting student growth in design practice in a liberal arts context at both undergraduate (BS Industrial Design and BS Visual Communication Design) and graduate (MA Design) levels.

The position focuses on teaching, research, and practice in Industrial Design with an emphasis on product development. The position requires an MFA, PhD or equivalent terminal degree in industrial design, product design or a related discipline. 

The position includes a full-time faculty workload per the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the California State University and the California Faculty Association. The workload primarily includes teaching (or other agreed upon primary assignment);conducting an active ongoing program of scholarship or creative works that advances knowledge in the field of one’s specialty; and service contributions to the department, college and the university.

Primary teaching assignments for this position are the core Industrial Design classes including (but not limited to) DES 310 (Product Design 1), 410 (Product Design 2), 510 (Product Design 3), 321 (Technical Drawing 1), 340(Design and Materials), 360 (Model Development) and 421 (Solid Modeling).  The position requires participation in curricular development, supporting undergraduate student success initiative, advising undergraduate and graduate students, aid in supervising labs and shop spaces, and building bridges with industry and community partners.  The position requires contemporary practices and the ability to stay current in the rapidly changing landscape of design practices and ideas that will support industrial design education professional career path development and applications .

Scholarship may address a range of topics in the areas of industrial and product design, including academic pedagogy, design principles, design thinking, inclusive design applications, novel design practices, and related areas. Creative works should be relevant to design practice and executed at a professional level; external review of works through awards, exhibitions, etc. is desirable.

Essential Job Tasks:

  • Facilitate student success through high-impact teaching and advising, with a focus on inclusive pedagogy;
  • Develop course materials for undergraduate and/or graduate students covering a variety of topics in industrial design and product development, including practice and theory, with an emphasis on clear student learning outcomes;
  • Administer, evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, tests, papers, etc. in a timely manner;
  • Maintain student grades and other required records or reporting materials;
  • Hold regularly-scheduled office hours for the purpose of advising and assisting students;
  • Conduct research in one’s field of expertise and present findings in peer-reviewed journals, books, or professional conferences; and/or pursue creative work in one’s field of expertise, including professional design practice, exhibitions of creative work, and peer review of said works;
  • Participate in outreach activities (industry collaborations, academic & professional organizations, student group liaisons, etc) as appropriate;
  • Stay current on developments in the discipline and maintain one’s own skillset;
  • Participate in assigned committee service in accordance with School or College needs, and SFSU’s strategic vision;
  • Participate in service assignments and other duties at the department, college, and university level;
  • Guide department technicians to support safe, clean studio facilities and equipment;
  • Additional duties as assigned

Responsibilities:

The candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in industrial design, mentor and advise undergraduate and graduate students, develop an active program of scholarship or creative work in their area of specialty, participate in ongoing committee membership and service assignments, and aid in supervising lab and shop spaces, and build bridges with industry and community partners. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D., M.F.A, or equivalent terminal degree in industrial design, product design, or relevant discipline from an accredited program. Terminal degree must be completed by the first day of employment.
  • Record of contributing to supportive and collaborative work environments

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Record of teaching contributions in the areas of industrial design and product design.
  • Demonstrated strong abilities in fundamental industrial design processes and skills.
  • Active record of scholarship or creative activities with juried review; design awards, peer-reviewed publications, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in teaching, and/or in scholarship/creative works
  • Experience teaching and working closely with students from historically under-represented communities
  • Knowledge, or background of contemporary professional practices in UX/UI Product Design Applications, interaction design, or digital visualization, would be beneficial
     

Rank and salary:

  • AssistantProfessor
  • Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience
  • The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits

To Apply, Submit Materials to:

  • design@sfsu.edu (subject line: Application in Product Design)
  • Application reviews begin January 01, 2020 and continue until filled.

Applications Should Include:

  • a letter of intent/interest with a description of relevant experience, including teaching, scholarship and creative work; 
  • a current CV;
  • a statement on how your teaching and scholarship and/or creative work align with the commitment of the School of Design to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community;
  • portfolio of work and samples of scholarly papers (if applicable);
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness, including student course evaluations and peer evaluations;
  • sample assignments and student work;
  • names and contact information of three references. Letters of recommendation upon request at a later date.

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status.  Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.

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Lecturer Applications

To be considered for a lecturer position please email a resume/CV, link to portfolio and/or professional work and cover letter to design@sfsu.edu with the subject “Lecturer Pool.” Please note: applicants must have either completed a graduate degree or have equivalent experience to be considered for a position. Teaching experience on the college level is a plus. All applications will be placed in the lecturer pool for the School of Design.