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Assistant Professor, Interaction/Graphic Design, Department of Design, UC Davis

Application Window

Open date: October 21st, 2021

Next review date: Wednesday, Dec 15, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Jan 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Position Description: The University of California, Davis, seeks an Assistant Professor in Interaction/Graphic Design. The appointment is as an Assistant Professor within the Department of Design, College of Letters and Science.

Qualifications
To be considered, applicants should have an M.F.A or Ph.D. degree or equivalent terminal degree (M.Des) in a relevant field. Active research and/or creative program required. Teaching experience required, with the ability to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The appointee will have a proven record and/or demonstrate potential to teach and interact with a broad range of design and other disciplines. The applicant must also have the ability to work effectively with groups and individuals representing a diversity of backgrounds, interests, and positions both within and outside the University of California.

Selection Criteria
Successful candidates should possess strong visual design skills and demonstrate a capacity for conducting creative design and research work, ideally with emergent areas of visual communication, as well as possess background in creative practice and / or industry. Ability to bridge other areas of design such as sustainable practice, industrial design, fashion, exhibition design, social justice, environmental justice, decoloniality, etc. and move beyond screen interactions to human scale and gestural solutions, is desired. Experience in one or more of the following is desired: data visualization, gaming, internet of things, mapping, product design, responsive design, universal design, virtual/augmented reality, and wearable technology. An ideal candidate would be one whose practice and research addresses the ways in which cultural differences, demographics, ethnography, human centered design, research methods and social interactions shape the overlapping disciplines of interaction and graphic communication. This overlap is an emerging and critical area of design research, and may combine any of the following in novel and impactful ways: data bias, decolonization, design and social justice, and sustainability. Candidates will demonstrate a strong portfolio of practice-based creative work. Additional desirable skills and experience include (i) the ability to generate and develop relationships and/or extramural funding with communities, organizations and/or industry, and (ii) the ability to form collaborations and/or partnerships with colleagues across the department and campus, and (iii) a history of practice-based innovation. The appointee will be expected to assume a leadership role at UC Davis in fostering new directions in interaction and graphic design. The appointee must be able to teach in the undergraduate and graduate programs, and collaboratively participate in the activities, service, and life of the department as well as with other disciplines at the university level, and will establish meaningful connections to broader academic, professional, commercial and/or public communities. Teaching experience is required with studio format teaching experience preferred. Successful candidates will demonstrate an ability to teach a combination of practice-based studio classes and large lecture courses. An ability to advance the university’s and department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching, and outreach with relevant programs, goals, and activities is also desired.

Application Process
Submit required materials on-line at RECRUIT system, https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04530. Required materials include: a letter of interest; CV, including creative projects / professional practice / publications; a brief statement of research and creative plans; a statement of teaching and research interests; a brief statement of teaching philosophy with descriptions of 3-5 courses taught and / or proposed at undergraduate and graduate level; up to 25 images of creative works, including at least 5–10 examples of student work if available, and the names and contact details for 5 references; an authorization to release form (https://aadocs.ucdavis.edu/your-resources/forms-and-checklists/forms/authorization-release-form.pdf); and a Statement of Contributions to Diversity that highlights past efforts to encourage diversity (https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion), which may include description of previous activities mentoring women, minorities, students with disabilities, or other under-represented groups, and proven past commitment to improving access to higher education for disadvantaged students.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all first choice candidates for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for assistant professor to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists considered for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions will be subject to reference checks.

Initial deadline for review of applications begins December 15, 2021, and the search continues until the position is filled; start date of July 1, 2022.

About UC Davis:
Fostering a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and is centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 5-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal in 2018, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation's best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs. UC Davis is a global leader in solving problems related to energy and energy efficiency, transportation, water and land use, air and water quality, agricultural practices, endangered and invasive plants and animals, climate change, resource economics, information technology, and human society and culture.

UC Davis supports family-friendly recruitments and Work-Life Program.

Inquiries prior to application due date should be directed to:

Professor Tim McNeil
Chair, Search Committee, Interaction and graphic design
Department of Design
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616
530-752-2589
tjmcneil@ucdavis.edu

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants should have an M.F.A or Ph.D. degree or equivalent terminal degree (M.Des) in a relevant field. Active research and/or creative program required. Teaching experience required, with the ability to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

The appointee will have a proven record and/or demonstrate potential to teach and interact with a broad range of design and other disciplines. The applicant must also have the ability to work effectively with groups and individuals representing a diversity of backgrounds, interests, and positions both within and outside the University of California.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Letter of interest

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. including creative projects / professional practice / publications

  • Statement of research and creative plans

  • Statement of teaching and research interests

  • Statement of teaching philosophy - Please include descriptions of 3-5 courses taught and / or proposed at undergraduate and graduate level

  • Images of creative works - Up to 25 images including at least 5–10 examples of student work if available. Please submit as one pdf

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

  • Authorization to Release Information Form - A reference check will be completed only if you are selected as the final candidate. Download, complete, sign, and upload the form: https://aadocs.ucdavis.edu/your-resources/forms-and-checklists/forms/authorization-release-form.pdf

  • Miscellaneous materials (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 5 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04531

Help contact: kdpearson@ucdavis.edu

Campus Information

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals’ with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available at: http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is committed to inclusive excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. UC Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its community by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment demonstrated through a variety of resources and programs available to academics, staff, and students. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of UC Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by members of our academic community who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. UC Davis is making important progress towards our goal of achieving federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a plethora of resources on their website, and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan.” There are a plethora of links available on the About Us webpage where you can learn more about our Administration, Diversity and Inclusion, Rankings, Locations, Native American Land Acknowledgement, Sustainability, Visiting UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and Campus Safety.

The university is consistently ranked among the top institutions in the world for campus sustainability practices by the UI Green Metric World University Rankings. UC Davis is focused on achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and repeatedly shown its commitment to preserving a healthy and sustainable environment for generations to come.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Davis, CA