Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) is seeking candidates for full-time, tenure track and/or permanent part-time faculty at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor, in the Industrial Design Department beginning fall of 2020.
MassArt is the oldest, and one of two public, state supported, independent colleges of art and design in the country. We are humbled by the responsibility of serving the public, and the broad demographic of students from across the Commonwealth, the region, the nation, and beyond. MassArt seeks to be a leader in increasing diversity within its curriculum and support programs, as well as in its faculty, staff, and student populations. As we aim to promote a quality educational experience in an inclusive environment, we seek candidates who can actively participate in our shared goals and encourage applicants to apply and to identify their strengths in this area. In this urgent time, MassArt prioritizes the teaching of sustainability in art and design and defines it as addressing and solving problems at the intersection of social justice, health, and the environment.
MassArt's Industrial Design undergraduate program empowers students to become creative, holistic problem solvers who impact our society through the development of meaningful, relevant designed products and experiences. By employing a user-centered design and iterative approach to exploring ideas, students utilize empathic integration of social and functional needs when considering materials and manufacturing options for concept development. Visual and verbal communication skills are a hallmark of the program, allowing our students to understand and pragmatically convey the value of design to business, communities and people.
The program utilizes a hands-on approach to thinking and making with designated resources and studio spaces for students to learn and develop best practices. It is well connected to a vibrant design community, influential alumni, and several universities in Boston providing students exposure to industry based projects and opportunities to learn in multidisciplinary design teams. The faculty recognizes and values diverse practices, from client-driven to self-authored, and from the artifactual to work grounded in process and experiences.
The ideal candidate will show evidence of accomplishment in product and/or industrial design practice, as well as teaching and/or mentoring abilities, that will engage a diverse body of students to excel in: the general philosophy and mastery of process, communicating ideas with a deeper sense of connection to the designed experience- storytelling, and engaging with critical discourse, cultural history, and/or creative and social issues.
We are seeking colleagues that are thought leaders with an interdisciplinary approach to their design practice and teaching philosophy. They will have an aesthetic sensibility, strong technical skills in the realm of the design profession, fluency with the latest technology, a firm grasp of contemporary professional practices and methodologies, and possess a vision of the future regarding the nature of the profession and design education.
Faculty in the ID undergraduate program are also provided opportunities to teach in the Masters of Design Innovation (MDes) program. The MDes program is a two-year program that integrates design practice and business discipline with an emphasis on leadership. It is
intended for those who want to lead the design and planning of new products, services, environments, systems, and organizations.
The successful applicant will also demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as a history of working with broadly diverse communities.
Summary of Duties:
Teach 24 credits per year for full-time faculty, workload is pro-rated for less than full-time faculty
Hold regular required office hours and advise undergraduate students at all levels.
Participate and engage in college-wide, department, and professional activities including, but not limited to, review boards, governance committee assignments, department planning, growth of the program, department chair role and the organization of annual student exhibitions.
Work cooperatively with Industrial Design Department faculty, Studio Manager, Maker
Specialist and the design community to support an innovative and integrated curriculum.
Work with faculty outside the department to create interdisciplinary courses ensuring that affirmative action, equal opportunity, and diversity are integrally tied to all actions and decisions for which faculty are responsible and which fall within the scope of the Strategic Plan. https://wiki.massart.edu/display/Committees/Strategic+Planning+Steering+Committee
Continue to participate actively and with currency in design, design research and creative personal practice.
In order to contribute to the ongoing vitality of the department and college's future, applicants are required to:
Be fluent in design discourse and studio practice, and in balancing the conceptual,
Aesthetic and technical demands of the discipline. These would include design craft; 2D Visual communication, 2D/3D form-visualization and/or 3D form-construction, and experience with traditional and digital fabrication
Hold a Bachelor Degree
Have six plus years of design industry experience
Be an individual who is highly motivated and engaged in a creative, research and/or professional practice
Show evidence of leadership and collaborative work
Applicants compatibility with the following will also be considered:
A terminal degree or strong portfolio in product/ industrial design or related field
Evidence to teach, from a student-centered perspective, at least five of the following subjects; analog and digital drawing, information architecture in static and/or dynamic media, human factors, CAD, design research, softgoods, consumer products, sustainable design practices, light programing, service design, materiality and manufacturing, digital hacking/ prototyping, medical and healthcare design, lighting design, structural packing, system design, entrepreneurship, and emerging technologies/ experiences e.g. AI, IOT, blockchain, AR, VR, etc.
Teaching experience beyond teaching assistantships with the ability to translate professional knowledge of innovative practice into compelling and relevant curriculum for a diverse group of students
Evidence of work which is socially engaged, globally informed, environmentally responsible, and challenges the status quo
Experience in the application of theories and methods of psychology in the field of design and development
Capacity to teach in the Masters of Design Innovation graduate program
Bilingual with English and another language
Salary Information: Compensation commensurate with full-time teaching experience, in accordance with the Massachusetts State College Association collective bargaining agreement. Full state employee benefits included.
Submission Instructions: Applications must be submitted through our online portal. Applicants will need to attach the following; a letter of application that includes contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service, curriculum vitae, a description of professional practice/creative activity/research, statement of teaching philosophy, a PDF containing 20 examples of their personal work and a PDF containing 20 samples of their students' work. Each PDF file cannot exceed 10MB.
Please name your PDF files with the following conventions:
For personal work, please include a list of all work samples with titles and dates. For student work, please submit a list of all student work with level, name of course, institution, and year taught.
Applicants may also optionally submit up to 3 URL links to other work.
*Letters may be requested of the three references that are listed on your application. If you do not wish for a reference to be contacted, please do not enter their information, and provide an alternate reference.
Please note that MassArt does not provide employment-based visa sponsorship or non-student exchange visitor visa sponsorship for administrators, managers, technical staff, library staff or support staff. All offers of employment are based on appropriate U.S. work authorization.
Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check relative to prior criminal convictions and pending cases, as well as Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) checks relative to prior sexual offenses committed as an adult or juvenile will be conducted on the final candidate prior to an offer of employment. MassArt requires specific written authorization to conduct background checks. Failure to provide such authorization shall preclude your application from receiving further consideration.
About Massachusetts College of Art and Design
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