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Assistant Professor - Design

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Northeastern University Employee Benefits

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by the law. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.

Posting Details

Posting Detail Information

Position Title Assistant Professor - Design
Requisition Number FTFR001049
Division/College College of Arts, Media and Design
Interdisciplinary Division/College College of Arts, Media and Design
Location Boston Main Campus
Full-time/Part-time Full Time
Benefits Eligible Yes
Tenure Status Tenured/Tenure Track
Posting Date 11/02/2017

The Department of Art + Design in the College of Arts, Media and Design invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor. In this position professors are expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Successful candidates may be considered for joint positions with other academic disciplines within our College and the University and will have the opportunity to interact with building research centers and new initiatives.

Our Department values masterful and accomplished designers and researchers with interests in creating powerful experiences for people through the design of products and services, and advancing the field of design research and scholarship. We follow integrative and holistic approaches to design, grounded in cultural practices and behavioral arts, and embrace creative research questions of how technologically mediated action is lived, felt and valued by people with manifold intentions in everyday situations, and have perspectives on human experience as a process of making sense of the world, participating in culture, and engaging with community.

Opportunity and Context
These faculty will contribute to and collaborate with faculty of our MFA programs in Information Design + Visualization and Experience Design; our planned PhD in Design Research; and our MFA Interdisciplinary Arts program. These degrees are built upon well-established undergraduate theory and practice programs with an emphasis on bringing innovative and engaging works of art, media and design into the public sphere. We also offer BFA degrees in Design, Media Art, and Game Design.

The Department of Art + Design has three distinct advantages: (I) Our diversified faculty conducts strong courses of study in a rich spectrum of practices: studio art, art history and critical studies in contemporary art and emerging media; graphic, information, interaction and experience design; digital arts, animation, game theory and design, photography, film, video, and interactive media. (II) We are located within a major private global research university and a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement and interdisciplinary research and our College has a unique combination of disciplines, including Architecture, Art + Design, Game Design, Communication Studies, Journalism, Media and Screen Studies, Music, and Theatre. (III) We are in Boston, a thriving urban center of culture, education, research and innovation with extensive global connections. See:


Candidates must have a PhD, MDes/MFA, or equivalent terminal degree by the start date in visual, graphic, architecture, interior or information design or animation, interactive media, digital arts, or related fields; have expertise in one or more areas of design practice; be prepared to engage with existing university and college strategic areas such as (but not limited to): systems engineering, health sciences, cyber security, robotics; and be eager to collaborate with faculty across other disciplines of our College and University. Candidates will be considered from a variety of design fields, including but not limited to graphic design, interaction design, service design, product design, exhibition design, and interactive media arts. Candidates must have a well-developed research agenda that will inform and advance current trends in the field through creative production, experimentation, collaboration, exhibition and publication. Evidence of a high level of skill and accomplishment across media, provocative meaning making, and a sophisticated aesthetic sensibility is expected.

Successful candidates will have or show potential for having a national or international record of excellence in creative practice, innovative research, substantive scholarship and effective teaching. All candidates should have a strong interest in collaborative work as well as experience in, or a commitment to, working with diverse student populations in a culturally diverse work and educational environment.

Additional Information

All applications must be submitted electronically at Click on the full-time positions link or if viewing this description on the Northeastern University website, click “Apply to this job.” Please include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching excellence, and a portfolio of visual examples of design work and/or examples of publications. In addition, please supply contact information for three references whose letters will be solicited separately. Please do not submit additional materials until/unless requested. Review of applications will begin immediately. Complete applications received on or before January 2, 2018 will be guaranteed full consideration. Additional applications will be considered until the position is filled. Preferred start date is the 2018-2019 academic year.

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University, and an ADVANCE institution. Candidates should have experience in, or a commitment to, working with diverse student populations in a culturally diverse work and educational environment. Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Northeastern University offers benefits coverage to the domestic partners of benefits-eligible faculty and staff. Northeastern University is an E-Verify employer. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. References
  4. Teaching Evaluations
  5. Digital Portfolio
Optional Documents
  1. Link to portfolio with fully captioned images

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