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Assistant Professor in Design Futures: Technology and Racial Justice

Washington University in St. Louis k

St. Louis, MO

Sep 22
Job Description

The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Design Futures with an emphasis on technology and racial justice.
We seek a talented colleague whose creative practice/research interests address human-rights centered design solutions, with a focus on technology’s role as a catalyst for racial discrimination. Areas of interest could include, but are not limited to: ethical product design, design for policy change, technology-based social practices, artificial intelligence and algorithmically assisted bias, and technology-enabled misinformation, disinformation, and censorship. Our new colleague will contribute to the undergraduate BFA curriculum in art and design (particularly in Interaction Design), the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) minor (shared with the McKelvey School of Engineering), and help develop a new graduate program in Design Futures.

This appointment is part of a cluster hire of 12 faculty who research at the intersections of race, ethnicity, disparities, and justice across disciplines. Through this cluster of hires and the newly formed Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Equity (CRE2), the University will increase its capacity to examine some of the most pressing questions of our time; complement and advance the expertise of outstanding researchers and departments; and embed a suite of varied methodological approaches to race in the intellectual life of the campus.

Candidates’ design research should be well-defined and can be scholarly, critical, client-driven, or self-generated, with a clear focus in content areas related to issues of race and ethnicity and the potential to make significant national and international impact. Fluency in teaching design principles is required. Candidates should demonstrate capacity for teaching excellence, preferably in interaction design, human-centered design, or computer software/hardware.
A Master of Fine Arts in Design or an equivalent degree in a related field is required. This new hire will teach four courses each academic year, conduct ambitious research, and provide service to the school, university, and profession. Candidates should demonstrate ability to nurture an inclusive learning and work environment and promote a culture and ethos that values diversity, inclusion, and equitable success.

Application Details

Applications should include a letter of interest, research statement, portfolio (website or PDF), and CV submitted through Interfolio. Second-round candidates will be contacted for supplementary materials including additional work samples, teaching philosophy, examples of student work and names of three references.

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2021. Applications will be accepted until the search concludes, however, the committee will give preference to applications received before November 1, 2021. Salary for the position will be commensurate with experience. The full-time (9-month) appointment begins August 2022. Questions? Contact Jonathan Hanahan, Search Committee Chair and Associate Professor in the College of Art, jhanahan@wustl.edu.