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Assistant/Associate Professor in Communication Design with background in UX/UI

University of Cincinnati k

Cincinnati, OH

Sep 29
Job Description

Assistant/Associate Professor, Communication Design, User Experience/User Interface, College of DAAP

Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati embarks upon its third century - building on the past and defining the future by leading urban, public universities into a new era of innovation and impact through its strategic direction, Next Lives Here. Underscoring the power of creativity, ingenuity, invention and inclusion, what's Next will accelerate our unrivaled momentum, evidenced by eight straight years of record enrollment and rankings that include placement among America's top 100 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Home to a diverse student body of nearly 47,000 and more than 4,200 distinguished faculty, the university combines its Research 1 (Very High Research Activity) Carnegie Classification with a physical setting that The New York Times recently acclaimed as "the most ambitious campus design program in the country.

About the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
The College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) at the University of Cincinnati invites applications for Communication Design faculty positions in the top-ranked Myron E. Ullman, Jr. School of Design at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor (rank/title commensurate with credentials). The School of Design intends to hire up to two (2) qualified faculty members to commence employment in Fall of 2022.

The primary mission of the College of DAAP is the creation of a better cultural and design environment. The Myron E. Ullman, Jr. School of Design's role in advancing that mission is to prepare our approximately 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students to be responsible professional designers and citizens in a complex and evolving world. We achieve this through a distinctive, rigorous, carefully sequenced curriculum that includes a substantial cooperative education program component dating back 100 years. This curricular model, expressed in classrooms, research labs, and professional offices all over the world, integrates practice and theory. It inspires interdisciplinary projects, builds solid corporate partnerships, and contributes to our strength as a leading design institution.

Job Overview
The Myron E. Ullman, Jr. School of Design prepares its students to be skilled professionals who can ably work in local and global markets while respecting the diversity of humanity. The Myron E. Ullman, Jr. School of Design is innovative in teaching and evolving the design disciplines by infusing learning with the newest design thinking methods and technologies. Through inspired interdisciplinary projects and solid corporate partnerships, the Myron E. Ullman, Jr. School of Design is devoted to furthering its role as a leading design institution.

Our undergraduate and graduate programs empower students in our Myron E. Ullman, Jr. School of Design with a core of knowledge that provides a solid educational base. Our students are prepared for careers in Communication Design, Fashion Design, or Industrial Design by a passionate faculty, rigorous academic endeavors, and a world-class professional practice (co-op) program.

Communication Design: In this program, students receive a foundation in visual communication problem solving. The core of the curriculum is a series of sequential design studios that help students develop critical and visual thinking skills along with essential design processes. Students develop in areas including graphic design, interaction design and motion design, and reinforce their skills in a unique 5-year curriculum alternating semesters of education with professional practice experiences. Faculty develop research or creative work in a broad range of areas.

Essential Functions
This position requires a full-time teaching load of 18 credit hours per academic year, which entails developing and delivering course content, projects, and supporting materials for skill-based demonstrations. This includes integrated theoretical and practical design assignments with emphasis in interaction, interface, and/or experience design and attention to form-making with digital media, information, and communication technologies. Teaching will primarily occur at the undergraduate level but may include opportunities to teach in the Master of Design program. Candidates are expected to conduct and publish research in the field of communication design and/or User Experience/User Interface (UX/UI) design and, in time, will also be expected to provide leadership in faculty and/or student research initiatives and curricular development within the program. Successful candidates are expected to maintain current knowledge and skills related to the field of communication design and UX/UI design, which include, information visualization, navigation, AI/ML, autonomous systems, generative design and/or service design, visual composition, typography, image-making, design history, theory, and methods. A full-time faculty member serves on various School, College, and/or University committees.

Minimum Requirements
All the following are required prior to effective date of the appointment:

Assistant Rank:
• Master's degree in communication design, interaction design, or related field
• One year industry experience in the field of interaction design or related field

Associate Rank:
• Hold Tenure Status
• Master's degree in communication design, interaction design, or related field
• One year industry experience in the field of interaction design or related field

Application Process
If interested, please apply directly at The positions are available August 15, 2022. Review of applications will begin January 1, 2022 and continue until the positions are filled. For more information about the School of Design and the Programs, please visit:

To be considered for this position, please upload:
• CV/Resume
• Cover Letter
• Statement of Teaching Philosophy
• Three References
• Portfolio of Candidate Work (submit as a link or web address)
• Portfolio of Work Created by Students Under Candidate Teaching - if applicable (submit as a link or web address)

Please use the additional documents feature as needed for these items.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.

As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Veteran / Disabled.