This position will teach courses in the Visual Communication Department's User Experience Design degree area which may include (but are not limited to) subjects such as: Design Research, Product Design, Prototyping, and User Interface Design.
Responsible to prepare and deliver coursework in engaging, innovative, and discipline-appropriate ways that reflect a commitment to success equity, respect for diversity, an understanding of culturally responsive teaching, and knowledge of the teaching field. Meets professional standards for faculty in accordance with college policies and procedures.
Principal Responsibilities and Duties
Prepare and teach courses in the field of User Experience Design to a diverse student population based on the department's approved course learning outcomes, utilizing a variety of instructional strategies appropriate to the needs of community college students and the standards of the discipline.
Participate actively in departmental responsibilities and departmental governance, including curriculum review and revision, program review, assessment of student learning outcomes at the course and program level, and other departmental activities.
Evaluate student progress and provide clear, timely feedback reflecting program learning outcomes and departmental expectations.
Serve as a mentor to declared majors in Visual Communication program.
Provide teaching and mentoring services to students in a manner which does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, political affiliation, or other protected categories.
Remain current in the field through a variety of professional development activities.
Support division and department goals through active and collegial engagement in decision-making and unit-level planning.
Serve on collegewide and departmental committees, councils, work groups, and task forces.
Perform other related tasks as assigned by the department chair, dean, and/or associate vice president, vice president, executive vice president.
Demonstrated proficiency using computer applications, online resources, and other technologies for the classroom. Demonstrated proficiency using an online learning management system such as Blackboard to develop and build course content and perform administrative duties (posting office hours, syllabi, etc.)
Demonstrated proficiency with Mac OS.
Principal Professional Standards
Appropriate use of the college's learning management system.
Meet deadlines for attendance certification and submission of final course grades.
Participate in graduation, general assembly, and other official college functions.
Maintain regular office hours to assist students and improve student retention and success.
Attend and participate in collegewide, campus, department, or other activities and meetings.
Recognize and reflect standards of civility and collegiality in all interactions.
Comply with published college policies and procedures and meet professional standards for teaching in a community college.
Austin Community College welcomes all interested applicants who want to teach in a community college setting and engage with a diverse population of learners. Minimal education requirements are in accordance with Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requirements:
Bachelor's degree in Art, Visual Communication, Commercial Art, Computer Graphics, Graphic Design, Interactive Media or Interactive Technology, and 3 year non-teaching industry-relevant work experience, and evidence of training in digital media;
OR Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Human Computer Interaction, Interaction or Interactive Design, English and/or Technical Communication, Interface Design, UI Design, Visual Design, User Experience Design, Web Design, and 3 year non-teaching industry-relevant work experience, and evidence of training in digital media;
OR Bachelor's degree in a related design, computer science, or art subfield, and 3 years non-teaching industry-relevant work experience, and evidence of training in digital media;
OR Associate degree in one of the above areas and 3 years non-teaching industry-relevant work experience, and evidence of training in digital media.
Bachelor's degree in Human Computer Interaction, Interaction or Interactive Design, Interface Design, Visual Design or User Experience.
SACSCOC requirements may differ depending on the courses taught within the discipline.
For specific requirements by course and program, please see the current year Faculty Qualifications Table located at http://www.austincc.edu/faculty/credentials/.
Required Work Experience (Workforce Programs)
Required Work Experience
Three years non-teaching, industry-relevant work experience.
Preferred Work Experience
Three years of teaching experience including curriculum development.
Three or more years of professional experience as a member of the UX/UI design team, as Visual Designer, Design Researcher, UX Designer, Interaction Designer, Experience Designer, Information Designer, or Design Coder.
Licenses, Certifications, etc.
Reliable transportation may be required for teaching at multiple campus locations.
Classes may be scheduled in morning, afternoon and evening time slots. Classes may be scheduled during the week or weekends.
Able to document training in digital media.
The successful candidate must demonstrate:
Ethics, integrity, and sound professional judgment.
A commitment to establishing and maintaining positive working relationships with students, colleagues, and staff representing diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Dynamic, non-traditional instructional delivery methods to teach students of widely varying levels of proficiency and from diverse backgrounds and abilities.
Appropriate and up-to-date knowledge of the discipline and subject matter.
Experience using technology as an instructional aid where appropriate to enhance learning.
Documented experience with active and applied teaching and learning methodologies.
A strong commitment to teaching in a community college setting with an appreciation of diversity and the benefits of a commitment to cultural awareness and sensitivity in the classroom and the workplace.
Commitment to a diverse workforce.
Commitment to the comprehensive mission of Austin Community College and to the principles and practices associated with Servant-Leadership.
Ability to communicate effectively with students with a wide range of skills.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with varied and diverse groups from the community as well as students, staff, faculty, and administration.
Strength in communication media, both verbal and written, as well as listening.
Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to maintain an established schedule, including evenings and weekends, including possible multiple campus locations that may vary by semester.
Commitment to maintaining confidentiality of student information.
Understanding of what it means to teach in a community college environment that serves often underprepared students.
Understanding of systems of inequality and recognition of the role of community college faculty in promoting equity.
Other: See Commitment to Equity and Inclusion.
Conversant of best practices in using current technologies in the classroom and in conveying online course content in the learning management systems (e.g. Blackboard, Canvas) in the classroom.
Extensive knowledge of the discipline, subject matter, and related and/or relevant topics and issues in the teaching discipline such as:
the role of a user experience designer as part of a multi-disciplinary team;
the best use of software tools for user experience design;
strong interests and capabilities in the design and development of engaging user experiences for digital products; and
a thorough understanding of contemporary user-centered design methodologies such as user research, participatory design, prototyping, and user testing.
Preferred Qualifications (Workforce Programs)
Advanced skills with design, prototyping, and communication tools.
Knowledge of Agile and Lean methodologies.
Knowledge of human-centered, prototype-driven design processes.