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Term faculty (non-tenure track) - UX & Product Design

DePaul University, Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media, School of Design k

Chicago, IL

Nov 7
Job Description

The School of Design within the Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University invites applicants for a full-time non-tenure-track Instructor to begin in September 2024. Job responsibilities include teaching (with opportunities at both undergraduate and graduate level), continued professional development, and providing service to the School of Design. The successful candidate will be appointed as a faculty member in the School of Design and will have teaching responsibilities in the area of Design, with a focus on user experience and product design.

DePaul University seeks applicants that reflect the diversity of its student body and the city of Chicago. Applicants who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to an inclusive climate are encouraged to identify their experiences in these areas in their diversity statement. Women and members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Who We Are
Located in the heart of Chicago at DePaul’s Loop campus, the School of Design prides itself on nurturing a diverse body of students to become visionary designers who will become leaders in their fields. The School of Design uniquely comprises a range of design disciplines (industrial, graphic, UX, game) working closely alongside one another. We are interested in applicants with a focus in user experience design and product design who can foster collaborations with students and colleagues across the school. Our faculty builds bridges within and outside DePaul and engages in community outreach that reflects DePaul's Vincentian Mission. DePaul is on the quarter system, and the teaching load is eight courses per year. You can learn more about the School of Design and its various programs here:

Faculty in the School of Design are given many forms of support to develop their careers. Faculty have access to cutting-edge equipment and lab spaces, including two well-equipped makerspaces with facilities for fabricating wood, metal, plastics, soft goods, and electronics; recording, film, stop-motion animation, and motion-capture studios; a print lab; and several VR and AR production spaces. The position features support for professional development, including participating in workshops and conferences, and exhibiting and presenting work at festivals, galleries, and museums. Colleagues in the School of Design program are dedicated to mutual success and growth, and we are interested in someone who will add new dimensions to our programs.

We are seeking candidates who will be able to teach both theoretical and practical hands-on courses and have experience in user experience design, prototyping and prototyping tools, and product design. Qualified candidates should have a graduate degree in a design or related field (e.g. HCI, UX, engineering), a record of relevant professional experience, and evidence of working collaboratively. Preferred candidates will have at least one year of teaching experience at the college level; be able to contribute their expertise to shaping DePaul’s UX and product design curriculum; and, be motivated to work with faculty and students on building curriculum and leading school-wide initiatives.

We are especially interested in candidates whose work and interests align with DePaul’s Vincentian mission which calls on the university to address the great questions of our day, promoting peaceful, just, and equitable solutions to social and environmental challenges. Specifically, the School of Design is working to develop curricula that address intersectional diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism and respond to contemporary industry trends, societal issues, and dynamic, intersecting design disciplines.

You can read more about DePaul’s mission here:

Application Details

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For priority consideration, apply by December 1, 2023. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

To apply please submit the following application materials:
• a cover letter describing your experience and interests
• a CV
• a statement of teaching philosophy
• a portfolio of creative work with a narrative describing the work
• at least one syllabus from a prior course or a detailed syllabus for a proposed course
• a statement that addresses your values, experiences and future plans concerning diversity, equity, and inclusion in your teaching and/or creative work/research
• names and contact details of three references who have agreed to provide a reference letter

DePaul University offers equal employment opportunities to all persons in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.

DePaul University, Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media, School of Design

The Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) at DePaul University offers a wide range of practical and innovative programs that respond to market demands for new technology and media skills. CDM is organized into three schools to represent the breadth and depth of offerings across the computing and digital media spectrum. The School of Design (SoD) houses programs in game design, graphic design, industrial design, user experience design, human centered design and digital communication and media arts; the School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) is home to the animation and film/TV programs; the School of Computing (SoC) houses programs in computer and information sciences.