Lecturer in Interaction Design and Connected Products (1.0 FTE)
The Innovation School
Job Title: Lecturer in Interaction Design and Connected Products
Location The Innovation School (Forres)
Reports to Programme Leader Design Innovation (PGT)
Purpose This role will enhance the Innovation School’s commitment to Interaction Design as a human-centred practice that acknowledges the power of technology to shape human experience and enhance the lived environment. The role will primarily focus upon teaching approaches to design innovation and interaction to Masters level students, with some involvement with the undergraduate exploration of “connected products”.
The successful candidate will play a leading role in the intellectual development and teaching of Interaction Design and Connected Products within the Innovation School.
To help faculty and students explore the “near or next future” through the use of design as a mode of enquiry, by researching, visualising, prototyping and testing in collaboration with diverse stakeholders to establish “preferable futures.”
This involves contributing to the planning and delivery of the postgraduate curriculum, in Interaction and Design Innovation. The appointee will participate in the collaborative delivery of teaching and learning through project-based education.
To co-ordinate the delivery of Interaction Design within the Masters programme portfolio and to contribute to teaching and learning across all levels from of UG/PGT teaching within the Innovation School.
To focus upon the teaching and research of those areas of Interaction Design most closely aligned to an awareness and understanding of user/stakeholder experience as a dimension of design practice.
To work with academic colleagues in their development of teaching and learning materials highlighting the distinctive importance of ecological awareness within the broader field of Interaction Design or Design Innovation.
To assist in academic duties associated with curriculum delivery, student learning and recruitment to programmes in Interaction Design, Design Innovation and “connected products.”
To pursue opportunities for research-teaching linkages as a means of ensuring social relevance and educational excellence.
Programme Leader (PGT) in Design Innovation
Design Innovation Subject Leaders
GSA Research Department
Key global partner schools
Academic / Educational
Contribute to the academic team delivering curricular content within the Innovation School, in particular the Interaction Design degree awards within the PGT programme portfolio (both Forres and Glasgow).
Lead the evolution of Interaction Design and Connected Products within the Innovation School as part of a teaching and research team
Participate within curriculum planning, timetabling, staffing and monitoring of programme delivery.
Support student learning and staff delivery in the field of Interaction Design and Design Innovation
Offer academic oversight and provision of pastoral responsibilities in respect of students
Contribute to the marketing, publicity and recruitment strategies of the PGT Department under the coordination of the Programme Leader
Help to develop innovative approaches to programme delivery and ensure appropriate levels of attainment are achieved by the student body
Develop a research and teaching profile in the area of Interaction Design and “connected products” aligned to Innovation School ambitions
Seek to develop further the academic territory of Interaction Design and its relation to other areas of design and creative practice
Work with colleagues to develop and deliver the curriculum at both postgraduate and undergraduate levels
Aid in the development of international collaborations with a variety of Schools, organisations and projects.
Contribute to the Departmental recruitment and admissions processes across the PGT programme portfolio, while leading on recruitment to Interaction Design.
Contribute to and co-ordinate educational visits/trips, activities and exhibitions as directed by the Programme Leader
Ensure all teaching materials and programme documentation – prospectus/handbooks/website, etc. – is updated in discussion with the Programme Leader
Undertake Health and Safety duties and observe procedures within own area of responsibility in relation to all Staff, Students and Visitors, where appropriate
Play a significant role in the evolution of teaching, learning and assessment strategies across the Innovation School, and the domain of Design Innovation.
Identify future directions for the academic exploration of “interaction design” and related fields, such as “connected products”
Contribute to the development of student learning and curricular innovation by engaging with the design industry, external research organisations, professional bodies and quality assurance/enhancement frameworks as directed by the Programme Leader
Develop a research profile capable of submission in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) evaluation of 2020 and beyond
Contribute to development of the profile for GSA design programmes, including international profile, projects and partnerships, and enhance the School’s reputation as a leading centre for study in the creative disciplines
Work with academic colleagues and support staff to develop and evolve the curriculum and so support and extend academic excellence in the field of Design Innovation and Interaction Design/Connected Products
Willingness to develop an internationally recognised profile in the research and teaching of Interaction Design.
Ensure scholarship - knowledge of developments in learning, teaching and research - underpins a reflective and critical view of contemporary interaction design and innovation practice, profession and applications now and in the future
Translate personal scholarship and research interests into curricular materials and innovative approaches to the design of interactive products, services and experiences
Demonstrate a capacity to evolve studio practice to further curriculum development and innovative approaches to pedagogy
Active engagement with sector wide enhancement initiatives and their institutional impact (ELIR/Periodic Review etc.)
Experience and knowledge
Educated to degree level or beyond, ideally in the realm of interactive product and service design. A Masters or PhD would be advantageous, alternatively, extensive industrial experience in an international context would be attractive.
Significant teaching experience in a Higher Education Institute or comparable organisation, preferably a Design School or design consultancy
Awareness of discussions in teaching and learning approaches appropriate to postgraduate study
Experience of current debates, trends and issues relating to the expanding field of Design Innovation/Interaction Design, especially the centrality of “thinking through making” and the challenges posed by designing using technology in the service of human experience.
Willingness to engage in curriculum design, development and innovation to underpin enhancement/assurance in concert with the Programme team
Desire to engage with both commercial and non-commercial organisations to broaden the scope of design innovation practice and its application
Awareness of professional or academic engagements with issues of sustainability, as it relates to Interaction Design
Excellent design and visualisation skills, extensive evidence of design for experience/ design application, and a demonstrable aptitude for team-working and collaboration
The position requires someone with technology software and hardware skills. In particular, knowledge of 3D software, as well as coding (Processing, VVVV) and prototyping (Arduino, RaspberryPi), skills would be advantageous.
High level of creative interpersonal skills for teaching in a studio environment
An understanding of current debates and trends in undergraduate/postgraduate teaching around Interaction Design and Connected Products
Strong communication skills, verbal, visual and artefactual
Passion for learning and creativity, strong personal commitment to teaching
Awareness of, and sensitivity to, cultural diversity
Commitment to equal opportunities and widening participation