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Associate/Full Professor in Human Centered Design

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Applications will be reviewed starting Jan 1, 2018. For priority consideration, application materials must be received by December 31, 2017, though applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications should include a cover letter, CV, teaching statement, sample syllabi, research statement, and three letters of recommendation.

Posting Details 

Classification Information

Rank Open Rank
Tenure Status Tenured/Tenure Track

Position / Posting Information

Academic Year 2018-2019

The School of Design in the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University invites applications for a Director of the School of Design at the rank of Associate or Full Professor to begin in Fall 2018. We seek candidates with significant leadership experience in an academic environment, a commitment to developing and thriving within a distributed decision-making atmosphere, the ability to facilitate and engage in open communication, and trust and respect for faculty governance. Applicants should have vision, a commitment to collaboration, and a proven teaching and research track record in Design, Human-Centered Design (HCD), Design Engineering, Human Computer Interaction, Human Factors, Informatics, or related interdisciplinary fields. We encourage applications with a research focus that includes, but not limited to, one of the following areas: design theory, social computing, digital everyware/ubicomp, computer-supported cooperative work, assistive technologies, health/wellness technologies, IoT and making, and instructional technology design. Candidates should be prepared to teach both theoretical and practical undergraduate and graduate courses related to HCD, build and lead teams in collaborative projects within and outside of the School of Design, publish in peer-reviewed venues, obtain funding to support their work, and further develop the culture and programs in the School of Design. Candidates will be expected to lead the School of Design, promote existing degree programs, and develop new programs.

Located in downtown Chicago, the School of Design offers a learning environment that nurtures the development of new kinds of designers: flexible, interdisciplinary, strategic practitioners and researchers that are trained to be collaborative leaders. With 19 full-time faculty, the School of Design has 3 undergraduate degrees: graphic design, game design, and interactive and social media; 4 masters programs: digital communication and media arts, experience design, game design, and human-computer interaction; 1 doctoral program: human-centered design. School of Design faculty enjoy features such as well-paid compensation, supported faculty leave, generous travel budgets to present work at conferences, festivals, etc. Opportunities for funded collaboration with institutions globally as well as popular study abroad programs in Japan, Scotland, China, and Mexico, among others, provide numerous opportunities to travel, teach, and research abroad. Faculty are encouraged to contribute to our vibrant culture by adding to our growing list of faculty and student-led events including: Tea & Consequences, a board game tea social; Well-Played, a book club to appreciate unusual or compelling games; and PLEX (playful thinking and exploration), a research colloquium where faculty and grad students share their works in progress and ideas.

The School of Design is situated in the DePaul’s College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM), an exciting environment that houses the School of Computing, School of Design, and School of Cinematic Arts. Current research trajectories in CDM include topics such as data science; ubiquitous computing; interactive systems; information visualization; social computing; network science; human-computer interaction and design; computer-supported cooperative work and computer-mediated communication; health informatics; design for social impact; cinematic arts; and technology and equity. The College of Computing and Digital Media has a wide array of cutting-edge equipment such the latest generation VR and AR devices, iPhones, Androids, a spherical camera rig, as well as impressive spaces such as a motion capture lab, recording studios, a stop motion lab, a usability lab, a fabrication lab, professional film studios, and a newly-built physical technology lab with laser cutters, 3D printers, etc.

DePaul draws students from many backgrounds and cultures so diversity and inclusion are important to us. Thus, we are interested in recruiting and maintaining a diverse group of faculty. We seek candidates whose experience has prepared them to fulfill our commitment to inclusion and have given them the confidence to fully engage audiences in higher education from a wide spectrum of backgrounds.

To learn more about CDM and the School of Design, please visit

Required Qualifications

Qualified candidates should have a terminal degree in fields related to human-centered design with proven leadership skills and a commitment to quality teaching and a strong record of research and/or extensive professional practice. Successful applicants will be prepared to work with faculty and administration to advance the School of Design, teach theory and practice courses, and work with faculty and students on collaborative projects. We seek candidates who are eager and qualified to lead our growing and evolving School of Design and to help develop our undergraduate and graduate degrees. Candidates should have fresh and innovative ideas, leadership experience, and a commitment to cultural diversity and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications

We are especially interested in candidates with research that integrates the study of how people behave and interact with the creation of new designs and conduct research through design. Ideal candidates will have:
• A record of leadership and achievement, as might be demonstrated during a previous faculty appointment or by experience in a government or industrial research laboratory;
• A research program in innovative areas of human centered design such as designing with underserved communities; creative technologies; social computing; and innovative product design;
• Vision, creativity, and leadership skills relevant to research and instruction in Design;
• The ability and willingness to develop cross-disciplinary research collaborations in areas relevant to HCD;
• Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching HCD principles and practices at the undergraduate and graduate level;
• A commitment to teach and advise a diverse student body;
• Experience with HCD, particularly if that experience involves the creation of new designs processes and research through design.

Posting Number Full-time Faculty 199Posting
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions Summary

Applications will be reviewed starting Jan 1, 2018. For priority consideration, application materials must be received by December 31, 2017, though applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications should include a cover letter, CV, teaching statement, sample syllabi, research statement, and three letters of recommendation.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Teaching Statement
  4. Research Statement
  5. Syllabi
Optional Documents

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