Assistant Professor – Sustainable Futures: Communication Design, San Jose State University

Job no: 523632
Location: San José State University, San José, California, USA
Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank as established by the CSU Salary Schedule. See Benefits Summary for details about the CSU’s excellent employment benefits. Anticipated salary range: $85,000 – $90,000 annually.
Target Start Date: August 17, 2023
Application Deadline: February 28, 2023 (Applications accepted until position is filled or closed)

Sustainable Futures: Communication Design

The Department of Design invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position to direct the Bachelor of Arts Design Studies Program (BADS). The ideal candidate will be able to operate within the theme of “Sustainable Futures: Communication Design.” The appointment will be made at the level of Assistant Professor. The anticipated start date is August 1, 2023.

BADS, launched in 2019 as a liberal arts degree, allows students to curate an educational experience that spans animation, graphics, industrial, interaction, and interior design. The program graduated 500 students in the spring of 2020, however, it needs direction and focus. We wish to hire a designer to develop a curriculum that will address ways that design can be characterized and practiced through creative, sustainable, and accessible technological experimentation and will prepare students for future challenges that no longer conform to the boundaries of traditional and siloed design disciplines. We live in the Anthropocene, an era of human change that has caused climate change, rapidly changing media systems, migratory populations, and pandemia. The convergence of design and bootstrap technologies can offer unique insight and skills on how to navigate these complex conditions within our society and in California specifically. Successful candidates will be dedicated to design research, scholarship and creative activities that leverage multidisciplinary collaborations, creative computation, and digital tools to create new approaches and impact. These might include but are not limited to design as an interface to information, the creation of intelligent design tools, speculative and creative computation, data-rich installations, critical approaches to machine learning and artificial intelligence. We are interested in new modes of design practice, and new approaches to the social, cultural and ethical aspects of design, which will benefit our students from our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

This new faculty member’s academic assignment will include the creation of a clear path(s) for students enrolled in the BADS program, 90% of whom are currently focused on the area of graphic and communication design. The candidate will share student advising, curriculum development for BADS, and student assessment responsibilities. The candidate is expected to bring new ideas and suggestions for developing cross-disciplinary foundation skills and broad knowledge in interdisciplinary design practices for the future of the BADS program. The candidate may also be involved in the forthcoming Master of Design (MDes) program.

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