STAMPS SCHOOL OF ART &
Application Deadline: August 15, 2021
Start Date: September 1, 2022
Type: Tenured Faculty Position in
Anti-Racism By Design
Rank: Associate Professor, with tenure /
Professor, with tenure
Salary and Benefits: Highly competitive
and commensurate with experience.
The University of Michigan is
one of the world’s foremost public research universities. The
Stamps School of Art &
Design, as one of the 19 schools and colleges at the UM’s Ann
Arbor, Michigan campus, offers a rich interdisciplinary environment
for the development of creative practitioners. Undergraduate
programs include BFA and BA degrees in art and design, a BFA in
Interarts Performance, and a number of dual degree options with
other UM schools and colleges. At the graduate level, students
pursue one of two tracks of study – an MFA in Art and
in Integrative Design.
This position is part of a new U-M faculty cluster focused on
Racial Justice & Technology, and will include
three faculty from the
Ford School of Public Policy, the School of Information, and
the Stamps School of Art and Design, with additional support for
cross-school collaborations within the cluster. The three-faculty
cluster coalesces an emerging interdisciplinary field of research
that centers structural racism produced and reproduced by
information technology, design, and technology policies.
The cluster is part of a university-wide
faculty hiring initiative in anti-racism. Over the next three
years, the university will hire at least 20 faculty members with
scholarly expertise in racial inequality and structural racism.
The school seeks qualified candidates to broaden existing
faculty work within Stamps and the broader U-M community by
advancing a scholarly and pedagogic agenda specifically focused on
anti-racism. Candidates will show a deep understanding of racial
formations as they relate to design practices. Their work may
include anti-racism in analytic frameworks, design methods,
fabrication techniques, human-technology interactions, and other
creative research and teaching that positively impacts racial
justice. The qualified candidate will have evidence of scholarly
expertise on bias and power within society, both perpetuated
through art and design and addressed by positive alternatives, such
that it that deepens the Stamps school's expertise in teaching
anti-racism and racial justice, both within its undergraduate
curriculum in art and design and its graduate program in
The successful candidate will teach and contribute to a range of
undergraduate courses and graduate studios and seminars in a highly
interdisciplinary curriculum. Candidates should have a proven track
record of excellence in undergraduate teaching, and preference will
be given to candidates with the ability to contribute significantly
to graduate level research and teaching. The selected candidate
will have an opportunity to design and lead a two-year graduate
student cohort project that positions anti-racism as the design
An MDes or equivalent terminal degree is required, with a PhD
preferred. A record of leadership, teaching, and service
commensurate with a senior faculty appointment at the rank of
associate professor with tenure or professor with tenure at a
research-intensive university is expected.
How to Apply
Applications must be submitted online via the Stamps
School’s employment page
The following materials, combined as a SINGLE PDF FILE (500K
maximum size), are required for each application submitted.
1) A letter of application that addresses:
- Your qualifications and experiences relevant to the
- How you see yourself contributing to the programs and mission
of the Stamps School;
- Your past experience and activities, and your future plans, to
advance diversity, equity, and inclusion and to meet the
educational needs and interests of a diverse community.
2) Documentation of qualifications. A link to an
online portfolio that contains the following elements is
- A detailed CV.
- A statement of creative work and/or research.
- A statement of teaching interests/philosophy.
- Up to 10 examples of creative work/research/scholarship,
including images and/or published
- work/research (as applicable) and brief project
- Documentation of teaching experience to include up to 10
examples of student work (images and brief descriptions) and
samples or links to course syllabi. The names and contact
information for at least three professional references.
The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job
candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a
third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background
checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit
U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The University of Michigan is committed to fostering and
maintaining a diverse work culture that respects the rights and
dignity of each individual, without regard to race, color, national
origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual
orientation, gender expression, height, weight, marital status,
disability, medical condition, age, or veteran status.