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Assistant Professor in Design and Data/Data Analysis

Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Jul 29, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Design & Graphic Arts
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Professor in Design and Data/Data Analysis

About Northeastern:
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern's comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:
The Department of Art + Design in the College of Arts, Media and Design (CAMD) and D'Amore-McKim School of Business (DMSB) invite applications and nominations for a joint appointment in Design and Data/Data Analysis at the rank of Assistant Professor. The opportunity to build a new research cluster across Design and Data aligns both with DMSB's strategic plan to build leadership in digital convergence, specifically in the area of data analytics, with CAMD's focus on Data and Design, which encompasses data visualization but also moves to use design as a critical field to interrogate the nature of data itself. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to collaborate with the Center for Design and DATA Initiative (Digital, Analytics, Technology and Automation) Tenure home will be decided based on the finalist.

The ideal candidate is able to face complex and ill-defined problems, understand the dynamics of controversial socio-technical issues, and follow an integrative and holistic approach to design. The applicants should embrace creative research questions of how technologically mediated action is lived, felt, and valued by people with manifold intentions in everyday situations, and have perspectives on human experience as a process of making sense of the world, participating in culture, and engaging with community.

With data and information becoming powerful, pervasive, and controversial, we value accomplished designers and researchers deeply committed to creating meaningful, data-oriented, and human-driven experiences and services that balance the opportunities for value creation for multiple organization stakeholders with the threats inherent in data processes and governance. Strong ability to master data transformations using different methods and languages across multiple disciplines—along with leveraging a broader framework to advance the field of design research and scholarship—is also required.

We encourage candidates whose research creates value for a wide range of firms and non-profit organizations by:

creating new methodologies for making data accessible, meaningful, and actionable;

capturing, processing, and visualizing data effectively to inform design processes and decisions and evaluate the value of design;

creating data-driven design applications that incorporate consumer insights to inform new product and service development;

designing for business processes, given decreasing data capture costs; and

questioning and inventing new norms of ethical data use.

Candidates must have a PhD, MDes/MFA, MBA, or equivalent terminal degree by the appointment start date in visual, interactive, experience, or information design, and or marketing, management, or related fields that ensure the ability to transform data into meaningful experiences. Applicants should have expertise in one or more areas of design practice or business management, an outstanding active research record, a research agenda that aligns with University and College strategic areas, and a willingness to collaborate across the University.

Preferred Qualifications:

Evidence of a high level of skill and accomplishment across media, provocative meaning-making, a sophisticated aesthetic sensibility, and a strong publication and exhibition record is required. Candidates should have a well-developed research agenda that will inform and advance current trends in the field and potentially contribute in unique ways to furthering the reputation of CAMD and DMSB.

Candidates should have a strong interest in interdisciplinary collaboration and experience in or a commitment to working with diverse student populations in a culturally diverse work and educational environment. Successful applicants will demonstrate potential for having a national and international record of excellence in creative practice, innovative research, substantive scholarship, and effective teaching.

Salary Grade:
Salary will be determined, commensurate with experience.

Additional Information:
All applications must be submitted electronically at Please include a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a research statement that includes a link to a portfolio of research and professional outcomes, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and contact information for at least three references who may be contacted at a later date.

Inquiries may be directed to Associate Professor Ann McDonald, chair of the search committee,

Please do not submit additional materials until/unless requested. Applications received on or before 1/15/2021 will be guaranteed full review and consideration. This position will remain open until filled. Preferred start date is for the 2021-2022 academic year.

D'Amore-McKim School of Business (DMSB)

The D'Amore-McKim School of Business is accredited by the AACSB and consists of over 150 full-time faculty serving over 5,000 students. The School as a whole prioritizes research generating impactful knowledge and developing leaders who will shape business in a landscape of digital convergence. We emphasize a strong research program that targets top-tier journals and a strong commitment to teaching excellence.

We educate leaders and thinkers to be prepared for the future of work in a world being shaped by digital convergence. We contribute use-inspired thought to the global business world that empowers companies to be prepared for this future. We foster an inclusive culture of excellence that transforms lives.

College of Arts, Media and Design (CAMD)

With signature graduate programs in Information Design and Data Visualization as well as Experience Design, the Department of Art + Design and CAMD are working to establish joint research and programs with Northeastern's DMSB. Data Visualization is also a key aspect of the expansion into Northeastern's growing global network, looking to launch programs at the University's new campuses in Vancouver, London, Seattle, and Toronto. Our degrees are built upon well-established undergraduate theory and practice programs with an emphasis on bringing innovative and engaging works of art, media and design into the public sphere. In addition to our MFA and MS programs in Information Design + Visualization and Experience Design and our planned PhD in Interdisciplinary Design and Media, we offer BFA degrees in Design, Media Art, and Game Design, as well as coordinated degrees with other Colleges at Northeastern such as the D'Amore McKim School of Business and the Khoury College of Computer Science.

The Department of Art + Design has three distinct advantages: (1) Our diversified faculty conducts strong courses of study in a rich spectrum of practices: studio art, art history and critical studies in contemporary art and emerging media; graphic, information, interaction and experience design; digital arts, animation, game theory and design, photography, film, video, and interactive media. (2) We are located within a major private global research university and our College has a unique combination of disciplines, including Architecture, Art + Design, Game Design, Communication Studies, Journalism, Media and Screen Studies, Music, and Theatre. (3) We are in Boston, a thriving urban center of culture, education, research and innovation with extensive global connections.

Northeastern University is a private R1 university. The University is renowned for its interdisciplinary research, entrepreneurial spirit, experiential learning, and global connectedness. Northeastern has recently revealed a strategic plan to guide the University's course for the next ten years.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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