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Associate or Full Professor in Design

University of Texas at Austin
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Oct 29, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Design & Graphic Arts
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
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Full Time
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Associate or Full Professor in Design

College/School/Unit: College of Fine Arts
Department: School of Design and Creative Technologies
Posted: Oct 24, 2021
Apply By: Open until filled


The Department of Design in the School of Design and Creative Technologies (SDCT) at The University of Texas at Austin (UT) seeks one tenured, senior colleague (associate or full professor) in Design.

The Design programs at UT are flourishing, as demand for design is exploding on our campus and in our city. As we grow, we are seeking a senior colleague with significant experience in higher education as well as a strong connection to the design industry. Specifically, we seek a leader who will deepen our commitment to ensure that design serves—and is practiced by—people of diverse races, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, and abilities.

Our program is developing in several areas of design. This search would be well satisfied by an expert in interaction, graphic, or industrial design, or related sub-disciplines such as design ethnography, or in design pedagogy. This leader's expertise will inform the direction of the program, and we are authentically open to being influenced in this way.

The Design Department at UT is very uniquely situated.
  • First, we are in Austin, TX, a booming creative and technology hub with endless possibilities for industry collaborations and employment opportunities for students and graduates.
  • We take advantage of our position inside a top-tier research institution by partnering with other departments and centers of excellence on campus, including existing partnerships with the Dell Medical School, the College of Engineering, Texas Robotics and others - and, our tenure-track researchers enjoy the support of an institution committed to the highest caliber of research and creative practice.
  • We are proud to be a part of the College of Fine Arts, lending us a genuine commitment to craftsmanship and aesthetics.
  • At the same time, our largest enrollment program - via The Center for Integrated Design - welcomes students from any discipline to explore the places where Design Thinking might overlap with their major of choice.

Our new colleague will ideally appreciate the breadth and depth of our program and the unique circumstances for design in higher education that we currently represent.


Required Qualifications:

To be considered for this position, you must:
  • hold a terminal degree in your field but outstanding professional experience will be considered in this or a related field;
  • have an established national/international record of research or creative practice in Design;
  • have a record of working productively with people of diverse disciplines, ranks, races, ethnicities, nationalities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, and abilities;
  • demonstrate a high level of craft in one or more subfields of design, including expertise with contemporary design processes, workflows, and relevant software;
  • hold the rank of Associate Professor or Professor or demonstrate evidence of professional and/or aristic practice commensurate with the rank of Associate Professor of full Professor with tenure.

We encourage applications from candidates belonging to groups that are underrepresented in higher education, including women, racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQIA community.

Desired Qualifications:

We are particularly interested in candidates who:
  • engage in creative or scholarly work that centers on issues of race, ethnicity, decoloniality, intersectionality, oppression, resistance, and/or activism;
  • can demonstrate sustained personal engagement with underrepresented communities, and an ability to bring this asset to learning, teaching, scholarship, and service.

Responsibilities of this position may include:
  • teaching introductory courses in the Design BA, BFA, and MFA programs and/or MA in Design in Health program (to both design majors and curious non-majors from engineering, business, computer science, medicine, and other fields);
  • developing and teaching introductory through advanced undergraduate and graduate courses, including thematic/special topics courses, in your area of specialization;
  • team-teaching interdisciplinary courses that enroll students from multiple majors;
  • supervising undergraduate and/or graduate independent studies;
  • supervising undergraduate and/or graduate final projects, exhibitions, and/or reports;
  • writing or revising undergraduate and graduate curricula;
  • serving on department, school, college, and/or university committees;
  • maintaining a nationally-recognized creative research or scholarly profile.

Position requires relocation to Austin, TX. Rank and tenure commensurate with experience.

Application Instructions

To apply for the position, please submit the following to Interfolio at
  1. A letter of application explaining your qualifications for, and interest in, the position, including discussion of your most significant research/creative/professional, teaching, and service activities in the arena of design for equity, diversity, inclusion, and/or social justice;
  2. A curriculum vitae (CV) or professional resume;
  3. A link to or pdf of a portfolio of recent design work;
  4. Contact information for three references (letters will be requested only for finalists).

Applications received by January 22, 2022 will be assured a full review. Applications received after that date will be reviewed as needed until the position is filled. Due to current travel restrictions, we expect to conduct all interviews remotely.

Questions about the application process and Interfolio may be directed to SDCT Executive Assistant Cameron Weed at; questions about the positions themselves may be directed to search committee chair Assistant Dean Doreen Lorenzo at

If you are excited about the possibilities of working in the Department of Design, but don't fit this particular job description, please see our open call for (adjunct) faculty at

About the Department of Design

The design program at UT, formerly a division of the Department of Art and Art History, became the Department of Design in 2017 and combined forces with the Department of Arts and Entertainment Technologies, the Center for Integrated Design, and the Design Institute for Health to form the new School of Design and Creative Technologies (SDCT). The move to SDCT has enabled the design program to expand its enrollment and course offerings to meet growing demand from majors and non-majors and to develop industry partnerships. The department now offers two undergraduate degrees and two graduate degrees, as well as extensive additional coursework geared toward students majoring elsewhere on campus who wish to be more designerly in their approach to their work.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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