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Asst/Assoc Teaching Professor/Assoc Director of the Master of Human-Computer Interaction + Design

University of Washington
Washington, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Dec 13, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Other Professional Fields
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The MHCI+D Associate Director helps shape the MHCI+D program in its unique position of cross-disciplinary at the University of Washington. The successful applicant will also have an academic appointment as an Assistant Teaching Professor or Associate Teaching Professor, full-time, in one of the sponsoring units (the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, Human Centered Design & Engineering, the Division of Design in the School of Art + Art History + Design, or the Information School), for three years, with the possibility of renewal. The Associate Director will be responsible for supporting the success of the MHCI+D program in close collaboration with the MHCI+D Director and HCID Faculty Group. The MHCI+D Associate Director will work closely with the MHCI+D Director to shape HCI and Design curriculum and mentor the next generation of designers and technologists. This position will be expected to perform self-directed, independent work and collaborate with a broad range of individuals who together support and guide the MHCI+D program’s work.

What distinguishes the MHCI+D Associate Director from mainstream academic appointments is a combination of program administration with cohort mentorship and the implementation of strategic initiatives in addition to teaching. To best support MHCI+D students and fulfill leadership responsibilities, this position does not allow time for research or practice.

The opportunity is to be an integral part of a nationally recognized graduate program where the emphasis is on student experience and curricular relevance in the exciting field of HCI and Design.  

Appointment to a home unit, one of:

  • the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering,
  • Human Centered Design & Engineering,
  • the Division of Design in the School of Art + Art History + Design, or
  • the Information School,

will be based on the candidate’s expertise and discussion about best environment. This position includes faculty voting rights in that home unit but is not tenure eligible. Title/rank and compensation is commensurate with applicant experience and qualifications and reflects the dual role of both Associate Director and Assistant/Associate Teaching Professor. This position has a nine-month appointment with three additional months of summer support; the candidate is expected to work during the summer months, with an anticipated start date of June 2022.

Teaching and Curriculum Development, 30%

  • In collaboration with the MHCI+D Director, ensure quality delivery of current curriculum, develop revisions to core courses, and/or develop future offerings
  • Teach four MHCI+D courses per year 
  • Hire and supervise Teaching Assistants for core courses taught
  • Provide office hours for individual academic support

Cohort Mentorship and Student Support, 25% 

  • Schedule, organize, and facilitate orientation in Autumn quarter in collaboration with the MHCI+D Director and MHCI+D staff
  • Schedule, organize, and facilitate regular program and town hall meetings with MHCI+D staff and students, escalating issues to the MHCI+D Director as appropriate
  • Mentor students in DUB-related events, such as the annual retreat
  • Provide office hours for mentorship and individual support

Strategic Initiatives, 15% 

  • Act as a thought partner with the MHCI+D Director in strategic and visionary planning for the long-term viability and vibrancy of MHCI+D  
  • Implement strategic initiatives in collaboration with the MHCI+D Director and HCID Faculty Group
  • Participate in MHCI+D internal team meetings
  • Participate in HCID Faculty Group meetings

Admissions, 15% 

  • Chair the MHCI+D admissions committee
  • Collaborate with the Assistant Director of Student Services to facilitate the annual admissions process, including scheduling and leading faculty reviews of prospective students’ application packages

Campus and Community Relationship, 15% 

  • Participate in DUB community activities (e.g., annual retreat, weekly seminars, faculty meetings, critiques and showcases) 
  • Participate in the Associate Director’s home unit (e.g., faculty meetings, hiring committees)
  • Collaborate with the MHCI+D Director and the Outreach and Communications Manager to identify partners for capstone and course projects, and other activities 
  • Participate in meetings with MHCI+D External Advisory Board

More About the University of Washington

The University of Washington is a vibrant community of inclusive research and community outreach, situated between the Puget Sound and Lake Washington, in the city of Seattle, on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples. Seattle is a rapidly growing, dynamic, and diverse metropolitan area.

The UW is dedicated to hiring faculty that will enhance diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education through their research, teaching, and service. As information systems and institutions serve increasingly diverse and global constituencies, it is critical to understand the ways in which differences in perspectives regarding gender identities, class, race, ethnicity, culture, LGBTQ identities, religious affiliation, national origin, disability, and other identities can both divide us and offer us better ways of thinking and working together.



The position requires a minimum of a Masters (or foreign equivalent) in a field related to human-computer interaction and design with a minimum of 4 years of work experience and a record of leadership, administration, and mentorship. The successful candidate will demonstrate expertise in teaching and developing design-oriented/studio based courses.

Application Instructions

To ensure full consideration of your application, please submit all materials no later than 17 January, 2022.  Applications will only be accepted via Interfolio. Please provide PDF files for the following requested materials. Use this link to apply:

Application materials

  • Letter of application
  • Current CV
  • Contact information for three references
  • Statement on approach to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We encourage applications from individuals whose backgrounds or interests align with our commitment to diversity. A diversity statement supports applicants in sharing how their approach to teaching and/or service contributes to positive social change and supports people who represent differences in gender, class, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, national and cultural boundaries, national origin, worldview, intellectual origin, ability, and other identities. We invite you to reflect and describe your related experiences and plans in teaching and service, where you stand to grow with regard to issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice, and your potential to mentor and educate diverse students.
  • Teaching and mentoring portfolio. This could address the following: 
    • Teaching approach and/or teaching philosophy,
    • Professional mentoring approach and experiences, 
    • For applicants with prior teaching experience: instructional materials such as sample syllabi, in-class activities, and assignments with associated evaluation and/or grading rubrics. If available, course evaluations that provide both quantitative and qualitative evidence of teaching and mentoring effectiveness. Optionally, applicants may choose to address course and curriculum design.


Application Process

This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge. Use this link to apply:


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements and Information

Under Washington State Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1, University of Washington (UW) workers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof thereof, or receive a UW-approved medical or religious exemption. This requirement will be a condition of any offer associated with this recruitment. For more information, please visit


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