The Design Studies department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking a highly qualified and motivated individual for a tenure-track/tenured faculty position specializing in Environmental Design Research, Health and Wellbeing, and Technology. The successful candidate will join a dynamic team of faculty members dedicated to advancing knowledge and innovation in the field of environmental design. The position offers excellent opportunities for research, teaching, and collaboration in a vibrant academic environment of the UW-Madison.
Research: Conduct innovative and impactful research in the field of environmental design and its impact on health and well-being across the human lifespan, with a particular focus on the integration of Human-Centered Design and Design Technology along with its implications for design and design policy as outlined below. Secure external research funding, develop research proposals, and lead research projects. Disseminate research findings through publications in top-tier peer-reviewed journals and presentations at national and international conferences.
Human-Centered Design: The ability to address human health and well-being within the sphere of design, with a particular focus on a diverse array of experiences across various life stages and special populations (e.g., disability). The exploration of human-centered design encompasses improvements at the individual level for health and well-being, extending to the strategic realm of design policy. This encompasses aspects such as inclusive design policies, sustainable design regulations, nurturing innovation through design, ethical deliberations, advancing social equity via design, and assessing the outcomes of design policy initiatives.
Design Technology: Demonstrate proficiency in incorporating advanced technologies, such as Virtual Reality, Wearable Technology, Internet of Things (IoT), smart home systems, Geographic Information System (GIS), Data-Driven Design Decisions, and Artificial Intelligence (AI)? into the design and research processes for the investigation of human health and well-being in built environments. This entails both exploring and seamlessly integrating state-of-the-art technologies within research and educational pursuits to elevate comprehension and practical application within the design domain. Nurture collaborations with technology-focused departments and industry associates to catalyze cross-disciplinary research endeavors and drive innovative solutions.
The role involves fostering interdisciplinary collaboration with colleagues from various departments and disciplines to promote research and initiatives. It also includes teaching six credits per semester, both undergraduate and graduate courses in various design-related areas, with a focus on nurturing critical thinking and problem-solving skills among students. Additionally, the position encompasses departmental, college, university, and professional service responsibilities, such as curriculum development, advising, faculty involvement, and participation in dissertation committees.
The School of Human Ecology invites applications for a full time, 9-month faculty position at the rank of Assistant (tenure-track) or Associate (tenured) professor to join the faculty of the Design Studies Department. Responsibilities includes:
Research Responsibilities: - Conduct pioneering and influential research and creative scholarship in the field of environmental design, with a particular emphasis on its impact on health and well-being throughout the human lifespan, while also emphasizing the integration of technology and alignment with design policies. - Attain external research funding by formulating research proposals and effectively leading research initiatives. - Share research findings through publications in distinguished peer-reviewed journals and presentations at both national and international conferences.
Interdisciplinary Collaboration: - Foster interdisciplinary collaboration with colleagues spanning diverse departments and fields. - Participate in collaborative research projects, joint grant applications, and interdisciplinary teaching undertakings. - Contribute to the establishment and implementation of interdisciplinary programs and initiatives.
Teaching Duties: - Instruct undergraduate and graduate courses encompassing environmental design, health and well-being, design technology, and design policy and innovation. - Develop and execute captivating lectures, seminars, and design studios fostering critical thinking, analytical prowess, and inventive problem-solving. - Mentor, guide, and advise undergraduate and graduate students, supervise research endeavors, and contribute to curriculum refinement.
Service Contributions: - Engage in departmental service activities, encompassing curriculum development, award evaluation, advisory roles, faculty meetings, and participation in dissertation committees. - Additionally, exhibit dedication to service within the college, university, and the professional realm.
Institutional Statement on Diversity:
Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.
Required PhD A PhD in the broader field of Design is required by the start date.
Years of experience and professional accomplishments will be commensurate with the rank sought. All candidates must have proven success in conducting research and teaching appropriate for their stage of career. Associate professor candidates must possess experience and scholarly credentials that meet the tenure standards of the UW-Madison Divisional Committee and of the School of Human Ecology.
Minimum Qualifications - Assistant professor candidates must have (1) a PhD degree at time of application, or official notification of completion of the degree by August 19, 2024, and (2) at least 2 semesters of teaching experience in higher education, which could include instructing as a Teaching Assistant or Lecturer Student Assistant. - Associate professor candidates must possess experience and scholarly credentials that meet the tenure and professorial rank standards of the UW-Madison Divisional Committee and of the School of Human Ecology. Current assistant professor candidates who are eligible for tenured appointment are encouraged to apply for consideration for tenured position. - The ability to lead a research program that attracts external funding individually and/or through active collaboration, that actively attracts and engages graduate students, and that produces high-impact scholarship. - The ability to teach Interior Architecture and other Design related studio, seminar, and lecture courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels including, but not limited to, current knowledge on design communication technology and willingness to stay up to date. - Demonstrated experience at creating process-driven, research-based, human-centered design solutions for a range of design challenges at a level appropriate for grad/undergrad studio teaching. - The ability to work effectively within a diverse community, and a commitment to creating an inclusive work environment.
Full Time: 100%
It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.
Appointment Type, Duration:
Anticipated Begin Date:
AUGUST 19, 2024
Negotiable ACADEMIC (9 months)
DESIGN STUDIES DEPARTMENT: The Design Studies Department is a vibrant community that approaches design from a broad range of disciplinary and practice-based approaches, and supports a range of undergraduate (Textile and Fashion Design, Interior Architecture, and Design, Innovation and Society , the third major underway) and graduate programs (MFA, PhD, and Masters of Science in Design and Innovation). The Textile and Fashion Design Program, rooted in studio practice and cultural context, is currently undergoing a program revision to focus on producing graduates who are responsible, resourceful, and research-driven about the place of textiles and fashion in global societies, cultural, economies, and environments. Faculty and students have access to rich resources and facilities provided by the Center for Design and Material Culture in the School of Human Ecology.
THE CENTER FOR DESIGN AND MATERIAL CULTURE: The Center for Design and Material Culture is the primary destination for the multi-disciplinary study of material culture and design at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with particular focus on the study of design, material culture, and textiles. This vision is supported by the rich resources of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, two galleries (the Ruth Davis Gallery and the Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery), and the Dorothy O'Brien Innovation Lab.
SCHOOL OF HUMAN ECOLOGY: The mission of the School of Human Ecology is to understand the complex relationships and interdependence among individuals, groups and families, and to focus on quality-of-life issues through research, creative innovation, education, and outreach. The School has four academic departments (Civil Society and Community Studies, Consumer Science, Design Studies, and Human Development and Family Studies) with a collective undergraduate enrollment of over 2,100 students, and 100+ graduate students. Faculty members in the School of Human Ecology often affiliate with centers and programs including the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies, the Center for Demography and Ecology, the Center for Financial Security, the Institute on Aging, the Institute for Research on Poverty, the LaFollette School of Public Affairs, and the Center for Research on Women and Gender. See http://sohe.wisc.edu
UW-MADISON: The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a strong reputation as a research university and for producing research that improves people's lives. The University consistently ranks among the top 10 institutions in national research expenditures. In 2015, the University received a community engagement award from the Carnegie Foundation for its commitment to deeply engaging with local, regional, national, and global communities. It is a land-grant institution with an enrollment of about 43,000 students. The University provides excellent technology and library resources. Madison (pop. 243,000) is the state capital and combines the culture of a large urban area with the comfort of a small city. See http://wisc.edu
How to Apply:
To begin the application process, please click the "Apply Now" button to start the application process. You will be asked to upload the following: 1. A letter of application addressing your relevant background for and interest in the position. 2. A current CV. 3. A statement on research, including past achievements and future aims, and a discussion of your approach to scholarship (maximum 500 words) and a teaching statement (maximum 500 words). 4. Samples of academic writing (maximum of 2). 5. A portfolio of representative examples of your own design work and/or student projects, along with examples of syllabi and projects from courses taught (maximum 20 pages).
In addition, you will be asked to provide the names and contact information of three references willing to be contacted for reference check and letters of recommendation at a later date within the application system. At a future date you may be asked to upload other application materials.
The deadline for assuring full consideration is January 15, 2024; however, the position will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.
Employment will require an institutional reference check regarding any misconduct. To be considered, applicants must upload a signed 'Authorization to Release Information' form as part of the application. The authorization form and a definition of 'misconduct' can be found here: https://hr.wisc.edu/institutional-reference-check/
Associate Professor(FA030) or Assistant Professor(FA040)
A27-SCHOOL OF HUMAN ECOLOGY/GENERAL ADMINISTRATION
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