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Faculty Positions: IIT’s Institute of Design in Chicago

The IIT Institute of Design (ID) invites applications for four tenure-track faculty positions.

The positions are intended to strengthen ID’s research and teaching of methods and theories related to the early stages of the design and development process. Consideration of candidates will be on an ongoing process with the intention of making a selection as soon as suitable candidates are identified. The search will continue until the positions are filled.

The Institute of Design, one of seven schools within the Illinois Institute of Technology, offers the degrees of Master of Design, Master of Design Methods, and Ph.D. in Design. Founded as the New Bauhaus in 1937, ID continues to attract faculty, researchers, and students from around the world who want to experiment with new theories and methods in design. ID is currently a community of over 150 graduate students, 10 full-time faculty, numerous visiting and adjunct faculty, and researchers.

The Master of Design program has the majority of our students and teaches theories and methods that humanize technology and meet people’s unspoken needs.  Students may elect to focus on one or more areas such as understanding users, interaction design, communication, product design and development, strategic design, and systems design.  The goal is to support the creation of innovations in both the corporate and civic realms, and the emphasis is on innovation, teamwork, and building sustainable and repeatable methodologies, thus demonstrating the relevance of design in both business as well as social contexts.

The Master of Design Methods is a professional program for mid-career people who have extensive professional experience, focusing exclusively on advanced methods and frameworks for preparing leadership roles in innovation.

The Institute of Design developed the first U.S. doctoral program in design in 1992. Faculty and Ph.D. candidates work within a general research agenda which includes exploration and development of theories, methods, and tools in the following areas: users and contexts, communication, interaction design, strategic design, and design systems.

While applicants with specialized backgrounds are encouraged to apply, the nature of the work at ID also requires faculty to have interests that cross into other areas of the school as outlined above and be open to interdisciplinary work in general. Research and writing are important for this faculty position. Candidates should have an international perspective and a keen interest in the furtherance of teaching and researching methods that are relevant to the future of design practice and the development of the field.

These appointments carry the responsibilities of full-time faculty including participating in governance, management of student and faculty programs, and curriculum development. A Ph.D. degree is desirable. Rank and salary are open and will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Applications should include a letter describing areas of interest in teaching, practice, and research; examples of design and/or research work; examples of student work, when available; a curriculum vitae; and five academic and/or professional references. Application materials will be returned if accompanied by return envelope.

People who are considering applying but have questions about the position and criteria are invited to send an informal query.

Send application materials to:

Faculty Search
IIT Institute of Design
350 LaSalle, 4th floor
Chicago, IL  60654

IIT is a private university with schools of Applied Technology, Architecture, Business, Design, Engineering, Science & Letters, Law, and Psychology. IIT is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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