The University of Washington seeks applications for the Faculty Director of the Master of Human-Computer Interaction + Design (MHCI+D) program. The successful applicant will work independently as Faculty Director while also having an academic appointment as a Senior Lecturer, full-time, in the University of Washington Information School (iSchool) for three years, with the possibility of renewal. This is a full-time, year-round position for an 11-month academic program. The ideal start date is on or before June 16, 2020. This position includes faculty voting rights in the iSchool, but is not tenure eligible. Compensation will be commensurate with applicant qualifications, and reflects the dual role of both Faculty Director and Senior Lecturer.
The successful candidate will be housed in the broad-based, inclusive Information School that offers multiple degree programs and is committed to the values of excellence, leadership, innovation, and diversity. We welcome all candidates from any discipline or background related to human-computer interaction and design.
About the MHCI+D Program
The MHCI+D graduate program is one of the world's top master's programs in HCI. It offers a unique, cross-disciplinary approach to educate a new diverse generation of designers, engineers, and user researchers who can successfully combine the creative aspects of design and the study of human behavior with the analytical techniques of engineering. Students come from a variety of backgrounds such as visual design, user research, software and technology. Upon graduation, they use their knowledge to create and/or support innovative products and technologies, working in UX, design, HCI, and other roles in companies of all sizes. The program, currently in its seventh year, is a full-time, 11-month program with currently about a 40-student cohort. MHCI+D is a joint effort of four primary academic units: Computer Science & Engineering, the Division of Design in the School of Art + Art History + Design, Human-Centered Design & Engineering, and The Information School.
The MHCI+D program is supported and influenced by the collaborative academic community at the University of Washington, known as DUB (design: use: build:), that explores a wide variety of topics in HCI and design—including interaction design, computer-supported cooperative work, computer-mediated communication, data visualization, social innovation, emerging communication technologies, assistive technologies, and health applications. Many projects are conducted in partnership with the region's noted high-tech companies, global health organizations, and startups (see: http://dub.washington.edu/). MHCI+D capstone projects are advised by collaborators from industry throughout the Seattle area and beyond.
The MHCI+D program is led by:
The Faculty Director who leads the day-to-day running of the program
The Faculty Group which is an advisory and oversight board appointed from the participating departments.
The Faculty Group Chair, appointed faculty member from one of the participating departments, who leads the Faculty Group.
Associate Director of Academic Services, a staff member who administers the program.
Responsibilities of the MHCI+D Faculty Director
The MHCI+D Faculty Director leads the MHCI+D program in its unique position of cross-disciplinarity at the University of Washington. With an academic appointment in the iSchool, which is one of the four sponsoring academic units, the Faculty Director is responsible for building and maintaining equal and effective relationships with the other three units as well, which in turn offer their support to the program. Each unit identifies faculty members to serve on the MHCI+D Faculty Group, which informs, advises, and participates in the activities of MHCI+D. The MHCI+D Faculty Director participates in identifying instructors for core MHCI+D courses and is supported by the MHCI+D Faculty Group and Chair, who have primary responsibility for long term planning and liaising with each department.
What distinguishes the MHCI+D Faculty Director from mainstream academic appointments is the combination of program leadership and administration along with teaching. As a practical matter, no emphasis or time is allotted for individual or academic research. The opportunity is to freely lead a nationally recognized graduate program where the emphasis is on student experience and curricular relevance in the exciting field of HCI and design.
Teaching and Teaching Support, 35%
Teach four core MHCI+D courses per year
Anchor capstone project process across three quarters, including teaching summer capstone studio
Collaborate with MHCI+D Faculty Group Chair to identify and secure faculty instructors
Mentor and support instructional staff of both UW faculty and guest lecturers
Lead quarterly planning activities and communication with teaching staff
Hire Teaching Assistants for core courses
Vision and Leadership, 20%
Lead strategic and visionary planning for the long-term viability and vibrancy of MHCI+D
Fulfill responsibilities of a UW Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC) for the MHCI+D degree
Ensure quality delivery of current curriculum, develop revisions to core courses, and/or develop future offerings
Guide MHCI+D brand expression and marketing/recruiting strategies
Guide the work of student workers in specialty areas such as website creation and social media
Lead or co-lead with MHCI+D Faculty Group Chair the MHCI+D Faculty Group meetings
Manage MHCI+D Director of Program Operations as the single direct report
Participate in MHCI+D internal staff meetings
Student Counseling and Cohort Dynamics, 5%
Provide office hours for individual academic and career support, team feedback
Arrange for additional support and referrals as needed
Recruiting, Admissions and Advising Support, 5%
Participate in program recruiting and admissions, including intentional diversity recruitment, admission and yield, and matriculation
Support the work of MHCI+D Graduate and Career Adviser
Industry Relations, 20%
Build and refresh MHCI+D Industry Advisory Board and lead quarterly meetings
Identify industry collaborators for capstone and course projects, and other activities
Support the work of MHCI+D Outreach & Communications Manager
Campus Relationships, 10%
Participate in DUB community activities (weekly seminar, annual retreat, etc.)
Meet quarterly with chairs/directors of supporting academic units and biannually with the Dean of the Graduate School, or their representative
Share MHCI+D status at faculty group meetings in supporting academic units
Teach modules in area of expertise and attend critiques and showcases of related courses when invited
University Service, 5%
Engage in select iSchool service activities as appropriate
Attend and participate in iSchool faculty meetings
Conduct additional service work when called upon (hiring committees, evaluations, etc.)
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.
UW is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.
The position requires a minimum of a Masters (or foreign equivalent)— in a field related to human-computer interaction and design. A doctoral degree (or foreign equivalent) in such a field is also acceptable. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 7 years of work experience in this area and a record of leadership and administration. The ideal candidate will also have documented expertise in teaching and developing design-oriented/studio-based courses. The ideal candidate will thrive doing self-directed, independent work, while at the same time appreciate collaborating with a broad range of individuals who together support and guide the Faculty Director's work.
Preference will be given to candidates applying on or before January 31, 2020. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Selected candidates will be invited for interviews and/or campus visits. Application packages should include: (1) Letter of intent; (2) Current CV; (3) Statement of teaching goals/ philosophy; (4) Diversity statement* (5) Link to a portfolio of your own work and, if available, student work; (6) Complete contact information for three professional and/or academic references. Letters of recommendation will be requested from references for short listed candidates.
Inquiries about the position or application process may be directed to Bob Boiko, MHCI+D Search Committee Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*iSchool Diversity Statement Guidelines
Diversity is a core value of The Information School. We actively work to eliminate barriers and obstacles created by institutional discrimination, seeking full participation in university life in research and teaching across ranks, and among faculty, students, and staff. The Diversity Statement provides an opportunity for applicants to reflect on how they and their approach to research, teaching, and/or service examines, identifies, and/or will contribute to equity, inclusion and/or positive social change that supports people who represent differences in gender identities, class, race, ethnicity, culture, LGBTQ identities, religious affiliation, national origin, disability and other identities. We invite you to be reflective on your own positionality. Please provide examples of your experiences with diversity, equity and inclusion in your research, teaching and/or service or your potential to bring diversity, equity and inclusion to the iSchool and the field of information. Please describe your experience or potential to mentor and educate students who will serve diverse populations.
For your reference, please consult the UW iSchool's diversity web pages: http://ischool.uw.edu/about/diversity/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.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.