IIT Institute of Design invites applications for two faculty positions

IIT Institute of Design (ID) invites applications for two 9-month, tenure-track or tenured open-rank faculty positions. The positions are intended to strengthen ID’s focus on humanizing technology, design for policy, and organizational leadership. Successful candidates will work in conjunction with the Chicago Design Lab (CDL) which serves as a resource for corporate, civic, institutional, and philanthropic sponsorship to support interdisciplinary design research. Consideration of candidates will be on an ongoing process with the intention of making a selection as soon as suitable candidates are identified.

The Institute of Design, one of eight academic units within the Illinois Institute of Technology, is a graduate-only school of design offering degrees in Master of Design, a PhD in Design as well as a post-professional Master of Design Methods. Founded as the New Bauhaus in 1937, ID is a recognized international leader in the field of design having charted new roles and applications for designers in response to the social, economic, and technological environments of the past. ID celebrated its 80th anniversary with the hiring of a new Dean charged with the goal of scripting the next chapter of ID’s evolution and to push the boundaries of design and design education. Successful candidates will join ID’s highly-networked global community in a new 37–million dollar, 68,000 sq.ft state-of-art home at the Kaplan Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship intended to serve as the center for interdisciplinary innovation education for the University. We invite you to learn more about ID, its programs, and the exciting new initiatives here on our website.

Through this search, the faculty is looking for junior to senior applicants with diverse professional, academic, and hybrid backgrounds. The successful candidate will join a faculty engaged in theoretical, methodological, and thematic design research projects in fields such as strategic design, socio-technical systems, urban systems, social innovation, sustainability, and healthcare. They will be at the forefront of the latest developments and emerging trends in design practice leadership, design policy, and/or emergent intersections with technology. In addition to teaching, candidates are expected to build connections to the design field through funded external research, publication, and/or consulting practice. While applicants with specialized backgrounds are encouraged to apply, the nature of the work at ID requires faculty to be open to interdisciplinary work, both within and outside the school, and with other academic units in the University. The appointments carry the responsibilities of full-time faculty including strategy and governance, management of student and faculty programs, as well as a commitment to outreach within and outside the University.

ID offers an inclusive and collegial environment with a diverse academic, cultural, and practice-based community. The faculty share knowledge in classrooms and through publications, as well as through well-established executive education programs, workshops, and ID’s own Design Intersections conference. The city of Chicago with its high concentration of design professionals, academics, specialists, startups, and innovative organizations, is a platform for faculty research and consulting. ID faculty members teach and research along the spectrum from academic research to development and codification of methods and tools. ID faculty members are encouraged to discuss and define teaching, service, and research expectations based on personal and institutional goals.

While a Ph.D degree is preferred, comparable professional experience will also be considered. Rank and salary are open and will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Applications must include a letter describing areas of interest in teaching, practice, and research; a curriculum vitae; examples of design and/or research work; examples of student work, when available; and three academic and/or professional references. All material should be submitted as PDF files that can be downloaded or links without a password. Review of applications will begin October 29, 2018. The search will continue until the positions are filled.

Submit your application and all associated material to Madeline Olszak at molszak@id.iit.edu. Candidates who are considering applying but have questions about the position are invited to send an email to the Chair of the Faculty Search Committee, Dr. Anijo Mathew at anijo@id.iit.edu.

Illinois Institute of Technology is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA employer committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community. It actively seeks applications from all individuals regardless of race, color, sex, marital status, religion, creed, national origin, disability, age, military or veteran status, sexual orientation and/or gender identity and expression. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment.