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Assistant Professor, Educator, Fashion Design, College of Cooperative Education and Professional Studies

Posted: 04/02/2023

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Job Overview

An Assistant Professor Educator within CCPS has a primary responsibility for Teaching (80%). Additionally, Assistant Professor Educators are expected to contribute to Service activities (5-15%) and engage in Scholarly or Professional activities (5-15%).
Assistant Professor Educators hired into this role will have primary responsibility for teaching and advising Co-op students from the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) in creative professional development and career readiness. While roles and responsibilities are subject to shift based on enrollment and programmatic needs, it is expected that faculty hired into this role will have primary teaching and advising responsibility for students in the Myron E. Ullman Jr. School of Design or the School of Art. This posting is intended to recruit three faculty members for the DAAP Co-op team. Faculty members would have primary responsibilities for one of the following programs: (1) Communication Design (formerly Graphic Design and Digital Design), (2) Fashion Design, (3) Industrial Design, or (4) Fine Arts.
Teaching within this faculty role is unique. Assistant Professor Educators on the DAAP Co-op team may engage in some classroom instruction, but the majority of instruction and assessment of learning is conducted through individual or small-group advising. The core responsibility of this position is fostering the professional development of students and preparing them for a post-grad life of personal and professional fulfillment. Primary responsibilities that support DAAP Co-op student success include teaching professional development courses for Design and/or Fine Arts majors, engaging in small group or individual instruction centered around reflective practice, advising on creative portfolio development, designing curricula in alignment with student needs and the goals of DAAP, organizing lessons and workshops that support learning outcomes, facilitating and providing mentorship through student position searches, utilizing Learning Management Systems and preparing materials that are universally accessible (ADA Compliant), cultivating a culture of belonging for students from diverse backgrounds, and working collaboratively with our Partnership Development team and industry partners to create employment opportunities for students.
Educator track faculty typically engage in Service to their division, university, and profession by serving on committees and task forces. Scholarly and Professional activities typically involve research that leads to presentation and/or publication, including but not limited to understanding the impact of their teaching methods. Scholarly and Professional activities may also include professional development, creative or industry contributions, and demonstrated application of skills or knowledge acquired.
This position is Educator track and candidates are not eligible for Tenure
Essential Functions

  • Teach and advise students primarily from the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP).
  • Conduct and teach assigned undergraduate and/or graduate-level courses and seminars.
  • Facilitate small group or individual instructional meetings.
  • Provide instruction, feedback, and mentorship related to development of professional creative portfolios.
  • Attend meetings, participate in governance, prepare materials for teaching.
  • Evaluate and develop curriculum for department and/or college.
  • Serve as an experiential learning and career education advisor for students and evaluate student coursework.
  • Serve on college or university committees and participate in curriculum development activities. Serve on committees, independent study activities, and off-campus learning.
  • Engage in other activities ancillary to or in support of their responsibilities.
  • Render service to the professional or lay community which is relevant to the individual’s academic specialty.
  • Review, and where necessary, respond in a timely manner to all University-related communications.

 Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s degree with a minimum of three years of relevant, professional work experience within design or creative industries. Candidates holding a bachelor’s degree may be considered with five years of relevant, professional work experience within design or creative industries.
  • Demonstrated organizational, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Effectiveness in interpersonal relationships and the ability to work harmoniously with a variety of interest groups.
  • Experience (or transferrable skills) that prepare the candidate to carry out the primary responsibilities of this position. The credentials of candidates should illustrate successful instruction of professional development curricula for creative students and/or equivalent mentorship of emerging professionals in creative industry contexts, understanding of roles and opportunities within design or creative industries, experience in evaluation of professional creative portfolios, and potential for achievement within the areas of Teaching, Scholarly and Professional Activities, and Service.

 Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Relevant professional experiences in both academic and non-academic environments.
  • High adaptability regarding approach to work and teaching modality.
  • Strong understanding of student needs and ability to support students through career exploration.
  • Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion; an understanding of social and ethical issues in career development.

 Appointment Information

Assistant Professor Educators hired through this posting will join the DAAP Co-op team. Assistant Professor Educators for DAAP Co-op are initially hired into a multi-year contract. The contract for each academic year is comprised of 2 primary semesters (Fall and Spring), as well as a secondary semester (Summer), during which faculty are contracted to work 34 days for compensation equal to 19% of the 2-semester base salary.
Promotion, Tenure (RPT): This initial multi-year appointment may be renewed under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Unit (CBA), provided one’s performance satisfies the criteria of the college’s guidelines for reappointment, program need, available budget, and upon approval by the Provost. The RPT process reviews work and contributions to teaching, scholarly/professional activities, and service as noted in the job description. Candidates can learn more about the RPT process on the Office of the Provost’s website.

Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans include medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.

The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.
As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).
The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.

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