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Visiting Assistant Professor, Industrial Design, College of Cooperative Education and Professional Studies

Posted: 04/02/2023

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Job Overview

The role of Visiting Assistant Professor will include 100% workload effort applied to classroom teaching and professional practice advising of cooperative education (Co-op) students from the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP). While roles and responsibilities are subject to shift based on enrollment and programmatic needs, it is expected that a candidate 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 one Visiting faculty member for the DAAP Co-op team. It is expected that the faculty member would have primary responsibility 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.
A Visiting Assistant Professor 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.

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.
  • Evaluate and develop curriculum for department and/or college, prepare materials for teaching.
  • Serve as an experiential learning and career education advisor for students and evaluate student coursework.
  • Attend department and college meetings and events.
  • Engage in other activities ancillary to or in support of their responsibilities.
  • 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, and experience in evaluation of professional creative portfolios.

 Additional Qualifications Considered

  • The ideal candidate will possess 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

This position in non-tenure. The appointment period is one academic year (August 15, 2023 – August 14, 2024). The contract for the academic year is comprised of 2 primary semesters (Fall 2023 and Spring 2024), as well as a secondary semester (Summer 2024), during which Visiting faculty are contracted to work 34 days for compensation equal to 19% of the 2-semester base salary.

Application Process 

  • Applications must be submitted through the University of Cincinnati website. Please click on the following link >
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 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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