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Position Title: Professor (full-time), Founding Chair of the Department of Design and Director of User Interface User Experience Design
Position Tracking Number: F015
School/College: School of Visual and Performing Arts, College of the Arts
Location: Azusa Campus
Azusa Pacific University (APU) was founded in 1899, enrolls over 11,000 students, and is located in Southern California. APU holds accreditation with WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), and it holds secondary accreditation in the design area with the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The College of the Arts (COTA) was founded in 2013, and it has made significant strides in advancing our mission of being a premiere college focused on exceptional artistic development and the incorporation of authentic Christian faith. These dual aspirations extend and enrich our influence on culture. Through the innovation and dedication of COTA’s scholar-practitioner faculty, nearly 750 arts majors, 150 arts minors, and over 200 graduate students are shaped with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to follow their passion and fulfill their vocational calling across the disciplines of cinema, design, music, theater, and visual art.
The Founding Chair of the Department of Design will lead the current faculty and staff in the design area, develop the existing undergraduate BA design studies degree program, facilitate innovation and engagement in design studies, and work in collaboration with faculty, industry leaders and the College of the Arts leadership to advance the mission of the college and university. As well, the Founding Chair will also serve as program director of the newly created Master of Arts in User Experience/User Interface Design degree. This is an online degree with residence options, and the Founding Chair will supervise the faculty, curriculum and promotion of this new department’s first graduate degree.
The ideal candidate will be able to provide thoughtful leadership in design studies, encourage collaboration and scholarship, make industry connections, have the abilities needed to lead the new department, and have expertise in user experience/user interface design. The School of Visual and Performing Arts, College of the Arts at Azusa Pacific University invite applications at this time for a Fall 2019 start.
Specialization: User Interface and Experience Design
Advance the APU mission, vision, and strategic plan.
Maintain active professional scholarship.
Provide oversight assistance of assessment and revision, ensuring instruction is conducted with academic integrity and rigor
Build new and maintain ongoing relationships with professional industry thought leaders, corporations and professional organizations
Supervise the department faculty and staff
Manage departmental budget and class schedule
Teach in a variety of instructional environments including: online, face-to-face, and hybrid formats is required at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Collaborate with the College of the Arts leadership to advance the undergraduate and graduate programs in design
Support student success and retention by working with other team members, faculty and advisors, while maintaining confidentiality of vital information.
Serve on University committees and COTA leadership team.
Additional responsibilities include providing support for faith integration across the curriculum, having an on-going professional research or production agenda, and active participation in service to the University through committee participation, School and/or University level as well as service to the broader professional community.
Other duties as assigned by the Dean
Level: Faculty rank commensurate with experience.
Qualifications: Successful candidates will possess the following:
At least an MFA in design studies or a master’s degree in user experience design or a related field.
Professional experience in user interface and experience design.
Record of strong administrative experience, and excellent interpersonal skills required.
A commitment to excellence in teaching and management.
Ability to develop and evaluate new and existing programs.
Active engagement in Curriculum and Program development.
Transparent, collaborative leadership ability.
A demonstrated, vibrant Christian faith compatible with the mission of Azusa Pacific University (Faculty members are required to sign a “Statement of Faith,” available at http://www.apu.edu/about/believe, and to adhere to the policies outlined in the Faculty Handbook)
Demonstration of collegial teamwork, desire to collaborate with colleagues and contribute to the College of Music and the Arts, Graduate Studies
Experience with assistive technology tools and instructional strategies
Experience: Professional expertise and experience commensurate with specific position requirements.
Hire Date: Open until filled.
Ability to integrate Christian values in all aspects.
Ability to engage in critical thinking and exercise independent judgment.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage confidential information.
Ability to collaborate with other faculty and staff and maintain collegial relations.
Self starter, ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form.
Candidates must align with Azusa Pacific University's Christian identity. Faculty members are expected to sign a Statement of Faith (available at http://www.apu.edu/about/believe), to adhere to the policies outlined in the Faculty Handbook, and to integrate the Christian faith in teaching and scholarship.
Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation.
Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Azusa Pacific University conducts background checks on all final candidates.
Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering over 80 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional centers across Southern California, APU has been recognized as one of U.S.News & World Report's Best Colleges for seven years running.