Faculty, Visual Communication (User Experience Design)

Location
Austin, TX
Posted
May 27, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

General Statement of Job


To instruct students in Visual Communication courses in accordance with College policies and procedures.



Position Information
Location Northridge Hours Hours as assigned. Salary Salary is assigned according to the Full-Time Faculty Salary Scale. FLSA Status Exempt Reports To Department Chair, Visual Communication Criminal Background Check Pre-employment criminal background checks are required for all Staff and Faculty positions. Pre-employment urinalyses drug screens are also required for all top candidates considered for positions in ACC's College Police department.

Description of Duties and Tasks

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Instructs students in the Visual Communication discipline. Provides learning activities that stimulate student involvement and encourage critical thinking.
  • Uses innovative teaching strategies to meet the learning needs of a diverse student population: including interactive video technology; online format and other uses of technology.
  • Maintains regular office hours to assist students; responds to students' emails and voice mails in a timely fashion. Responds to assignments and students' concerns in a timely manner; makes accurate assessments of students' performance and files grades by deadlines.
  • Maintains professional competencies in the subject area and currency in instructional methodologies through professional associations and professional development.
  • Plans and organizes syllabi, course work, study guides and other support material for the classroom setting as well as online learning. Participates in curriculum development, implementation, and review in accordance with college concerns.
  • Participates in graduation, general assembly, and other official College functions. Serves as an academic advisor to assigned students.
  • Serves on college-wide and departmental committees as needed.
  • Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Department Chair, Dean, Associate Vice President, and/or the Executive Vice President.
  • Available for faculty assignments that may include days/evenings/weekends and/or multiple campus locations.




  • Additional Job Specific Duties

    • Contribute to and provide leadership for the development of advanced user experience courses.




    Knowledge

    Must possess required knowledge and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

    • Knowledge of effective instructional techniques and innovative modes of course delivery adaptable to a variety of learning styles.
    • Conversant of best practices in using current technologies in the classroom and in conveying online course content in learning management systems (e.g. Blackboard, Canvas) in the classroom.
    • Extensive knowledge of the discipline, subject matter, and related and/or relevant topics and issues in the teaching discipline such as:
      • the role of a user experience designer as part of a multi-disciplinary team;
      • the best use of software tools for user experience design;
      • strong interests and capabilities in the design and development of engaging user experiences for digital products; and
      • a thorough understanding of contemporary user-centered design methodologies such as user research, persona development, prototyping, and user testing.
    • Understanding the comprehensive mission and philosophy of community colleges.
    • Awareness of and sensitivity to issues relating to a diverse student body.
    • Principles and practices associated with Servant-Leadership.




    Skills

    Must possess required skills and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

    • Effective leadership, team building skills and a strong customer-orientation when working with diverse students, faculty, administration, community and business leaders.
    • Effective planning, organizing, communication, and interpersonal skills including use of tact and discretion and the ability to meet deadlines.
    • Effective assistance of student learning, using a variety of learning styles.
    • Ability to interact effectively with students of diverse backgrounds.
    • Reliability in being punctual for classes and holding office hours.
    • Capacity to maintain an established schedule that may vary by semester and that may include evenings and weekends and multiple campus locations.
    • Ability to maintain confidentiality of student information.




    Technology Skills

    • Demonstrated proficiency using computer applications, online resources, and other technologies for the classroom. Demonstrated proficiency using an online learning management system such as Blackboard to develop and build course content and perform administrative duties (posting office hours, syllabi, grades, etc.)
    • Demonstrated proficiency with Mac OS.




    Required Work Experience

    • In accordance with SACSCOC accreditation requirements, SACSCOC work experience and education requirements may differ depending on the courses taught within the discipline. Please see the current year Faculty Qualifications Table located at www.austincc.edu/facstaff/faculty-credentials for requirements to teach IMED and UXUI courses under the Visual Communication Department.




    Preferred Work Experience

    • Three years of teaching experience including curriculum development.
    • Three years or more of professional experience as a member of the UX/UI design team, as Visual Designer, Design Researcher, UX Designer, Interaction Designer, Experience Designer, Information Designer, or Design Coder.




    Required Education

    • In accordance with SACSCOC accreditation requirements: Bachelor's degree in Art, Visual Communication, Commercial Art, Computer Graphics, Graphic Design, Interactive Media or Interactive Technology, and 3 years non-teaching industry relevant work experience, and evidence of training in digital media OR Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Human Computer Interaction, Interaction or Interactive Design, English and/or Technical Communication, Interface Design, UI Design, Visual Design, User Experience Design, Web Design, and 3 years non teaching industry-relevant work experience, and evidence of training in digital media OR Bachelor's degree in a related design, computer science, or art subfield, and 3 years non-teaching industry-relevant work experience, and evidence of training in digital media OR Associate degree in one of the above areas and 3 years non-teaching industry-relevant work experience, and evidence of training in digital media. SACSCOC requirements may differ depending on the courses taught within the discipline. Please see the current year Faculty Qualifications Table located at www.austincc.edu/facstaff/faculty-credentials for requirements to teach IMED and UXUI courses under the Visual Communication Department.




    Preferred Education

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      Bachelor's degree in Human Computer Interaction, Interaction or Interactive Design, Interface Design, UI Design, Visual Design or User Experience




    Special Requirements

    Licenses/Certifications; Other

    • Reliable transportation may be required for teaching in multiple campus locations.
    • Able to document training in digital media.




    Physical Requirements

    • Ability to communicate effectively with students.
    • Work is routinely performed in a classroom setting.




    Other Preferred Qualifications

    • Advanced skills with design, prototyping, and communication tools.
    • Knowledge of Agile and Lean methodologies.
    • Knowledge of human-centered, prototype-driven design processes.




    Safety

    • Work safely and follow safety rules. Report unsafe working conditions and behavior. Take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent others from engaging in unsafe practices.




    ACC Benefits Overview

    Full-time Faculty and Staffing Table employees who work in full-time and/or part-time positions at the College are eligible for ACC medical benefits effective the first of the month after their first 60 days of employment. Benefits include medical, dental, life insurance, short and long term disability, retirement plans and AD&D.

    ACC does not participate in Social Security. ACC participates in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and the Optional Retirement Program (ORP-Faculty Only). Part-time and Hourly employees participate in the ACC Money Purchase Plan (ACCMPP) as a retirement program required by Federal law.



    Disclaimer

    The above description is an overview of the job. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Duties and responsibilities may change with business needs. ACC reserves the right to add, change, amend, or delete portions of this job description at any time, with or without notice. Employees may be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made by ACC as its discretion to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    Austin Community College provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

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