Assistant Professor - Art + Design

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Position Title Assistant Professor - Art + Design Requisition Number FTFR001188 Division/College College of Arts, Media and Design Interdisciplinary Division/College Location Boston Main Campus Full-time/Part-time Full Time Benefits Eligible Yes Tenure Status Tenured/Tenure Track Posting Date 10/17/2018 Responsibilities

The Department of Art + Design in the College of Arts, Media and Design invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor of design with an emphasis on creative technologies. The successful candidate will have a critically-engaged research practice that combines proficiency in theory, technological skills, and strong design sensibilities. In this position professors are expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to help build new research centers and help formulate a new interdisciplinary PhD program.

Our Department values accomplished designers and researchers with interests in creating powerful experiences for people through the design of artifacts, environments, and services, and advancing the field of design research and scholarship. We follow integrative and holistic approaches to design, grounded in cultural practices and behavioral arts, and embrace creative research questions of how technologically mediated action is lived, felt and valued. Our faculty and students’ work explores perspectives on human experience as a process of making sense of the world, participating in culture, and engaging with community.

Opportunity and Context
The ideal candidate will contribute to and collaborate with faculty of our signature Masters programs (such as Information Design + Visualization and Experience Design); our interdisciplinary PhD program (in development); as well as our undergraduate programs. We also offer BFA degrees in Design, Media Art, and Game Design, and an MS in Game Science and Design.

The Department of Art + Design has three distinct advantages: (I) Our diversified faculty conducts strong courses of study in a rich spectrum of practices: studio art, art history and critical studies in contemporary art and emerging media; graphic, information, interaction and experience design; digital arts, animation, game theory and design, photography, film, video, and interactive media. (II) We are located within a major private global research university and a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement and interdisciplinary research and our College has a unique combination of disciplines, including Architecture, Art + Design, Game Design, Communication Studies, Journalism, Media and Screen Studies, Music, and Theatre. (III) We are in Boston, a thriving urban center of culture, education, research and innovation with extensive global connections. See:


Candidates will be considered from a variety of design fields, including but not limited to interactive/computational media design, interaction design, data visualization, and interactive media arts. Candidates must have a PhD, MDes/MFA, or equivalent terminal degree in one of these fields by the start date of the appointment; have expertise in one or more areas of design practice; be prepared to engage with existing university and college strategic areas; knowledge of computational and/or emerging media; and an eagerness to collaborate with faculty across other disciplines of our College and University. Candidates must have a well-developed research agenda that will inform and advance current trends in the field through creative production, experimentation, collaboration, exhibition and/or publication.

Successful candidates will have or show potential for having a national or international record of excellence in creative practice, innovative research, substantive scholarship and effective teaching. All candidates should have a strong interest in collaborative work as well as experience in, or a commitment to, working with diverse student populations in a culturally diverse work and educational environment.

Additional Information

To apply, visit the College of Arts, Media and Design website: and click on the link for full-time positions or full-time interdisciplinary positions. If viewing this posting on the Northeastern University website, click on “Apply to this job”. Please include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching excellence, and a portfolio of visual examples of design work and/or examples of publications. In addition, please supply contact information for three references whose letters will be solicited separately. Please do not submit additional materials until/unless requested. Review of applications will begin immediately. Complete applications received on or before January 2, 2019 will be guaranteed full consideration. Additional applications will be considered until the position is filled. Preferred start date is the 2019-2020 academic year.

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University, and an ADVANCE institution. Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Northeastern University offers benefits coverage to the domestic partners of benefits-eligible faculty and staff. Northeastern University is an E-Verify employer. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Documents Needed to Apply Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Teaching Evaluations
  4. Digital Portfolio
Optional Documents
  1. Link to portfolio with fully captioned images
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