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Assistant Professor of Design

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Assistant Professor of Design

Winthrop University: College of Visual & Performing Arts: Design

Location: Rock Hill, SC

Open Date: Feb 10, 2019


Winthrop University, a highly ranked, public, comprehensive university, announces a national search for an Assistant Professor of Design. This is a 9-month, full-time, tenure-track appointment in the Department of Design within the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Salary and rank are dependent upon qualifications. This position requires daily contact with students, faculty, and staff on campus. Additionally, the successful candidate may be expected to occasionally participate in events in the evenings and on weekends. Candidates should have the desire to teach in an interdisciplinary, diverse, and highly collaborative undergraduate environment. Winthrop enrolls a diverse student body, which closely mirrors the racial and ethnic diversity in the state, and has recently received accolades for its success in graduating students of color.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate expertise in design history, theory, and practice and a commitment to an interdisciplinary approach to design studies. The department seeks candidates whose design process emphasizes human-centered methodologies and who has experience and education in areas such as product design, interior design, architecture, and experience design.


  • Teach all levels of the undergraduate Design curriculum, totaling 9-12 credit hours / up to 18 contact hours each semester.
  • Advise and mentor undergraduate design majors.
  • Maintain creative and scholarly activity as demonstrated by an active research profile.
  • Participate in curriculum development, accreditation, assessment, and program planning.
  • Fully support and participate in the department's student recruitment efforts.
  • Engage in professional stewardship and academic responsibilities to the department, college, university, discipline, and community, as appropriate.
  • Assume other responsibilities according to departmental needs and candidate's qualifications.


Required Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree in a design discipline. Candidates holding a bachelor’s degree in a design discipline and significant teaching and professional experience deemed equivalent to a terminal degree by the university may be considered.
  • Record of teaching, scholarship, and professional activity.
  • Evidence of effectiveness in teaching.
  • Willingness to collaborate, communicate, and contribute to the growth of the department.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Minimum of two years of university-level teaching experience, including experience working with diverse student populations.
  • Demonstrated expertise related to:
    • product design and prototyping, experience design, strategic design thinking, interior design, and/or architecture
    • development and implementation of design research strategies
    • design process and methodologies

Application Instructions

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit their credentials as soon as possible for full consideration. Application review will begin on March 4, 2019. Applications received after the start of review may be considered if an acceptable candidate is not identified.

Complete applications should be submitted electronically at apply.interfolio.com/59455 and should include:

  • a cover letter addressing interest in and qualifications for the position
  • a current curriculum vitae
  • evidence of teaching excellence: a one-page statement of teaching philosophy and up to 20 images of student work with descriptions for each
  • a one-page research/professional activity statement and up to 20 images of professional work with descriptions for each
  • the names, email and phone numbers of three references familiar with the candidate’s qualifications
  • transcript and evidence of highest degree achieved (unofficial transcripts acceptable at this stage)

References will not be contacted without the candidate’s approval/consent. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence. Questions about the position and nominations should be directed to [email protected]

About Design and the College of Visual and Performing Arts
The Department of Design, one of four academic departments in the college has seven full-time and nine part-time faculty serving undergraduate majors pursuing a professional degree in visual communications or interior design. The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) is the academic home to over 600 undergraduate students majoring in dance, design, fine arts, music and theatre, and approximately 40 graduate students in four masters program. The College currently has 60 full-time faculty and 50 part-time lecturers, practicing professionals from the surrounding metropolitan area. Winthrop’s academic programs are nationally accredited by NASAD, NAST, NASD, NASM and CIDA. In addition, Winthrop’s arts education programs (art, music, theatre, and dance) are accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

About Winthrop University
Founded in 1886 and located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Winthrop University offers its 6,000-plus undergraduate and graduate students an educational experience that blends liberal arts, professional programs, global awareness, and civic engagement. In its degree-granting Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Visual and Performing Arts, Winthrop embraces only those programs and activities that can be delivered at an exemplary level. Winthrop is well known for its inclusive and supportive campus environment, with University College supporting programs in both academic and student affairs. Winthrop University is achieving national stature as a competitive and distinctive co-educational, public, residential, comprehensive, values-oriented institution. The values of service, excellence, diversity, community, and leadership provide the foundation for the University’s continuing development and shape Winthrop’s continuing success.

Numerous national accolades reflect the sustained high quality and value of the Winthrop Experience, including the most recent U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Winthrop as one of the top-10 public comprehensive universities in the South. Winthrop is an active member of the Rock Hill community and is recognized as a key component of the region’s economic resurgence. Approximately 20 minutes from Charlotte, North Carolina, Winthrop has direct access to and is engaged in a broad and expansive regional arts and business community. Winthrop’s beautiful campus encompasses a rich architectural blend of neo-Georgian buildings and is included in the National Register of Historic Places. The attractive recreational and research complex area that surrounds Winthrop Lake is home to Winthrop’s 18 Division I men’s and women’s sports.

Winthrop University is committed to providing a safe campus community. Winthrop conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Application Process

This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

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Posted: 2/19/2019
Application Due: 4/20/2019
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