Chair of MFA Interaction Design

Job Description:

The College for Creative Studies (CCS) seeks candidates for the position of Chair of MFA Interaction Design interested in the opportunity to build a new program at one of the leading art and design colleges in the U.S.

The MFA Program in Interaction Design will teach students the principles and techniques used in designing effective human-to-technology interaction solutions. The program will offer a 60-credit curriculum that is unique in the specific ways it integrates user-centric research, business practices and creative design studio courses to simulate the professional environment in the classroom. The curriculum will emphasize:

-the teaching of interaction design theory and its various technological applications with respect to a range of design solutions

-the usage of current research methods, tools and techniques related to understanding human behavior, performance and cognition and their impact on user adoption

-the execution of functionally appropriate and aesthetically compelling interaction design solutions that respond to user needs and to current and emerging market opportunities

-a broad awareness of issues, trends and developments in business, technology, design and other related areas in order to succeed in the face of a dynamic future

The curriculum will integrate industry-sponsored projects designed to mirror the professional studio and current business challenges. The final academic year will conclude with the Graduate Thesis, designed to help students execute a body of work that is the culmination of their graduate studies and experience.

The Chair will teach two graduate courses per semester and be responsible for:

  • further development of the graduate academic curriculum
  • hiring and managing graduate faculty
  • overall educational quality and leadership of the graduate Interaction Design program
  • recruiting students in collaboration with the Admissions Director of Graduate Studies
  • academic guidance and advising of graduate students
  • developing strong corporate partnerships

Job Requirements:

Reporting to the Dean of Graduate Studies, the successful candidate will be a highly accomplished design professional with proven experience in interaction design across a wide-range of industries. The candidate will be familiar with global trends and have the ability to link design education to emerging economic, industry as well as technology currents. The candidate will have:

  • a Master’s degree (MFA, MBA, MS) or higher in interaction design, graphic design, entertainment arts or other digital media-related fields
  • a Bachelor’s degree will be considered if the candidate has a significant amount of professional experience in the area of interaction design with demonstrable understanding of user research, usability testing and product evaluation
  • teaching experience at the college or graduate level in a lecture and/or studio setting
  • excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as a team leader and colleague

How to Apply:

Submit letter of interest, resume, transcripts, portfolio of work, and, if available, portfolio of student work to:

College for Creative Studies 
Office of Human Resources
201 E. Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202

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