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[ecrea] job ad: Lecturer (Asst. Prof.) in Design Literacy - Amsterdam U. of Applied Sciences

Tue May 29 07:41:29 GMT 2018

SUBJECT: job ad: Lecturer (Asst. Prof.) in Design Literacy - Amsterdam U. of Applied Sciences

The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) is seeking a LECTURER IN DESIGN LITERACY, PLUS SUPPORT FOR DESIGN RESEARCH (for a total of 0,6 FTE). S/he will teach and coordinate (0,4 fte) the “Literacy” track within the Master’s programme in Digital Design, and will also have special additional tasks related to the “Research” track (0,2 fte).

Deadline 11/6. Dutch Lecturers are roughly equivalent to American Assistant Professors. Teaching load is 1 year-long course per academic year, with some management/coordination tasks.,-plus-support-for-Design-Research-(0,6-fte)?origin=multuOUrRd%2BkfCmjM7CCpA

Job description
This position entails 1) tasks as Lecturer in Design Literacy, and 2) additional support tasks for Design Research. Both are detailed below.

1) We are seeking a Lecturer to lead the Literacy track, as well as teach the foundational course “Design Literacy.” We are hiring a colleague with a strong expertise in teaching design processes, as well as a critical perspective on Design Thinking. The Lecturer in Design Literacy is a central figure of the Master’s programme, and is responsible for: - revising/updating the syllabus for Design Literacy (one of the four foundational classes at the M.Sc. Digital Design);
- teaching the Design Literacy course;
- coordinating the Literacy track, e.g. organizing intensive workshops, inviting guest-speakers, and establishing and maintaining international connections; - promoting students’ work outside the programme, e.g. writing and publishing research papers with students and colleagues, or actively attending professional networking events; - contributing to the public communications of the programme with regular blog posts on, as well as facilitating students’ contributions;
- participating in students’ assessments and admissions.

2) We are also seeking a Support Lecturer who will work closely together with the other lecturers in the Master’s programme - especially with the Lecturer in Design Research. At the moment, the Design Research course spans across the three approaches to constructive design research (Lab, Field, and Showroom), and we are looking for an enthusiastic colleague with expertise in quantitative and/or qualitative design research
The primary functions of the Support Lecturer are:
- support the Core Lecturer in Design Research in formative and summative assessments; - develop original lessons plans and teach independently in the Research track (e.g. intensive workshops, field-sessions…);

We are seeking a colleague with the proven capacity of enabling design students to perform in teams, with clients, in a well-defined process. Experience with Research through Design and Action Research is a plus, as well as experience in design industry. Applicants with a Ph.D. degree, or close to defending, will be given priority. Those with Master’s degrees and significant industry experience are also acceptable, especially if they are willing to obtain a Ph.D. or PDD/PDEng in the near future. Demonstrable teaching experience, especially at the graduate level, is essential. The Lecturer in Design Literacy will be able to work in interdisciplinary teams and with students from a variety of disciplinary/cultural backgrounds. The ability to effectively teach in English is required.

The Master in Digital Design programme brings together practice, research, and technological innovation. The 1-year full time curriculum combines a rigorous background in design research (‘Research through Design’, ‘Action Research’) with real-world projects involving industry partners carried out in a studio setting. It is designed to challenge students, and prepare them for the real-life rhythms of design professionals. The programme centres around four main areas of expertise: Literacy, Research, Creation and Strategy. It is completely taught in English, to a multicultural cohort of 24 students. This year our students already submitted papers to NordiCHI, CHI Play, RtD Conf, and Games for Health.

The M.Sc. Digital Design is an initiative of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, in cooperation with nine leading Dutch digital agencies (ACHTUNG!, DDB Tribal, FHV BBDO, Fabrique, MediaMonks, Mirabeau, Momkai, TamTam, and Woedend!) and a network of key partners (for 2017/18: World Wildlife Fund (WWF), VodafoneZiggo, ANWB, Informaat and DigitasLBi).

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The initial period of employment is one year with the possibility of an extension. The tasks belong to the job description of teacher / researcher 2 (docent / onderzoeker 2). The pay scale complies with pay scale 11 (CAO HBO labour agreement for universities of applied sciences). The maximum salary is €4.661,- and depends on education and experience.

The AUAS offers an extensive package of employee benefits, including a generous holiday allowance and payment of a 13th month. Via the AUAS Academy, the AUAS also offers excellent opportunities for study and personal development and encourages employees to continue their professional education. Lecturers must hold a teaching certificate, or must be willing to obtain one within a set period. The AUAS is willing to pay for the teaching certificate course.

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