Program Director in Product Design

University of Kentucky University of Kentucky Employer:
Lexington, KY, USLocation:
Thu, Feb 6 '20Posted on:

The Program Director, who will report to the Dean of the College of Design, is responsible for the overall academic, administrative, and fiscal leadership of the Product Design Program. The Program Director will provide leadership in defining the strategic priorities and vision for the program and to enhance its visibility, brand, and reputation. In this role, the Program Director will be responsible for continuing to advance and strengthen degree programs; foster excellence in teaching, research, and engagement; build the program’s enrollment; oversee the hiring of new faculty during the inaugural 4 years; advance innovation and multidisciplinary activities and work collaboratively with the Assistant Dean for Finance to effectively manage program resources. The Program Director should promote a diverse work and learning environment that fosters entrepreneurship, growth, collaboration, and shared governance.

Candidates should demonstrate through evidence in their dossiers an understanding of: curriculum development and assessment of professional education programs in design; scholarly interests of a research university and the design research responsibilities of its faculty; outreach obligations of a land grant institution and the potential for designers to work with the community; and strategies through which contemporary design programs engage the profession and through which academic programs address an evolving professional context for design.

Ideal candidates will have background to shape the new program’s educational vision. While the base curriculum is developed, the inaugural Director is expected to edit and refine the curriculum as each year of the degree evolves and to assist in submitting the new graduate degree and any associated certificates and minors determined to enhance the program. In addition, candidates should have an interest in interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and research.

The position commences August 1, 2020 and includes an eleven or twelve month contract at the rank of associate or full professor. Salary is competitive and based on qualifications and experience. Candidates should demonstrate the potential for successful university teaching, an active research and/or design portfolio, and collegial participation in service activities.

Review of applications begins on February 26, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Mitzi Vernon, Dean of the College of Design: or Charlotte Leedy, Executive Administrative Assistant: or (859) 257-7619‬.


Interested candidates must complete an online application, including the names of three (3) references, and include the following documents:
1) A letter of intent that addresses the listed qualifications (Cover Letter)
2) Curriculum Vitae
3) Statement of Teaching Philosophy (Specific Request 1)
4) A PDF file with samples of professional work and student work, or a website address (Specific Request 2)

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