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The University of Washington's Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) is hiring for the following positions:

Lecturer or Senior Lecturer

Review of applications will begin January 15, 2020

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington plans to hire a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer (100% FTE, non-tenured) for the 2020-21 academic year. HCDE is expanding its faculty to address the growing need for professionals trained in Human Centered Design & Engineering from a multi-disciplinary perspective. HCDE is committed to being a model of diversity in the UW College of Engineering.

This position is a nine month academic year appointment as a voting member of the HCDE faculty. The rank of appointment, initial appointment duration, and compensation will be commensurate with the applicant’s qualifications.

While we will consider all strong candidates, we are seeking individuals to teach in diverse intellectual areas across engineering and design covered in our curriculum, such as: human and user centered design processes, interaction design, ideation techniques, prototyping, programming, visual design, information visualization, physical computing, data science, sustainable design, accessibility, ethics, organizational design strategy, technical communication, or related areas.

The appointment will begin in September 2020. The initial appointment is expected to be for 2–3 years. The position can be renewed, and lecturers are reviewed at the end of each appointment period for reappointment consideration.

University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service. While lecturers are primarily focused on teaching and service, they are also invited to participate in the wide range of research or scholarly activities in the department and collaboratively across the college and university. In addition to having voting rights in the faculty, HCDE lecturers are equal partners with tenure-track faculty in the governance and leadership of the department.    

HCDE has an extensive, evolving, and growing curricular program. HCDE offers bachelors, professionally oriented masters, and doctoral degrees as well as a User-Centered Design certificate program. HCDE also collaborates with other departments on campus to offer a Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS); a Master of Human Computer Interaction and Design (MHCI+D); and, through the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX), a Master of Science in Technology Innovation (MSTI). HCDE faculty members may teach in one or more of these programs.

Background Information

HCDE is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. Successful candidates will be able to reflect on how their approach to teaching and/or service contributes to positive social change and supports people who represent differences in gender, class, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, national and cultural boundaries, national origin, worldview, intellectual origin, ability, and other identities. It is anticipated that successful candidates will also be aware of where they stand to grow with regard to issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice, and their potential to mentor and educate diverse students.

Successful candidates will join a vibrant faculty conducting interdisciplinary research in human-computer interaction and the design of sociotechnical systems. Current faculty work in infrastructure studies, human-computer interaction, research through design, health informatics and behavior change, visualization, computer-supported cooperative work, crowd-sourcing, computer-mediated communication, engineering design, scientific collaboration, emerging communication technologies, human centered data science, visual analytics, and engineering education.

The department is the home of dynamic, collaborative faculty labs, and faculty members regularly collaborate with colleagues in Computer Science and Engineering; the Information School; and the School of Art, Art History, and Design. Faculty members also routinely engage in research projects with affiliates from the region’s high-tech industry. Seattle is home to many prominent technology companies, along with a robust startup and global health community.

Qualifications

Position requires a PhD or Masters degree (or foreign equivalent), with prior teaching and/or equivalent professional experience.

We are interested in individuals with demonstrated ability or potential for teaching excellence. Candidates must have demonstrated excellence in teaching a studio-based pedagogy and/or project-based learning approaches or extensive industry or professional experience and who are transitioning to an academic environment.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials here » 
Review of applications will begin January 15, 2020.

  1. Letter of application
  2. Current CV
  3. Contact information for three references
  4. Diversity statement *
  5. Teaching statement or teaching philosophy
  6. For applicants with prior teaching experience, a teaching portfolio that includes:
    1. Instructional materials such as sample syllabi, in-class activities, and assignments with associated evaluation and/or grading rubrics
    2. If available, course evaluations that provide both quantitative and qualitative evidence of teaching and mentoring effectiveness

  *  A diversity statement helps applicants reflect on how their approach to teaching and/or service contributes to positive social change and supports people who represent differences in gender, class, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, national and cultural boundaries, national origin, worldview, intellectual origin, ability, and other identities. We invite you to reflect and describe your related experiences in teaching and service and also where you stand to grow with regard to issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice, and your potential to mentor and educate diverse students.

For questions regarding this position or possible disability accommodations, please contact Stacia Green <hcdesrl1@uw.edu>.


Community Outreach & Engagement Program Manager

HCDE has an outstanding opportunity for a Community Outreach & Engagement Program Manager. This individual will work directly with the HCDE Chair, Associate Chairs, Administrator, Academic Services team, faculty, and the College of Engineering’s Advancement team to grow and manage the department’s Corporate Affiliates Program (CAP) and Alumni Leadership Board as well as oversee industry focused events.

HCDE is a fast-paced and dynamic environment, which will require strong organizational skills and problem-solving abilities.  The Community Outreach & Engagement Program Manager will need to use effective time management to set priorities and juggle multiple projects in order to meet deadlines. In addition, this individual will regularly exercise independent judgment and discretion, especially in the day-to-day contact with current and prospective industry partners and alumni.

The Community Outreach & Engagement Program Manager serves as HCDE’s primary connection to our community and industry partners and alumni board. We are looking for someone who can create the intersections between students and industry, between faculty and community, between last year’s graduating class and graduates who have been in the field for ten years and help turn today’s students into tomorrow’s committed alumni.

Primary goals include:
Continuing the current growth trends in our Affiliates program, bringing on new community and industry partners and strengthening the relationships with our current affiliates, creating new engagement opportunities for our partners, students, and faculty.
Working directly with the Alumni Board to develop a pipeline between current students, recent graduates, and long-term professionals.

In addition, the Community Outreach & Engagement manager will:

  • Plan and run events such as our career fair, design jams, and First Friday tours of CAP member offices.
  • Recruit industry partners to provide projects for classroom activities and student capstones.
  • Collaborate with partners throughout the department and the College of Engineering to develop new ways of engaging with our communities.

HCDE is human-centered. We offer a collaborative work environment where staff, faculty, and students are all committed to success and work together to achieve our goals. Bring your passion for building relationships, and we will help you create possibility.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree AND three years of progressively responsible experience in event management, sponsorship management, and/or industry engagement. Equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for degree.
  • Advanced level of computer and technology expertise, including advanced proficiency working with Salesforce, Microsoft Word and Excel for the generation of correspondence, special reports, spreadsheets, attendee tracking and form development.
  • Experience in planning small and large scale meetings and conferences.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and customer service; a professional manner with the ability to exercise oneself clearly and empathetically in interactions with others in all forms of communications, verbal and written, one on one and group, etc.; the ability to communicate in a direct and professional manner that engages dialog in a manner that resolves differences.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain positive relationships and actively contribute as a member of working teams to achieve results. Ability to work independently, problem solve, take initiative, set priorities and handle multiple projects efficiently and effectively. Takes responsibility and initiative to set and meet the goals, objectives and obligations while representing the mission, values and visions of our organization.
  • Demonstrated creativity, organizational ability, and strong attention to detail. Ability to make decisions in ambiguous situations, exercise good judgment based on information and analysis in a fast paced, dynamic deadline driven environment in an organized and professional manner.
  • Flexible working hours to accommodate all HCDE events, held on nights and weekends as scheduled.
  • The ability to stand for long periods of time.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Desired experience

  • Experience in fiscal management and analysis of state, department and discretionary funds in support of development initiatives.
  • Ability to interpret and apply institutional administrative and fiscal compliance guidelines and practices.
  • Familiarity and experience with UW systems such as FS-Works, Catalyst, and ADVANCE database.

Application process

Apply via the UW Employment website, here »


Assistant Professor (tenure-track)

Applications accepted until December 1, 2019

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington seeks an individual dedicated to excellence in teaching and research programs to join our dynamic interdisciplinary intellectual community in 2020.

HCDE is a vibrant, welcoming, and engaged interdisciplinary community that incorporates a range of intellectual traditions. We offer BS, MS, and PhD degrees and serve as a founding contributor to three interdisciplinary master’s degrees. Candidates will teach undergraduate and graduate courses and will supervise doctoral students. The yearly teaching load is three courses (one per quarter) plus supervision of for-credit directed research groups. Teaching opportunities will be based on our current course offerings and the individual’s areas of scholarly expertise. Successful candidates will join a dynamic faculty conducting interdisciplinary research in the design and engineering of sociotechnical systems broadly defined. 

Human-centered research includes, but is not limited to, discovering methods, theories, processes, tools, and systems for the purpose of improving people’s lives and constructively engaging with the ethical and societal implications of technology such as issues of equity or global impacts.

We particularly seek multidisciplinary candidates who are pursuing research in one or more of the following areas:

  • Human-centered data science
  • Race, class, gender, and their intersections in design or engineering,
  • Engineering human-centered systems (e.g., fabrication, robotics, open-source hardware, or similar fields), and
  • Information visualization and social consequences.

While these are areas of priority, we will consider any applicant whose research is consistent with the department's mission.

Successful candidates are expected to develop substantial programs of research including peer-reviewed publications and external funding. Candidates should show evidence of strong promise in teaching as well as scholarship.

All UW faculty engage in teaching, research, and service. The College of Engineering regularly sets visions for strategic research areas; current areas can be found here. Faculty members also routinely collaborate with colleagues across campus and with affiliates from the region’s noted high-tech industry. Seattle is a culturally diverse urban center with growing racial, ethnic and immigrant communities. It is also home to many prominent technology companies, along with a robust startup and global health community. The University of Washington is building a culturally diverse faculty and encourages applications from women and minority candidates.

Qualifications
Applicants for this Assistant Professor (tenure-track) position should be recent or soon to graduate PhDs and must have earned a doctorate (or foreign equivalent) by the date of appointment; candidates who have current academic appointments must have completed fewer than three full years in a tenure track position at the time of application. This is a 9-month, full-time appointment.

Application Instructions
Appointment begins in Autumn 2020. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2019. Please send (1) a letter of application, (2) a current c.v., (3) statement(s) of research and teaching goals, (4) a diversity statement*, (5) up to three representative papers, and (6) contact information (best email and phone number) for at least three people from whom we may request letters of recommendation. Inquiries: Stacia Green at greens6@uw.edu.

Our department's social justice mission leads us to invest in recruiting colleagues who demonstrate experience with, knowledge of, and sensitivity to the needs of culturally diverse and oppressed populations in their scholarship, teaching, and service. As a program with a diverse student body, we seek candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to work with marginalized communities and with students holding a range of worldviews. In accord with the University’s expressed commitment to excellence and equity, contributions in scholarship and research, teaching, and service that address diversity and equal opportunity may be included among the professional and scholarly qualifications for appointment and promotion.

*A Diversity Statement helps applicants reflect on how their approach to teaching and/or service contributes to positive social change and supports people who represent differences in gender, class, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, national and cultural boundaries, national origin, worldview, intellectual origin, ability, and other identities. We invite you to reflect and describe your related experiences in teaching and service and also where you stand to grow with regard to issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice, and your potential to mentor and educate students who will serve diverse populations.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity
The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint. Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities.

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FAQ for Applicants

Q: Your ad states “candidates who have current academic appointments must have completed fewer than three full years in a tenure track position at the time of application.” I started my position more than three years ago but have been on leave (e.g., for health reasons, family reasons, pursuing a startup) so that I have been active in my position less than three full years. Can I still apply?

A: Absolutely. Please indicate the duration of your leave(s) in your cover letter.

Q: Where can I learn more about the department’s long term plans?

A: On October 2, 2019, we approved a revised mission, vision, guiding principles, and 5-year strategic plan for HCDE