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The department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) is hiring for the following positions:

Assistant Teaching Professor/Associate Teaching Professor

Posted March 1, 2022

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington plans to hire up to two Assistant Teaching Professors or one Associate Teaching Professor and one Assistant Teaching Professor (100% FTE, non-tenured) starting the 2022-2023 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 successful applicants will be expected to provide excellent teaching. The rank of appointment, initial appointment duration, and compensation will be commensurate with the applicant’s qualifications and experience. 

The appointment will begin in September 2022. The initial appointment is expected to be for 2–3 years. The position can be renewed, and Teaching Professors are reviewed at the end of each appointment period for reappointment consideration. 

University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service. While Teaching Professors 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 Teaching Professors 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. It is anticipated that successful candidates will 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.


Requires a Masters degree (or foreign equivalent). Positive factors for consideration include, but are not limited to, prior teaching experience, and extensive industry, professional, or academic experience in areas covered in our curriculum, such as: human and user centered design processes, interaction design, programming, visual design, information visualization, physical computing, data science, sustainable design, accessibility, ethics, or related areas.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials via Interfolio. Review of applications will begin March 18, 2022. 

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

  * A diversity, equity, and inclusion 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 (

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Grants & Contracts Manager

Posted February 9, 2022

Serve as Grant and Contract Manager for the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE).  Work with the Chair, Administrator, and faculty within the University’s policies and procedures to achieve strategic and overarching departmental goals.  General responsibilities and duties include day-to-day financial operations for the research groups and centers associated with a portfolio of principal investigators (PIs).  Responsibilities include the coordination, planning, training, management, development, and implementation of the fiscal and administrative functions and staff.

The position includes exercising independent judgment and has delegated decision-making authority for funds management and contract administration.  Primary responsibilities include proposal preparation, fiscal planning, budget management, grant/contract administration (federal, industry, & self-sustaining), purchasing and payroll oversight.  This position is responsible for problem solving, prioritizing and multi-tasking of assignments, requests and report deadlines.  The role is fast-paced and often requires responding to deadlines with short lead times. 

The Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering is an academic department within the College of Engineering with over $5M in annual expenditures. The department is highly interdisciplinary with collaborative research programs that cross over departmental, college and institutional boundaries as well as involving local, national, and international research organizations and foundations. This position will be responsible for administering incoming and outing sub awards and contracts with these diverse organizations.

Human Centered Design and Engineering serves over 500 students annually, grants bachelors, masters, and PhD degrees, including a certificate in User-Centered Design (UCD). As of January 2022, the department has 18 tenure-track faculty, 7 teaching faculty, and 12 staff. HCDE averages approximately $8M in research expenditures per year, and submits over 30 proposals per year.


Pre-Award Responsibilities & Duties
Provide technical and administrative support to principal investigators during proposal submissions. Ensure successful proposal submission by exercising independent judgment interpreting and applying sponsor, UW, federal, state and industry policies, rules and regulations with grant/contract preparation and implementation.   Work with staff in HCDE, other campus units, and collaborative institutions to prepare proposal budget and compile sponsor-required data for student training grants and center proposals. Obtain documentation related to matching and department support.

Post-Award Responsibilities & Duties
Provide administrative and grant/contract support for individual research programs for all principal investigators.  Position is expected to act as a liaison with sponsors, subcontractors and other UW units.  Manage and administer multiple, complex budgets including state, federal, university/industry cooperative, industry contracts and subcontracts.  Interface directly with UW units, funding agencies and subcontractors to handle invoices, supplements, extensions, fiscal reports and compliance.

Financial Reporting, Communications, and Requirements 
Meet with the PIs to present the financial status of each program and possible problem areas.  Provide representation for each program and provide information related to the content, policies, procedures and activities of each.  Establish and maintain account management procedures including preparation and/or approval of monthly budget reports and reconciliation of expenditure documents with UW accounting reports and relevant grant award requirements. Develop comprehensive monthly budget reports to track revenue along with actual and projected expenditures. Analyze and develop cost saving strategies, provide recommendations, and implement necessary changes, following sponsor guidelines and requirements.

Compliance and Budgetary Requirements
Advise PIs on payroll compliance and budgetary requirements for staff supported by their grants and contracts. Coordinate with payroll managers and advising staff in HCDE and in other departments (e.g. CSE, ISE, ME) that are home to the PIs and research staff supported by the PIs. Develop systems to track FEC reports, and manage and oversee cost-share and compliance.

Training, Sponsor Policy, and Requirements
Train and advise staff regarding sponsor compliance and policy requirements on all grant expenditures which include significant and complex expenditures, travel, purchasing, and large equipment orders. Initiate cost transfers, journal vouchers and reverse expenditures.

Development of Internal Policies and Procedures
Develop, lead, train on all policies and procedures related to the administration of financial management functions, both pre-and –post award across all components of this large research division to manage systems that will safeguard compliance with all institutions, local, state and federal regulations regarding grant and contract financial management and reporting.  This includes development of system and process improvements, such as forms, budget reporting templates, and complex tracking tools.

Lead Responsibilities

  • Pre-Award Responsibilities & Duties
  • Post-Award Responsibilities & Duties
  • Financial Reporting, Communications, and Requirements 
  • Compliance and Budgetary Requirements
  • Training, Sponsor Policy, and Requirements
  • Development of Internal Policies and Procedures

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • May supervise classified staff or student assistant(s)


  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Accounting, Finance, or related degree
  • Two years of experience working in a fast-paced research oriented environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks on a frequent basis
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively interact with faculty, staff and students, and industry representatives
  • Ability to interact with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel, and Adobe Acrobat
  • Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


  • Ability to explain complex regulatory, budget and financial information to a broad range of individuals from various backgrounds.
  • Self-starter who is highly organized with a strong attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to work quickly with the ability to manage multiple and rapidly changing priorities.
  • Open to receiving direction and to asking for assistance when needed.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Knowledge of University of Washington fiscal policies and procedures, including those related to grants and contracts.
  • Experience with UW Systems particularly SAGE and MyFD.
  • Understanding of UW grant and contract management policies and practice.
  • Experience with federal grants and contracts policies and procedures.
  • Experience with subcontract agreements.

Application Process

For more information and to apply, visit the job listing here or go to and search for Requisition #202897. The position will remain open until filled.

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