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Employment at Stamps

Academic Programs Information Specialist

50% Appointment
Application Deadline: February 15, 2017

​​Working in close consultation with the academic deans and other professional/administrative staff of the School, the individual in this position is responsible for maintaining the Stamps central database which holds all student, degree, and course data. Specific duties are centered on student tracking, report generation, and comprehensive information management and improvement. The position is part-time and flexible, allowing for varying balances of telecommuting and onsite work. A complete position description, as well as instructions on submitting an application, can be found on the UM Jobs website.

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Tenure-Track Design Faculty Positions

Application Deadline: January 31, 2017
Start Date: September 1, 2017
Type: Tenured, Tenure-Track
Salary and Benefits: Highly competitive and commensurate with experience.


The University of Michigan is one of the world’s foremost public research universities. The Stamps School of Art & Design, as one of the 19 schools and colleges at the UM’s Ann Arbor, Michigan campus, offers a rich interdisciplinary environment for the development of creative practitioners. Undergraduate programs include BFA and BA degrees in art and design, a BFA in Interarts Performance, and a number of dual degree options with other UM schools and colleges. At the graduate level, students pursue one of two tracks of study – an MFA in Studio Art or an MDes in Integrative Design.


To become part of an exciting and ambitious academic vision, we are seeking qualified candidates for the following full-time 9-month tenure-track faculty positions, with a start date of September 1, 2017:

Assistant Professor - Information Design / Information Visualization
Candidates should be information designers / information visualization experts with the ability to use traditional and emerging computational media and methods to communicate complex ideas, concepts, and narratives. Candidates with demonstrated skills in ideation and depicting ideas, including an understanding of and appreciation for the relationship of drawing to concept development and design are desired. The successful candidate’s teaching load will be predominantly focused in the foundation level, and preference will be given to candidates with the ability and desire to contribute to the School’s foundation teaching program.
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Assistant Professor – Interaction Design
Candidates should be designers with the ability to work on screen interactions as well as to connect with other areas of interaction design through modes such as physical computing, interactive installation, digital video, moving images, sound, social media, and/or other relevant areas. The successful candidate’s teaching load will be predominantly focused in the foundation level, and preference will be given to candidates with the ability and desire to contribute to the School’s foundation teaching program.
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Assistant Professor – 3D Design
Candidates should be makers and thinkers with demonstrated expertise in 3D design and fabrication techniques including 3D digital processes and a keen ability to work with different materials, media, and methods involved in critical making. The successful candidate will have a background in industrial / product design and will teach a range of studio-based courses from undergraduate foundations to the graduate level.
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Professor – Design
Candidates should be designers with an international reputation and a record of leadership, teaching, and service commensurate with a senior faculty appointment at a research university. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in the theory and application of service design, systems design, design strategy, design innovation, and/or related fields, and with the ability to contribute significantly to graduate level research and teaching. The successful candidate will teach a range of undergraduate courses and graduate studios and seminars, and will contribute to efforts to develop a Stamps School PhD program in design.
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Duties and Expectations

  • Maintain a research and/or creative practice agenda commensurate with faculty rank.
  • Teach four courses per academic year in area of expertise.
  • Advise students and participate in student recruitment activities.
  • Serve the School and University through participation in committees and faculty governance activities.

Minimum Requirements

  • An MDes or equivalent degree, with a PhD preferred.
  • University-level teaching experience required for appointment at the rank of professor.

Desired Characteristics

  • Assistant Professor candidates: Emerging designers whose record of creative work/research and/or industry experience demonstrates a trajectory for developing a national and international reputation. University-level teaching experience a plus.
  • Professor candidates: A leader and visionary with the capacity to engage emerging fields and define new areas of inquiry.
  • Industry experience in relevant areas.
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to research / creative work and/or teaching in an interdisciplinary manner with faculty, students, and professionals in other disciplines.
  • A strong commitment to and experience working with socially-engaged / community-based practices and sustainable and resilient design practices.
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence by providing leadership in teaching, research, or service toward building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.
  • Dedicated to working at the intersection of art and design pedagogy with the ability to extend one’s practice beyond a primary area of specialization.
  • Well prepared to teach in a developmental way across the curricula and to both undergraduate and graduate students.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via the University’s employment portal, using the position-specific links below:

The following materials, combined as a SINGLE PDF FILE (500K maximum size), are required for each application submitted:

1) A letter of application that addresses:

  • Your qualifications and experiences relevant to the position;
  • How you see yourself contributing to the programs and mission of the Stamps School;
  • Your past experience and activities, and your future plans, to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion and to meet the educational needs and interests of a diverse community.

2) A detailed CV.

3) A statement of creative work and/or research.

4) A statement of teaching interests/philosophy.

5) Up to 10 examples of creative work/research/scholarship, including images and/or published work/research (as applicable) and brief project descriptions. Link to an online portfolio strongly preferred.

6) If applicable, documentation of teaching experience to include up to 10 examples of student work (images and brief descriptions) and samples or links to course syllabi. Link to an online portfolio strongly preferred.

7) The names and contact information for at least three professional references.

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The University of Michigan is committed to fostering and maintaining a diverse work culture that respects the rights and dignity of each individual, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender expression, height, weight, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, or veteran status.

The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples. Information on the University’s Family Friendly policies, programs, services and benefits for faculty can be found at http://www.provost.umich.edu/faculty/family

The University of Michigan is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.