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Tenure-Track Faculty Position


Posting Dates: May 14 – October 31, 2021

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The Stamps School of Art & Design seeks to fill a Tenure-Track Fac­ulty Posi­tion in Anti-Racism By Design.

Appli­ca­tion Dead­line: Octo­ber 31, 2021
Start Date:
Sep­tem­ber 1, 2022
Tenured Fac­ulty Posi­tion in Anti-Racism By Design
Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor, with tenure / Pro­fes­sor, with tenure
Salary and Ben­e­fits:
Highly com­pet­i­tive and com­men­su­rate with expe­ri­ence
Full Details and Appli­ca­tion:

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 Art and an MDes in Inte­gra­tive Design .

This posi­tion is part of a new U‑M fac­ulty clus­ter focused on Racial Jus­tice & Tech­nol­ogy, and will include three fac­ulty from the Ford School of Pub­lic Pol­icy , the School of Infor­ma­tion, and the Stamps School of Art and Design, with addi­tional sup­port for cross-school col­lab­o­ra­tions within the clus­ter. The three-fac­ulty clus­ter coa­lesces an emerg­ing inter­dis­ci­pli­nary field of research that cen­ters struc­tural racism pro­duced and repro­duced by infor­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, design, and tech­nol­ogy policies. 

The clus­ter is part of a uni­ver­sity-wide fac­ulty hir­ing ini­tia­tive in anti-racism . Over the next three years, the uni­ver­sity will hire at least 20 fac­ulty mem­bers with schol­arly exper­tise in racial inequal­ity and struc­tural racism.

The school seeks qual­i­fied can­di­dates to broaden exist­ing fac­ulty work within Stamps and the broader U‑M com­mu­nity by advanc­ing a schol­arly and ped­a­gogic agenda specif­i­cally focused on anti-racism. Can­di­dates will show a deep under­stand­ing of racial for­ma­tions as they relate to design prac­tices. Their work may include anti-racism in ana­lytic frame­works, design meth­ods, fab­ri­ca­tion tech­niques, human-tech­nol­ogy inter­ac­tions, and other cre­ative research and teach­ing that pos­i­tively impacts racial jus­tice. The qual­i­fied can­di­date will have evi­dence of schol­arly exper­tise on bias and power within soci­ety, both per­pet­u­ated through art and design and addressed by pos­i­tive alter­na­tives, such that it that deep­ens the Stamps school’s exper­tise in teach­ing anti-racism and racial jus­tice, both within its under­grad­u­ate cur­ricu­lum in art and design and its grad­u­ate pro­gram in Inte­gra­tive Design.

The suc­cess­ful can­di­date will teach and con­tribute to a range of under­grad­u­ate courses and grad­u­ate stu­dios and sem­i­nars in a highly inter­dis­ci­pli­nary cur­ricu­lum. Can­di­dates should have a proven track record of excel­lence in under­grad­u­ate teach­ing, and pref­er­ence will be given to can­di­dates with the abil­ity to con­tribute sig­nif­i­cantly to grad­u­ate level research and teach­ing. The selected can­di­date will have an oppor­tu­nity to design and lead a two-year grad­u­ate stu­dent cohort project that posi­tions anti-racism as the design theme.

An MDes or equiv­a­lent ter­mi­nal degree is required, with a PhD pre­ferred. A record of lead­er­ship, teach­ing, and ser­vice com­men­su­rate with a senior fac­ulty appoint­ment at the rank of asso­ciate pro­fes­sor with tenure or pro­fes­sor with tenure at a research-inten­sive uni­ver­sity is expected.

How to Apply
Appli­ca­tions must be sub­mit­ted online via the University’s employ­ment por­tal: careers​.umich​.edu.

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) Doc­u­men­ta­tion of qual­i­fi­ca­tions. A link to an online port­fo­lio that con­tains the fol­low­ing ele­ments is required.

  • A detailed CV.
  • A state­ment of cre­ative work and/​or research.
  • A state­ment of teach­ing interests/​philosophy.
  • Up to 10 exam­ples of cre­ative work/​research/​scholarship, includ­ing images and/​or pub­lished work/​research (as applic­a­ble) and brief project descriptions.
  • Doc­u­men­ta­tion of teach­ing expe­ri­ence to include up to 10 exam­ples of stu­dent work (images and brief descrip­tions) and sam­ples or links to course syl­labi. The names and con­tact infor­ma­tion for at least three pro­fes­sional references.

Back­ground Screen­ing
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.

U‑M EEO/AA State­ment
The Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan is an equal opportunity/​affirmative action employer.

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.