Applications are invited for a permanent, fulltime position as Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Visual Communication Design at Ngā Pae Māhutonga – The School of Design – within the College of Creative Arts (CoCA) on Massey University’s Wellington Campus.
The level of appointment will depend on qualifications and experience. With a legacy of over a century in design education, Ngā Pae Māhutonga is acknowledged as providing one of the best educations in design in the Asia-Pacific region.
The School provides a thriving, well resourced learning environment that fosters research, scholarship, enterprise and creative practice. The contemporary portfolio of courses, faculty of internationally recognised leaders in design research and practice, and world-class facilities provide an ideal environment for students to realise their full creative potential. Students are equipped with the research abilities, social responsibilities and pragmatic skill sets that enable them to flourish in the creative industries, win awards, represent New Zealand and hold key positions that define creative thinking in businesses around the world.
Aligned with leading (emerging) trends in design practice and scholarship, Visual Communication Design is the largest design specialism within the School of Design. The appointee will develop and extend interactive offerings within the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculums, meeting critical standards and expectations for the discipline and the industry.
The successful candidate should possess strong human-centered visual communication design skills across a range of media and demonstrate a capacity for conducting original, creative research.
Experience in one or more of the following is desired: interaction design, design for information; service and systems design; creative coding; design for virtual and mixed reality. Familiarity with contemporary design research methods/ethnography, design thinking practices, and progressive social, civic and entrepreneurial design practices is encouraged. A strong research/creative profile is required.
Applicants should possess a strong background in professional design practice. While teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate university levels would be beneficial, most value would be seen in a strong vision for research-led teaching and innovative pedagogy. The successful candidate is expected to maintain an active research practice within their discipline.
The College of Creative Arts adopts an inclusive interpretation of research in regard to all domains of creative and performing arts practice, including practices traditionally viewed as professional practice. The school has excellent facilities, and there are many opportunities for funded research. The candidate will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to service in the form of administration and committee participation, and will be required to take on different roles and responsibilities within the School of Design as needed. An open, collaborative approach and willingness to work across areas and departments of the school, college and university is a priority.
Applicants will have a MFA, MDes, DDes, or PhD in Interaction Design, Interactive Media, Graphic Design, or equivalent degree in a related field from an accredited institution and/or significant industry experience. https://www.youtube.com/watchv=i8PTOG6ZJob DescriptionPurpose Statement
To enhance the learning and qualification outcomes of Massey's students and the scholarly outputs of the University by undertaking an effective programme of teaching; undertaking research including research supervision of students; engaging in the pursuit of external funding; providing administrative and professional service to the University and broader academic or professional communities.Responsible to
Head of SchoolKey accountabilitiesTeaching & Learning
- Undertake undergraduate and postgraduate teaching via all modes of teaching and delivery including blended and online.
- Design and develop the academic and administrative content of courses and design the appropriate assessment criteria and processes, understanding their contribution to the overall graduate profiles of the qualifications.
- Coordinate and administer the teaching delivery and assessment of all papers allocated by the Programme Leader or Head of School.
- Develop and implement innovative pedagogies that prioritise the student experience and enhance the practice-based focus of the qualifications.
- Ensure that all teaching is research-informed and relevant, and that course materials are regularly updated.
- Supervise the research activities of graduate and undergraduate students and assist in the supervision of students/research projects at a postgraduate level.
- Supervise the teaching and marking of tutors/senior tutors, graduate assistants and technical support personnel.
- Participate in the peer review of teaching to enhance the quality of course design and delivery.
- Arrange for regular student evaluations of teaching for all papers/courses for which paper-coordination responsibilities have been assigned.
- Be accessible to students by providing consultation time on course-related matters.
- Undertake teaching on each of Massey University’s campuses as required and through distance education.
Research & Scholarship
Undertake an active and appropriate programme of academic research, including participation in team-based research as appropriate, to the level expected by the University’s Strategic.
Research Capability Policy
- Produce and disseminate creative work, papers or other scholarly works through commissions, exhibitions, performances, books, papers and/or other scholarly works in academic contexts.
- Review research papers and other scholarly publications.
- Participate in and present research at academic conferences.
- Contribute to School/Institute/University seminars and workshops.
- Seek research funding where there is opportunity to do so.
- Submit recent publications data to Research Management Services for entry onto the Research Information Management System (RIMS) and Symplectic as required.
- Periodically enter updated ‘Peer Esteem’ and ‘Contributions to the Research Environment’ information onto RIMS and Symplectic as required.
Person Specification Qualifications
- Contribute to discipline leadership through the development of, or participation in, conferences, wananga, symposia, public lectures, public debates, exhibitions, and other community service activities that further advance the profession and connect the university with relevant local, national and international communities.
- Assist the School/College to develop and strengthen relationships with professional and stakeholder communities as appropriate.
- Contribute to the broader community and society through the University’s obligations under the Education Act to fulfill “the role as critic and conscience of society”.
- Assist the School/College/University to develop an environment that gives effect to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.
- Support students through student advising, pastoral support, and the design of academic student services that facilitate a positive experience for them at University.
- Support colleagues, research students and external academic peers through journal editing, paper reviewing, thesis examination, refereeing grant applications, sitting on funding panels, quality assessment and assurance panels.
- Serve on University and/or School/College/Department committees.
- Observe University policy and codes of practice in all teaching, research, community service and administrative practices.
- Contribute to the development of a School/College/Department environment that values teamwork, cooperation and collegiality.
- Contribute to the administration of the School/College/Department.
- Take responsibility for professional self-improvement and development.
- Ensure Health & Safety best practice is upheld.
- Undertake other duties as may be assigned by the Programme Leader or Head of School
MFA, MDes, DDes, or PhD in Interaction Design, Interactive Media, Graphic Design, or equivalent degree in a related field from an accredited institution and/or significant industry experienceExperience
- Demonstrated knowledge of critical theory, technologies, platforms and delivery systems as they relate to current practices in communication design.
- Professional experience as a working graphic designer in client-facing roles at a variety of levels.
- Teaching experience on the undergraduate and postgraduate university levels.
- Comfort teaching in cross-disciplinary teams focused on experiential projects
- Evidence of high-level achievement in creative practice research through a portfolio of presentations, exhibitions, projects, publications and/or significant professional achievements.
- Willingness to collaborate across areas and departments of the school, college and university
Personal attributes and behaviours
- Evidence of strong communication skills including spoken and written English is essential.
- The ability to work independently, professionally and meet deadlines.
- Demonstrated ability in effective course development, curriculum content, and the presentation and layout of course and study materials.
- Ability to link course materials with well-defined learning outcomes appropriate to the level of the course.
- Clear, confident and skilled classroom presenter.
- Proven competence in teaching research writing and supervising research projects and theses to completion.
- Willingness to participate in peer review of teaching in order to continually improve own and colleagues’ teaching effectiveness.
- Demonstrated track record of research activity and performance appropriate to the level of appointment.
- Demonstrated collegiality in an academic teaching, research and service environment.
- Demonstrated contribution to university service responsibilities.
- Proven competence in multiple modes and mediums of teaching, including electronic and online technologies.