Applications are invited for a permanent, fulltime position as Senior Lecturer or Associate Professor in Spatial Design for Ngā Pae Māhutonga – The School of Design – within the College of Creative Arts (CoCA) at Massey University’s Wellington Campus.
Spatial Design at Massey is the practice of imagining, forming and constructing spatio-temporal environments. Considering qualities of space, time and sensory inhabitation, spatial designers choreograph experience in the design of places for people. As an emerging discipline operating at the intersections of architectural, interior, urban, landscape, performance, event and digital design, spatial design explores transdisciplinary practices that challenge the ways in which we think, use and make places.
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.
The successful candidate should possess strong spatial design skills across a range of spatial practices. A background in the creative/construction industries and connections with the world of professional design practice would be of benefit, ideally with experience in one or more of the following: urban, landscape, architecture, interior or service design. A focus on a human-scale or experiential approach to the design of mid-large scale public spaces is desired, along with demonstrated engagement with progressive social, civic and environmental design practices. Understanding of spatial use practices and evaluation methods would be of added advantage.
A passion for championing the value of spatial design, and a strong critical perspective on its place in relation to other design disciplines, is encouraged. This should be accompanied by knowledge of spatial design research methods, material practices, modes of communication, documentation and visualization, and familiarity with current and emerging construction technologies.
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.
A strong research/creative profile is required. The successful candidate should have an existing track record in conducting original, creative research, and is expected to maintain an active research/creative production practice.
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, PhD or equivalent degree from an accredited institution and/or significant industry experience. The level of appointment will depend on qualifications and experience. https://www.youtube.com/watchv=i8PTOG6Zby0&feature=youtu.be&list=PLWDFES5j_g3pew95oLUo87Qok5ovPVQ7BJob Description
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.
Head of School
Teaching and 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 and 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 an 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.
- 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 Spatial Design, Interior Design, Architecture, Urban Design, Landscape Design, Environmental Design, or equivalent degree in a related field from an accredited institution and/or significant industry experience.Experience Professional Experience
- Experience in one or more of the following: urban design, landscape design, service design, architecture or interior design, with a focus on a human-scale or experiential approach to the design of mid-large public spaces.
- Advanced production skills across various design, documentation and visualisation platforms and media, including both digital and analogue production methods.
- Knowledge and expertise in spatial design skills such as sketching, model-making, 1:1 prototyping and making, drafting, CAD, rendering/visualisation, installation and display practices.
- Knowledge and expertise of the history and critical theory of spatial design and related subject areas.
- Can demonstrate understanding of contemporary practice based/led research methods and design thinking practices.
- Engagement with progressive social, civic and environmental design practices.
- Knowledge of current trends relevant to any of the following is desired: BIM, passive building technologies, well-building (design for wellbeing), prefabrication, smart buildings, virtual and mixed reality.
- High-level achievement in research evidenced through a portfolio of existing outputs and/or significant professional achievements
- 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 engaging classroom presenter and studio/workshop facilitator.
- 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.
- Proven competence in multiple modes and mediums of teaching, including electronic and online technologies.
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 collegiality in an academic teaching, research and service environment.
- Demonstrated leadership and mentorship skills, and understanding of democratic/dynamic/open/co-creative leadership.
- Ability to speak publicly in a clear and engaging manner.
- Adept and fostering and maintaining productive and mutually beneficial professional relationships both internally (e.g. with technical staff, administrators, students, colleagues and leadership) and externally (e.g. with graduates, industry, community, tangata whenua, professional and regulatory bodies, and communities of educators and researchers, both locally and internationally).
- Have good intercultural understanding, in a global and Aotearoa / New Zealand context. Knowledge of Maori culture specifically would be ideal, but general respect for the value of indigenous understandings is essential. Understanding and respect for social diversity is likewise essential.