The Iovine and Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation at the University of Southern California invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure-track, faculty position in Product Design/Product Innovation.Â The ideal candidate will hold an MA, MS, MArch, MFA, PhD or equivalent advanced degree with a field specialization in one or more of the following: industrial design, consumer product research and development, interaction design, UI/UX digital design, environmental design, AR/VR and mixed media design, or engineering-based physical or digital design (e.g., ME or CS); or the equivalent in research, academic and professional experience.
Candidates with additional knowledge of or experience in areas such as entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, design strategy, or startup culture will be especially competitive.
Candidates should possess knowledge in a majority of the following areas:
Design-based market research strategies, including design thinking
Design-based problem-solving theories and methodologies
Participatory/collaborative team- and project-based work environments
Prototype and proof of concept methodologies
Final product execution
Production economics and feasibility
Manufacturing and distribution strategies and methodologies
The position includes teaching and co-teaching courses to a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students, on the ground and online, with backgrounds in design, technology (including engineering and computer science) and/or business and entrepreneurship.
Candidates should have a minimum of two years of full-time teaching experience â or the equivalent in part-time, resident or adjunct positions â at the college or university level (graduate and undergraduate experience preferred), including peer institutions. Demonstrated success in mentoring and advising students in and beyond their education into professional careers is expected. Preference will be given to candidates who can show evidence of innovative teaching methodologies, effective use of technology in the classroom, and an ability to work well in non-traditional educational settings. Ideal candidates will also have experience in course and curricular development.
In addition to having a broad awareness of and an active presence in product-related fields and endeavors, the candidate must be a team player who will mentor students and work with peers to toward the shared vision for this groundbreaking cross-disciplinary program, and the strategic goals of this top-tier research university. The candidate should also be interested in forging relationships and building opportunities with other schools and departments at USC, including but not limited to the schools of Cinematic Arts, Law, Business, Engineering and Communication.
The USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation is the 20th professional school established at the University of Southern California. Founded as an educational startup, the Academy is not just a home for disruptors but a disruptor itself. Focusing at the intersection of the arts, design, technology, and business, Academy programs prepare students to take on the complexities of a 21st-century marketplace, and to tackle societyâs most intractable problems. Academy graduates possess significant abilities as leaders, creatives, and cross-disciplinary team members that focus on high-level problem solving in areas as diverse as communication, product development, human-centered design, e-commerce, health and well-being, social change, and the future of the arts, media and entertainment ecosystems. As creators who are well prepared for an ever-changing global landscape, Academy students and graduates are sought after for highly competitive internships, fellowships and full-time positions at a roster of prestigious organizations that includes many of the worldâs largest and most significant companies.
The University of Southern California, founded in 1880, is located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. Ranked 18th among U.S. colleges and universities by the Wall Street Journal, USC is one of the world's leading private research universities and a global center for the arts, technology, medicine, and international trade. As an employee of USC, you will be part of a world-class university and a member of the "Trojan Family," which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make USC the great institution that it is today.
USC strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity employment. Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups, are encouraged to apply.Â
Applicants should submit a letter of application discussing professional and scholarly work, teaching, and related experience; curriculum vitae; and names and contact information of three references.Â All application materials should be uploaded through the online portal at usccareers.usc.edu. Finalists will be asked for additional materials. Application deadline is March 31, 2020.
Questions can be addressed to Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs Patrick Dent ([email protected]).
Internal Number: REQ20086818
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.