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Assistant Professor - Interaction Design

Farmingdale State College

Farmingdale, New York
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Farmingdale State College - Assistant Professor - Interaction Design

Farmingdale State is a public college of applied science and technology with an enrollment of more than 9,200 undergraduate and graduate students and a rich history of over 80,000 graduates. As the largest of SUNY's colleges of technology, Farmingdale equips students with the resources and knowledge sought by today's emerging industries. A total of 31 undergraduate degree programs are offered within four schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, Engineering Technology, and Health Sciences. Academic programs also include a graduate program beginning in the Fall of 2017. Small classes with nationally recognized faculty, technology-enhanced classrooms, state-of-the-art information services as well as a highly successful NCAA Division III athletics program, make Farmingdale State one of the fastest-growing colleges in the region, and in the State University of New York system.

Located on 380 lush acres in the heart of Long Island, approximately 45 minutes from New York City, Farmingdale was named as one of the best colleges in the North in US News and World Report 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Farmingdale is proud of its many graduates with 91% indicating that they are continuing their education or are working in their field of specialization. College Choice listed FSC in its list of "50 Safest Small Colleges and Universities" for 2016.

Farmingdale State College invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in Interaction Design (IxD) at the Assistant Professor level. The IxD program is part of the Visual Communications Department, which encourages a culture in which students learn the value of collaboration, vision, risk-taking, discovery, entrepreneurship, passion, social responsibility, and problem-solving with innovative and creative solutions.

The successful candidate will help develop an environment that focuses on the practical application of visual, graphically-rich, user-centered, needs-based design solutions built upon strong research and development, observation, and prototyping. Responsibilities include an ongoing commitment to effective teaching, college and professional service, student advisement, and research or creative work leading to peer-reviewed publication and presentation. The ability to work collegially and collaboratively with faculty and staff in the Visual Communications department is essential. The appointee's primary function is to develop and teach core Interaction Design courses such as Prototyping Tools, Typography for Interaction, Design for Social Change, User Experience, User Interaction, Design and Play Mechanics, and Information Architecture. The ability to teach graphic design and digital media related courses are a definite plus.

All faculty members at Farmingdale State College have three workload components: teaching, research and scholarly activity, and service. The successful candidate will demonstrate an interest and high level of competence in teaching. Candidates should have a research agenda that complements their area of academic specialty resulting in peer-reviewed publications and presentation, both of which are necessary for promotion and tenure at Farmingdale State College. The service component of the workload includes student advisement as well as active participation on departmental, school and college-wide committees. The faculty member may be expected to teach in multiple formats including hybrid, online and traditional face-to-face classes.


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: A combination of practice-based studio and lecture-based teaching experience at the college level is beneficial. A record of professional accomplishment. Ongoing creative and/or research activities that are pertinent to the field of interaction design.

  • This is a full-time, 10 month faculty position.
  • POSITION AVAILABLE: September 1, 2018
  • Salary: Competitive
  • The State University of New York offers excellent fringe benefits including health insurance options and retirement plans


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Farmingdale State College seeks a broad and diverse pool of candidates for this position. The College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status or any other legally protected status.

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Application Instructions:

To apply, submit a letter of application (that includes a statement of teaching philosophy and methodology), c.v., and names and contact information for three references. Candidates selected for interviews may be asked to provide copies of teaching evaluations and graduate transcripts (showing highest degree awarded/or currently in process). Only applications made through Farmingdale's electronic application system will be accepted. Candidates invited for interviews will be asked to make a presentation on their research as well as a separate teaching demonstration.




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