chair, bachelor of science in design studies

University of South Florida
United States

Valid from 22.01.2024 to 10.02.2024

Chair, Bachelor of Science in Design Studies

Dept Number/Name:0-2401-000 College of the Arts

College/Division: Acad Affairs-Coll of The Arts

Salary Plan: Faculty

Position Number:00015545


The University of South Florida is seeking an experienced and visionary tenure-track Assistant Professor and Chair to oversee the Bachelor of Science in Design Studies program at the College of the Arts. The Chair of this program will be responsible for finalizing the development and implementation of the curriculum and program components, managing the program, faculty, and staff, and ensuring the quality and accreditation of the program. This position will commence in August 2024.

The Bachelor of Science Design Studies program will be housed in the Dean’s office as an interdisciplinary program with the goals to prepare students for careers in design thinking, design research, and/or design consulting. A sustainable, human-centred approach and framework will be utilized in developing, creating and implementing design strategies, solutions, processes, production techniques, and products. 

Our program encourages creative problem-solving, critical thinking, adaptability, and collaboration, all grounded in an interdisciplinary mindset. At the core of Design Studies is an investigation into the formative role of design in shaping human values and experiences by helping to develop strategy and design digital and physical products, services, brands, and experiences for various industries.



  • Program Oversight: Responsible for the overall management, growth, and development of the Bachelor of Science in Design Studies program. Ensuring that the program meets the highest academic and professional standards and that students graduate with the skills needed to succeed in various industries.
  • Student Success: Establish and promote a student-centred learning environment, fostering mentorship, and providing support to students throughout their academic journey, from orientation to graduation.
  • Faculty Leadership: Lead and manage a diverse faculty team, ensuring their professional development and providing guidance on pedagogy and teaching practices.
  • Assessment and Continuous Improvement: Monitor, evaluate, and analyze student outcomes, faculty performance, and overall program effectiveness. Identify areas for improvement and implement strategies to enhance the quality of the program.
  • Industry Engagement: Build strong connections with the design industry, including professional organizations, design firms, and practitioners, to facilitate internships, guest lectures, networking opportunities, and job placements for students.
  • Promotion and Outreach: Represent the program at events, conferences, and forums, promoting the program to prospective students, industry partners, and alumni. Lead recruitment efforts to attract and enroll talented students.
  • Curriculum Development: Collaborate with faculty to develop and continuously update the program curriculum in line with evolving industry needs, emerging design trends, and technological advancements to advocate a culture of excellence and innovation in design education.
  • Accreditation and Compliance: Ensure that the program meets all accreditation requirements and adheres to institutional policies and government regulations.


As the creative centre of the University of South Florida, the College of the Arts provides an enriched, creative, and professional environment for tomorrow's leaders in architecture, art, art history, music, theatre, dance, and design. The College's three research centres lead the way, making meaningful contributions to their field in practical ways every day, the most prominent being the university's world-renowned Graphicstudio.

USF's Contemporary Art Museum, Wilson Gallery, three professional theatres and two state-of-the-art concert halls support the production of nearly 400 events each year, including concerts, performances, exhibitions, lectures, conferences, masterclasses, and festivals -- all free of charge and open to the entire Tampa Bay community. The USF School of Art & Art History with 600 majors and more than 25 full-time faculty on two campuses (St. Petersburg & Tampa), is the design and visual arts educational hub in a diverse region of more than 3 million residents. The Graphic Arts Program is housed in Harbor Hall on the St. Petersburg campus' beautiful Bayboro Harbor and adjacent to Downtown St. Petersburg. Harbor Hall has just completed a $ 1 million renovation featuring state-of-the-art studios, classrooms, and research spaces. The design faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for their high-impact creative research achievements.

The College is an integral engine for socioeconomic progress through research, advocacy, and engagement. The interdisciplinary ecosystem facilitates, prepares, and educates students and faculty to become creative leaders in a global society engaging and collaborating to create lasting positive impact.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree in design or a related field or professional equivalent.
  • Experience in teaching design at the undergraduate or graduate level
  • Evidence of leadership and administrative experience
  • A strong portfolio of design work that involves strategy and/or designing digital and physical products, services, brands, and experiences for various industries
  • Proficiency in industry-standard design software and tools
  • A passion for design education and creative research 
  • Demonstrated commitment to student success and inclusive teaching practices
  • Ability to foster strong connections with the design industry and community
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and collaboration skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience in curriculum development, assessment, and accreditation
  • Professional experience or contacts within the design industry
  • Experience in interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary programs or industries
  • A proven track record of academic leadership and administration
  • Two or more years of experience in teaching design at the undergraduate or graduate level

Please provide the following documents when completing your application:

  • Letter of interest in this position
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for 3 references.
  • Links to professional works/portfolio
  • Links to student works


Information for Applicants 
This position is subject to a Level 1 criminal background check.

Job Opening Number: 35723

Posting Date:  11/16/2023

Posting End Date: 03/15/2024

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