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JOB: University of Washington, FT Assistant Professor of Interaction Design

The Division of Design in the School of Art + Art History + Design at the University of Washington in Seattle invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Interaction Design to start in September 2020. This position has a nine-month service period.

The University of Washington’s Interaction Design program shapes the experiences of products, systems, and services: mobile and wearable computing, connected devices, and interactive systems that affect personal, social and societal contexts. Building on a careful analysis of insights from first hand research in today’s world, students in the IxD program envision and prototype relevant, appropriate, delightful, and sustainable experiences that push the boundaries of the relationship between people and technology.

This position will utilize pedagogy and research approaches that are expanding current definitions of design, and will engage in critical, inventive and experimental work in Interaction Design. The person in this position will be expected to contribute and collaborate effectively in our community of Industrial Design, Interaction Design, and Visual Communication Design, as well as to collaborate across campus and thrive amongst Seattle’s fast-moving design and technology industry. The candidate’s teaching will include all levels of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. The person in this postion will take an active role in shaping the future of Interaction Design and the design graduate program.

Applicants will have a master’s degree, or foreign equivalent, by the start of the appointment, as well as a minimum of two years of professional industry or academic experience. The ideal candidate combines knowledge of design theory, methods and research techniques.

Submit a letter of application, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, 20–25 samples of design work, samples of student work (if applicable), a diversity statement, and three letters of reference. All materials should be sent via the following Interfolio URL:  (please request your letters of reference using the Interfolio application). Please send questions about this position to the search chair Axel Roesler at

Preference will be given to candidates applying on or before November 15, 2019. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The School of Art + Art History + Design fosters a respectful, inclusive community that supports creative and critical expression and scholarship amidst a culture that accepts the value of every individual. The School encourages students, faculty, and staff to engage in healthy dialogue and respect the values and global perspectives of a diverse population. The School’s commitment to diversity extends to the recruitment of faculty, staff, and students who exhibit a dedication to creative and academic excellence and who demonstrate the ability to work with a diverse spectrum of populations.

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity
The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

Best regards,
Audrey Desjardins

Audrey Desjardins, PhD

Assistant Professor, Interaction Design
School of Art + Art History + Design
University of Washington
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