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UX Design Faculty

Department: Design
Reports to: Design Department Chair



The Design Department at Cornish provides a small, personal studio environment, with a focus on demanding conceptual projects that support exploration and creative risk-taking. The curriculum is based on visual, technical, and conceptual investigations. These will lead to new approaches to communicate information, envision environments, and new forms for storytelling. Students will also learn to promote ideas and messages, explore graphics in motion, and discover new interactive experiences and visual forms for entertainment.
In the 2015-16 academic year, the Design Department at Cornish will inaugurate a new program that puts the student ‘at the center’ of their own learning. The structure has been developed to allow students to work in a focused and connected way through block learning. The new structure is a simple and flexible model that is responsive to the contemporary context and allows content to change from year to year creating a program that stays current in an ever-changing world.

Working in collaboration with other instructors, and consultation with the Design department Chair, Cornish College seeks to hire an UX Design Instructor with Core Faculty ranking. The UX Design Instructor will work closely with H&S Instructors and Critical & Contextual Studies Instructors. This role will involve teaching delivery over the eight-month academic year. The UX Design Instructor will participate in the development, planning and organization of the program as a whole, as will serve on committees and groups as determined by the Chair/Program Director of the Department.


  1. To be responsible for the day-to-day teaching of the UX Design studio component of the Design department and contribute to its strategic and academic development.
  2. To be responsible, under the direction of the department Chair/Program Director for the assessment of students in their studio module and the development of teaching and learning strategies appropriate to the nature of the program of study.
  3. To contribute to the curriculum development of the studio component and ensure the continuous improvement of the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of the program.
  4. To deliver a learning experience that offers intellectual, practical and technical experiences, illuminating connections across disciplines.
  5. To teach six consecutive modules throughout the year (3 per semester) that respond to the identified unit themes.
  6. To ensure that the College’s policies, procedures and regulations in terms of induction, health and safety and conduct are fully met.
  7. To implement, monitor and document students’ performance through assessment mechanisms.
  8. To contribute to curriculum development, particularly to assist in the planning, updating and development of the cross-disciplinary curriculum.
  9. To participate in specified teaching and research/scholarly activities to fulfill academic and professional objectives.
  10. To participate in professional development activities, including training events, workshops, seminars and conferences, as recommended by the Chair/Program Director.
  11. To undertake any such other duties commensurate with the post as determined by the Chair/Program Director.

Minimum Qualifications

  • An MA or MFA degree in UX design or related discipline
  • Evidence of a minimum of three years undergraduate teaching experience
  • Professional Design experience including UX Design, Interactive Design
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and HTML, CSS3, Javascript
  • Ability to offer UX skills and knowledge
  • Knowledge of prototyping, wire-framing and mockups
  • A wide-ranging knowledge of analogue and/or digital skills
  • Knowledge of contemporary design practice
  • Knowledge of typography and layout
  • Experience with collaborative curriculum planning
  • Experience with assessment processes and feedback mechanisms
  • Demonstrated ability to work closely and compatibly with a diverse student body, faculty, staff and other colleagues
  • Experience working with project-based learning
  • An interest in the exploring intersections across Art & Design, Humanities & Sciences, and Critical and Historical Studies.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in a first-year program
  • Knowledge of accreditation
  • Knowledge of motion graphics design and production
  • Experience developing socially engaged projects in external contexts
  • Team Leader – problem solver
  • Commitment to education and student centered learning
  • Able to take initiative and work independently
  • Composed – able to deal with unexpected tasks and situations
  • Flexibility
  • Good organization skills
  • Open to learning and responsive to change
  • Interested in a culture of innovation
  • Adaptability, openness, curiosity
  • Good interpersonal skills and professionalism
  • Listening skills - facilitator

Application Procedures

To be considered for this position, please submit the following to

Jeff Brice | Design Department Chair
Cornish College of the Arts
1000 Lenora Street
Seattle WA 98121

1. letter of intent
2. curriculum vita
3. one-page teaching philosophy
4. three (3) letters of references* that can speak to several aspects of your scholarship, creative practice, and teaching
5. twenty (20) samples in jpeg format (1920 pixels on longest side) of personal work
6. twenty (20) samples in jpeg format (1920 pixels on longest side) of student work
7. three (3) sample syllabi from courses previously taught

Applications due by February 15, 2015. Salary will depend on qualifications and experience.

*By providing these letters, you agree that we may contact your references.

Cornish College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer intent on enriching the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Our goal is to create an intercultural learning environment comprised of people with varied experiences and perspectives. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups for all open positions.

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