Clinical Assistant Professor - SMU MADI
March 3rd, 2022

Job Description

Minimum qualifications:

Completed requirements for a doctoral or another terminal degree in Design or related field by 2022 and has the expertise and extensive professional experience teaching courses in Human-Centered Design, Communication Design, and Design History and demonstrated great potential as a teacher, scholar, and student advisor.


Preferred qualifications:

Completed PhD or MFA in related field; experience teaching graduate and/or undergraduate courses in Human-Centered Design as well as courses in any of the following areas:  Human-Centered Design, Communication Design, Design History, Interactive Product Design, Design Business Acumen, and Creative Professional Practice. Candidates should show interest in making significant contributions to graduate programs; research and/or creative scholarship, which has led to publication, exhibition, or dissemination in refereed journals, and/or national venues; and experience mentoring culturally and professionally diverse students. The position is slated to begin in Fall 2022.


The MADI program is one of the few graduate degree-granting programs in the Southern region that teaches Human-Centered Design. In a time where design is so broadly defined and applied, we differentiate ourselves by mastering the operation and application of qualitative research methods that lead to evidence-based design decisions. We also place a strong emphasis on hyper-local community engagement, where the majority of our classes have real-life working clients from the private and public sectors within the DFW area. Our students come from a wide range of academia and professional backgrounds and range in ages from 24 to 64. Our faculty provide specific expertise in applying a diverse set of design, architecture, business, community engagement, fabrication, and management skillsets in unexpected ways. We are a highly collaborative department that places the students’ experience and success at the center of what we do. Upon graduation, our alumni successfully transition into design roles such as Design Strategist, UX Researcher, Program Manager, Design Lead, and Design Researcher in large and small, for-profit and non-profit companies. We award a MA degree in Human-Centered Design and plan to grow our degree offerings in the years to come. We work directly with corporate partners and outlets that bring great design conversation and community. The primary outlet for this is through our SMU Design Council and our MADI Designer-in-Residence program. To find out more details about the program, visit us at

How to Apply

Application Details:

The application consists of five parts:

1.     Completed online application form through interfolio

2.     Complete curriculum vitea

3.     Three (3) letters of recommendation

4.     Multi-Disciplinary Teaching philosophy, including your approach to teaching students from various ethnic and professional backgrounds. (no more than two pages)

5.     Design philosophy (no more than two pages)


Application materials can be sent directly to Interfolio at:


The review of applications will begin in April 2022. To ensure full consideration for the position, the application must be received by April 1, 2022. However, the committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. The committee will notify applicants of the employment decision after the position is filled.  Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.


We encourage digital applications: E-mailed files should be saved to the smallest size. To retain font and formatting integrity, save documents in .pdf format. Letters of recommendation may be scanned and sent as .pdf files. Candidates may submit websites and pdfs that showcase samples of their work. All digital material/files/media must fully function on both PC and Mac platforms.


SMU seeks bold, curious and creative faculty to position our students for success. We offer the rare confluence of a comprehensive global research institution and a close-knit intellectual enterprise in the liberal arts tradition.  Like our hometown of Dallas, our campus is vibrant.  Here, the innovative thinkers conduct research that has lasting impact and transforms big ideas into new products, inventive technology, and world-changing solutions.  Our welcoming learning community of faculty and nearly 12,000 students in seven schools embraces a world of people and ideas.  Come to SMU to think big and do good.


SMU will not discriminate in a program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression.  The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,

Email  Phone 3035135747
Additional Information

Posted By
Jessica Burnham

The Master of Arts in Design and Innovation (MADI) program supported by both the Lyle School of Engineering and the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, is seeking a Clinical Assistant Professor to start in Fall of 2022. This role will directly support and shape the MADI curriculum, and student experience focused on Human-Centered Design, Design Research, and Design Thinking.The MADI program welcomes candidates from all backgrounds that see the value of design in all fields. The candidate selected will be expected to be a significant partner in connecting the program to an increasingly diverse and globally-connected community at the university and in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. While an appointment at the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor, non-tenure track is anticipated, extraordinary candidates at all levels will be considered.

http://SMU MADI

Dallas, TX

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