Join us as a full-time professor of user experience design at the Visual Communication Department at Austin Community College. ACC is the first community college in the country to offer a two-year, associates degree for user experience design. You will join a growing team of full-time faculty, working closely with adjunct faculty employed by local companies such as IBM, Dell, and VRBO. You’ll teach applied, hands-on courses to small classes of diverse students. Our classes will be taught in the heart of Austin at our brand-new Highland Campus facilities; this campus’ features include a creative digital media center with facilities for radio, TV, film, visual design, game, motion graphics and music, as well as a STEM lab with simulation equipment for health sciences programs.
Target Start Date: Fall 2020
Austin Community College (ACC) is a public two-year institution that serves a diverse population of approximately 41,000 credit students each fall and spring semester. Our identity as a community college is reflected in our mission statement. We seek to ensure student success and community development by providing affordable access to higher education and workforce training, through traditional and distance learning modes, including appropriate applied baccalaureate degrees, in our service area.
As a community college committed to our mission, we seek to recruit and retain faculty and staff that:
- Reflect the multicultural diversity of our community.
- Value intellectual curiosity and innovative teaching.
- Are attracted by the college mission to promote equitable access to educational opportunities.
- Care about student success for all students regardless of race and collaborate on strategies to facilitate success for underrepresented populations.
- Welcome diversity and model respectful interaction with others.
- Engage with the community both within and outside of ACC.
Austin Community College District (ACC) is a Hispanic-Serving Institution. ACC’s designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution reflects the commitment the college has to supporting our students’ educational goals as well as the economic and social well-being of the surrounding communities we serve. ACC currently enrolls approximately 41,500 students each Fall semester, over half of whom are non-white. In fall 2019, ACC’s students were 42% White, 38% Latinx, 8% African-American, 6% Asian, <1% Pacific Islander, <1% Native-American, and 4% multiracial.
ACC pursues educational excellence by being accountable and committed to achieving diversity in our faculty and staff ranks. ACC seeks to be innovative in all its operations and provides students with guidance and support in achieving success in their educational goals, whether they are seeking a degree, successful transfer, employment or lifelong learning.
The ideal candidate will share ACC’s commitment to educating its racially and socioeconomically diverse student population. In addition, the ideal candidate will be experienced in culturally-responsive academic practices for engaging with first-generation students and returning students who have been historically underserved.
The successful candidate will join a college dedicated to the use of curriculum that is responsive to the students it serves. Such curriculum includes use of pedagogical techniques that draw on a wide range of high impact and effective practices as well as varying culturally-relevant illustrations and approaches.
The Austin Community College District promotes student success and community development by providing affordable access, through traditional and distance learning modes, to higher education and workforce training in its service area.
For more information, see http://www.austincc.edu/about-acc/mission-statement.
Commitment to Equity and Inclusion
ACC is committed to the ongoing systemic changes needed to ensure the increased recruitment, inclusion, retention, and completion of historically underserved and underrepresented populations. Through continual strategic community engagement and professional development of administrators, faculty, staff, and students, the college demonstrates its dedication to fostering a culture and climate for equitable outcomes.
As an open access and low-cost institution, ACC is proud to serve a diverse student body. Dedicated faculty members are excellent professors who help students achieve their educational goals and are sensitive to the diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds of our students. In 2017 our faculty adopted a Statement of ACC Faculty Values. This Statement affirms that ACC’s faculty members value collaboration, service, agency, scholarship, inclusion, and teaching, all of which attest to our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion at the heart of our mission.
Current Work of the Department/Discipline
The Visual Communication Department provides workforce education and training to students, leading to certificates and degrees in graphic media production, graphic design, visual design, and user experience design. Our faculty deliver instruction in the latest tools, technology, and user-centered design frameworks. At the end of their degree, students produce a portfolio of their work and participate in an internship or client-based design studio class, allowing them to bridge their education with workforce experience.
Responsible to prepare and deliver Visual Communication Department’s User Experience Design coursework in engaging, innovative, and discipline-appropriate ways that reflect a commitment to success equity, respect for diversity, an understanding of culturally responsive teaching, and knowledge of the teaching field. Meets professional standards for faculty in accordance with college policies and procedures.
The focus of this position is User Experience/User Interface.
Principal Responsibilities and Duties
- Teach introductory and advanced courses in the User Experience Design program area which may include (but are not limited to) subjects such as: Foundations of Design, Interaction Design, User Research and Information Architecture, Product Strategy, Design Technology, and User Interface Design.
- Participate actively in departmental responsibilities and departmental governance, including curriculum review and revision, program review, assessment of student learning outcomes at the course and program level, and other departmental activities.
- Evaluate student progress and provide clear, timely feedback reflecting program learning outcomes and departmental expectations. Serve as a mentor to students in the Visual Communication program.
- Provide teaching and mentoring services to students in a manner which does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, political affiliation, or other protected categories.
- Remain current in the field through a variety of professional development activities.
- Support division and department goals through active and collegial engagement in decision-making and unit-level planning.
- Serve on collegewide and departmental committees, councils, work groups, and task forces.
- Perform other related tasks as assigned by the department chair, dean, and/or associate vice president, vice president, executive vice president.
- Teaches introductory and advanced courses in the User Experience Design program area which may include (but are not limited to) subjects such as: Interaction Design, Design Research, Product Design, Prototyping, and User Interface Design.
- Develops and maintains the User Experience curriculum within the Visual Communication Department.
- Advises and mentors students in the Visual Communication Department’s workforce degree and certificate programs (User Experience Design Specialization), and guides students in the production of a professional quality portfolio.
- Coordinates Visual Communication adjunct faculty in the User Experience Design area, and also serves as a liaison between the User Experience Design program and area high-school technology preparatory programs.
- Demonstrated proficiency using computer applications, online resources, and other technologies for the classroom.
- Demonstrated proficiency using an online learning management system such as Blackboard to develop and build course content and perform administrative duties (posting office hours, syllabi, etc.)
- Demonstrated proficiency with Mac OS.
Principal Professional Standards
- Appropriate use of the college’s learning management system.
- Meet deadlines for attendance certification and submission of final course grades.
- Participate in graduation, general assembly, and other official college functions.
- Maintain regular office hours to assist students and improve student retention and success.
- Attend and participate in collegewide, campus, department, or other activities and meetings.
- Recognize and reflect standards of civility and collegiality in all interactions.
- Comply with published college policies and procedures and meet professional standards for teaching in a community college.
In accordance with Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in Art, Visual Communication, Commercial Art, Computer Graphics, Graphic Design, Interactive Media or Interactive Technology, and 3 year non-teaching industry-relevant work experience, and evidence of training in digital media;
OR Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Human Computer Interaction, Interaction or Interactive Design, English and/or Technical Communication, Interface Design, UI Design, Visual Design, User Experience Design, Web Design, and 3 year non-teaching industry-relevant work experience, and evidence of training in digital media;
OR Bachelor’s degree in a related design, computer science, or art subfield, and 3 years non-teaching industry-relevant work experience, and evidence of training in digital media;
OR Associate degree in one of the above areas and 3 years non-teaching industry-relevant work experience, and evidence of training in digital media.
Bachelor’s degree in Human Computer Interaction, Interaction or Interactive Design, Interface Design, Visual Design or User Experience.
SACSCOC requirements may differ depending on the courses taught within the discipline.
For specific requirements by course and program, please see the current year Faculty Qualifications Table located at http://www.austincc.edu/faculty/credentials/.
Required Work Experience (Workforce Programs)
Required Work Experience
Three years non-teaching, industry-relevant work experience.
Preferred Work Experience
Three years of teaching experience including curriculum development. Three or more years of professional experience as a member of the UX/UI design team, as Visual Designer, Design Researcher, UX Designer, Interaction Designer, Experience Designer, Information Designer, or Design Coder.
Licenses, Certifications, etc.
Reliable transportation may be required for teaching at multiple campus locations. Classes may be scheduled in morning, afternoon and evening time slots. Able to document training in digital media.
Qualities of a Successful Candidate
- Ethics, integrity, and sound professional judgment.
- A commitment to establishing and maintaining positive working relationships with students, colleagues, and staff representing diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Dynamic, non-traditional instructional delivery methods to teach students of widely varying levels of proficiency and from diverse backgrounds and abilities.
- Appropriate and up-to-date knowledge of the discipline and subject matter.
- Experience using technology as an instructional aide where appropriate to enhance learning.
- Documented experience with active and applied teaching and learning methodologies.
- A strong commitment to teaching in a community college setting, including teaching practices that reflect an understanding of the multicultural classroom and the benefits of cultural awareness and sensitivity in the classroom and the workplace.
- Commitment to a diverse workforce.
- Commitment to the comprehensive mission of Austin Community College and to the principles and practices associated with Servant-Leadership.
- Ability to communicate effectively with students with a wide range of skills and backgrounds.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with varied and diverse groups from the community as well as students, staff, faculty, and administration.
- Strength in communication media, both verbal and written, as well as listening.
- Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to maintain an established schedule, including evenings and weekends, including possible multiple campus locations that may vary by semester.
- Commitment to maintaining confidentiality of student information.
- Understanding of what it means to teach in a community college environment that serves often underprepared and underrepresented students.
- Understanding of systems of inequality and recognition of the role of community college faculty in promoting equity, equality, and inclusion.
- Other: See Commitment to Equity and Inclusion.
When you apply using the official ACC eApply application, you will need to upload the following documents to your application:
- Cover letter - Explaining interest in the position.
- Curriculum Vitae or Resume - Your most recently updated C.V. or Resume (to include the documents below).
Include the following as part of your C.V. or Resume upload:
- Statement of teaching philosophy. Consider these questions as you develop your teaching philosophy statement:
- What are your values, beliefs, and goals related to teaching and learning in a community college setting?
- What will make you effective in the community college classroom?
- How does student identity in the classroom affect how you teach?
- Statement of past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion in the academic environment. ACC is committed to ensuring that we are welcoming and inclusive of all students. Further, we believe that race, ethnicity, gender, and other human differences should not be predictors of success. Our commitment to equity means that we seek to give each student the support needed to be successful so that we improve enrollment, persistence, and completion rates for all students.
- Please describe how you have and/or will contribute to the achievement of an inclusive and equitable academic environment for all students.
Please submit a pdf portfolio or link to a website of recent professional work, including examples of digital product design where human-centered, prototype-driven design processes were applied. Your portfolio should also highlight your role in the creation of software products.
If you have teaching experience, please include examples of both student work and evidence of curriculum development.
PDFs and links may be addressed to the Hiring Committee and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include both the job title and job number in the subject line.
Official transcripts and/or certifications will need to be sent directly from your institution to:
ACC Highland Business Center
Attention: E.M. Breedlove, Employment Manager
5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX 78752
Photocopies of transcripts and transcripts stamped “issued to student” are not accepted.
3 professional references required (contact information only)
Criminal Background Check
Pre-employment criminal background checks are required for all staff and faculty positions.
ACC Benefits Overview
Full-time faculty and staffing table employees who work in full-time and/or part-time positions at the college are eligible for ACC medical benefits effective the first of the month after their first 60 days of employment. Benefits include medical, dental, life insurance, short- and long-term disability, retirement plans and AD&D.
ACC does not participate in Social Security. ACC participates in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and the Optional Retirement Program (ORP-Faculty and Administrators Only). Part-time and Hourly employees participate in the ACC Money Purchase Plan (ACCMPP) as a retirement program required by federal law.
Work is routinely performed in a classroom or laboratory setting.
Subject to standing, walking, sitting, and reaching for extended periods of time.
Work safely and follow safety rules. Report unsafe working conditions and behavior. Take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent others from engaging in unsafe practices.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The Austin Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, political affiliation or other protected categories.
ACC Benefits Overview
Full-time Faculty and Staffing Table employees who work in full-time and/or part-time positions at the College are eligible for ACC medical benefits effective the first of the month after their first 60 days of employment. Benefits include medical, dental, life insurance, short and long term disability, retirement plans and AD&D.
ACC does not participate in Social Security. ACC participates in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and the Optional Retirement Program (ORP-Faculty Only). Part-time and Hourly employees participate in the ACC Money Purchase Plan (ACCMPP) as a retirement program required by Federal law.
The above description is an overview of the job. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Duties and responsibilities may change with business needs. ACC reserves the right to add, change, amend, or delete portions of this job description at any time, with or without notice. Employees may be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made by ACC as its discretion to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Austin Community College provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.
As required by the US Department of Education, employees are required to report violations under the Title IX and, under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), select individuals are required to report crimes. If this position is identified as a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified, trained, and provided resources for reporting.