Post-Doctoral Associate / Associate Director

 Post-Doctoral Associate / Associate Director
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 12:00am

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:    
The Design Cultures & Creativity (DCC) Program in the Honors College at the University of Maryland, College Park, seeks to hire an instructional Postdoctoral Associate to be the Associate Director of DCC during the 2017-2018 academic year. This is a 12-month appointment that begins on July 1, 2017. The postdoctoral associate will teach four courses per year, including two sections of HDCC 106 and two sections of HDCC 208. The topics of these courses can be tailored to fit the postdoctoral associate’s areas of interest and expertise. Previous courses have included: Mobile Media Design and Culture; Time-Based Media; Art and Environmental Practices; Digital Storytelling; Gender, Race and Labor in the Digital World; Human-Centered Design; and Digital Media and Political Activism. We are seeking a candidate who will be an integral part of our program, a person with vision and skill as an administrator, a gifted teacher with a passion for undergraduate education, and an interdisciplinary scholar that can bridge creative practice with research. The successful candidate must be self-motivated, driven, and an interdisciplinary thinker/maker able to wear many hats. Administrative, advising, and program management duties are an important component of this position. In addition, candidates should be extremely comfortable with a range of new technologies and approaches to project development. Candidates must be able link emerging technologies with social implications relating to identity such as gender, race, class, sexual orientation etc.

About Design Cultures & Creativity:
Design Cultures & Creativity (DCC) is a living-learning program for first and second-year students in the Honors College. Our students, who are some of the highest achieving students admitted to the University of Maryland, all live together in the same building, Prince Frederick Hall, which also houses our classrooms, Lab, and offices. Our program attracts makers and thinkers who investigate the digital age through interdisciplinary design. DCC fosters an open, collaborative, and social environment that encourages students to explore the relationship between emerging media, society, and creative practices. We are passionate about emerging technologies and their impact on the world; but even more importantly, how our contributions to emerging technologies can change the world. DCC students engage in research and collaborative projects on topics as varied as identity, connectivity, social justice, art, design, and all things creative in an era when digital media links us on a scale unprecedented in human history. DCC encourages students to think beyond disciplinary boundaries and approach problems from multiple perspectives by providing them with the resources to tackle any issue or goal they have. Our courses, lab space, and workshops provide spaces for exploration, for thinking through ideas, and experimenting with the process of building, designing, and creating in the digital age. DCC values inclusivity and aims to cultivate lifelong learners who are critically engaged thinkers. We have an amazingly diverse group of students, both academically and culturally, who have joined us from 45 different majors across campus and have spoken 29 different languages. Our students will become the makers and doers of tomorrow, able to expand our notions of human potential, not merely technologically but also socially and creatively.

Campus/College Information:    
About the University:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Diversity Statement:    
The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Minimum Qualifications:    

  • PhD or equivalent terminal degree in relevant field
  • Degree conferral date no later than July 1, 2017
  • At least 1 year teaching experience at college/university level
  • Administrative skills that prepare you to assist with daily program operations such as: event planning, budget and finance management, scheduling, recruitment, and student advising. 
  • Hands-on skills in digital media. Areas of particular interest include: 3D printing or other forms of digital fabrication, video/film, generative practices, human-computer interaction, basic electronics, gaming, virtual reality, and mobile development/app design.

Posting Number:    X0004960
Position Number:    122806
Title:    Post-Doctoral Associate
Functional Title:    Associate Director
Category Status:    15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con
Applicant Search Category:    Faculty
University Authorized FTE:    1.0
Unit:    ARHU-Dean's-Living Learning Programs

All applications must be submitted through the online system at

In addition to a cover letter and CV, please attach the following required documents:

  • Supplemental Document 1 – Statement of teaching philosophy that addresses how you bridge hands-on creative practices with your areas of research
  • Supplemental Document 2 – Creative sample (can be a URL to an online portfolio)
  • Reference List – Names and contact information for three references

Additional Information: Salary commensurate with experience.

The position will remain open until filled. Questions about this position may be sent to Director, Dr. Jason Farman (, or Associate Director, Krista Caballero (, but all applications must be submitted through the online system at

Posting Date:    02/17/2017
Closing Date:    
Open Until Filled: Yes
Best Consideration Date: 03/15/2017


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