Assistant Professor of User Experience

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The Humanities, Social Science, and Communication (HSC) Department at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) is seeking an Assistant Professor in the field of User Experience (UX). We are searching broadly to meet teaching needs across the program including courses in design, research, and/or content for artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), conversation design, search engine optimization, or UX strategy. The faculty member will contribute to the refinement of our undergraduate UX program, connect program graduates to external industry partnerships, participate in student recruitment efforts, and advise current UX majors. The new faculty member will join a dedicated, collegial, and agile team of UX educators committed to high quality teaching, hands on curriculum development, and championing inclusive design in various settings.

A Master’s degree in User Experience, Human-Centered Design, Human Factors, Human-Computer Interaction, Multimedia or Interactive Design, Information Science, Computer Science, Cognitive Psychology, or another related field is required, Ph.D. is preferred. The position will be available beginning in fall of 2024. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience based on annual 9-month contract.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, Knowledge, and Skills:

Experience in design, research, and/or content for any of the following: AI, ML, VR, AR, conversation design, search engine optimization, or UX strategy.
Experience can include academic, studio, industry, corporate, or freelance work. Interest in working primarily with undergraduate students in a classroom setting.
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, Knowledge, Skills, and Tools:

Experience in designing 2D and 3D content and prototypes (e.g., Unity, any Adobe VR, AR, or 3D sculpting tools, Figma, Adobe XD).
Understanding of the relevant digital landscape(s) and related toolsets (e.g., Metaverse, ChatGPT).
Familiarity with front-end development technologies and/or AI-driven design.
Experience teaching online and hybrid courses to college students.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to build successful relationships with students and faculty from other departments.
Relevant industry experience.
The HSC Department has offices in MSOE’s Grohmann Museum, home of the Man at Work collection of industrial art. The UX Program has a close relationship with the Computer Science and Software Engineering programs allowing for collaboration in AI, ML, cyber security, data science, and computing education. The UX Program’s Gene Carter Usability Lab provides collaborative space for faculty and students to research and develop engaging interactive experiences.

An institution that also offers degrees in engineering, business, and nursing, MSOE is located on the beautiful east side of downtown Milwaukee, just blocks from Lake Michigan and within easy walking distance of the city’s highly acclaimed fine arts and entertainment venues. With approximately 2500 full-time students, our campus maintains an intimate, small-town atmosphere.

To apply, please visit Review of materials will begin immediately. Applicants should submit one file in the “resume” upload section of the application which includes: 1) a letter of interest; 2) a current curriculum vitae; 3) a statement of teaching philosophy; and 4) a digital portfolio or a representative collection of projects showcasing work within the resume section of the application.

The above statements reflect the general details necessary to describe the principle functions of the occupation described and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the occupation. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

It is the policy of MSOE to provide equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, ethnicity, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic characteristics, marital status or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law. This policy applies to all jobs at the University and to all the terms, benefits, and conditions of employment/enrollment.

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