Lecturer in Design Program
University of California Berkeley College of Engineering
United States

Lecturer Pool - Master of Design Program (Jacobs Institute) - College of Engineering

Job #JPF02921
  • Mechanical Engineering / College of Engineering / UC Berkeley

Application Window

Open date: April 12th, 2021

Next review date: Monday, Apr 26, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Apr 12, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Master of Design program at the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley is generating an applicant pool of qualified temporary instructors to teach fall and spring semester courses, as well as summer courses and special topics workshops, should an opening arise.

The Master of Design (MDes) program is an on-campus, three-semester, professional graduate degree in design of emerging technologies that integrates human-centered design with an informed understanding of technology to prepare students to excel in creative practices today and to anticipate the emergent needs and environments of tomorrow. Jointly offered by the Colleges of Engineering and Environmental Design, the program's interdisciplinary curriculum connects technical rigor, design theory, and social practice and prepares students for a broad range of creative and technical roles for designing innovative products, services, and environments.

Housed at the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, the MDes provides a dynamic, hands-on curriculum that uniquely equips students with the mindsets, tool sets, and skillsets needed to explore new technologies, flourish on teams, and contribute to projects that make thoughtful impact.

The percentage of lecturer appointments will vary, depending on the number of sections taught, and duration of the course. The positions may range from 17%-100% in a given semester. The instructor will supervise student design projects, give lectures, prepare assignments and project topics & deliverables, hold regular office hours, prepare exams or hold reviews, give design advice, and submit final grades. Salary is commensurate with highest degree, teaching experience, and equity within the Department, with a starting full time annual salary rate of $63,788. Lecturers hired to teach during the Academic Year are employed from July through June. Lecturers hired to teach during the Fall semester are employed from August through December. Lecturers hired to teach during the Spring semester are employed from January through May.

We are also seeking Teacher Special Programs (TSP) instructors, should an opening arise. TSP positions are part time and paid on an hourly basis depending on the need. The TSP's principal responsibilities can range from teaching a short course, providing a lecturer with industry expertise, participating in design critiques during a course, teaching at institute bootcamps, or contributing to major curriculum development. Hourly Rate: $150.00.

Basic Qualifications: A Bachelor's Degree or equivalent international degree is required at time of application.

Additional Qualifications: For Lecturers: Five years of experience in industry or a research institute, or advanced degree is required by the start of the appointment. For TSPs: Two years of experience in industry or a research institute, or advanced degree is required by the start of the appointment.

Preferred Qualifications: (For Lecturer positions) A higher level degree and/or prior expertise in teaching in the following topic areas in either design or engineering schools at the undergraduate or master’s level. Also desirable are a strong track record in developing and implementing new and experimental methods of delivering education and hands-on learning, and experience working with students from a range of disciplines. For both Lecturer and TSP Positions: Experience working in industry and/or a research institute.

Topic areas include:

  • Design history, theory, methods and/or discourse
  • Design ethics
  • Universal design
  • Human-centered design
  • Co-creation and design process
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Product design/industrial design
  • Interactive design
  • UI/UX design and user testing methods
  • Human computer/robot interaction
  • Data analysis and visualization
  • Information mapping
  • Systems and networks
  • Design and systems thinking
  • Design process including needs-finding, user research, problem framing, ideation and concept generation, and/or prototyping, etc.
  • Visual communication: sketching, story-boarding, portfolio development, video, and/or presentation
  • Narrative and storytelling in visual, written, and/or audio formats
  • 2D and 3D prototyping and fabrication, including physical and/or digital methodologies
  • Design technologies: embedded software development, circuit design, mechatronics, wired and wireless communication, web application development, programming and/or coding
  • Emerging/new technologies: computer vision, voice, speech recognition, augmented and virtual reality, autonomous mobility, robots, sensors and sensing technologies, artificial intelligence, mobile computing,
  • Commercialization, manufacturing, IP

For more information about the Jacobs Institute curriculum, visit jacobsinstitute.berkeley.edu.

To apply, please go to the following link: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF02921.

This pool will remain open until April 12, 2022 to accommodate upcoming course needs and new applicants. Appointments for summer and fall semester are usually reviewed in March, and Spring semester appointments are usually reviewed in August.

UC Lecturers and TSPs are academic appointees in an organized bargaining unit and are exclusively represented by American Federation of Teachers - Unit 18.

The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

For questions regarding the positions, please contact: Melissa C. Varian, m_varian@me.berkeley.edu

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Teaching
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to https://ofew.berkeley.edu/recruitment/contributions-diversity).
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