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Public Scholar of Design

Organization: Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Date Posted: 12/18/2013
City: Indianapolis
Location: Indiana
Country: United States
Primary Category: Faculty, Tenure-Track
Type of Position: Full-Time

Description & Details

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Assistant Professor, Public Scholar of Design.

This faculty position is a tenure-track appointment in the Herron School of Art and Design with joint responsibilities in the IU School of Liberal Arts, Museum Studies Program. Candidates must have the academic qualifications and achievements consistent with an appointment as an assistant professor in the Herron School of Art and Design, Department of Visual Communication Design.

Responsibilities of the Public Scholar of Design.

The primary responsibilities of the faculty member are to:

  • Teach two courses (or 10-15 contact hours) per semester of the academic year.
  • Involve, teach, mentor, and inspire students in the application of his or her expertise in museums, galleries, and public spaces through design projects.
  • Develop collaborative opportunities with community partners and institutions to involve undergraduate and graduate students in meaningful ways in public scholarship such as publications and exhibit planning and other experience design projects.
  • Contribute to the Visual Communication Design Department and Museum Studies curricula through teaching and course development in areas such as theory and practice of visual communication and experience design including classes in topics such as exhibition planning and design, designing people-centered experiences, visual research, visual communication design, environmental design, interior design, or 3-D design.
  • Pursue personal research/creative activities in accordance with university, campus, and department tenure and promotion guidelines.
  • Serve on school and university committees.
  • Collegial and active collaboration with faculty and administration in curriculum and project development.


  • Requires a terminal degree in candidate’s field of study (M.F.A. or PhD). Candidates pursuing the Ph.D. who have completed all course work and are now working on their dissertations may apply. The tenure-track contract will stipulate conditions for reappointment pending completion of the Ph.D.
  • Requires expertise in and specialized knowledge in one or more of the following:
  • exhibition planning, exhibition design, experience design, environmental design, interpretive planning, interaction design, visual communication design, visual research, museum studies, and interior architecture. Experience in screen-based design is desirable.
  • Successful candidates should have a professional practice focus to their teaching and scholarship. Priority given to candidates with a background in the area of Exhibition Planning and Design.
  • University level teaching experience is preferred.
  • Experience working in a museum setting or with museum-based projects is preferred.
  • Requires leadership and communication skills to build partnerships with institutions and the community.

The Role of the Public Scholar

The visionary, collaborative, and innovative nature of this position will require the faculty member with expertise in their discipline to work on interdisciplinary projects with students. Candidates must be skilled in the application of their scholarship, and able to involve, teach, mentor, and inspire students in their public scholarship and civic engagement. They must have the sensitivity to understand and work across organizational cultures and boundaries, and they must have the leadership to build bridges among institutions.

Starting Date

August 1, 2014

Applicants should submit:

  • Letter of application.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of reference
  • Visual documentation of professional projects including exhibition design or other visual design solutions
  • Sample/s of writing (scholarly, critical, or grant writing preferred)

In order to apply please create a guest account at then e-mail your login ID (full e-mail address used) to Kim Gibson in Human Resources. Please indicate "Public Scholar Candidate" in the subject line. You will then be added to an IUPUI project site and given directions to upload application materials. No physical mail required.

Please direct questions to:

Kim Gibson, Human Resources
Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI

735 W. New York Street, HR 148

Indianapolis, IN 46202


About Herron

Herron School of Art and Design, a 110 year old professional art school, joined Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) in 1969. Herron is fully accredited by NASAD and is the only accredited professional art school in the state. As a thriving urban campus, IUPUI is a leader in community engagement and Herron’s Basile Center for Art, Design and Public Life excels in connecting classroom scholarship with regional and community partners. Herron has enjoyed steady growth over the last decade; over 70 Herron faculty now serve 900+ art and design majors in eleven undergraduate and four graduate programs. In 2005 Herron moved to a new 170,000 square foot, state of the art building located on the IUPUI campus and adjacent to the museums of White River State Park, half a mile from the heart of Downtown Indianapolis. For more information about Herron School of Art and Design visit http://www.herron.iupui

About Museum Studies

The Museum Studies program in the IU School of Liberal Arts is an interdisciplinary program whose focus is civic engagement and whose mission is to support the development of self-reflective, skilled, and engaged leaders in the museum field through experiences in and outside of the classroom and to advance the scholarship of museums and their missions. Hands-on learning and community engagement are hallmarks of the program which offers an undergraduate certificate drawing students from a variety of majors, a graduate certificate, and a Master's Degree. Seven faculty, including several appointed jointly in schools across campus, as well as 17 adjunct faculty in related departments and in area museums help students connect concepts, theories, and methods to real-world practice and produce research that advances the scholarship of museums and their communities. The Museum Studies undergraduate program began in 1992 and the graduate program in 2001. It averages 35 undergraduate students and 40 graduate students. For more information about IUPUI Museum Studies Program visit

Downtown Indianapolis is a metropolitan area of 1.7 million people with a vital and growing cultural community. The campus is earning national recognition as a model for urban higher education in the twenty-first century, committed to serving the needs of both non-traditional and traditional students. For more information about IUPUI, visit

Applications received by January 9, 2014 will receive priority review. Position will remain open until filled. The position will begin in August 2014 or optionally January 2015. Salary is based on experience; IU offers competitive benefits, information about which can be viewed at

Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer/Institution. Applications from women and minorities are encouraged. Individuals who require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application process should notify Kim Gibson (contact information above) a reasonable time in advance.

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