Associate Professor- Technical Communication and Information Design

Associate Professor- Technical Communication and Information Design - 30630 Faculty

Description The Technical Communication and Information Design (TCID) Department at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs invites applications for Associate Professor and Director of the department. The position begins August 2024. TCID at UCCS is a dynamic, stand-alone department, having grown considerably since its creation in 2020 and seeks a visionary, collaborative leader to continue the program's exceptional momentum. TCID currently rosters 9 full time faculty and counts ~70 majors. The department hosts an accelerated master's degree with MBA (TCID bachelor's + MBA in five years); the BA degree in TCID; a minor and certificate in User Experience and a minor and certificate in Technical Writing. TCID also supports four badges available both to enrolled students and to the community through extended studies. The department has deep relationships with local industry and community partners, having actively worked with multiple organizations to place students in internships, secure guest speakers, and complete class projects that translated into actual implementation at partner organizations. The department has also recently received significant financial and in-kind gifts to support student programming. The department director reports to the dean of the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, and holds a tenured, 9-month appointment with an additional stipend for the chair position with the expectation of 12-month availability. Interested candidates can read more about the department at Who We Are: The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system and is home to over 9,000 undergraduate and 1,800 graduate students. We have a strong focus in fueling student success by creating, using, and maintaining a multitude of different offices and programs. Overall, UCCS is constantly focused of preparing our students to have success in the future, and we understand that every single employee on our campus has a significant effect on that focus. Find more information about working at UCCS here. The city, which was recently ranked as the number nine Best Places to Live by U.S. News & World Report in 2023, known as Olympic City USA, rests at the base of Pikes Peak, the inspiration for the song "America the Beautiful" and a must-see for residents and visitors alike. With a mild climate and 247 days of sunshine each year, the Springs boasts some of the state's best recreation opportunities. Find out more about living in Colorado Springs through the Visit Colorado Springs page. Work Location: On-site Remote work will be available for emergency events. This will be offered based on the emergency and allowance will come from leadership and the guidelines provided at the time of the emergency. This position has been determined to be exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). What We Offer:
    Associate Professor Generally starting at $78,000-$80,000 per academic year. Director of TCID receives a $9,000 stipend per academic year.
The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs offers excellent benefits, some of which include:

    -Medical insurance, with the lowest cost option being $0 to the employee Dental, Vision, Life and Disability insurance Mandatory retirement plans. Employees contribute 5% of their annual compensation. CU doubles that and contributes 10% Tuition Assistant Benefit available to you or a dependent Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of employment Faculty Housing Assistance Program CU Advantages

Tentative Search Timeline:
    Priority will be given to applications submitted by November 30th, 2023 by 5:00pm. However, this posting will remain open until filled. The potential dates for first round interviews will be the week of January 8th, 2024. The potential employee start date is August 12th, 2024.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check.

Applicants with disabilities: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date. If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the appointing authority or Human Resources.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

Please note that while the position details both required qualifications as well as preferred qualifications below, we want applicants to be aware that they do not need to have all of the desired skills and experience to be considered for this position. If you meet the minimum qualifications, have passion for the work, along with experience in a related field, you are encouraged to apply. We encourage on-the-job training for any additional skills or knowledge that become relevant to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

    PhD in Technical Communication/Writing; User Experience; or Rhetoric with an emphasis in technical communication Minimum of three years leading an academic program/department (e.g. university technical communication/writing program; department chair) Minimum of five years teaching technical communication and information design courses Holds the rank of tenured, Associate Professor at a peer (or higher) institution A minimum of 7 years of published research in technical communication and information design

Preferred Qualifications:

    Research and/or teaching specialties in UX/usability/eXperience Design/LXD, with leading-edge technology (AI, AR/XR, etc.), visual data, and/or information architecture Experience in interdisciplinary program development Experience in community outreach and developing innovative initiatives for students Experience in developing industry internships/partnerships for undergraduate students Committed to collaborative leadership Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills

Physical Requirements:

Employee must be able to teach in person, communicate with students, faculty, and staff and conduct research and/or produce scholarship/creative work.

UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (719) 255-3372.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the established essential functions and meet the physical and environment demands described satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, physical and environmental demands.
Special Instructions to Applicants: • Applications submitted by November 30th by 5pm MST will receive full consideration. • Applications submitted through email or surface mail will not be considered. • Official transcripts will be required upon hire. • Upon request, please be prepared to provide three professional references, including their email contact information. • Have by August 12th, 2024, a terminal degree in a field relevant to the position. • Statement of research and a sample syllabus are required as part of the application. If you have technical difficulties with your application, please contact the CU Careers help desk at 303-860-4200 #5 or Job related inquiries should be directed to the posting contact, Alex Ilyasova, The University of Colorado Colorado Springs will not sponsor work visas or permanent resident applications for this position. Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Statement of Research Philosophy, Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below Application Materials Instructions: To apply, please submit the following application materials to this posting. 1. A current CV/resume. 2. A cover letter. 3. Research Statement. 4. Sample course syllabus. 5. A statement on administrative experiences and approach. When submitting the materials, check the Job Specific Attachments box next to each document in order for the search committee members to see your materials.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Colorado Springs Department: C0001 -- Colorado Springs Campus - 40397 - LAS-TCID

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Aug 22, 2023

Unposting Date: Ongoing Posting Contact Name: Alex Ilyasova Posting Contact Email: Position Number: 00481315

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