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Adjunct for User Experience & Interaction Design

Apply now Job no: 495937
Work type: Part-Time
Location: University City - Philadelphia, PA
Categories: Drexel University, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

About Drexel

Drexel is a comprehensive global research university ranked among the top 100 in the nation. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, and a major engine for economic development in the region. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.

About the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design:

The Drexel University Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design is dedicated to the education of students in the areas of design, media and the performing and visual arts. The Westphal College offers 17 undergraduate and eight graduate majors, housed in award-winning, technologically enhanced facilities, and taught by distinguished faculty who have worked at the top of their fields. The College values a studio approach that incorporates six months of required co-op work experience for all undergraduate students. Westphal is home to a virtual reality and immersive research lab, two theaters, an art gallery, a notable collection of over 17,000 historic costumes, a record label, a television station, and numerous cutting-edge making spaces. Westphal educates students to find their place as leaders in today's rapidly changing world by teaching the diverse skills needed to conceptualize and implement creative thinking. The synergy of Westphal’s creative programs, strong foundation curriculum and diverse minors, and stewardship of University assets and enterprises enhances the strength of the College in this interdisciplinary age. The College actively participates in community-based learning programs that allow students and faculty to study the issues affecting our world in collaboration with neighboring communities. As the center for creativity at Drexel, the Westphal College’s collaborative community of scholars, creatives, thinkers, and doers are uniquely positioned to face the world’s challenges and define the creative careers of the 21st century. Westphal is dedicated to building a community where everyone is welcome and a multiplicity of voices are celebrated.

About the Program

The User Experience & Interaction Design (UXID) Program’s understands that technology and future career prospects are evolving at lightning speeds. Where it was once as simple as pursuing “website design” or “programming,” today’s world offers—and demands—more. For students to succeed in tech, they need creativity, versatility, and an interdisciplinary skillset. Students need to be able to see through the eyes of the user and understand projects from start to finish.

By combining principles from a range of disciplines, UXID gives students the tools not only to understand technology but also the human principles underpinning it. Students get exposure to:

  • User Experience Design (UX)—Researching and advocating for the needs of people who will be using technologies, prototyping digital products, and working with agile methodologies
  • User Interface and Interaction Design (UI/IXD)—Using tools like Adobe Creative Suite to create visual experiences for technology products
  • Development—Programming the code (HTML/CSS, Javascript, PHP/MySQL, etc.) that makes products work in a variety of media (websites, apps, augmented and virtual reality, Internet of Things, etc.)
  • Information Architecture (IA) and Content Strategy—Organizing and planning information systems for digital products 
  • Project Management—Managing workflows to keep teams on track

Students learn the basics of design, coding and development skills to bring those designs to life. By the end of this program, they have real-world experience, an enviable portfolio, and the highly adaptable skills. 

Job Summary

The adjunct faculty member will employ a variety of strategies to foster student artistic development, learning and discussions, as well as encourage active learning in all students, maintain proper course-related records, and evaluate student work and provide students with feedback as to the progress toward meeting the objectives of the course. Each adjunct faculty member is responsible for effectively teaching students in the assigned classroom or remote settings.  Each adjunct faculty member is responsible for effectively implementing the mission of the Department of Digital Media within Drexel’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. Responsibilities may include teaching days, evenings, nights, and weekends, with the potential for online only, in-person only, or a combination of both.

Our courses cover a wide range of topics, including: User Interface Design, Interaction Design, Web or Mobile App Prototyping, Front End or Back End Development (including current versions of HTML/CSS, JavaScript, and PHP/MySQL), SVG, WordPress, iOS/Swift Development, User Experience Design, user Research, Usability Testing, Human Factors Engineering, Experimental Technologies, IoT, and WebVR.

Essential Functions

  • Teach required number of credit hours per quarter based on contract
  • Teach studio, lecture, and/or practicum courses per contract
  • Plan and provide instructional experiences that reflect an understanding of the philosophy, objectives, and curriculum of the program
  • Evaluate student achievement of curricular objectives/outcomes
  • Maintain communication with the program director regarding any course or student issues
  • Perform other similar duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Graphic Design, or related field.
  • Two years of teaching or professional experience.

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter that indicates your strong areas of expertise when submitting your application.

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