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Faculty Director for the UC San Diego Design Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: March 25th, 2020

Last review date: Friday, May 15, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Thursday, Mar 25, 2021 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.


We seek a new director for the recently-established University of California, San Diego Design Lab, an international center where design can contribute to many issues and disciplines. This search is part of a major commitment by the University to weave design into the fabric of UCSD academic, research, and community life.

The Director will be expected (1) to oversee a program of impactful research, sustainable via educational programs, external funding, and/or other means; (2). to engage communities beyond the university; and, (3) to contribute to a climate of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate capacity to lead and build strong organizations and communities related to design, with credentials supporting appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor (tenured) in an appropriate academic department at the University of California, San Diego.

The candidate must have completed a terminal degree such as a PhD, MD, EdD, Dr.PH, PsyD, MBA, MFA, MDes, or equivalent, in their area of expertise and have a record of accomplishment in education, service, and research.

The position is a full-time, 12-month administrative appointment accompanied by a full-time appointment of Associate or Full Professor, either with tenure as a ladder-rank faculty member or with security of employment in the teaching professor series, and eligible for full university benefits. Applicants with dual career considerations, please see the Partner Opportunities Program web page.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC San Diego requires all candidates for academic appointments with tenure or security of employment to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release” as part of their application.

Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales.

All applications must be submitted to:

Applications will be considered on a continuing basis until the position is filled.

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, or status as a protected veteran.


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Pedagogy

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

  • Authorization to Release Form - Applicants must complete, sign and upload this form. See Institutional Reference Check to access the form and for more information.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)