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Maria Rogal

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  1. @Steven McCarthy – I am just seeing this post and curious about this since we are looking to write new guidelines for design faculty that are different from art faculty. Your chart looks like a good way to visualize the range of research. I'm wondering if there are guidelines you may be able to share?
  2. The University of Florida School of Art + Art History, College of the Arts, invites applications for the position Assistant Professor in Graphic Design. The faculty member will pursue an active program of research; teach a 2–2 load of courses at the undergraduate and graduate level; supervise MFA students; and contribute service to the university, the community, and the profession. Research and teaching specialization: history and theory of design and visual communications (graphic design). We are especially interested in candidates whose research and teaching investigates and explores historical and theoretical issues as they intersect with one or more of the following categories: race, ethnicity, indigeneity, decoloniality, cross-culturality, transnationality, gender, sexuality, and/or disability. The successful candidate must be able to contribute substantially to our graduate and undergraduate design programs. Ability to teach design studio courses and critique design work is also desirable. We welcome applicants who can contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. In addition, the successful candidate can expect to work with students, faculty, and staff from a wide range of disciplines, and social and cultural backgrounds. The University of Florida College of the Arts intends to be a transformative community, responding to and generating paradigmatic shifts in the arts and beyond. As artists and scholars, we embrace the complexity of our evolving human experience and seek to empower our students and faculty to shape that experience fearlessly through critical study, creative practice, and provocation. We seek a colleague who identifies as a change-maker. We seek a colleague who will prepare students to access and unsettle centers of power in a radically changing world. We seek a colleague who will position emerging artists and researchers as catalysts for equity on local and global levels. The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty, seeking faculty of all races, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Minimum Requirements: • Terminal degree (PhD, DDes, MFA, MDes, MGD) in graphic design history, graphic design, or related field by August 16, 2019; • Relevant teaching or instructional experience; • Ability to teach courses on graphic design history and theory; and • Evidence of success in promoting an environment that advances diversity, equity, and inclusion. Preferred Qualifications: • Graduate level teaching; • Research specialization that investigates and explores diverse historical, contemporary, and theoretical issues in graphic design; • Ability to integrate the role of history and theory in design research and practice; • Ability to teach design studio courses and critique design work; • Evidence of a strong conceptual approach to graphic design; • Experience working in a collaborative, interdisciplinary manner; and/or • Demonstrable interest in developing productive connections across disciplines at a research university Links of Interest MFA: arts.ufl.edu/design BFA: arts.ufl.edu/graphic-design School of Art + Art History: www.arts.ufl.edu/art Application Instructions: Review of applications will begin December 18, 2018 and continue until an applicant pool is established. To ensure full consideration, all application documents must be submitted by January 2, 2019. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority. Applications must be submitted via the University of Florida’s online application system at https://apply.interfolio.com/57285. Online applications must include the following (1) a detailed letter of application that explains how you match the particular qualifications of this position and how your work and perspective will contribute to and enhance our transformative community; (2) a complete curriculum vitae; (3) research and teaching statements; (4) writing sample—PDF or URL; and (5) names and contact information of three references. The Search Committee may request additional materials at a later time, including letters of reference. Inquiries may be sent to: María Rogal–Professor and Chair, Graphic Design Search / mrogal@arts.ufl.edu If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call +1 (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at +1 (800) 955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA: The University of Florida is a comprehensive learning institution built on a land grant foundation, ranked one of the top ten best public universities in the nation in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report. We are The Gator Nation, a diverse community dedicated to excellence in education and research and shaping a better future for Florida, the nation and the world. Our mission is to enable our students to lead and influence the next generation and beyond for economic, cultural and societal benefit. UF is a graduate research institution with more than 50,000 students and membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. Gainesville, which is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s most livable cities, is located midway between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Together, the University and the community comprise the educational, medical and cultural center of North Central Florida. The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training. saah_design_position_2019.pdf
  3. i'm curious as to the response to this at the university level. I know of some departments (only at private institutions) where this happens and in departments with such diverse disciplines faculty are not experts nor understand the nuances of all disciplines, so external letters are useful to contextualize work within the field. The concerns you voice are ones I would have for any colleague.
  4. this is really an important issue in our departmental guidelines and I think across the university. communication design is so broad that you have to find reviewers who have appropriate experiences to review work otherwise this is doing a disservice to all involved. we had changed our guidelines to reflect this almost a decade ago and it has served us well.
  5. I am at a research university (top 10 public), we have qualitative assessment so it's hard for me to put numbers on them – they all have to be contextualized. In general, though, I think they are from high to low here – but nothing is so low to merit no attention. I'd be interested in other ways of assessing. Maria Published Book (highly respected, fluctuates based on press and peer review process) but demonstrates a high level of research contribution to the field Grant Base Research Project (varies based on source, amount, role) Peer Review Publication (helps demonstrate consistent contribution and more substantial than conference presentation) Peer Review Conference Presentation (these vary now, some in Europe are double blind peer reviewed full paper so this shifts how we think about conference presentations)
  6. we have the highest carnegie classification and our research expectations are high. that being said, i think there's room for innovation. most of my research has been focused on international work, and that is significantly higher than national achievement. in addition, we have a lot of freedom to pursue our own path. i have found mine with a mix of peer-reviewed outcomes, and i find that helpful. rather than one track, i have multiple trajectories, with research woven together topically. i think this is a good opportunity for some designers.
  7. i am very interested in this topic for several reasons. i began at my university under guidelines for art faculty and the field has changed significantly since that time. they were still open enough as to accommodate design, but now, there are some differences. One of my colleagues is working with the AIGA DEC and mentioned this: https://educators.aiga.org/category/resources/promotion-tenure/ In general, we go up at the end of our 6th year for promotion and tenure, have 5 external letters from faculty in our area of specialization, and are evaluated externally ONLY on research. i feel the process is fair (in so far as this can be), particularly since faculty can select ½ the reviewers and the others need to know your kind of design. However, there are new things designers are working on that need to be factored in. Also, not everything has the level of peer review that a traditional academic will have. As RJ writes above, all the voting and letters are advisory until the president and board of trustees. a positive or negative vote can be overturned at any stage. and peer review can direct the path – I am in a department with 5 disciplines. It is the peer reviewers who have a lot of weight. If they are negative, it can go very badly. i have found it advisable to share materials with other colleagues to get them on board with your work prior to going up.
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