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James Pannafino

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  1. I want to develop a new design course focus primarily focus on design research and writing ... maybe some grant stuff. Does anyone have information or similar classes they could share with me? Thanks, James
  2. @Brian, great, thanks for all your support. James
  3. For those who teach User Experience or Interaction Design courses, we have limited desk copies of our UX Methods book to give out.Link to fill out the form:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd8QUDDFz-meKLJqWaKA2nQIg-N-SzYkr2cuomfZuB9lVPlFA/viewformIf you don't teach those types of courses just ignore this post as it costs to mail out each copy.Thanks, James and Patrick
  4. Many schools have traditional Drawing and 2D Design courses as part of their foundational programs, how many of you have changed those courses, what titles and content are now in their place? This would be for a design degree. Thanks, James
  5. In many cases, Design is within an Art and Design department. Some might think the grass is greener and maybe having their own Design department or being part of a different department might have advantages. I like to hear good and bad examples of Design moving. This isn't a discussion on the value of Art in Design, that will always be there. I am looking for more result based stories of design in academic structure.
  6. @Dan Wong, you bring up some points indirectly. I am curious to see what people think of the publishing industry as a whole. Is it healthy, or design publishers closing down like Rockport and HOW Design press making the editorial process better, do they need writers more than authors need them? If publishers can't make money, how can they pay editors to go through a rigorous process? This is not the case for all, as we see friends publish quality books of late. To answer your original question, I pay an editor to review my work for grammar and spelling and sometimes will ask others to review drafts from time to time. I do ask a selected few professionals to give quotes for the front of the book. Time to time I'll send the book to a professional review company, but not ones I have to pay. Faculty who use the book in their class is the sincerest way to show respect for peers in my situation. Why would a professor have students buy and use a book in their class if they didn't respect the content. Also, you have to take reviews on Amazon with a grain of salt, as sometimes they give bad reviews because of shipping issues or something outside the content of the book.
  7. At your institution, how does it value the following: 1 = Low value to 10 = Highest value Peer Review Conference Presentation: Peer Review Publication: Published Book: Grant Base Research Project: Other: I know the size and context may vary, but I was wondering. Thanks, James
  8. We recently created a BDes degree and while we were excited to do something different and more design focused, it's been interesting to see the external reaction. We mainly get students from PA or the surrounding states, when they visit other schools, those schools mainly have BFA's so it takes a lot more explanation on what the BDes is. We are NASAD accredited institution. I wonder if BDes will take off more in the US or most departments will want to avoid the new but possibly confusing degree (too some).
  9. Mitch, Most faculty at our university teach 4 x 4 each year and around 10 some contact hours. In our Art and Design department, we teach 3 x 3 but have 15 contact hours. We have NASAD accreditation which allows us to argue for the different time frame/structure of courses. We only are required to hold 5 office hours, but I am there way more. To get to your greater point on real workload, it's a lot for sure. If it was just about teaching in class life would be beautiful, but it's much more. It's all about pacing yourself, avoiding burnout is key. Best of luck, James
  10. Wow, this could go deep for me. Context: I am at a state college in PA's system, we are under one CBA with a standard set of rules across all of our 14 universities besides a few local agreements that may differ. Assistant to Associate Professor: Years 1 - 5, You get reviewed by students and faculty each semester and need to hand in a yearly report. At the end of the 5 years, you can submit for tenure and promotion, but they are not tied together. Meaning that some get tenure but not promoted, yes that is very weird. Most people get tenure but promotion is competitive as rank is tied into pay scale. Higher your rank, more you get paid. When you go up for either you hand in a multiple page narrative packet (it's like a book sometimes) and supporting binders that address Teaching, Scholarship, and Service. The Packet is reviewed by department faculty, then dean (both around Dec) and they both write a report that goes to a university level review committee made up of faculty from across the campus (different areas every year). So there is a good chance that the final committee could have no art or design people on it. That committee reviews all materials (ends around Apr) and ranks each candidate against each other, you get your number then, so it may say you are 5 out of 16. Then the provost reviews the numbers and materials and decides mid-summer where the cut off is and who gets promoted. Each year the number of people promoted to Associate professor changes, but it hovers around 45%, but only 25% for individuals that go up for the first time. It may take someone more than one year to get promoted. Once you get to Associate Professor you have to wait 5 more years to go up for Full Professor. It works very similar to above process-wise, but fewer people go up and fewer get promoted at this level. In many cases, individuals don't go up for full professor at all as they don't want to go through the process as it's crazy competitive. The past few years around 4 people across our university get promoted. Once someone earns full professor they get reviewed every 5 years just by their department and dean of their college, which isn't much paperwork compared to above. James
  11. I have done a number of these of late, many times for people I don't know well at all or never met. I felt like it was an honor to be asked to review someone's materials and took it very seriously. Good thread, James
  12. Thanks to Aaris for starting this thread. I'll try to keep this as short as I can. First I have so much respect for authors that go through a traditional publisher, Aaris and Robin have written a number of great books and the amount of time they put into all of those endeavors is impressive. For me I knew I wanted to share information in a format of a book, I even was close to signing a contract to do a book on Comics and Design but it fell through. The more research I did I found out that authors not only wrote the book but sometimes designed it (or at least sourced images for the designer to use) and also to the bulk of promoting at times. All that and they didn't always fully own the content they created. My thought process was since I might have to do all that work, I might as well own the content and get more of the profit. It was a bit of a perfect storm, as the internet was at a place that there were enough channels for distribution and exposer since more people shop online than at a bookstore. I wrote, "Interdisciplinary Interaction Design: A Visual Guide to Basic Theories, Models and Ideas for Thinking and Designing for Interactive Web Design and Digital Device Experiences" with the idea that it could be used in college classrooms. I made it black and white to keep the price point down and affordable. I created my own legal company and tied it into both Amazon and Barns and Nobles. It's print on demand so I didn't have to keep 2,000 copies in my garage and mail them out, I don't have time for that. Since I am a college professor I would present on conferences on the content from the book and besides giving some copies away for free (desk copies, at conferences or teachers that would ask) I didn't directly pay for any promotion. Here are the print copies I sold each year: • 2016 – 1,774 • 2015 – 1,711 • 2014 – 1,239 • 2013 – 853 I am lucky a number of colleges required the book in their classroom. Note I only sell it in printed format, if I did a PDF then only one student would buy it and it wouldn't be viewed the same. I get like one request for a digital copy a year (there is no digital verison), not much at all. This worked for me, but I understand how many professors would want to go through a publisher, maybe for promotion reasons or just the accomplished which I respect. When I went up for promotion, I had to show sales numbers, what colleges were using my book and references from peers. When someone says self-publishing within scholarship there is 100% a stigma related to it. If your department or school is against and won't listen to other factors then it may not be worth one's time. For me, I like owning the content I created and get 100% of the profits. I am super happy when I hear college professors are using my book in their classroom to educate their students. While I am not getting rich off of my book when I did my taxes one year my tax person was shocked when I gave them my book sales numbers Lastly, I feel like I gotten great support from my peers like Aaris who have written a number of books for publishers. I have never been judged or looked down upon. I hope this helps others, James
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