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  1. Kia ora all, Earlier this year I invited Philip Fierlinger to join us as a Visiting Professor. Phillip is co-founder and design director of Xero, one of those mythical "unicorn" startups that have reached a valuation of over a billion dollars. One of Philip's projects with us is a podcast on design-led business. While it has a NZ focus, he is keen to make this podcast resonate with design students. He is currently working with our third years to better understand their needs and fears about entering the design workforce. While very much in beta, he has posted a few episodes for
  2. We have a "no unpaid internships" policy. The company needs to put forward some sort of compensation, even if it is in-kind.
  3. Kia ora all, I have opened a permenent Lecturer / Senior Lecturer position within the School of Design in beautiful Wellington, New Zealand. For those more familiar with the North American model, this role is roughly equivalent to an Assistant / Associate professor rank. Now 132 years old, the Wellington School of Design at Massey University is currently ranked in the top 100 design programs in the world, and ranked #1 in Asia-Pacific by Red Dot. The successful candidate will demonstrate a high level of achievement in practice, research and teaching in one or more of the
  4. James, I just received my copy and passed one over to Andre! Thank you for your generosity. This is a lovely book and a great resource to undergraduates.
  5. I very much appreciate your comment Dan, and your openmindedness towards the changing educational landscape! Is industry truly the cutting edge in the design fields? I feel if that were true, programmes would not need to support creative practice research, as all of the researchers would be funded by industry. I have found, however, that research has to be disseminated before industry picks it up. An example would be an industrial designer who's work is shown at places like the Milan Furniture Fair in an effort to get picked up by a commercial distributor. Golan Levin gives a powerful pre
  6. For my institution, that follows national guidelines for research loosely modeled on the UK's REF, I would order these the following way: Grant Base Research Project: Peer Review Publication: Published Book: Unless its from a top publisher, book publication is not supported or valued very highly. Peer Review Conference Presentations are not seen as research. Conferences are considered networking events. Dissemination is allowed there, but its not valued very highly.
  7. Overseas, yes. PhDs in the Visual Arts / Design are big business across the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Of course, it helps that in most of those countries you cannot teach at a tertiary level without a PhD in your discipline!
  8. Kia ora Michele, How your MS is assessed is entirely up to the institution that wants to hire you! Different institutions will have different expectations or requirements. Same with how much value is placed on your professional experience. In the United States it is entirely up to each institution and its hiring processes. This is not true in other countries, where there are clear national standards for those lecturing in tertiary education and clear national standards for postgraduate levels of study. I once served on a promotion committee for a US candidate that did not have a ter
  9. I love this sentence in Carnegie Mellon's undergraduate design degree page explaining why they chose BDes: https://design.cmu.edu/programs/undergrad "This degree is equivalent in rank to a BFA, but acknowledges the growing importance of the design disciplines as separate and distinct from Fine Art."
  10. Two examples: At my former institution in the United States we, at one time, offered dedicated courses such as Graphic Design History. These courses were classified as "academic studies" focused (using NASAD terms) and were long taught by skilled and knowedable studio faculty with MFAs. Policy was eventually changed so that all such history / critical study courses had to be taught by faculty with PhDs. Finding such a person proved impossible, which led to us to either not deliver discipline-specific academic studies courses or to move this content into studio-based courses. I recently ra
  11. Is your university moving towards requiring tertiary educators to have a PhD within their discipline? is it encouraged? In the United States (and a few other countries) the MFA / MDes has long been considered the “terminal” degree for postgraduate study. Overseas, this is not so. Many parts of the world now have clear standards of levelling between masters and PhD study in art and design. They encourage or expect design educators at the tertiary level to hold a PhD. This partly reflects the maturing of design research, but is also a response to the need for institutions to beef up
  12. Here is an interesting link around the "myths and realities" of assessment from Otis. http://www.otis.edu/myths-reality I found a similar document on my old university's wiki. I sense that both of these documents were written in a effort to motivate and engage faculty who were less than keen on the coming wave of assessment. I certainly agree that university-wide assessment programmes often fail to align with art and design study. At MassArt, we made an attempt to define our own assessment practices rooted in art and design in an initiative that ran from 2009 - 2013. I would point y
  13. Under Education legislation, New Zealand's universities are charged with the responsibility to act as "the critic and conscience of society". We have an obligation towards society, and are expected to work for what we view as the good of that society, even at the cost of passing judgement on it. So, in that context, social activism is an expected action of our researchers and our students.
  14. Nice idea Robin. Happy to throw my name into the ring as my university values this type of service. I currently hold the role of Professor of Interaction Design. In American parlance, I would be considered the Dean of Design for my University. I lead Ngā Pae Māhutonga, a design school which holds a top 100 world QS ranking in Creative Arts and Design. Prior to my move to NZ, I was a Professor of Design at MassArt in the United States. I am comfortable assessing both candidates for promotion and tenure at free-standing art and design institutions and research-focused Universities.
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