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  1. 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 their research quota. What are your thoughts on the PhD within art and design disciplines? Both in terms of traditional scholarship and creative-practice PhDs? PhD study has very different goals from MFA/MDes study. What are the implications, at the faculty level, of these changing expectations? Have you ever found not having a PhD a limitation (for promotion / tenure / or in practice?)
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