Human Resources

Professor of Practice, UI and UX Design

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Department: Cognitive & Learning Sciences
Work Type: Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Sciences, Design, Human Factors, UI/UX

This is a shared position between the department of Cognitive & Learning Sciences and Humanities.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

The Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences and the Department of Humanities at Michigan Technological University invites applications for a Professor of Practice, (non-tenure-track, faculty position) in user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) design.  The job will begin August of 2021.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

Candidates are expected to teach the equivalent of 3 courses per semester and will be expected to teach a variety of courses related to UI/UX. The candidate may be asked to collaborate with campus units to develop UI/UX courses. The candidate will assist in student advising activities such as, placing students in internships, creating connections between students and organizations, and working with MTU Enterprise Program. The candidate may be expected to engage in service to the university as needed.  Candidates will be expected to integrate safety practices into daily activities and commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

Master’s Degree in UI/UX, human factors, industrial design, information design, or a related field.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

Candidates should have 7 years industry experience in UI/UX positions, served in technical lead or leadership roles, and experience in the following areas of UI/UX:

● information architecture
● content strategy
● prototyping
● visual communication
● related working knowledge of analytics.

Candidates should be active in the UI/UX professional community.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

Previous teaching experience (in either academia or industry settings) is preferred. The ideal candidate will have experience in leading diverse teams and mentoring.

10 years of industry experience or more is desired.

Special consideration to candidates familiar with User research and collaborative/team processes; accessible/ethical/sustainable design; designing for diversity and inclusion; and/or experience in coding (e.g. Javascript, React, HTML5).

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

Proficiency with industry standard software and tools, such as: wireframing tools, interactive mockup tools, Adobe XD and Creative Suite, XML editors, usability and accessibility tools, and statistical/analytic tools.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

If interested, the candidate may engage in interdisciplinary research with faculty across campus. Prior research experience is beneficial. Familiarity with ethical review boards for human subjects research.

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The work environment is that of a typical office and/or classroom setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

9 months



Pay Rate/Salary


Title of Position Supervisor

Department Chair

Posting Type

Internal & External Posting

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Applications must be submitted online at and contain the following: (1) a letter of application (2) a current curriculum vitae/resume. Applicants will be asked to provide contact information for three recommendation providers. Applicants may be required to submit a portfolio of work at a later date.

Review of applications will begin January 29, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Additional Information

The Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences offers doctoral and master’s degrees in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors; a master's degree in STEM Education, and an undergraduate major degree in Psychology. Please see our website:

The Department of Humanities offers doctoral and master’s degrees in the interdisciplinary Rhetoric, Theory, and Culture program and undergraduate major degrees in Scientific and Technical Communication; Communication, Culture, and Media; and English. Please see our website:

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Michigan Tech is building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from all individuals. Michigan Tech is an ADVANCE Institution, and has twice received National Science Foundation funds in support of efforts to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM.

Michigan Tech acknowledges the importance of supporting dual-career partners to retain a quality workforce. Candidates are invited to bring a guest to an on-campus interview; career exploration, advice, and assistance are available for positions at the University and in the local community. Additional details on dual-career exploration with our Partner Engagement Program can be found at

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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