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Director of Doctoral Programs, Associate Professor/Professor

Job Description

Posting Number


Internal Recruitment


Working Title

Director of Doctoral Programs, Associate Professor/Professor

Anticipated Hiring Range

Commensurate with experience

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday; 8:00am to 5:00pm. In addition to weekday requirements, there will be evening and weekend responsibilities periodically

Job Location

Raleigh, NC


College of Design

About the Department

The College of Design at NC State University seeks an outstanding, visionary Director of Doctoral Programs—including both the PhD in Design and the Doctor of Design (DDes) programs. The Director will be an effective administrator, faculty member, and thought leader in design research, who can integrate the strengths of both doctoral programs and take them to the next level. The next Director of Doctoral Programs in Design will help the College lead the nation in transdisciplinary and applied design research.

The Director of Doctoral Programs reports to the Associate Dean of Research, Doctoral Programs and Global Engagement, and engages with other unit Heads. Together with program administration and other College and University service, the Director is expected to contribute significantly to doctoral-level teaching and advising (6 SCH minimum), with a focus on applied and/or interdisciplinary design research. The position is a twelve-month tenured position at the rank of associate or full professor (full professor preferred). The successful candidate will be offered a tenure home in one of the College’s four units: comprising the Departments of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning; Media Arts, Design & Technology; Industrial Design and Graphic Design; and the School of Architecture. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and rank; the projected start date for this position is July 1, 2024.

The PhD Program in Design (website)

The College of Design initiated the PhD in Design program in 1999. Today the program sustains around 35-40 students from all over the world pursuing research on questions that transcend and unite the design disciplines. The mission of the Doctor of Philosophy in Design is to advance knowledge in design through research and scholarship. This mission is built on the recognition of fertile common ground among the design disciplines and on the need for specificity and depth within them. The PhD program, therefore, values a broad range of research interests that aim to improve the human condition.

Doctor of Design Program (website)

Established in 2017, the Doctor of Design (DDes) program is an advanced professional doctorate for established design practitioners, which complements the existing PhD in Design. As a self-funding distance-education doctoral model, it currently serves 32-35 student-practitioners, mainly (but not exclusively) from the United States. The purpose of the DDes program is to promote research in support of professional designers actively creating the artifacts, communications, environments, organizing structures, and systems of the future. This unique program offers DDes students the flexibility to continue working full-time and remain embedded in practice while completing program requirements.

Although the culture and rhythms of both doctoral programs are distinct, they share in the extraordinary maturity, diversity, and capacity of all our students. At NC State, doctoral programs in design support four general domains of research:

  • Human-computer interactions, digital design, and communications
  • Spatial and environmental design and wellness
  • Design methods, materials, and pedagogy
  • Engaged social design and organization strategies

Essential Job Duties

All doctoral courses and curricula, academic policies, assessment procedures, and budgets are built in compliance with University systems, Grad School policies, and College capacities. The Director of Doctoral Programs will guide the administration of the Ph.D. and DDes programs, including:

  • Curriculum planning/scheduling
  • Staffing plans and forecasts for instructor hires
  • HR/supervision of permanent staff
  • Conduct of program assessments (internal and external)
  • Management of recruiting and admissions processes
  • Coordination of programming (e.g. doctoral orientation programs; DDes immersion workshops and activities; public-facing events such as lectures, symposia, etc.)
  • Guide communications and web presence
  • Monitor online platforms and other technology needs
  • Budget planning and management
  • Liaison to other College administrators
  • Other general service duties to the College and Campus if and as needed

The Director mentors and collaborates with affiliated doctoral faculty, e.g. promoting best practices for doctoral advising, annual assessments, program policies, compliance programs, and admissions procedures. The Director is expected to teach signature courses in the doctoral programs and, by arrangement, may also support the curriculum and/or graduate student advising in their tenure home department.

Other Responsibilities

Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education and Experience

  • PhD / Doctoral degree and terminal design degree or equivalent
  • Holds academic tenure in a design discipline relevant to the College of Design
  • Depth of experience in doctoral student advising
  • Administrative experience in academic units and/or research grants management

Other Required Qualifications

To be appointed at the rank of Associate Professor with tenure, the successful candidate should have:
  • Previously secured and held this rank in a comparable institution
  • Effective teaching experience in a relevant design discipline
  • Experience with online course development or instructional design
  • Products of design research as disseminated through peer-reviewed venues (e.g. exhibition, competition, publication and/or equivalent)
  • A record of interdisciplinary and/or inter-institutional collaborations (e.g. successfully executed events or projects)

In addition, to be appointed at the rank of Full Professor, the successful candidate should have:
  • Depth of experience in teaching research methods for doctoral design research
  • Substantial products of design research or creative endeavor as disseminated through peer-reviewed venues (e.g. exhibition, competition, publication, and/or equivalent)
  • Substantial evidence of national or international scholarly impact and reputation
  • Substantial record of interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaborations (e.g. successfully executed events or projects; invitations, honors, and awards)

Preferred Qualifications

The successful candidate will:
  • Have a depth of professional experience in a design office, agency, or related practice
  • Have previous experience in curriculum development and assessment
  • Have a record of funded design research
  • Be a collegial, collaborative, and energetic contributor to College culture

Required License(s) or Certification(s)


Valid NC Driver's License required


Commercial Driver's License required


Job Open Date


Anticipated Close Date

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants should include a cover letter, C.V., and a statement of interest in the position, addressing administrative experience/philosophy, research, and teaching interests (submit under ‘other document-1’). In addition, applicants should include names and contact information for three references.

In the statement of interest, we invite applicants to address one (or more) of the following:
  • In your field (or in others), what projects, persons, and/or institutions do you think of as visionary leaders in design research, and why? How do these exemplars compare with, or inform, doctoral programs in Design at NC State University? 
  • Describe your experiences in organizing collective conversations, workshops, symposia or other events focused on new directions in design research 
  • In the context of the land-grant university, what compelling opportunities might you identify for design research or research collaborations, and how might the doctoral programs engage with them? 

Review of applications will begin on Feb 12, 2024; the position will remain open until filled. For questions about this position, please contact Search Committee Chair Derek Ham at, c/o Ashley Pearson at

Position Number


Position Type

Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week)



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Department ID

120101 - College of Design


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

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