Friday, August 8, 2008

User Research and Usability Methods, The New England Institute of Art

The New England Institute of Art (NEiA) is seeking adjunct faculty members to teach a course in user research and usability methods in the Web Design & Interactive Media department. These positions will start part-time with the potential to go fulltime. All applicants must have a Master's degree to be considered.
In addition to having a keen interest in teaching, the instructor must have five or more years experience in user-centered design methodologies. This individual must be able to teach the most common usability and user research techniques that design teams employ to conceptualize, design, and evaluate interactive products. These topic areas include usability testing, in-depth interviewing, surveys, card sorts, ethnographic studies, and focus groups.
Students also need to learn effective ways of presenting their research and findings as well as where these inputs fit in the software design and development process.
Instruct and facilitate meaningful learning of the course competencies in the curriculum and proactively support all facets of the learning environment. Provide education through learning-centered instruction that will enable graduates to fulfill the evolving needs of the marketplace.
Encourage a culture of learning that values mutual responsibility and respect, life-long learning and ethics as well as personal and professional development.
Key Job Elements:
Establishes a learning centered classroom conducive to collaborative learning and student involvement.
Performs student assessment of learning objectives based on course curriculum and exit competencies.
Communicates constructive feedback at each class period; provides weekly constructive feedback to students.
Performs classroom set up in a timely manner; arrives prior to class start, maintains an active presence, and provides active classroom instruction for the entire class period.
Has knowledge of and utilizes available academic resources and directs each student in ways that foster a successful learning experience, incorporating in the use of lesson plans.
Is accessible and assist students in solving problems promptly that may impede successful course completion through advising and/or referrals enforces institute academic and attendance policies.
Communicates appropriately with faculty, staff and administration; expresses ideas and thoughts clearly in written form, and in a professional manner.
Involved in the school community.
Keeps accurate records; submits grades, attendance and other reports on time.
Maintains required academic credentials; continues to develop professional and technical skills; remains current on related software or industry trends as appropriate.
Organizational Relationships:
Reports to: Department Chair of Web Design and Interactive Media, Dean of Academic Affairs Collaborates with: Academic Affairs Department Other college/campus functional areas Curriculum Task Forces and other college committees
Resumes should be forwarded to:
Lauri Stevens
Chair, Web Design and Interactive Media
10 Brookline Place West
Brookline, MA 02445
The New England Institute of Art is an EOE.

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