Tenure Track Faculty - Design Studies

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Sacramento
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Fine/Performing Arts, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

COLLEGE: Arts & Letters


POSITION TITLE: Tenure Track Faculty in Design Studies: Social Design / Research Methods


The Bachelor of Arts degree in Design Studies is one of four degrees alongside Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Photography, Graphic Design and Interior Architecture, which form the Department of Design housed in the College of Arts & Letters.

The Design Studies program complements our professional studio programs, providing students with a richly diverse academic course of study in the history and theory of design, including architecture, photography, graphic design, interiors, urban design, product design, and fashion design. Design Studies also serves the entire Sac State student body through its general education offerings.

Sacramento is the state capital of California and one of the most diverse cities in the nation. As the heart of the region’s higher education community, Sac State is a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), Asian American & Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), dedicated to access, academic excellence, and inclusion. We have a strong commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom as well as our campus culture. More information about Sac State’s equity programs, student success initiatives, and Antiracist Campus Plan can be found here: ; ;

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The Design Department at Sacramento State seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor of design studies who specializes in social design and research methods with a background in applying design thinking to community-engaged practice. Our department seeks a candidate with the ability to teach inclusive transdisciplinary course in design research and methods. We welcome candidates whose professional work in their design practice, classroom and/or community – enriches our university imperatives of anti-racism and inclusivity. We seek candidates who will be dedicated to teaching and mentoring a diverse student population, designing inclusive courses, and forging collaborative relationships across disciplines. In addition, the ideal candidate will develop new curricula in research methods and social design for the design studies BA with support from the College.

The tenure-track Assistant Professor of Social Design/Design Research will be an important contributor to the college’s development of social innovation and social justice in the curriculum. The department seeks candidates with the ability to work with diverse students and colleagues, success in creating inclusive classrooms, and experience with a variety of teaching methods and curricular perspectives. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

The Design Department is committed to expanding our efforts to create and teach in ways that foster an awareness for socially engaged design practice. This includes community-engaged design research and social design practice. The work that will emerge from this hire will span multiple design fields. Through their teaching, research, and/or institutional and community service, this hire will collaborate with the Sacramento community and the University. 

This position is part of a cluster hire initiative, launched by the College of Arts and Letters, focused on Social Practice and Social Justice in the Arts. By hiring in a thematic cluster, the college hopes to: increase faculty diversity; foster interdepartmental community and support; and decolonize across curricula and departmental lines. See the Arts and Letters Cluster Hire Initiative for more information:


  • Teach 12 units of lecture/studio courses per semester. This equates to 6-8 classes in design-centered theory, methods, and practice per academic year.
  • Develop lower and upper division courses in the Design Studies program and assist with the development of related curriculum in the Design Department, specifically in areas of research methods, and community-engaged social design.
  • Assist in academic advising, mentoring, and recruitment of students. 
  • Active and ongoing pursuits in the areas of teaching effectiveness; peer reviewed scholarly, professional, and/or creative activity; and service to the Department, College, University.
  • Active and ongoing commitment to engagement with the local and regional community through service and scholarship.


  • MA/MFA or PhD in design, design studies, human behavior and design, urbanism, design research. ABD will be considered. If ABD, all degree requirements must be complete by August 2023
  • Evidence of practice supporting design thinking and research applied to community engaged social justice and social practice.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach an inclusive transdisciplinary course in social design and/or design research and methods.

The Design Department reminds applicants that it is only necessary to meet the “Required qualifications” to be considered.


  • Demonstrated ability to develop a contemporary and inclusive design research and methods curriculum in multiple design fields (e.g. architecture, photography, graphic design, product design, industrial design, etc.).
  • Experience working with students and colleagues of diverse racial, ethnic, educational, and socio-economic backgrounds and experiences.
  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to produce collaborative work.
  • College or university level teaching experience.
  • Experience engaging with different public interests through community-based projects/activities.


For full consideration, please submit the following documents by December 1, 2022. The position will remain open until filled. 

A complete application includes the following documents:

  • A one-page letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the social design/research methods position at CSU Sacramento.
  • Current curriculum vita.
  • Portfolio of recent research, teaching and/or project work with an emphasis on community engaged projects and teaching.
    • Submit a PDF containing 10-20 samples of participant/student work from your teaching and/or community activities. This can be documents, images, and/or video/audio in the form of YouTube, Vimeo, or SoundCloud URLs. For video/audio works, up to two can be full duration. The rest must be excerpts with a 1-minute duration. The total number of samples, including image and media links, may not exceed 20.
    • Inventory of student/community activity portfolio with descriptions: number each of the works in the PDF document above. Create a corresponding annotated list containing a description for each numbered item, with the title, date, media, and project information (not to exceed 200 words per item). 
  • A complete syllabus for a social practice/community-based practice or research methods course that you have authored and would like to teach. This may be a proposed course or one that you have already taught.
  • A one-page diversity statement that addresses the following questions: How would your teaching and/or creative practice serve a student body that is diverse in a multitude of ways? What specific strategies would/do you use to create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere in your classroom? How would/do you ensure that all students in your classes feel a sense of belonging? 
  • Statement of teaching philosophy including your approach to assessing student outcomes.
  • Unofficial transcripts of highest degree (official transcripts will be required if a campus interview is scheduled).

SEMI-FINALISTS will be invited to participate in a 30-minute Zoom interview.

FINALISTS will be invited to an on-campus day of activities. FINALISTS will be asked to provide the following upon notification of their status which must be received by April 1, 2023.

  • A current letter of recommendation from professional contacts within the last three years.
  • Two (2) different reference contacts in the form of email and telephone information that will speak to the professional qualifications of the applicant.      

For more information, please contact Search Committee Chair, Dr. PJ Carlino:


About Sacramento State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State’s 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1,800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to student success, diversity, equity and inclusion, community engagement, philanthropy, and campus safety

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued.  Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning. 

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Equal Employment Opportunity
California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit

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A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Information:

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at

Out of State Employment

Per CSU-wide policy (HR2021-04), all faculty who will begin initial employment (or return from a 12-month break in service) on or after January 1, 2022 are required to perform their work from within the State of California. Faculty hired prior to January 1, 2022 must be available to perform work in the State of California if their assignment is in-person.

Eligibility Verification
Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency ( ie. H-1-B Visa).

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