Senior Lecturer in Design Thinking

Coventry University - School of Art & Design, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Grade: 8

The Times Higher Education University of the Year and the Times and Sunday Times Modern University of the Year, Coventry University is one of the leading higher education recruiters. Committed to research and teaching excellence and passionate about the arts, humanities, design, performance and media, The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is a vibrant community of scholars, researchers and practitioners with a global profile and a heritage of quality built up over 150 years. We believe that arts and humanities have a transformative effect on our lives and that critical thinking, creativity and innovation produce solutions for some of the world’s most deep-rooted social and cultural problems. Our schools promote distinctive and innovative approaches to their disciplines, facilitating collaborative working and high levels of specialism, supported by excellent resources in response to the challenges of increasingly complex future workplaces and Creative careers.

The School of Art and Design is an internationally recognised, award-winning School, with a tradition of innovation since 1843 and our alumni inform, create and shape the world around us. The School is a vibrant environment which embraces innovation in teaching, research and professional practice and offers exciting undergraduate and postgraduate courses including, automotive and product design, fine art, illustration, interior and graphic design, fashion and architecture.

This role will support a School-wide teaching and learning strategy that will bring Design Thinking to the core of the School of Art & Design and the wider Faculty of Arts and Humanities; it will also support of the University’s on-going commitment to excellence in teaching and learning. We are seeking an academic and active researcher/practitioners with an established profile in Design Thinking to join our thriving School.

With a background in Design Thinking, innovation, emergent forms of Design, and/or related areas of creative practice and research, you will lead on the integration of Design Thinking in the Faculty’s portfolio; both in terms of new UG/PG provision, and in terms of innovative approaches to established Design Art teaching and new trans-disciplinary programmes. The post-holder should have a developing research profile in scholarly or practice-based research with ambition to contribute to the School’s growing research agenda and must have a proven track record of exploring new and emerging modes of practice and scholarship.

Applicants should be qualified to PhD level or if from a professional practice background, at least Masters Level (or of equivalent professional status) and be able to relate the key debates framing the location and transformation of Design Thinking in contemporary culture and to UK Higher Education. They should have a proven track record of delivering a first-class student experience within HE. Experience of education innovation would be advantageous.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate high level digital fluency and a continuing engagement with professional, scholarly and pedagogic development - those without a teaching qualification will be required to undertake Coventry University’s PGCHE or secure a HEA fellowship.

Coventry University is committed to providing our employees with the very best opportunities for both career and personal development. We offer a wide choice of development and training courses to all staff as well as generous holiday allowances, final salary pensions and flexible working options.

We would welcome enquiries prior to application - for an informal discussion about this post, contact Dr Louise Moody, Associate Head of Research,

 Tel. +44 (0)2477 655601

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