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Lecturer in Design Literacy, plus support for the Design Research Track (0,6 fte)

Geplaatst: 06-11-2018
Sluitingsdatum: 20-11-2018
Hogeschool van Amsterdam
Amsterdam (Noord-Holland) 
min. 0,6 fte, max. 0,6 fte 
max. 11 (€3.477,27 - €4.777,65) 


Job description
The Lecturer in Design Literacy at the Master’s programme in Digital Design entails two tasks:

1. Lecturer in Design Literacy

We are looking for a colleague with a strong expertise in teaching design processes and with a critical perspective on Design thinking. The Lecturer in Design Literacy is a central figure of the Master’s programme and is responsible for:

  • teaching the foundational course “Design Literacy”;
  • revising/updating the syllabus for Design Literacy;
  • leading and coordinating the Literacy track, e.g. organizing intensive workshops, inviting guest-speakers, and establishing and maintaining international connections;
  • promoting students’ work outside the programme, e.g. writing and publishing research papers with students and colleagues, or actively attending professional networking events;
  • contributing to the public communications of the programme with regular blog posts on http://masterdigitaldesign.com, as well as facilitating students’ contributions;
  • participating in students’ assessments and admissions.

 2. Support Lecturer for Design Research

We are looking for  a Support Lecturer for Design Research who will work closely together with the other lecturers in the Master’s programme - especially with the Lecturer in Design Research. At the moment, the Design Research course spans across the three approaches to constructive design research (Lab, Field, and Showroom), and we are looking for an enthusiastic colleague with expertise in quantitative and/or qualitative design research. The primary functions of the Support Lecturer for Design Research are:

  • support the core lecturer in Design Research in formative and summative assessments;
  • develop original lessons plans and teach independently in the Research track (e.g. intensive workshops, field-sessions).


De Hogeschool van Amsterdam biedt studenten de mogelijkheid om het beste uit zichzelf te halen. Het onderwijs strekt zich uit over zeven interessegebieden, elk met een divers aanbod aan opleidingen. Binnen de HvA bouwen medewerkers en studenten dagelijks aan hun eigen toekomst en aan die van hun omgeving. De HvA is een centrum van verbinding tussen disciplines, tussen uiteenlopende mensen en het werkveld in en om Amsterdam.
Zo biedt de HvA studenten én medewerkers alle faciliteiten om hun talent te kunnen ontplooien in studie en werk. Midden in de grote stad krijgen studenten en medewerkers de kans om een waardevolle bijdrage te leveren aan de samenleving.


The degree programme
The Master’s programme in Digital Design brings together practice, research, and technological innovation. This 1-year full time curriculum combines a rigorous background in design research (‘Research through Design’, ‘Action Research’) with real-world projects from industry partners carried out in a studio setting. It stems from a need to educate a new breed of digital designers:  internationally-minded professionals inspired by an integrated perspective on people, planet, and profit. The programme centres around four main areas of expertise: Literacy, Research, Creation, and Strategy. It is completely taught in English to a multicultural cohort of 24 students chosen yearly through a rigorous selection. 

The M.Sc. Digital Design is an initiative of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences in cooperation with nine leading Dutch digital agencies (ACHTUNG!, BBDO Amsterdam, DDB Tribal, Dept (TamTam), Fabrique, MediaMonks, Mirabeau, Momkai, and Woedend!). It works with a network of partners (World Wildlife Fund (WWF), VodafoneZiggo, the Royal Dutch Touring Club ANWB, Informaat, the Municipality of Amsterdam, and Philips Design, among others) which provide real-life briefings to the students.

For more information http://www.masterdigitaldesign.com and http://www.amsterdamuas.com/mdd

Functie eisen

We are seeking
A colleague with the proven capacity of enabling design students to perform in teams, with clients, in a well-defined process. Experience with Research through Design and Action Research is a plus, as well as experience in design industry. Applicants with a Ph.D. degree, or close to defending, will be given priority. Those with Master’s degrees and significant industry experience are also acceptable, especially if they are willing to obtain a Ph.D. or PDD/PDEng in the near future. Demonstrable teaching experience, particularly at the graduate level, is essential. The Lecturer in Design Literacy must be able to work in interdisciplinary teams and with students from a variety of disciplinary/cultural backgrounds. The ability to effectively teach in English is required.

The starting date is February 1st 2019 (start of the second semester) but we also encourage applications from candidates whose credentials match our vacancy but are only able to start in the new academic year (August 1st 2019).


We are offering
The initial period of employment is one or two year with the possibility of an extension. The tasks described fall under the job description of teacher / researcher 2 (docent / onderzoeker 2) of AUAS. The salary complies with pay scale 11 (CAO HBO labour agreement for universities of applied sciences) with a maximum of €4.777,85 /month and depends on education and experience.

The AUAS offers an extensive package of employee benefits, including a generous holiday allowance (8%) and payment of a 13th month. Via the AUAS Academy, the AUAS also offers excellent opportunities for study and personal development and encourages employees to continue their professional education. Lecturers must hold a teaching certificate, or must be willing to obtain one within a set period. The AUAS is willing to pay for the teaching certificate course.

Contact informatie

Further information: Gabriele Ferri, programme co-manager (g.ferri@hva.nl) and or by E-mail: vacatures@hva.nl (please do not use this E-mail address for applications).

Please click on the link below to submit an online application. Applications submitted directly to the point of contact or in any other manner will not be processed.

This vacancy has been published simultaneously internally and externally. In the event of equal suitability, internal candidates will be given priority over external candidates.

As a metropolitan university of applied sciences, the AUAS believes strongly in providing access to a wide variety of potential students, and, in line with its emancipatory function, believes that this diverse mix of students and staff makes a significant contribution to the quality of the institution.

The deadline for application is Friday, November 23. The first interviews will be planned on the third and fourth of December. If you will be invited to visit the faculty of the MDD in Amsterdam.


We apply the AUAS Job Application Code to this vacancy’s recruitment and selection process.
No (recruitment) agencies please.

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