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2017/18 Faculty Census – Be a Part of a Data-Driven Future for Design Education

December 27, 2017 / By Meaghan Dee

2017/18 Faculty Census

Have you ever wondered how your salary, tenure or promotion process, job security, teaching load, class size, mandatory office hours, administrative service requirements, or financial support and expectations of design research compares to faculty working at other colleges?  We wondered it too! Knowing the details and factors governing the employment of design faculty helps design educators, departments and institutions make informed decisions about the future and direction of the communication design field. This first annual Design Incubation Faculty Census will begin the process of gathering information about employment trends affecting design faculty across the U.S.

Once we have gathered information from at least 300 respondents, we will begin sharing the data in meaningful visual analyses, graphs, charts, and reports. All data contributions are anonymous. We will look at things like, how do private/public, art/design colleges, and liberal arts universities compare? Are salaries greater in urban areas? What do colleges expect of faculty when doing research? Do expectations vary by region? How different is it to be an academic in a research institution versus a community college?

Faculty, researchers and interested parties are also encouraged to use these results to support their own work and their engagement with institutions of higher education. Design Incubation plans to observe, investigate, and evaluate the range and patterns to better understand our conditions of employment in design departments, colleges and universities. Our ultimate goal is to assist faculty in understanding the landscape of higher education within our discipline and to use data to proactively plan for and/or to react to shifts in perceptions regarding the role of a design educator within the academy.

To make our data robust we need your input! The more data points shared, the more meaningful the census will be as we look to the future!

Please join your colleagues across the country by completing the survey for the first annual Communication Design Faculty Census.

Design Incubation began in 2014 as a community of communication design faculty. Our mission is to facilitate and collaborate in the dissemination of academic design research, creative practice, and publication. DI looks to help establish and define the standards of design education, programming, and research through dialog, presentation and writing. DI offers support to faculty by organizing conferences, workshops, writing fellowships, awards competitions, and panel discussions.

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