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Part-Time Position, Part- Time Lecturer for the USC Iovine and Young Academy

Administration Faculty Los Angeles, California

The Iovine and Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation at the University of Southern California invites applications for one or more part-time, non-tenure-track faculty positions in the school’s core areas: the arts; design; technology; engineering; media; entertainment; business and entrepreneurship; and communication. Other areas of expertise may be considered as needed. This is an ongoing posting for a pool and we will be hiring intermittently for openings as early as Fall 2019, or later.

Since the school is seeking to create a pool from which one or multiple positions may be filled, applicants should not contact the school to check on their application status. Applicants will be notified if additional information is required.

The successful candidate is an experienced professional, creative or researcher with higher education teaching

experience and holds an MA, MS, MFA, MBA, PhD or equivalent.

The position includes teaching and co-teaching courses to a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students, in residence and online, with backgrounds in the arts and design, technology and/or business entrepreneurship. 

Candidates should have a background (or specific interest) in a majority of the following areas:

Art and Design

  • Graphic Design, including Motion Graphics
  • Product Design, Including Package Design
  • Product Development
  • Branding
  • User Interface Design
  • Experience Design, Including Live Experiences
  • Design Consulting
  • Design Strategy
  • Multi-Disciplinary Design Project Teams


  • HTML, CSS and Client-side scripting and frameworks
  • Server-side scripting and frameworks
  • Knowledge of Database architecture, SQL and other data structures
  • Data Science and Analytics
  • Mobile development
  • IoT and other device programming
  • AI and Machine Learning

Business and Entrepreneurship

  • Product Development
  • Technology Commercialization
  • Strategy Theory
  • Managerial and Financial Accounting
  • Strategic Planning
  • Problem Solving Theories and Methodologies

Candidates should have a minimum of one year of full time teaching experience (or the equivalent in part time positions) at the college/university level (graduate and undergraduate preferred), and demonstrated success in mentoring and advising students in and beyond their education or equivalent professional experience.  Preference will be given to candidates who can also show evidence of teaching innovations, extensive and effective use of technology in the classroom, and an ability to work well in non-traditional educational settings.

Preference will be given to candidates whose background includes experience that crosses the areas of design, product development, UI/UX, or technology commercialization.  Candidates should also have a strong understanding of where and how technology intersects with 2D and 3D design and business (including non-profit ventures), as well as facility and experience with creative problem solving theories and methodologies.

Ideal candidates will also have experience in academic administration, program building, and curricular development.

In addition to having a broad awareness of and active presence in design, technology and/or business-related fields and endeavors (or other areas as applicable), the candidate must be a team player who will mentor students and peers and provide vision for this groundbreaking cross-disciplinary program, within the strategic goals of this top-tier research university. The candidate should also be interested in forging relationships and building opportunities with other schools and departments at USC, including but not limited to the schools of Art and Design, Business, Engineering and Communication.

The USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation is the 20th professional school established at the University of Southern California. Founded as an educational startup, the Academy is not just a home for disruptors but a disruptor itself. Focusing at the intersection of the arts, design, technology, and business, Academy programs prepare students to take on the complexities of a 21st-century marketplace, and to tackle society’s most intractable problems. Academy graduates possess significant abilities as leaders, creatives, and cross-disciplinary team members that focus on high-level problem solving in areas as diverse as communication, product development, human-centered design, e-commerce, health and well-being, social change, and the future of the arts, media and entertainment ecosystems. As creators who are well prepared for an ever-changing global landscape, Academy students and graduates are sought after for highly competitive internships, fellowships and full-time positions at a roster of prestigious organizations that includes many of the world’s largest and most significant companies.

Instructions to the applicant:

To apply for the position, applicants should submit a letter of application discussing professional and scholarly work, teaching, and related experience; curriculum vitae; and names and contact information of three references. Finalists will be asked for additional materials.

This is an ongoing posting to create a pool of candidates for future positions. Applicants should not contact the school to check on their application status. Applicants will be notified if additional information is required.

REQ20046353 Posted Date: 08/18/2020

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