Arizona State University — Assistant Director for Justice, Culture, and the Academic Enterprise

Assistant Director for Justice, Culture, and the Academic Enterprise – The Design School, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University

We welcome applications for a new role in The Design School at Arizona State University to help us place design justice and cultural inclusivity at the core of all our academic endeavors. The Assistant Director for Justice, Culture, and the Academic Enterprise is a full-time appointment open to tenured or fixed-term faculty ranks with an administrative appointment beginning August 2022. 

About ASU

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation’s fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. Built on a unique combination of disciplines, the Herberger Institute comprises the Schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school through developing and scaling ideas that strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture, increasing the capacity of artists to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit

About The Design School

The Design School is committed to creating inclusive spaces that welcome and celebrate cultural diversity. In the next several years, we are conducting faculty searches to help us achieve this goal. We seek colleagues who can contribute, within their design field, to justice, health, and sustainability, and work across our school’s disciplines to support ASU’s design aspirations and mission of inclusion.

The Design School in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University is the largest and most comprehensive school for design education, with programs ranked top 20 in the nation. From programs in architecture, landscape architecture and industrial design to interior design, urban design and visual communication design, our students master the skills and research techniques needed for their future design professions through innovative, transdisciplinary methods. Our mission is to educate future designers to shape collaborations, synthesize complexity and catalyze transformation for public good. By engaging in dynamic and ongoing discourse about the future of design education, we aim to create a school that is more relevant, collaborative and equitable. Join us at Arizona State University and be part of creating the next generation of design. For more information on The Design School, visit

Essential Duties:

We are excited to have a new position focused on design justice and cultural inclusivity across all degree programs, aligning with ASU’s Academic Enterprise ( This position will help us shift our culture to one where we see and celebrate students in their identities and in the ways they show up in our environments. A qualified candidate will have a rich background in working with communities with a lens of empathy and a desire to centralize justice in design education.   

The Assistant Director for Justice, Culture and the Academic Enterprise will help shape initiatives, policies, and procedures to support the success of students, faculty, and staff. In this position, a successful candidate will:

  • Oversee academic affairs, manage academic planning, analyze enrollment data, and determine the effectiveness of equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives.
  • Work with faculty and staff, engaging in reflection and structural evaluation, in the creation of new degrees, adjustments to curriculum, summer programs, class scheduling, teaching and research assistantships, scholarships, annual assessments, and summer programs.
  • Provide advice to the Director and develop processes that connect equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism with the organizational culture and operations of The Design School.

In this role, a successful candidate will work closely with the Core Equity Team and the Culture and Access Office at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts to advance equity efforts across the School, Institute, and University.

A successful candidate is one who can assist the Director and help us dream and co-create this vision for the next 5-10 years:

  • Supporting the academic journey of our students.
  • Working with faculty and staff to transform design pedagogies.
  • Advocating for social and environmental justice in design.
  • Uplifting and respecting a wide breadth of experiences and knowledges.

The Assistant Director for Justice, Culture and Academic Enterprise will be able to teach undergraduate and graduate courses and commit to a research and creative profile within The Design School.

Required Qualifications:
The successful candidate is required to possess:

  • A graduate degree in one of the design disciplines (e.g., architecture, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, urban design, visual communication design); or a bachelor’s degree plus significant professional experience (five years or more) in one of the design disciplines. International candidates are required to have a terminal degree.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion in design. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusive excellence in teaching. 
  • Ability to have a national/international profile in research/creative work.

Desired Qualifications:
Preference will be given to individuals with:

  • Knowledge of principles and practices pertaining to managing a large set of academic programs. 
  • Successful experience in facilitating innovative curriculum development.
  • Evidence of success collaborating with faculty and academic leaders in multiple disciplines.
  • Knowledge of strategic planning principles and practices. 
  • Skill in problem solving and decision-making. 
  • Skill in effectively managing, supervising and evaluating assigned staff. 
  • Skill in academic program design and development. 
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships. 
  • Demonstrated ability to build consensus and cultivate collaborative teams.
  • Knowledge of management and supervisory principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of organizational management.

Instructions to Apply:

The committee will only review electronic submissions totaling 2GB or less in file size. Please note that website links to materials will not be accepted; all materials must be in PDF format. Please submit the following information:

  • A letter of interest outlining qualifications for the position, research interests, teaching experience and experience in professional practice;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A statement about diversity, equity and inclusion as it relates to teaching and research, and service.
  • Contact information for three references (educational and/or professional) including name, e-mail address and telephone number.

All applications must be submitted electronically via

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is April 27, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

 ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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