Society News

20 May 2017

The Design History Society is now accepting applications for the position of Teaching & Learning Officer. The Teaching & Learning Officer serves on the Board of Trustees of the DHS, reporting directly to the Chair of the Executive Committee. In addition to general Trustee duties, the Teaching and Learning Officer's task is to build and sustain links between the Society and institutions of Higher Education, both in the UK and internationally, by providing information and support for all those involved in learning and teaching. Working closely with the Secretary and Student Officer (non-trustee), the Teaching & Learning Officer provides platforms for the exchange and development of skills and knowledge in design history and its related fields. In particular, the Teaching & Learning Officer oversees the annual Student Essay Prizes and Design Writing Prize awarded by the DHS each year.

Key Responsibilities

  • To promote and enhance the teaching and learning of design history in line with the Society’s aims and objectives, including the promotion of wider access and improved participation for different social groups in the teaching and learning of design history at higher education level and beyond
  • To represent the interests of and support those involved in teaching design history at all levels
  • To facilitate contact between those involved in teaching the history of design and related disciplines, especially early career teachers and researchers
  • To initiate and support events such as conferences, workshops, seminars and symposia devoted to aspects of learning and teaching in the history of design, as well as early career development
  • To contribute relevant learning and teaching content to the Design History Society website
  • To advertise, administer and award the annual undergraduate and postgraduate Student Essay Prizes awarded by the DHS with support from Trustees (May to June)
  • To advertise, administer and award the annual Design Writing Prize awarded by the DHS with support from Trustees and an annual Guest Judge (May to June)
  • To report on activities at the AGM and quarterly DHS meetings, including interim reports that communicate progress to Trustees and membership

Person specification

We are looking for candidates with the following attributes:

  1. A strong interest in Design History or relevant fields (essential)
  2. Knowledge and experience of international teaching practice in Design History or related fields in higher education (essential)
  3. Experience of organising and promoting events (essential)
  4. PhD or equivalent professional experience in related subject area (desired)
  5. Self-motivated, organised and able to meet deadlines (essential)
  6. Experience of collaboration and working in a team (desired)
  7. Commitment to equal opportunities and inclusive practices (essential)

The full role descriptor may be downloaded here.

To apply for this role, please complete the application form and return to the DHS Administrator, Elli Michaela Young, via: designhistorysociety@gmail.comThe deadline for submissions is 5pm, 23 June 2017.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to 5pm, 7 July 2017.


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