How to Avoid Achieving Tenure and Promotion in Communication or Interaction Design in American Colleges and Universities
This sequence of .pdf-based slides supported a presentation that Michael Gibson originally gave at an American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Design Educators’ conference—"Intent/Content"—in 2007. It has appeared a handful of times since on a few blogs and websites devoted to design education, and appears here as a tongue-in-cheek (but very usable and useful) guide to design educators on tenure track in American colleges and universities. It may prove particularly useful to those tenure and promotion candidates who are attempting to advance based on their achievements as design researchers, design critics, design historians and on their records as design educators.
This piece ALSO appears here as a means to help those who are challenged annually to externally evaluate the progress toward tenure and promotion of various Assistant and Associate Professors in the design disciplines.
The first seven (7) slides provide a contextual framework for the rest of the piece, which may not be relevant for some readers. The real "nitty grit" of this document begins on slide 8.
Finally, please bear in mind while reading this piece that, although the issues it broaches are quite serious, its mode of delivery is intentionally satirical…