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Design for Social Impact (DSI) Academic Director
Oregon State University

Date Posted Apr. 13, 2023
Title Design for Social Impact (DSI) Academic Director
University Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR, United States
Department Honors College
Application Deadline 06/16/2023
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Administration - Academic Unit
    Academic Affairs
    Undergraduate Education

Design for Social Impact (DSI) Academic Director

Oregon State University

Department: Univ Honors College (WHC)

Appointment Type: Administrative/Professional Faculty

Job Location: Corvallis

Recommended Full-Time Salary Range: Salary is commensurate with education, training, and experience.

Position Summary:
Oregon State University is seeking a DSI (Design for Social Impact) Academic Director. This is a full-time 1.00 FTE, 12-month, professional faculty position, which will be administered by the Honors College.

This will be a 3-year administrative appointment, with the option for renewal.

The Design for Social Impact (DSI) initiative is a university-wide program. The DSI experience for students, faculty and employers/clients includes comprehensive educational plans supporting undergraduate and graduate students, multiple curricular choices, and experiential learning through real-world client-based projects. DSI efforts support OSU's strategic initiatives advancing equity, inclusion, and diversity and will provide employees with the resources and opportunities to understand and further these goals.

DSI faculty from across the University create and deliver highly experiential curricula centered on design, innovation, and social good. A central theme is the betterment of society through solutions aligned with the OSU Strategic Plan and signature areas of revolutionary earth systems science, leading health and wellness, and advancing economic prosperity and social progress. Illustrating this commitment, OSU's Strategic Plan (4.0) states, "We will be visionary in our integration of the arts, humanities, sciences, and engineering. The arts and humanities are core to the University's mission in their own right, and an education that integrates the arts, humanities, and STEM fields enables students to think critically, engage meaningfully, and successfully address contemporary [social, cultural, scientific, and engineering] challenges." The plan proposes that we take action to "make strategic investments in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary scholarship, teaching and engagement" through developing programs "that advance the integration of the arts, humanities, and STEM in research and education." A key approach to accomplish these aims is to "Formalize mechanisms for transcript visible articulation of experiential learning."

The DSI Academic Director (AD) leads and coordinates efforts of the participating colleges to build strong, nationally recognized undergraduate and graduate degree programs at Oregon State University. The Academic Director will report to the Dean of the Honors College and will work closely with the Deans, Associate Deans, School and Department Heads, and Faculty that are engaged in DSI. Inaugural colleges involved in the effort include the College of Business (COB), College of Liberal Arts (CLA), and the College of Engineering (COE). The DSI initiative includes a university-wide undergraduate certificate, offered in Corvallis, which is planned to expand to include online students through OSU's Ecampus. A BS degree in Engineering Design and Innovation within COE will also be overseen by the AD. The AD will work closely with COE designee (e.g., Associate Dean for Undergraduate Program) in this capacity. Future work could include expanding the number of focus areas in the certificate, offering micro-credentials, and adding a graduate certificate and professional education offerings.

The AD leads the overall DSI Initiative, operations and strategic planning in support of the College's and OSU's goals and mission; leads expanding the DSI academic curricula, manages the budget of the program and allocates resources; establishes, implements, and evaluates the program's goals and policies; and makes decisions and solves problems related to the program. The AD will supervise individuals taking on other managerial elements of DSI operations, including overseeing multidisciplinary student projects and engaging with both internal and external clients.

Position Duties
The incumbent in this position is expected to be informed about principles and practices that advance equity, inclusion and diversity and integrate those principles into the performance of job responsibilities.

50% Lead the development and refinement of the Dsi academic programs

    1. The AD leads the DSI Leadership team to network across the sponsoring college Associate Deans and faculty to develop and enhance the DSI undergraduate certificate and the BS in Engineering Design and Innovation with approximately equal effort.
    2. Expansion of the DSI undergraduate certificate and development of new certificate focus areas through the engagement of faculty with specialized programs that align with the DSI mission and curricular structure.
    3. Lead the BS in Engineering Design and Innovation degree program development, oversee curricular approvals, and lead efforts to ensure the program satisfies all ABET interdisciplinary, undergraduate program requirements.
    4. Develop a roadmap to expand the DSI curricula to include, for example, undergraduate micro-credentials, graduate programs, and professional education.
    5. Work with the colleges, enrollment management, Ecampus, and university marketing to communicate and market DSI programs nationally and internationally and recruit and retain highly qualified students.
    6. Actively participate in strategic meetings with the participating colleges, academic programs, Division of Extension and Engagement, and administrative divisions to integrate DSI into how OSU serves the community and creates highly skilled work-ready graduates.
    7. Review and assess student learning by monitoring student success and progress. Complete annual reporting, as required, for undergraduate and graduate programs.


  1. Promote DSI across the University and externally highlighting the value for students and clients. Broadly share information with faculty, administrators, students, and staff to leverage DSI best practices.
  2. Lead the DSI Leadership Team that comprises faculty from the sponsoring colleges, and other DSI faculty and staff.
  3. Convene the DSI Internal Advisory Group consisting of key academic administrators from the sponsoring colleges.
  4. Chair the DSI External Advisory Board consisting of representatives from companies, private NGOs, and public agencies and communities actively engaged to propagate the DSI mission.
  5. Serve as an ex-officio member of the DSI Curriculum Committee.
  6. Develop annual DSI objectives and budget. Provide quarterly DSI program reports.
  7. Lead DSI strategic planning along with the DSI Leadership Team, Internal Advisory Group, External Advisory Board, sponsoring colleges, and the Office of the Provost.


  1. Actively foster and expand all touchpoints for DSI to include students, faculty, and clients representing diverse lived experiences, values, and perspectives. Lead DEI by bringing the universal language of design to develop creative solutions for societys challenges.
  2. Work with organizations that center underserved communities beyond OSU, including K-12 settings, allowing early exposure to the field of design and building bridges to higher education.
  3. Translate the bigger picture surrounding work for clients, faculty, and students so that all can see the works true impact today and in the future.
  4. Actively engage with DEI leaders across OSU and with students and faculty to keep the DEI lens front and center on the work and communications.

Minimum Qualifications

    • PhD or terminal degree in a field relevant to the DSI programs, including the undergraduate certificate and BS in Engineering Design and Innovation.
    • Tenured at the rank of Associate or Full Professor.
    • Ability to oversee program outcome evaluation including assessment of student learning.
    • Ability to plan and manage budgets.
    • Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per University Standard: 05-010 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.

Additional Required Qualifications

Preferred (Special) Qualifications

  • Have a record of successful research and teaching in a relevant program area.
  • Demonstrated contribution to developing multidisciplinary educational programs.
  • Evidence of successful experience in planning, coordinating, and conducting educational programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and enthusiasm to work effectively, individually and with other groups.
  • Ability to work effectively with students and faculty from various disciplinary backgrounds.

Working Conditions / Work Schedule
The position will be located at the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, Oregon. It is expected work will combine in-person and remote modalities where deemed appropriate and most effective in consultation with supervisors in accordance with Oregon State University policies on remote work.

Special Instructions to Applicants
This posting has been reopened to expand the original applicant pool.

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by April 28, 2023. Applications will continue to be accepted after the full consideration date, until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled. The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants.

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) A Curriculum Vitae; and

2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.

3) Statement of Research

4 ) Statement of Teaching

5) Publications

6) Other Document 1: A summary with concrete examples of prior work/leadership with inter/multidisciplinary experiential educational programs, design-driven projects, and/or efforts with social impact. (Please upload as a separate document.)

7) Other Document 2: After reviewing the OSU mission statement at and the emphasis on diversity, please state how your background and experience has prepared you to be effective in an environment that values diversity.(Please upload as a separate document.)

You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.

For additional information please contact: Toni Doolen at or 541-737-5974.

OSU is committed to the health of our local and global community. All employees and students are required to comply with the universitys COVID-19 Vaccination Program. Please visit for additional information about OSUs plans for safety and success, as well as options for compliance with the vaccination program.

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

OSU will conduct a review of the National Sex Offender Public website prior to hire.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the criminal history check requirement.

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