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Job Summary

The College of Engineering, Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan invites applicants for a part-time LEO Intermittent Lecturer position in Entrepreneurial Design, specifically Voice User Interface, for the Winter 2019 term.

Responsibilities*

During Winter 2019, teach ENTR 390.006: Entrepreneurial Design - Voice User Interface.

The objective of this class is to help students understand the fundamentals of voice-enabled artificial intelligence (AI) design and its relation to problem-solving, business, technology and data.

Voice-enabled AI design is an increasingly relevant field (especially in the startup and tech world) as it serves at the intersection of business, design, software, and data. Designers often take ideas from thoughts to interactions and interfaces with business, financial, and any other constraints in context.

Through this 2-credit lab section, students will be able to develop working knowledge of and hands-on, practical experience in conversational AI design.

Key aspects of this course including teaching students:

  1. How to identify problems worth solving by understanding people, users, customers, and stakeholders

  2. How to create user-focused solutions

  3. How to validate hypotheses in the design process and verify commercial application

  4. How to design solutions

  5. How to present designs

This class is an integral part of the College of Engineering, Center for Entrepreneurship Entrepreneurial Design course series. Voice-enabled AI design is a cross-disciplinary, introductory course for those who want to dive in and gain hands-on experience in designing and building digital services leveraging conversational AI hardware. This class is designed for current and potential entrepreneurs, designers, hackers, makers, founders, and doers.

The person in this position will develop course content, curriculum, projects, and assignments. The person is this position will collaborate with the instructors of ENTR Design lab+lecture courses to provide cohesive course content that supports a design experience. In addition, the person in this position will lead a weekly 3-hour interactive lab around the Amazon Alexa platform and be available for holding weekly office hours with enrolled students.

The course is scheduled for 15 weeks during the Winter 2019 term.

Required Qualifications*

  • Masters degree in a relevant field (or equivalent combination of education and experience)
  • 3+ years’ experience in voice user interface design, preferably including product launch and development
  • Ability to establish credibility and rapport with students
  • Ability to learn conceptual frameworks quickly and apply them to practical student needs
  • Strong oral presentation and communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to teach undergraduate students in a classroom environment

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Lecturers Employee Organization, AFL-CIO, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Mission Statement

Michigan Engineering’s vision is to be the world’s preeminent college of engineering serving the common good. This global outlook, leadership focus and service commitment permeate our culture. Our vision is supported by a mission and values that, together, provide the framework for all that we do. Information about our vision, mission and values can be found at: strategic vision.engin.umich.edu.


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U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.