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Principal teaching fellow
at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Hong Kong Polytechnic University is seeking a principal teaching fellow to join its team in Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

With 85 years of rich heritage, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has evolved alongside our society and made pivotal contributions to the development of Hong Kong, the Nation and the world. PolyU pursues world-class excellence in education and research, and it offers a wide range of programmes in six faculties and three independent schools. Besides ranking among the top 100 universities globally by both THE and QS World University Rankings, PolyU was placed among the top 20 universities in four disciplines in QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022, with three of them ranking first in Hong Kong. 

School of Design

Principal teaching fellow (Ref. 211115011)

The School of Design, as a leading and transdisciplinary design school, is at the forefront of nurturing responsible, open-minded, creative talents and active learners; contributing to innovation in Hong Kong and Mainland China while maintaining a global perspective. As one of the top design schools in the world, its highly diverse design expertise widely includes Product Design, Interactive Design, Information Design, Advertising Design, Media Design, Interior and Environmental Design, Social Innovation Design, Service Innovation Design, Urban Design, Business Innovation Design, Intelligent Systems Design, Intelligent Services Design, and Multimedia Entertainment Technology. The School’s research and consultancy work are of an applied nature relevant to industrial, commercial and community needs. It is ranked 16th by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022 for Art and Design, ranking among the top institutions in Asia. The School is based in a Zaha Hadid building well-equipped for innovative research and creative learning on the university campus. Please visit our website for more information about the school.

With the restructuring of academic programmes for 2022/23, the School of Design is seeking for a high-calibre talent with practice-oriented expertise plus extensive teaching experience to take up a leading role for the teaching and learning activities related to the new scheme-based undergraduate programme BA (Hons) in Design which widely covers the areas of interior design, environment design, advertising design, information design, media design, product design, interaction design, social design and service design. He/She will be expected to develop new pedagogical frameworks and curriculum for the academic programmes addressing interdisciplinary training for students with a view to facilitating them to find the best-fit design disciplines. The candidate will also contribute teaching to the school’s taught postgraduate master programmes.


The appointee will be required to: 

  • provide leadership in all aspects of teaching and learning activities among the design disciplines
  • lead the innovation development of subject curriculum and pedagogy, overall teaching and learning approaches/strategies as well as subject administration for the foundation and second year studies of School’s undergraduate teaching and learning programmes
  • engage in teaching and learning activities, develop teaching materials, design teaching and assessment strategies, deliver teaching in academic settings appropriate for the objective of learning, interact with and motivate students, as well as assessing the students’ performance and giving feedback to students
  • engage actively in industrial, non-profit and public sector networking activities with significance and relevance to the discipline and profession and coordinate innovative industrial collaboration projects
  • assist in the development and management of relevant teaching facilities
  • participate in pedagogical research
  • perform any other duties as assigned by the Dean of School or his delegates


Applicants should:

  • have a master’s degree in a relevant design specialism or design related field and relevant undergraduate studies in design or design related fields
  • have extensive relevant post-qualification experience in a design field, design related profession or design related industry with demonstrable contributions to any design sector
  • demonstrate contributions to curriculum development and course management or equivalent, with preference for teaching innovation, scholarship of teaching and learning, scholarly works or publications and educational research output
  • commit to working collaboratively in teaching teams coupled with a wide perspective on design education, preferably with experience in working in professional or educational cross-disciplinary design teams and inter-disciplinary collaborations on design related projects
  • demonstrate technical capability and skills relevant to design education and have the proficiency to teach these skills

Preference will be given to those with a PhD degree or a professional doctorate degree and who have substantial experience in teaching at a higher education level in design education, with proven track record of accomplishment of teaching, educational leadership and course coordination. Candidates who can demonstrate equivalent professional experience and achievements in their design profession without a PhD degree will also be considered.

Applicant should submit (a) a letter of application declaring the area(s) of expertise; (b) updated curriculum vitae; (c) a one-page teaching statement elaborating his/her teaching philosophy and contribution for this position.

Conditions of service

A highly competitive remuneration package will be offered. An appropriate term will be provided for appointment to the principal reaching fellow post.


Please submit an application through PolyU’s career website. Consideration of applications will commence on 12 December 2022 until the position is filled. The university’s personal information collection statement for recruitment can be found here.

PolyU is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusivity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, ethnicity, nationality, family status or physical or mental disabilities.

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