Christopher Arthur Kusske Design Initiative
The new Christopher Arthur Kusske Design Initiative (KDI) advances dialog across disciplines in the University of Minnesota’s College of Design (CDes) and beyond, to heighten creative problem-solving and forge lasting connections among participants. Students, faculty, and collaborators convene through high-profile events and ongoing communications. Through the three-year pilot program, select undergraduate student Scholars, graduate-level Fellows, and faculty Principals collaborate with renowned designers, contributing to a rich and ever-evolving network of dialogs and designed solutions. Members of the Kusske cohorts, CDes programs, and civic/professional groups work in teams to generate broadly inclusive solutions for pressing societal issues.
The initial three-year KDI pilot is made possible by a generous donor in memory of 1978 landscape architecture graduate Christopher Arthur Kusske, whose work was characterized by deep respect for the natural world and by widely inclusive dialog across disciplines.
The KDI Administrator supports the growing work of the overall initiative and KDI participants, develops high-level planning, oversight and implementation of events and activities throughout the year, and manages all aspects of the new Kusske Design Initiative’s operations. These include arranging an annual lecture and related events, collaborating with College and University colleagues to implement them, contracting with external participants, managing collaborative processes for identifying and selecting faculty and student participants, ensuring integration of KDI participants and events with programs across the College of Design, and coordinating engagements with professional and civic communities. This is a 12-month, 100% appointment, initially for three years with the possibility of continuance, reporting to the Dean.
Administration and Project Management: 40%
Communications, Marketing, and Stewardship: 30%
Strategic Planning: 20%
Budget Management: 10%
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