Assistant Professor, Industrial Design (Multiple Positions) - The Design School

Arizona State University | Tempe, Az

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The Design School at Arizona State University seeks applications for multiple full-time tenure-track appointments at the rank of Assistant Professor in Industrial Design beginning August 2022.

Our top ranked Industrial Design program maintains a tradition of academic excellence and has become a leader in transdisciplinary teaching, processes of innovation and design research. Faculty in Industrial Design have established research and design projects with corporations such as Herman Miller, Intel Corporation, Motorola, Procter & Gamble, General Electric, Disney Consumer Product, LG Electronics, and Samsung America. Program faculty have expertise in many areas of industrial design including human factors and ergonomics, furniture design, consumer electronics, branding, universal design, social sustainability, design education, digital visualization, rapid prototyping, innovation studies, and UI / UX.

The Industrial Design Program at ASU focuses on a new model of transdisciplinary product development called Integrated Innovation. The primary goal of Integrated Innovation is to produce transdisciplinary design solutions that:

• Meet people’s needs in unexpected ways;
• Create value in the marketplace; and
• Improve society and the environment.

Students graduating from the program possess the skills and knowledge to be able to use design towards the social, economic and environmental challenges facing the twenty-first century. Graduates from the Bachelor of Science in Design (BSD), Master of Industrial Design (MID), and Master of Science in Design (MSD) programs have found employment in design consultancies, manufacturing corporations and universities, and some have embarked on entrepreneurial careers. Industrial design graduates work at companies such as IDEO, Ammunition, Lunar Design, Smart Design, Whipsaw, Frog Design, Teague, Pinterest, Amazon, Wilson Sports, BOSE, Medtronic, Google, Honeywell, AXON, Apple, LG, 3M, Kohler and Ping. The program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. For information about the industrial design program, visit:

The successful candidate will see themselves as a dedicated change agent utilizing their knowledge of the design professions and how design thinking along with lessons from design history can change the world; will challenge traditional design curricula with a vision for the future of design education; and will recognize and communicate a leadership role within the wider context of design management within organizations. The successful candidate will be expected to actively participate in the teaching of the Industrial Design Bachelor of Science in Design, Master of Industrial Design and Master of Science in Design degree programs. The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate-level studio courses as well as lecture/seminar courses in these degree programs. Mentoring thesis projects is also included as part of the teaching responsibility. The candidate will also be expected to participate in service to the program, school, institute, university and community such as IDSA. In addition, the candidate will be expected to demonstrate the potential to develop and sustain research/creative activity capable of achieving national and international recognition and attracting external funding.

Required Qualifications:
• A graduate degree in Industrial Design or a related field
• Demonstrated excellence in teaching with a minimum of one year of experience teaching university-level industrial design studio and/or theory courses
• An identifiable research/creative activity agenda within the discipline of Industrial Design, with demonstrated potential to develop and sustain national recognition
• Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in creative activity and research, teaching and/or service.

Desired Qualifications:
• Experience with online, studio, and lecture-based course structures and especially courses related to transdisciplinary design principles
• Experience teaching one of the following areas;
o Interactive System Design
o Equitable and Sustainable Design, and Design for the Circular Economy
o Physical, Perceptual and Cognitive Human Factors
• Experience teaching Design History to both discipline centric students and to a wider audience of disparate university degree professionals
• Additional education/certificates in Business, Health Innovation, Engineering and/ or Sustainability
• Professional experience within a design organization
• Demonstrated excellence and innovation in teaching, and willingness to teach in both in-person and online formats.
• Ability to align views and values with our mission to be the most diverse and equitable design and arts school in the nation
• Ability to balance research and/or creative work across disciplines, either within the Institute or across campus
• Ability to obtain and attract funding to support their research or creative work
• Experience building and sustaining community partnerships in equitable, ethical, and sustainable ways

Instructions to Apply:
The committee will only review electronic submissions totaling 2GB or less in file size. Please note that website links to materials will not be accepted; all materials must be in PDF format. Please submit the following information:
• A letter of interest outlining qualifications for the position, research interests, teaching experience and experience in professional practice;
• A curriculum vitae;
• A statement about diversity, equity and inclusion as it relates to your teaching and research endeavors;
• A portfolio of personal creative work, including examples of work by students the candidate has taught; and
• Contact information for three references (educational and/or professional) including name, e-mail address and telephone number.

All applications must be submitted electronically via

Application Deadline:
Application deadline is January 4, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. See ASU's complete non-discrimination statement at See ASU’s Title IX policy at

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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements - Under the recent executive order issued by President Biden requiring all employees of federal contractors to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, ASU expects all employees, including new hires, to be vaccinated unless they have an approved medical or religious accommodation. Proof of vaccination will be required by January 4, 2022. For questions about medical or religious accommodations, please visit the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s webpage.

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