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Assistant Professor, Industrial Design

The Design School

Job Description

The Design School at Arizona State University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment in industrial design at the assistant professor level beginning Fall 2019.

The successful candidate will see themselves as a dedicated change agent utilizing their historical knowledge of the design professions and how design thinking, along with lessons from design history, can change the world. We see someone who will challenge traditional design curricula with visionary thinking for the future of design education, and who recognizes and communicates a Chief Design Officer’s (CDO) 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 appointee 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 advise student organizations, specifically IDSA, and participate in service to the program, school, institute and university.  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.

About ASU

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts:

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the nation, is a vibrant example of the of the New American University philosophy. With more than 5,000 students, more than 400 faculty and faculty associates, 135 degree options and a tradition of top-ranked programs, the Herberger Institute is built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program in the nation. The institute includes the School of Art, School of Arts, Media and Engineering, The Design School, School of Film, Dance and Theatre, School of Music, and the ASU Art Museum. Through recognizing that design and the arts are critical resources for transforming society and solving complex problems, ASU’s Herberger Institute is committed to positioning artists, scholars, designers, and educators at the center of public life. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.

About the Design School

The Design School is the largest and most comprehensive design school in the country. It plays prominent roles in design research, pedagogy and public engagement within the Herberger Institute, the University and the greater Phoenix community. Over the next year the Design School is embarking on an exciting ‘redesign’ process – building the next great American design school at the New American University, a school that is relevant, equitable and collaborative. The strategic planning process will engage the local community, country and world in defining what a design school in the future will look like. The successful candidate will join the School on that journey.

Currently, the school has approximately 55 full-time faculty and 1,500 students enrolled in programs in architecture, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, urban design and visual communication design. The Design School faculty work on a variety of issues – from addressing the future of the Rio Salado in Metropolitan Phoenix to partnering with Google on increasing human satisfaction to working with communities across the globe to address critical issues of sustainability. In addition, the school’s curricula and research are grounded in its commitment to prepare the next generation of designers to engage in collaborative multi-disciplinary inquiry so that they may work productively within and beyond the boundaries of their respective disciplines.

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, Inc.; Intel Corporation; Motorola; Procter & Gamble and General Electric. Program faculty have expertise in many areas of industrial design including human factors and ergonomics, design history, medical product design, design education, digital visualization, rapid prototyping, innovation studies, branding, UI / UX, eco-design, sustainability, and material culture studies.

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, Wilson Sports, BOSE, Medtronic, Inc., Google, AXON, Apple, LG, Frog Design, Teague, 3M, Kohler and Ping. The program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Required qualifications: 

Required qualifications:

The successful candidate is required to possess:

  • A graduate degree in Industrial Design or a related field;
  • A minimum of two years’ experience teaching university-level industrial design studio and theory courses;
  • Demonstrated potential to develop and sustain a research agenda capable of achieving national or international recognition.
Desired qualifications: 

Desired qualifications:

Preference will be given to individuals with any of the following additional criteria;

   Experience with online, studio, and lecture-based course structures and especially courses related to transdisciplinary design principles.

  • Experience teaching Design History both discipline centric and to a wider audience of disparate university degree professionals.
  • Any additional courses taken and or certificates in Business, Health Innovation, Engineering and/ or Sustainability.
  • Experience working in the profession, either in a management role within an organization and/or consultancy.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of design methodologies and recruiting an internationally diverse and vibrant student population.
Instruction to apply: 

Instruction to apply:

Please note that website links to materials will not be accepted; all materials must be in PDF format.

 Please submit the following information to  https://apply.interfolio.com/55128  and must include:

  • A letter of interest outlining qualifications for the position, research interests, teaching experience and along with any experience in professional practice;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A portfolio of personal research and creative work, including any examples of student taught work; and
  • Contact information for four references (educational and/or professional) including name, e-mail address and telephone number.


Application deadline: 

Application deadline:

The application deadline is January 04, 2019; if not filled, every two weeks thereafter until search is closed. The committee will only review electronic submissions totaling 2GB or less in file size.


For information about The Design School, visit: design.asu.edu

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For information about the industrial design program, visit: design.asu.edu/degrees/undergrad/bsd_industrial.php

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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 https://asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html. See ASU’s Title IX policy at https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.