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Assistant Professor of Industrial Design – The Design School

The Design School


The Design School at Arizona State University seeks an Assistant Professor of Industrial Design to serve in-person and online programs in the Industrial Design program. This is a tenure track appointment beginning Fall 2024. This position is located on the Tempe Campus.

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. The successful candidate 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. We are especially interested in applicants who are dedicated to advancing the ASU Charter and realizing ASU’s Design Aspirations.

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. In 2022, ASU was named a Hispanic-Serving Institution and in 2023, ASU joined the prestigious Association of American Universities. ASU is deeply committed to advancing in innovative ways while sustaining a welcoming, supportive, and empowering environment for all members of our community.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, is located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. Built on a unique combination of disciplines, the Herberger Institute comprises the Schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; ASU FIDM; The Design School; and The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to developing and scaling ideas that strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture, and increasing the capacity of artists and designers to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.

About The Design School

The Design School in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University is the largest and most comprehensive school for design education, with programs ranked top 20 in the nation. From programs in architecture, landscape architecture and industrial design to interior design, urban design and visual communication, our students master the skills and research techniques needed for their future design professions through innovative, transdisciplinary methods. Our mission is to educate future designers to shape collaborations, synthesize complexity and catalyze transformation for public good. By engaging in dynamic and ongoing discourse about the future of design education, we aim to create a school that is more relevant, collaborative and equitable. Join us at Arizona State University and be part of creating the next generation of design. For more information on The Design School, visit design.asu.edu.


The Design School is committed to creating inclusive spaces that welcome and celebrate cultural diversity and decolonizing design education. In the next several years, we are conducting faculty searches to help us achieve this goal. We seek colleagues that can contribute, within their design field, to justice, health, and sustainability, and work across our school’s disciplines to support ASU’s design aspirations and mission of inclusion.

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.


Required Qualifications:

  • A PhD 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

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with studio, lecture-based course structures and online courses and especially courses related to transdisciplinary design principles.
  • Experience teaching and or practicing one or more of the following areas:
    • Design Thinking
    • Design for health
    • Design & Technology, Computer science
    • Service design
    • UX design, Design, Media Design, New Media
    • Product design
    • Environmental Design, Transportation Design
    • Engineering Design
    • Social Innovation
    • Interaction Design  / Interactive System Design
    • New technologies for Industrial Design (Artificial intelligence, big data, augmented reality, among others)
    • Equitable and Sustainable Design, and Design for the Circular Economy
    • Physical, Perceptual and Cognitive Human Factors

  • Additional education/certificates in Business, Health Innovation, UX, Engineering, social design and/ or Sustainability, Materials, Color, Finish (CMF)
  • 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 balance research and/or creative work across disciplines, either within The Design School,  the Herberger 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.

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is April 23, 2024. 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.

Instructions to Apply:

Please submit the following materials as separate items:

1.           A C.V.

2.           A letter of interest that addresses position description and required qualifications.

3.           Contact information for three references (educational and/or professional) including name, email address and telephone number.

4.           A portfolio of personal creative/research work of no more than ten examples.

Applicants advancing to the second round of review may be asked to provide additional materials.

All applications must be submitted electronically via http://apply.interfolio.com/143399.

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