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Associate Professor, Industrial Design - The Design School

The Design School

Job description:

The Design School at Arizona State University seeks applications for a full-time tenured/tenure-track appointment at the rank of Associate Professor in Industrial Design beginning August 2023. This position will be located on the ASU Tempe Campus.

The successful candidate will see themselves as a dedicated change agent, and utilizing their knowledge of the design professions will challenge traditional design curricula with a vision for the future. 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. Teaching via in person, online, and hybrid formats is anticipated. Mentoring thesis projects is also included as part of the teaching responsibility. 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. In addition, the candidate will also be expected to participate in service to the program, school, institute, university and community such as IDSA. 

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 receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. (See https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html and https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.)

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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 is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program nationally and located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. The Herberger Institute comprises the schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; The New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school through developing and scaling ideas to strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture and to increase the capacity of artists 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 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 who 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 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:


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/or 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 in one or some of the following areas;
    • design thinking
    • design for health
    • design & technology, computer science
    • engineering design
    • environmental design
    • equitable and sustainable design, and design for the circular economy
    • interaction design, interactive system design
    • media design, new media
    • new technologies for industrial design (artificial intelligence, big data, augmented reality among others)
    • physical, perceptual and cognitive Human Factors
    • product design
    • service design
    • transportation design 
    • user experience design
  • Additional education or certificates in business, health innovation, user experience design, engineering, 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 activities across disciplines, either within the Institute or across campus    
  • Ability to obtain and attract funding to support research or creative activities   
  • Experience building and sustaining community partnerships in equitable, ethical, and sustainable ways

Application deadline:

Application deadline is December 26, 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.

Instruction 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 of teaching philosophy;
  • A statement about diversity, equity and inclusion as it relates to your teaching and research endeavors;
  • A portfolio of personal creative work of no more than five examples;
  • An example of a syllabus or a project assignment for students;
  • Contact information for three references (educational and/or professional) including name, e-mail address and telephone number.

All applications must be submitted electronically via http://apply.interfolio.com/116400

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