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Director of Design Integration, Professor of Practice in Industrial Design

The Design School

The Design School in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University invites applications for a full-time non-tenure-track appointment as the Director of Design Integration and Professor of Practice in the Industrial Design Program.  This position is full time, non-tenure track faculty position that is supported by a partnership of The Design School, The W.P. Carey School of Business and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. This is a one-year renewable appointment. Preferred start date is as soon as possible and negotiable with the successful candidate. 

The Director of Design Integration is an innovative new role for the country’s most Innovative University.  The Design School, W.P. Carey School of Business and Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering seek candidates to integrate the power of design thinking and processes across the three schools and all of ASU. Currently the three schools partner on Innovation Space (see information on Innovation Space below) along with other Schools, and are seeking to expand this partnership and the teaching of interdisciplinary design processes across the three schools and across all of ASU. 

The Director of Design Integration will lead the intellectual development, growth and future of InnovationSpace.  At the same time, the Director will pioneer new strategies for integrating the program’s model of transdisciplinary education and design thinking into curricula across the university. This position will be ASU’s leader in design thinking and process integration, working with multiple schools across the university and connecting ASU to the broader corporate, non-profit and government worlds that are interested in design.  The candidate will work to develop online, in-person, and hybrid strategies to teach design thinking and process across ASU, connecting the work to real world issues through funded projects. The candidate will also advise on and participate in the Industrial Design program’s curriculum redesign process, and work to empower the Industrial design faculty to partner on teaching, research and creative activities across ASU.  ASU has an intense desire to expand the concept of InnovationSpace to make the transdisciplinary experience, design thinking and comprehensive innovation strategy more accessible to a larger number of students and disciplines. This work might include incorporating the work of ASU’s Biomimicry Center and other social impact design innovation efforts into future shape of InnovationSpace’s research and teaching. We want candidates who will help us dream big about the future of the excellent existing asset. The candidate will also consider creating offerings on design thinking and innovation strategy for executive education.

About InnovationSpace http://innovationspace.asu.edu

Innovation Space is a transdisciplinary education/research lab teaching students how to develop new products and services that create market value, serving real individual and societal needs, improving society & minimizing environmental impact. In the last 12 years, InnovationSpace has partnered with and been funded by corporate partners including Adidas, Johnson & Johnson, Honeywell, LG Electronics, Herman Miller, P&G, Dow Corning and Disney Consumer Products to develop new product and services concepts with our transdisciplinary student teams.  Innovation thrives in transdisciplinary teams and is currently a joint venture between The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the W.P. Carey School of Business, the Ira Fulton School of Engineering and the School of Sustainability. In addition, we partner with The Biomimicry Center, a joint effort between ASU and Biomimicry 3.8 that facilitates biomimicry education and research activities. Over the course of their senior year, undergraduate student teams work to develop a comprehensive innovation strategy for their new product/service concepts. 

InnovationSpace is based on our Integrated Innovation Model, a holistic framework for innovation developed by our founder, Paul Rothstein. It stresses the importance of addressing the needs of all stakeholders by asking four key questions that every company should consider in its design thinking while creating new products and services:

  • What is valuable to the user? (from a consumer perspective)


  • What is desirable to the company? (from a market perspective)

  • What is possible through engineering? (from a technology perspective)

  • What is good for society and the environment? (from a human perspective) 

Using this model, students create products and services that satisfy user needs and desires; create measurable value for business; apply innovative but proven engineering standards and benefit society while minimizing impacts on the environment.  Over the course of their senior year, the student teams work to develop a comprehensive innovation strategy for their new product/service concepts, guided by our transdisciplinary faculty and our sponsors.

Job Expectations

The appointee will be expected to:

  • Manage, teach in and reinvent InnovationSpace to scale it up to allow for more students and corporate, non-profit and government partners to benefit from the program. This work includes creating numerous sections of Fulton/Carey/Herberger next generation InnovationSpace classes that meets capstone requirements and impact a few hundred students.

  • Work closely with leadership and faculty currently involved in InnovationSpace to shape the future of the program.

  • Create offering on design thinking and innovation strategy for executive education.

  • In addition to teaching in Innovation space, teaching courses for business and engineering students, and/or develop classes that might be taught by other Industrial Design faculty.

  • Overseeing the integration of design thinking, problem-solving, innovation strategy, and other related curricula integration throughout the business school and engineering schools at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

  • Work with other Schools as appropriate.

  • Assist with creating design thinking workshops as needed.  

  • Building partnerships with corporations, non-profits and governments to create applied teaching projects and other innovative activities.

  • Fundraising for InnovationSpace and other initiatives as appropriate.

  • Develop electives that can be shared across the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts/ W.P.Carey School of Business/and Ira Fulton School of Engineering, and other schools as appropriate.

  • Assist in the development of a certificate in Design Thinking/Design Prototyping that could be offered to business/engineering students.

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.

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 nearly 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. herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.

About The Design School and Industrial Design Program

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 New American University philosophy. With nearly 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. herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.

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. In the Fall of 2017 the Design School embarked 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 Director of Design Integration will join the School on that journey to help lead the field of design education into the future. 

Currently, the school has approximately 55 full-time faculty and 1,500 students enrolled 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 and 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 transdisciplinary inquiry so that they may work productively within and beyond the boundaries of their respective disciplines.

The 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 the program have expertise in all areas of industrial design including human factors and ergonomics, design education, digital visualization, rapid prototyping, innovation studies, tangible interactions, basic engineering, branding, eco-design, biomimicry, sustainability, design history 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 design solutions that: 

1.     meet people’s needs in imaginative ways

2.     create value in the marketplace and

3.     improve society and the environment.

About the W.P. Carey School of Business

The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona is a comprehensive business school offering degrees to over 15,000 students from more than 100 countries.  Our undergraduate programs offer both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees with over 30 programs available to students.  Our graduate programs include four MBA platforms, eight specialized masters, a PhD as well as a DBA.  The school includes over 250 full-time faculty who are highly active researchers and consultants in their fields.  As the W. P. Carey School mission notes, we take “an entrepreneurial approach to learning, and conduct groundbreaking research in order to create positive change on a global scale.”  

About the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University is one of the largest engineering programs in the United States with more than 21,000 students.  The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering offers 25 undergraduate programs and 39 graduate programs in its six schools.  We believe that engineering is more than a discipline — it’s a mindset, a way of looking at the world. Students in the Fulton Schools are part of a community of problem solvers, people who are passionate about designing and making innovative and entrepreneurial solutions.

The Fulton Schools emphasize discovery, design, innovation, entrepreneurship and societal impact. We exceeded $103 million in research expenditures in 2017, driving faculty, graduate and undergraduate research in our core research themes: energy, health, sustainability, education and security.

Required qualifications: 

Required qualifications

The successful candidate is required to:

  • Possess a graduate degree in industrial/interaction/service design or related fields; and
  • have a minimum of five years experience working in the profession.

 

Desired qualifications: 

Desired qualifications

Preference will be given to individuals with some or all of the following qualifications:

  • Experience teaching university-level design studio and lecture courses;
  • Experience working on a variety of projects for multiple corporate, non-profit or government clients;
  • Experience working in transdisciplinary environments and assembling teams to solve complex problems.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the methodologies, practices and tools of design thinking, innovation strategy, sustainability and prototyping;
  • Experience in leading design teams on projects;
  • Demonstrated a transdisciplinary design philosophy at the intersection of product- and interaction design and other fields;
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in developing and participating in highly interdisciplinary and innovative teaching programs;
  • An interest in online teaching and learning; and
  • Commitment to research, teaching, and recruiting a diverse student population.

 

Instruction to apply: 

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 to http://apply.interfolio.com/51950

 

  • A letter of interest outlining qualifications for the position, research interests, teaching experience and/or experience in practice
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A portfolio of research and creative work, including examples of student work;
  • A statement on your undergraduate and graduate teaching philosophy; and
  • Contact information for four references including name, e-mail address and telephone number

 

 

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

For information about the Industrial Design Program, visit, https://design.asu.edu/degree-programs/industrial-design  

To learn more about the ReDesign.School Initiative visit: http://redesign.school/ 

The Design School is active within social media. The following links can be used to access the various social media platforms that The Design School engages in, which provide insight into the daily activities within the school:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thedesignschool

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ASUDesignSchool

Instagram: https://instagram.com/asudesignschool

For information about the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit: herbergerinstitute.asu.edu

 

Application deadline: 

Application deadline:

The application deadline is August 10, 2018; if not filled, every week thereafter until search is closed.

 

 

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