Assistant Professor of Industrial Design

  • University of Washington, School of Art + Art History + Design
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
  • Sep 11, 2020
Full time   Design (all areas)

Job Description


The Division of Design in the School of Art + Art History + Design at the University of Washington in Seattle invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Industrial Design to start in September 2021. This position is 100% full-time and has a nine-month service period.

The University of Washington serves a diverse population of 80,000 students, faculty and staff, including 25% first-generation college students, over 25% Pell Grant students, and faculty from over 70 countries. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. The University of Washington is located in the greater Seattle metropolitan area, with a dynamic, multicultural community of 3.7 million people and a diversity of ecosystems from mountains to ocean. This coupled with a large innovation and design industry makes the Seattle area a place that welcomes new ideas.

The nationally recognized Industrial Design (ID) program at University of Washington is focused on human-centered design at the intersection of people and technology. This particular focus is grounded in a practice and process-oriented approach that is built on an interdisciplinary and inclusive culture found in the Division of Design which also houses Visual Communication Design and Interaction Design programs. The division and ID program are part of a diverse and creative atmosphere in the School of Art + Art History + Design while collaborating in research relationships with numerous departments across the University of Washington. In addition to academic connections, the Industrial Design program also enjoys rich ties to the vibrant Seattle design community fostering active collaborations with such companies as Microsoft, Fluke, Physio Control, Teague, and Tactile to name a few.

Faculty in the Industrial Design program have distributed activities across teaching, research and service. This position involves teaching at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum (including graduate thesis mentorship). In both teaching and research, the ideal candidate will be familiar with existing Industrial Design methods but also have interest in developing new approaches that expand current definitions of design. A successful candidate will show the potential to support an inventive, critical, long-term and sustainable research agenda and/or design and creative practice. Service requires faculty support of the program, divisional committees, and student organizations.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Applicants will have a master’s degree, or foreign equivalent, in Industrial Design or related field, by the start of the appointment, as well as a minimum of two years of professional industry or academic experience.

Application Details

Submit a letter of application describing your interest in the position and approach to design research, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, 20–25 samples of design work, samples of student work (if applicable), a diversity statement, and three letters of reference. All materials should be sent via the following Interfolio URL: (please request your letters of reference using the Interfolio application). Please send questions about this position to the search chair Jason Germany at

Preference will be given to candidates applying on or before November 13, 2020. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The School of Art + Art History + Design fosters a respectful, inclusive community that supports creative and critical expression and scholarship amidst a culture that accepts the value of every individual. The School encourages students, faculty, and staff to engage in healthy dialogue and respect the values and global perspectives of a diverse population. The School’s commitment to diversity extends to the recruitment of faculty, staff, and students who exhibit a dedication to creative and academic excellence and who demonstrate the ability to work with a diverse spectrum of populations. 


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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (


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Application Deadline

Open until filled