Assistant Professor - Industrial Design

  • Iowa State University, College of Design
  • Iowa State University College of Design, Bissell Road, Ames, IA, USA
  • Mar 16, 2020
Full time   Architecture Design (all areas)

Job Description

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

The Industrial Design Department within the College of Design at Iowa State University is accepting applications for a full time, tenure-track faculty member. Candidates will be considered at the Assistant Professor rank. The successful candidate is expected to make significant contributions to the knowledge base and profile of the program and University through excellence in research and scholarship. The primary areas of teaching may include industrial design studios as well as lecture courses related to UX design, design strategy, systems and service design or smart and emerging technologies in design. Within their field of expertise, the faculty member may be expected to teach undergraduate as well as graduate courses, to majors and non-majors.

Applicants should be prepared to describe their work in detail and discuss its merits in the context of industrial design at Iowa State University.


Department/Program & College Description:

Founded in 2010, the Department of Industrial Design has established a strong reputation through collaborative linkages with the Colleges of Engineering and Business and the private sector. Currently the Department consists of FTE faculty members with backgrounds in Art, Architecture, Graphic Design, Digital Media, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Design, Manufacturing and Professional Practice. There are more than 200 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs.

Other distinguished departments within the College of Design include Architecture, Art and Visual Culture, Community and Regional Planning, Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture. The College of Design is dedicated to all forms of diversity and inclusion, and committed to the expanded role of art and design as an agent of change in society.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Required Minimum Qualifications:

MID or MFA in industrial design or related field or Bachelor’s degree in a related field OR equivalent professional degree in industrial design or related field, + 10 years of relevant industry/education experience In addition to the preceding qualification, the candidate must have a documented record of relevant scholarship or other creative work.

Preferred Qualifications:

Evidence or promise of strong focus in the areas of teaching, scholarship and/or practice in the primary areas listed above. 
Ability to managing industry-sponsored academic projects, commercial practice and demonstrated potential to contribute to and thrive in a collaborative and highly interdisciplinary academic environment.

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