Assistant Professor Industrial Design

  • Appalachian State University
  • Boone, NC, USA
  • Nov 29, 2023
Full time Design (all areas)

Job Description


Assistant Professor Industrial Design

Tenure Status: Tenure Track
Department: Applied Design - 265310

Minimum Qualifications

  • A terminal degree in Industrial Design (Master’s or higher) or a related field,
  • Potential for nationally recognized creative and/or scholarly research in their field, and
  • Professional design experience.

Areas of Interest (No Minimum Level Required)
The department especially seeks candidates with

  • A minimum of 3 years of teaching experience at the college level, and
  • Strong fabrication skills and/or advanced CAD skills.

License/Certification Required

Description of the Department or Unit
The Department of Applied Design offers three NASAD accredited undergraduate majors with nearly 500 students: Apparel Design and Merchandising, Industrial Design with concentrations in Furniture and Product Design and Interior Design. Given faculty retirements and increased student enrollment, the department of Applied Design is hiring several tenure-track positions to fill these needs. The department includes design studios, 12,000 square feet of prototyping space, computer labs and designated classrooms.

The Industrial Design program challenges students through industry collaborations and studio projects to develop a comprehensive knowledge base and skill set to succeed professionally. App State IND students’ work has been recognized in both national and international venues including WantedDesign®, SaloneSatellite® in Milan, Designboom® Mart Copenhagen, ICFF in New York, Dwell® on Design in Los Angeles and the High Point Furniture Market. Additionally, the program has recently conducted sponsored studios with US Forestry Service, Kikkerland, Davis Furniture, GreenLifeTech, Reebok, WestRock Packaging, Wilsonart, and Eastman Chemical. The program currently offers international experiences abroad in Belgium and Prague. For more information, please visit our web page at:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Primary responsibilities will include developing and teaching courses in upper and lower-level studios in both furniture and product design, materials and processes courses, as well as other support courses in the industrial design program area.

Additional responsibilities will include advising students, recruiting, maintaining labs/materials, program development, providing instruction that fosters student’s success in their chosen area of study, as well as participating actively in departmental governance and performing academic service to the university and college.

Maintaining a high level of related scholarly/creative work is required.

Proposed Date of Hire: 08/19/2024
Suggested Salary Range: Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
Evaluation of Applications Begins: 12/01/2023

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Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

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