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Assistant/Associate Professor of Industrial/Product Design
University of Nebraska Lincoln

Date Posted Oct. 15, 2018
Title Assistant/Associate Professor of Industrial/Product Design
University University of Nebraska Lincoln
Lincoln, NE, United States
Department Interior Design
Application Deadline Jan. 2, 2019
Position Start Date August 2019
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Design - Product Design
    Design - Industrial Art/Design

Who we need.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Architecture is seeking a full time, nine-month, tenure track assistant/associate professor of Industrial/Product Design effective fall 2019. This position’s academic home will be in the Interior Design Program, which currently administers a Product Design minor for all College of Architecture students. The Interior Design faculty supports a CIDA accredited undergraduate program, as well as a blended-learning graduate program. The faculty seeks highly motivated candidates who deeply value excellence in design, recognize the roles of the allied design disciplines, and have a passion for teaching.

Candidates should be versed in the discipline of Industrial/Product Design with the desire to be part of a highly collaborative team dedicated to the advancement of an emerging interdisciplinary college within a land-grant institution. The Interior Design Program is driven to elevate the disciplinary role of Industrial/Product Design in the College of Architecture, thus completing the study and design of the built environment from the scales of "hand-to-land." Currently, Product Design is the most popular minor in the College of Architecture and finds itself in a prime position to re-design a more robust Product Design curriculum that could expand the reach of product design, and design thinking, to all students on UNL’s campus. As part of this vision, we anticipate fast growth in minor enrollment, which in turn will be a catalyst for academic growth in establishing and activating an Industrial/Product Design major at UNL. Accepting this position will result in the exciting possibility in leading an academic mission to establish the disciplinary identity of Industrial/Product design as a signature program on campus.

Candidates should have a willingness to evolve and refine the momentum of industrial/product design already established in the college. Additionally, the candidate will be expected to specifically contribute to the curriculum by developing and teaching the following topics/subjects:

  • Introduction to Industrial Design
  • Visual Communication for Product Design
  • Introductory Product Design Studio
  • Advanced Product Design Studio

In addition to teaching, the position will require the declaration and development of a research and/or creative activity agenda. General expectations for one’s research and creative activity would be the productive growth and achievement of funded research, the dissemination of new knowledge, and/or peer-reviewed recognitions, honors, awards, or exhibitions. We are searching for a colleague who values collaboration, inspiration, and making; who is able to contribute at multiple levels of the curriculum; and, who embodies professional excellence and enthusiasm for innovative design. We seek an individual with creative energy, passion and vision for the future of Industrial Design/ Product Design. The successful candidate understands design as an integrated and critical set of processes; and will demonstrate strong skills in process exploration and final output via a full range of analog to digital means including knowledge of relevant and emerging design software.

Who we are.
The Interior Design Program is situated within the College of Architecture along with the programs of Community and Regional Planning, Architecture, and Landscape Architecture. Collectively the College faculty forms a culture of collaborative teaching and research that values cross-program and interdisciplinary initiatives. The active learning environment in the undergraduate Interior Design Program is centered around studio-based learning and provides students with an extraordinary education in the design of the built environment. The program offers a product design minor that is currently only offered to College of Architecture students. For more information about our College of Architecture, Interior Design Program and Degrees, and constituent Programs, please see

Required Qualifications at time of application:
Either a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design, Product Design, or Product Development AND a Master’s Degree or PhD in a related or supporting field; OR a terminal degree in Industrial Design (MFA in Industrial Design, MID, etc)

Example degrees listed below meet these Minimum Qualifications.

  • BSc. in Design (in Architecture, Interior Design, etc.) + MFA Industrial Design
  • Bachelors in Industrial Design + MBA, ME, etc.
  • Bachelors in Industrial Design + PhD in Design, Engineering, etc.

Preferred qualifications at time of application:
1. Minimum of 3 years of experience in Professional Practice in Industrial Design/Product Design as demonstrated in the CV and portfolio.
2. Minimum of 3 Years Experience in Teaching.
3. Record of Design Research in, but not limited to, Industrial Design, Product Design, Product Development, Entrepreneurialism, Design Management, Design Process, Design Methodology, Human Centered Design, Material Culture, Sustainable Design, or Multi-Disciplinary Design.
4. Demonstrable excellence in communication and visualization skills – spoken, 2D-sketch, digital render, 3D modeling-analog to digital, as demonstrated in the portfolio.

  • As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

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Contact Information

  • Nathan Bicak
    Interior Design
    University of Nebraska Lincoln
    230 Architecture Hall
    Lincoln, NE 68588


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