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Assistant Professor in Industrial Design/Product Design
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

  • Nov. 7, 2017
  • Assistant Professor in Industrial Design/Product Design
  • Stamps School of Art & Design
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Ann Arbor, MI
    United States
  • Jan. 7, 2018
  • Sep. 1, 2018
  • Assistant Professor
  • Design - Product Design
    Design - Industrial Art/Design
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The University of Michigan is one of the world’s foremost public research universities. The Stamps School of Art & Design, as one of the 19 schools and colleges at the UM’s Ann Arbor, Michigan campus, offers a rich interdisciplinary environment for the development of creative practitioners. Undergraduate programs include BFA and BA degrees in art and design, a BFA in Interarts Performance, and a number of dual degree options with other UM schools and colleges. At the graduate level, students pursue one of two tracks of study - an MFA in Art and an MDes in Integrative Design.

To become part of an exciting and ambitious academic vision, we are seeking qualified candidates with the capacity for conducting original creative work and research as well as teach in industrial and/or product design. Ideal candidates will have a record of education and experience that emphasizes strong materially-grounded practice, technological innovation, human-centered design and the application of principles of sustainability; and, an interest in and capacity to extend object-based research and creative practice to systems, experiences and interactions. Candidates are expected to have a commitment to and demonstrated experience in interdisciplinary collaboration. The ability to integrate service and participatory design, a background or interest in entrepreneurship, and the potential to generate external funding are highly desirable.

Duties and Expectations
•     Maintain a research and/or creative practice agenda commensurate with faculty rank.
•     Teach four courses per academic year in area of expertise. The successful candidate will teach a range of studio-based courses from undergraduate foundations to the graduate level.
•     Advise students and participate in student recruitment activities.
•     Serve the School and University through participation in committees and faculty governance activities.

Minimum Requirements
An MDes or equivalent degree.

Desired Characteristics
•     PhD preferred.
•     Emerging designers whose record of creative work/research and/or industry experience demonstrates a trajectory for developing a national and international reputation. University-level teaching experience a plus.
•     Industry experience in relevant areas.
•     Demonstrated experience and commitment to research / creative work and/or teaching in an interdisciplinary manner with faculty, students, and professionals in other disciplines.
•     A strong commitment to and experience working with socially-engaged / community-based practices and sustainable and resilient design practices.
•     Demonstrated commitment to excellence by providing leadership in teaching, research, or service toward building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.
•     Dedicated to working at the intersection of art and design pedagogy with the ability to extend one’s practice beyond a primary area of specialization.
•     Well prepared to teach in a developmental way across the curricula and to both undergraduate and graduate students.

How to Apply
Applications must be submitted online via the University’s employment portal.

The following materials, combined as a single PDF files, are required for each application submitted:

1) A letter of application that addresses:
•     Your qualifications and experiences relevant to the position;
•     How you see yourself contributing to the programs and mission of the Stamps School;
•     Your past experience and activities, and your future plans, to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion and to meet the educational needs and interests of a diverse community.

2) A detailed CV.

3) A statement of creative work and/or research.

4) A statement of teaching interests/philosophy.

5) Up to 10 examples of creative work/research/scholarship, including images and/or published work/research (as applicable) and brief project descriptions. Link to an online portfolio strongly preferred.

6) If applicable, documentation of teaching experience to include up to 10 examples of student work (images and brief descriptions) and samples or links to course syllabi. Link to an online portfolio strongly preferred.

7) The names and contact information for at least three professional references.

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The University of Michigan is committed to fostering and maintaining a diverse work culture that respects the rights and dignity of each individual, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender expression, height, weight, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, or veteran status.

The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples. Information on the University’s Family Friendly policies, programs, services and benefits for faculty can be found at

  • The University of Michigan, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

    Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to the Senior Director for Institutional Equity and Title IX/Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Office for Institutional Equity, 2072 Administrative Services Building, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1432, (734) 763-0235, TTY (734) 647-1388. For other University of Michigan information call (734) 764-1817.

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  • Stamps School Human Resources
    Stamps School of Art & Design
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Ann Arbor, MI


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