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Assistant Professor, Industrial Design
Rochester Institute of Technology

Date Posted Feb. 20, 2020
Title Assistant Professor, Industrial Design
University Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY, United States
Department School of Design
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Design - Industrial Art/Design

Assistant Professor, Industrial Design


College of Art and Design

CAD School of Design

Faculty Type (Tenure Status):

Faculty Discipline: Industrial Design

Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor

Employment Category: Fulltime

Anticipated Start Date: 12-Aug-2020

Department/College Description


The School of Design is comprised of five undergraduate programs, three graduate programs, and the Vignelli Center for Design Studies. The undergraduate programs include: 3D Digital Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and New Media Design. The graduate programs are: Visual Communication Design, Industrial Design, and Integrative Design. Approximately 750 undergraduate and 90 graduate students are enrolled in the School of Design. To learn more about the programs in the School of Design, please visit


RIT's College of Art and Design is the university's creative hub where art, design, science, and technology intersect. The College's five schools offer programs in Art, Design, Crafts, Film and Animation, Photography and Photographic Sciences. The range of innovative programs offers students a panoramic perspective from creating fine art using centuries-old methods to pushing the boundaries of digital creativity. The College of Art and Design has an enrollment of more than 1,700 undergraduate students and 300 graduate students,

Detailed Job Description

The School of Design in the College of Art and Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology invites applicants to apply for a tenure track Assistant Professor position (special consideration for exceptional candidates), to teach in the Industrial Design (ID) program. The Industrial Design program focuses on developing strong conceptual and formal design skills. Students are engaged in the theory, process, and practice of design throughout the undergraduate and graduate curriculums. The Industrial Design program is consistently ranked among the top programs in the nation for undergraduate and graduate study.

Faculty Position: Industrial Design

We are seeking candidates who are well-rounded designers and educators with significant professional experience. Candidates should be qualified to teach throughout the Industrial Design curriculum. The ideal candidate will possess the ability to provide leadership and vision. S/he should be adept at integrating emerging technologies and techniques into the Industrial Design curriculum. In addition to teaching, other responsibilities include advising students, assisting in curriculum development, participating in research, scholarship and creative activity, and providing service to the university, college, department and profession.

We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness; cross disciplinary opportunities; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. Select to view links to RIT's core values, honor code, and diversity statement.

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • A terminal degree in Industrial Design (MFA, MID, PhD), or a terminal degree in a related field of study.
  • Minimum of two years professional experience or extensive consulting in a relevant field.
  • Minimum of two years teaching experience in a relevant field at the university level beyond a teaching assistantship.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and proficiency in one or more of the following: product design, user interface design, service design, sustainability design, design and technology, emerging industrial design practices, design theory, design history, design methodology.
  • Experience with visualization and communication skills common in applied design process and practice.
  • Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college's continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.

Required Minimum Education Level


Required Application Documents

Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, List of References, Portfolio of Students' Work, Portfolio of Work, Sample Syllabus, Statement of Diversity Contribution, Statement of Teaching Philosophy

How To Apply

Apply online at Keyword Search 5116BR. Please submit your application, curriculum vitae, cover letter addressing the listed qualifications and upload the following attachments:

  • A brief teaching philosophy.
  • Provide the names, addresses and phone numbers for three references.
  • Upload a Contribution to Diversity Statement.
  • Upload course syllabi with at least three assignments.
  • Provide a PDF or a link to a website presenting fifteen examples of professional work.
  • Provide a PDF or a link to a website presenting twenty examples of student work.

You may contact the search committee with questions on the position at:

Peter Byrne, School Director, School of Design via email at

To receive full consideration, all application materials should be received by March 19, 2020. The position will be open until an acceptable candidate is found.

The direct link to this posting can be found here:

Additional Details

The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources.RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to

RIT does not discriminate. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion. For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov.


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