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Assistant or Associate Professor of Industrial Design
Auburn University

Date Posted Nov. 1, 2022
Title Assistant or Associate Professor of Industrial Design
University Auburn University
Auburn, AL, United States
Department Industrial & Graphic Design
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Design - Industrial Art/Design
The School of Industrial and Graphic Design at Auburn University invites qualified individuals to apply for a tenure-track faculty position in Industrial Design at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor (rank/title commensurate with credentials and experience) to begin August 16, 2023. This appointment (70% teaching, 25% research, 5% service) will aid in leading teaching and research initiatives within the intersections of physical product design and UX/UI. Qualifications required for this appointment include a master's degree in industrial design, or equivalent terminal degree in a closely related field from an accredited institution. Individuals holding a PhD within allied fields are also encouraged to apply.

Previous professional work experience and a combination of practice-based studio and lecture-based course experience in a post-secondary education environment are desired. Successful candidates will exhibit a capacity for the development of original creative work, highlighting strong visual communication skills and a mastery of design tools and processes, as well as an ability to conduct research in the areas of industrial design practice and/or education.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach the practice of design within the undergraduate program (B.IND) while also leading M.IND candidates in advancing their research topics. Faculty are also expected to participate in school, college and university level activities that include research and committee representation that grow connections across academic, professional, and public spheres.

About the Industrial Design Programs (B.IND and M.IND) at Auburn
The School of Industrial and Graphic Design is housed within the College of Architecture, Design and Construction. Begun in 1945 and reestablished on the Ulm model in the 1960s, Industrial Design at Auburn was one of the first established, and earliest National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) accredited programs in the nation. The studio-based curriculum focuses on teaching systematic approaches in the application of human-centered design. Today, faculty in SIGD form a cohesive body that fosters a close-knit relationship with students through hands-on collaborative projects with studios both in Auburn and Mobile. Balancing human needs, technical realities, and business intent, collaboration with industry partners has become a key component of the academic experience at Auburn. For the past two decades, the program has enjoyed success with industry collaborators that include: 3M, IBM, HP, Smucker’s, PlayCore, NASA, Emerson Tool Company, Microsoft, and the Smithsonian Institution. As a result, Auburn’s Industrial Design’s Graduate and Undergraduate programs have consistently ranked within the top 10 nationally.
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About Auburn
Established in 1856, Auburn University is listed as a top-tier Carnegie R1 institution and is one of the few land, sea, and space grant institutions in the nation. With a fall 2022 enrollment of 31,764, Auburn students represent all fifty states in the U.S. and more than 90 foreign countries.

Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art and the new Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center offer world-class exhibitions and performances within the local community. The surrounding town of Auburn, Alabama boasts a wide range of public amenities, a highly-ranked public school system, has been rated among the ‘Top 100 Best Places to Live in America’ by Money magazine in 2019 and one of the ‘10 Best Small College Towns in America’ by THE HILLin 2022. World Report also ranked Auburn as one of the top 50 public universities in the nation, as well as the top university in the state. Auburn is conveniently located along Interstate 85, 90-minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Shores beaches less than four hours away. Auburn University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes BCBS health insurance, retirement plans, as well as 50-percent undergraduate tuition waiver for spouses and dependents.

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