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Assistant Professor of Industrial Design
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Date Posted Dec. 23, 2020
Title Assistant Professor of Industrial Design
University University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL, United States
Department School of Art + Design
Application Deadline Jan. 18, 2021
Position Start Date Aug. 16, 2021
  • Assistant Professor
  • Design - Product Design
    Design - Industrial Art/Design

The School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Industrial Design tenure-track appointment beginning August 16, 2021.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

The school seeks a ready collaborator, eager to prepare future designers while also responding in their research to the rich context of a leading research university, including but not limited to new initiatives across health and aging, medicine, data science, and education. We seek a forward-thinking individual capable of fostering positive relationships, inspiring students, and contributing to the school’s ambitious agenda for transforming research, teaching, and practice in design to be more just and inclusive.
Preference will be given to those with instructional experience beyond a teaching assistant position. The ideal candidate should possess a demonstrated record of professional accomplishments spanning all phases of the product design and development process, including concept through manufacture. Candidates with experience in UI/UX design will warrant special attention. A Ph.D., MFA, MDes, or equivalent degree in Industrial Design is required.

Teaching responsibilities entail two courses each in the fall and spring semesters. Candidates should be qualified to teach throughout the curriculum. The candidate is also expected to participate in research, scholarship, creative activity, curriculum development, and service.
Situated at one of the world’s premier public research-intensive universities, the industrial design undergraduate and graduate programs have a distinguished record preparing graduates as design practitioners in industry and as educators. The growing industrial design BFA and MFA programs are among the largest and most highly respected programs in the nation, consistently ranking in the top ten in national polls. Our research informs and keeps current classroom learning activities through industry sponsorships and faculty research initiatives. The school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Art Education, Art History, Crafts, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, New Media, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture. The future of Design at Illinois also includes a new facility intended for outreach, education, and experimentation in Design for students in fields within and outside the arts.

As a part of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at Illinois, the School of Art + Design offers a ready opportunity for collaborations with Siebel Center for Design, Krannert Art Museum and Krannert Center for Performing Arts, Japan House, and with active departments of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, Dance, Theater, and Music.
The University of Illinois is strongly international and recognized for excellence in the Sciences, Engineering, Humanities, and the Arts. Supported by the nation’s third-largest research library and abundant technological resources, Illinois provides a rich environment for both disciplinary and interdisciplinary ventures. Champaign-Urbana is located in East Central Illinois, within short driving distance to Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis. For more information, please visit for the University, for the college, and for the school.

Application Procedures
To receive full consideration, the candidate should submit all application material by January 18, 2021. Review of applications to begin January 18, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.
Please create your candidate profile at Complete submissions will include the following:

A letter of interest
Curriculum vitae
A statement of teaching philosophy
A statement describing your program of research
A statement of diversity contribution
Portfolio of students work, and creative/research work (images pdf format)
Provide names and contact information of three professional references.

Interviews may take place before the closing date; however, no decision will be made until after that date. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.

This is a full-time position with full University benefits. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

For additional information regarding the position, please contact:
Professor Suresh Sethi
School of Art + Design
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
408 East Peabody Drive
Champaign, IL 61820 USA
217-419-4089 (mobile) (email)

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.

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Contact Information

  • Melissa Madsen
    College of Fine and Applied Arts
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Champaign, IL
  • 217-300-1136


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