The Department of Art, Architecture and Design at Lehigh University invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Industrial and Product Design, effective August 2023.
Applicants should hold an MDes, MID, MFA, MArch or equivalent terminal degree in their field. They should have at least one year of teaching experience in the university setting as a primary instructor.
The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary department with undergraduate major programs in art, architecture, graphic and product design, and art history. The product design concentration within the design major is focused on providing hands-on experience inside and outside the classroom, and encouraging students to see design as a means of confronting real-world challenges. Exploring topical issues, materials, prototyping, and human-centered design processes, our students both creatively develop ideas and shepherd them into the physical world, working with world-class resources and facilities. An open studio culture at Lehigh encourages peer engagement, collective critique, and open discourse fostering a deeper understanding of three-dimensional mass-produced objects in their technical and social dimensions.
As a faculty member in the program, a successful candidate will be expected to teach introductory through advanced-level studio courses in Product and Industrial Design, three dimensional design foundations, and additional courses in an area of scholarly specialization in regular rotation. Areas of specialization that contribute to and deepen the department’s course offerings might include: medical, environmental, exhibition, furniture, ergonomic, or sustainable design; 3D computer modeling, manufacturing and fabrication technologies; or design research, public policy, history, theory, and criticism. The standard teaching load for tenure-track faculty is two courses per semester, which affords the opportunity to balance between teaching, research, and an active creative practice.
As researchers, they will be expected to develop and maintain a program of individual scholarship and creative practice that demonstrates excellence and impact, as evidenced by exhibitions, awards, reviews, publications, and other forms of juried or peer-reviewed work, or professional and client-based projects comparably recognized. In both teaching and research, the candidate’s work should be seated in methods that look to make an impact on a range of communities beyond the university and campus setting, serving both disciplinary and public interests. In addition, they will contribute to departmental, college, and university service.
The position offers the opportunity of affiliation with one of the university’s many interdisciplinary programs and centers, with possibilities for further research advancement and collaboration in scholarship and teaching, including cross-listing of courses. Relevant interdisciplinary centers, programs, and majors include the university’s Integrated Degree in Arts, Engineering and Sciences (IDEAS); dual-degree program in Arts and Engineering; Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity, and Innovation; Creative Inquiry; Environmental Studies; Health, Medicine and Society; Africana Studies; Latin American and Latino Studies; Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies; South Side Initiative.
How to apply
For full consideration, applications should be received online by December 6, 2022. Applicants should submit their materials at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/22880
Submitted materials should reveal evidence of an innovative and inclusive pedagogy oriented to the needs and challenges of the applicant’s discipline, in both its present and future shape.
- A letter of interest, outlining the candidate’s creative practice, scholarship, and teaching focus
- Curriculum vitae
- Portfolio of the candidate’s own creative work and scholarship (collated as one PDF)
- Examples of work by the candidate’s students, (up to three projects), with a brief explanation of each assignment’s purpose and scope (collated as one PDF)
- Sample syllabi from courses taught or developed
- Response to the statement of values in the department description below, and how candidate intends to contribute to its stated ideals
- List of three references with contact information (references will only be contacted if the candidate advances in the search)
About the Department of Art, Architecture and Design
This position is one of four concurrently advertised openings in the Department of Art, Architecture and Design, one of Lehigh University’s largest enrolling undergraduate departments. The department offers BA degrees in four majors—art, architecture, graphic and product design, and art history—and minors in each area, as well as in museum studies and apparel design.
We offer an undergraduate education in the arts that combines the depth of an art and design school training with the breadth and flexibility of a liberal arts curriculum. We aim to enable students to become makers and designers, builders and creators—backed by the resources of a national research university that has for generations helped shape innovation, industry, and design in the United States. We also aspire to excellence and distinction in experiential learning by providing students with opportunities to harness the skills they learn in the classroom, both for real-world application and as the basis for service in the community and the world at large. We are part of the College of Arts and Sciences— the heart of Lehigh University—offering a wide variety of academic majors, minors, and interdisciplinary programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
The department is housed in a 40,000-square-foot research and teaching facility with studio and classroom spaces serviced by extensive resources, encompassing a range of computer labs, printing and digital fabrication technologies, shops, and finishing areas. This includes adjacent resources of the university’s Design Labs, a network of fabrication facilities across campus; and the collections and exhibitions of the Lehigh University Art Galleries (LUAG), with a permanent collection of over 18,000 works of art.
The department is particularly interested in providing support to faculty who approach their work as a means for dialogue, inclusion, remediation, and service in both the university setting and within the community, and who are thinking in innovative ways about the future of their discipline in contemporary and post-pandemic life. It is strongly committed to centering diverse identities and experiences among its faculty and curriculum, and modeling for students of all backgrounds, particularly those from historically underrepresented and structurally marginalized groups, that there is a place and opportunity for them within the arts at both the academic level and in professional life. These values are central to the department’s mission and purpose.