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Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) of Industrial Design - Human Centered Design

School of Architecture and Design at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette k

Lafayette, LA

Jan 18
Job Description

The School of Architecture and Design seeks to appoint a tenure-track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Industrial Design Program. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive, equitable learning environment that values multiple perspectives and promotes intercultural engagement. This includes encouraging respectful exposure to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, explore, discover, design, and deliver solutions. We strive to create a diverse and inclusive community in which all members feel valued, respected and able to reach their full potential. Applicants from historically under-represented backgrounds, emerging scholars and practitioners, and experienced professionals are all encouraged to apply. International applications are welcome.

Areas of Expertise
The appointment is expected to begin on 01 August, 2023 . Teaching duties will include undergraduate level studios and supportive courses.
Candidates should have the ability to teach:
1. Industrial Design studio and support courses from foundational level to fourth-year capstone.
2. Research-driven design process informed by multisensory experiences at the interface of humans and technology
3. Physical and digital design methods
4. Ability to work with colleagues to assess and improve curricula
5. Ability to advance student Product Design research
6. Recognized record of accomplishment in creative activity and/or scholarship

Start Up Funds
At UL Lafayette, the Industrial Design department is uniquely placed to take a leadership role in the continued support of the School, College, and University’s mission. As a faculty in Industrial Design, the candidate will have opportunities to establish and promote relationships with other disciplines through curricular and extra-curricular initiatives. We are committed to sustaining a collegial, positive, and productive environment for each individual for the collective benefit of all. We seek a colleague who is an experienced designer and educator who will bring industry experience to the classroom. Because of this, start-up funds may be available. These are to be used in alignment with the Program's vision for the next 5 years as it relates to this job description and the successful candidates research agenda.

Basic Qualifications
Applicants must hold a terminal degree from an accredited institution or show clear evidence of planned receipt of the degree by the beginning of employment.
School of Architecture and Design faculty are required to have peer-reviewed scholarly and/or creative work and a clear research or practice trajectory related to their position. Faculty are expected to contribute to service to the profession, community, school, college, and university. Faculty are expected to have active involvement in the functioning of the department including academic advising, curriculum development, program assessment, and recruitment.

We particularly seek candidates with experience or the ability in:
• Entrepreneurial knowledge
• Integrate emerging technologies with studio and supportive course teaching
• Teach collaboratively
• Strong Visualization and Digital modeling techniques
• Promote access and success; education, scholarship and professional development; climate and intergroup relations; and community engagement through
o Retention and success of historically underrepresented students
o Creation of course and co-curricular diversity and inclusion learning opportunities
o Increasing multicultural competencies of students
o Cultivation of an inclusive, supportive and respectful teaching and learning climate
o Engagement in learning opportunities to explore concepts, principles, perspectives and research related to diversity, equity and inclusion
o Cultivation of collaborative partnerships to create innovative solutions to inclusion challenges
o Creation and sustaining of a teaching and learning environment that celebrates diversity and cultivates inclusion through intercultural engagement

Review of submissions will begin March 30, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Please submit the following through the university link:
1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Teaching/mentoring statement – describe teaching philosophy and practices
4. Research statement
5. Statement describing efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging, including past, current, and anticipated future contributions in these areas. This statement should also provide specific actions and steps you have taken or plan to take to further your knowledge of the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion in a higher education environment.
6. Names and contact information of 3 references
7. 10-page portfolio of professional, personal, and scholarly work highlighting teachable-skillsets
Contact Information: Associate Professor Adam Feld, School of Architecture and Design (337) 482–5900

About the School of Architecture and Design’s Industrial Design Program
Home to Louisiana's only degree-granting Industrial Design Program, UL Lafayette is the only university where we teach how to generate concepts that optimize the purpose, significance, and form of products for consumers and producers. Our unique program emphasizes practical concern for design restrictions while creating products that cater to human characteristics, requirements, and interests. The four-year professional degree in industrial design encourages collaborative, experiential learning with diverse disciplines, and a hands-on learning environment that is conducive to creative exploration. We emphasize a broad understanding and sensitivity to environmental and social concerns, while working to help develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. We want to advance the industrial design profession with the knowledge that user needs, human-centered design, universal design, sustainability, and ergonomics all play an integral role in unique and successful products.

We work to advance industrial design knowledge, cultivate aesthetic sensibilities, and improve the material conditions and the needs of people and their environments. Our program teaches students to become proficient in sketching, visual communication, form development, physical and digital model making, and graphic layout. The Industrial Design Program is always seeking out new methodologies to incorporate technology into the curriculum, such as advanced computer modeling, photorealistic rendering, rapid prototyping, and CNC milling. We want students to be well prepared for the professional design world and have the ability and passion to make a positive contribution to the betterment of humankind through teaching, research, practice, and service.

Equal Opportunity Employer
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or disability in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities as required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Executive Order 11246, Section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 and the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act.

School of Architecture and Design at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette

University of Louisiana at Lafayette is among the top universities in the country — and the world — recognized for our impressive academic programs, research projects that make an impact, sustainability initiatives, and diversity and inclusion practices. We are a Carnegie R1 university — the same classification as Harvard, Duke, and Princeton — giving you access to the expertise and opportunities that only a prestigious research institution can provide.