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Assistant Professor in Product Design

Wesleyan University k

Middletown, CT

Oct 14
Job Description

The Department of Art and Art History at Wesleyan University, in collaboration with the Integrated Design, Engineering, and Applied Sciences program (IDEAS), invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Studio Art, with a specialization in Product Design, beginning July 1, 2022.

Drawing on technical expertise in a wide range of design and production methodologies, as well as a broad knowledge of contemporary theoretical concerns and the history of design, the Assistant Professor is expected to teach studio and project based courses with a balance of conceptual and technical instruction. The teaching load is two courses per semester in the design of objects/products, as well as the advising of senior thesis students concentrating in Product Design. The successful candidate will be responsible for creating a Product Design curriculum, suited to a liberal arts context, in support of the Studio Art program and Wesleyan’s strategic plan toward the creation of a Design & Engineering major (https://www.wesleyan.edu/strategicplan/).

The hire will join a distinguished Studio Art program with a shared commitment to teaching traditional and experimental media. In addition, they will be expected to collaborate with IDEAS faculty from social sciences and engineering, as well as contribute to the growth and development of a Design & Engineering major. Studio facilities include equipment for digital production (e.g. large-scale printers, laser cutters, 3d printers, cnc mill, etc.), and analog production (e.g. woodshop and metal shop facilities). It is expected that the successful candidate will maintain an active design practice; evidence of meaningful contributions to the field will be expected for promotion (e.g. a demonstrated history of design innovation, evidence of collaborations or commissions, a strong exhibition or publishing record, etc.). Additional duties include advising and mentoring students and participating in faculty governance at the departmental and university levels.

Minimum Qualifications:
Candidates must have at least a master’s degree or its equivalent in Product Design, Industrial Design, or a related field.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
A complete application includes:
(1) Cover letter. In the cover letter, applicants should describe how they will embrace the college's commitment to fostering an inclusive community, as well as their experience working with individuals from historically marginalized or underserved groups.
(2) Curriculum vitae.
(3) The names and e-mail addresses of three references (Letters of recommendation will be solicited for finalists only).
(4) Design portfolio: Applicants have the option to directly upload electronic documents/images (20 max), or a URL. Video or other time-based media may also be submitted as a PDF with links to access the content hosted offsite. Unfortunately, the portfolio application will not accept direct upload of video or sound files.
(5) Statement of current and future research plans.
(6) Documentation of teaching experience, including teaching statement, course syllabi.

Apply at: https://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/8326

Additional Information:
Applications received by January 7, 2022 will be given full consideration.
Please contact Rhonda York (ryork@wesleyan.edu) if you have questions about the application process.

Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious practice or creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504, or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Vice President for Equity & Inclusion / Title IX Officer, 318 North College, 860.685.4771.