Who we need.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) College of Architecture is seeking a full time, nine-month, tenure track assistant professor of Product Design effective fall 2021. This position’s academic home will be in the Interior Design Program, which currently administers a Product Design minor. The Interior Design faculty supports a CIDA accredited undergraduate program within a NASAD-accredited institution, as well as a blended-learning graduate program. The faculty seeks highly motivated candidates who deeply value excellence in design, recognize the roles of the allied design disciplines, and have a passion for teaching.
Candidates should be versed in the discipline of Product Design with the desire to be part of a highly collaborative team dedicated to the advancement of an emerging interdisciplinary college within a land-grant institution. The Interior Design Program is driven to elevate the disciplinary role of Product Design in the College of Architecture, thus completing the study and design of the built environment from the scales of “hand-to-land”. Currently, Product Design is the most popular minor in the College of Architecture and finds itself in a prime position to re-design a more robust Product Design curriculum that could expand the reach of product design, and design thinking, to all students on UNL’s campus. As part of this vision, we anticipate fast growth in minor enrollment, which in turn will be a catalyst for academic growth in offering the Product Design Minor university-wide and potentially activating a Product Design major at UNL. Accepting this position will result in the exciting possibility in leading an academic mission to establish the disciplinary identity of Product Design as a signature program on campus.
Candidates should have a willingness to evolve and refine the momentum of Product Design already established in the college and to contribute to the first year d.ONE program by teaching d.THINK. Additionally, the candidate will be expected to specifically contribute to the curriculum by developing and/or teaching a combination of the following topics/subjects:
• Introduction to Industrial/Product Design
• Visual Communication for Product Design
• Introductory and Advanced Product Design Studio
In addition to teaching, the position will require the declaration and development of a research and/or creative activity agenda. General expectations for one’s research and creative activity would be the productive growth and achievement of funded research, the dissemination of new knowledge, and/or peer-reviewed recognitions, honors, awards, or exhibitions. We are searching for a colleague who values collaboration, inspiration, and making; who is able to contribute at multiple levels of the curriculum; and, who embodies professional excellence and enthusiasm for innovative design. We seek an individual with creative energy, passion and vision for the future of Industrial / Product Design. The successful candidate understands design as an integrated and critical set of processes and will demonstrate strong skills in process exploration and final output via a full range of analog to digital means including knowledge of relevant and emerging design software.