The School of Industrial and Graphic Design at Auburn University invites qualified individuals to apply for a tenuretrack faculty position in Industrial Design at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor (rank/title commensurate with credentials and experience) to begin
August 16, 2023. This appointment (70% teaching, 25% research, 5% service)
will aid in leading teaching and research initiatives within the intersections of physical product design and UX/UI.Qualifications required for this appointment include a master’s degree
in industrial design, or equivalent terminal degree in a closely related field (e.g. product,
interaction, or service design) from an accredited institution at the time employment
begins. Individuals holding a PhD within allied fields are also encouraged to apply. The successful candidate must meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the
time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the term of employment.
Previous professional work experience and a combination of practice-based studio and lecture-based courseexperience in a post-secondary education environment are desired.
Successful candidates will exhibit a capacity for the development of original creative work, highlighting strong visual communication skills and a mastery of design tools and processes,
as well as an ability to conduct research in the areas of industrial design practice and/or
education. Candidates with experience in teaching design research and planning methodologies and in UX/UI practice are of particular interest.
The successful candidate will be expected to teach the practice of design within the undergraduate program (B.IND) while also leading M.IND candidates in advancing their
research topics. Faculty are also expected to participate in school, college and university level activities that include research and committee representation that grow connections
across academic, professional, and public spheres.
About the Industrial Design Programs (B.IND and M.IND) at Auburn
The School of Industrial and Graphic Design is housed within the College of Architecture, Design and Construction. Begun in 1945 and reestablished on the Ulm model in the 1960s, Industrial
Design at Auburn was one of the firstestablished, and earliest National Association
of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) accredited programs in the nation. The studio-based
curriculum focuses on teaching systematic approaches in the application of humancentered design. Today, faculty in SIGD form a cohesive body that fosters a close-knit relationship with studentsthrough hands-on collaborative projects with studios both in Auburn and Mobile.
Balancing human needs, technical realities, and business intent, collaboration with industry
partners has become a key component of the academic experience at Auburn. For the past
two decades, the program has enjoyed success with industry collaborators that
include: 3M, IBM, HP, Smucker’s, PlayCore, NASA, Emerson Tool Company, Microsoft, and the Smithsonian Institution. As a result, Auburn’s Industrial Design’s Graduate and Undergraduate
programs have consistently ranked within the top 10 nationally.
Applications to the position should include:
1) A letter of interest summarizing an area of teaching specialization and scholarly plan.
2) A curriculum vitae.
3) A statement of teaching philosophy.
4) Three professional references including name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.
5) A PDF/web link portfolio with examples of professional or creative work or research.
6) A PDF/web link with samples of student work and course syllabi (if available).
Any communication about this position should be sent to:
Industrial Design Faculty Search
School of Industrial and Graphic Design
207 Wallace Hall
Auburn, AL 36849
Attn: Chris Arnold Interim Head, SIGD