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Faculty - Product Design: Design Justice cluster-hire

College of Design - University of Minnesota k

Minneapolis, MN

Oct 21
Job Description

Product Design Faculty Position in Design Justice
Part of the Design Justice Cluster Hire– several openings in various programs across two years: Architecture, Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Product Design

About the Design Justice Cluster-Hire Initiative
Design Justice is a new initiative within the College of Design, seeking to create space, policy, and practices that support the inclusion and retention of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) as well as other communities who have been historically underinvested. Design Justice is supported by a group of individuals across design disciplines, known as the Collective, who are committed to anti-racism, decolonized pedagogy, and the liberation of communities who have been underinvested historically, in both design academia and the design industry. Areas of scholarship, teaching, and/or service will involve: anti-racism, racial justice, racial disparities, and/or racial discrimination; equity, power/privilege, and/or bias; benefits to the BIPOC, immigrant, and refugee populations; environmental and social justice; and/or other forms of studying and countering systemic oppression. Successful candidates for all positions will have the clear potential, demonstrated ability, and/or related scholarship to support our BIPOC and other marginalized communities.

Position Details
We are seeking tenurable or tenure-track candidates who are committed to advancing a scholarly, pedagogic, and/or service agenda focused on an area of design justice, as described above. Successful candidates will teach a range of undergraduate and graduate courses specific to the needs of their program area.

These are 100%-time academic year (9-month), tenured or tenure-track faculty positions. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, and will be supplemented by a generous start-up package to support advancement of scholarship and teaching that aligns with the tenure standards of the specific program. Start-up packages typically include course release/s, graduate student assistant/s, and/or other means determined through dialogue with the department head. Applicants should be prepared to serve as a member of the Design Justice Collective for their first two years. Priority application deadline is November 15; however, applications will be reviewed until each position is filled. Anticipated start date is August 2022. Regardless of the start date, selected candidates will receive the cluster experience.

About the Product Design Program
We seek a highly-qualified individual who can contribute to field-shaping research, teaching, and community-engaged scholarship in product design. This interdisciplinary major is the fastest-growing program in the College of Design.

Problems are becoming larger, more serious, and more complex. It is not simply that designers will need to rely on new technology for innovative solutions, it is that designers will need to think both creatively and analytically to understand, identify, and solve planetary-scale problems like the ones we face today. The product design program at the University of Minnesota is unique in that it is based on a foundation of industrial design but incorporates elements of science, technology and engineering to produce whole-minded, polymath designers.

-Conduct teaching, research/scholarship/creative work, and/or service centered around areas of design justice.
-Serve as a member of the Design Justice Collective for the first two years of your appointment to contribute to the cultivation of policies and practices that exemplify the college’s commitment to the mission of the Design Justice Collective.
-Collaborate to develop and refine the undergraduate and graduate curriculum with other product design program faculty.
-Teach undergraduate and graduate studio, lecture, and/or seminar courses as defined by program requirements and needs.
-Advise/mentor undergraduate and graduate students and contribute to recruitment and retention strategies of students who have been historically underinvested.
-Create and grow an internationally competitive scholarship portfolio in product design.
-Disseminate research and teaching scholarship in peer-reviewed venues and through entrepreneurial activity.
-Pursue internal and external funding.
-Participate in faculty governance at the program, department, college, and/or university levels.
-Contribute to and support the mission of the University of Minnesota, a public research institution.

Required Qualifications
-Commitment in teaching, scholarship, and/or service with a demonstrated ability, interest and/or potential to intersect with design justice and/or antiracism.
-Content expertise in product design and development and/or industrial design with evidence of research or teaching in the field.
-A terminal or professional graduate degree by the start date, with at least one degree in industrial design, product design, or a related field.
-Experience and/or commitment to teaching and/or mentoring students who have been historically underinvested.

Preferred Qualifications
-Evidence of scholarship that fits within the unique technical-nature of the product design program. (Topics including but not limited to: medical devices and healthcare, user-experience, manufacturing, AI, virtual and augmented reality, digital design tools)
-Nationally/globally recognized scholarship and/or innovative approaches to design crafted with a clear strategy to procure external funding, create broad visibility of work, and/or to form ongoing and impactful community partnerships.
-Experience teaching at the collegiate, graduate, or professional level.
-A doctoral degree in industrial design, product design, or a related field.
-An undergraduate degree in industrial design.
-Evidence of collaboration with multiple disciplines.
-A strategy for developing connections with business, related professions, and communities beyond the University.

College of Design - University of Minnesota

About the College of Design
The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is located on traditional, ancestral, and contemporary lands of the Dakota People, ceded in the Treaties of 1837 and 1851. We are committed to recognizing the complex history of this land by honoring the truth of violence, displacement, migration, and settlement that bring us together now. We acknowledge the need to end the violence against missing and murdered Indigenous women– a local and national epidemic which can be traced back to the arrival of European colonizers across Turtle Island. We acknowledge and fight against the legacy of white supremacy and culture of anti-Black racism in our own community, which has led to the murders of Jamar Clark, Philando Castile, George Floyd, Daunte Wright, Winston Smith, and countless other Black Americans across this nation. Black lives matter. We stand with our Hmong, Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander communities against the rise of xenophobic violence since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize that words are not enough and we remain committed to the work of eradicating the injustices against all Black, Indigenous, and people of color caused by systemic racism.

Formed in 2006, the University of Minnesota’s College of Design encompasses a full range of design disciplines, including eight undergraduate degrees, 24 graduate and professional degree options, and nine centers for research, creative scholarship, and engagement. Through rigorous commitments to creativity, equity, and advancing technologies, College of Design educational programs and innovations address emerging issues, identify problems, frame creative approaches, and generate solutions across all scales of human experience. We offer rich opportunities for interdisciplinary research and public engagement, through highly-regarded research and engagement centers, including the Center for Retail Design and Innovation (CRDI), Wearable Product Design,Digital Design Center (DDC), Minnesota Design Center (MDC), Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR), and the Goldstein Museum of Design. For more information about the college, please visit our website at

We are located in the Twin Cities, known as a major design hub and home to design-oriented Fortune 500 companies such as Target, 3M, General Mills, Best Buy, and Medtronic, several international and national award-winning architecture practices, thriving local businesses, and a strong non-profit sector. Our students have a wide range of internship opportunities, our graduates enjoy high employment rates, and our alumni are highly engaged with current students and faculty. We take pride in Minnesota’s designations as a Research 1 and Community-Engaged University, which provide foundations for many of our award-winning projects.