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Head of Industrial Design – The Design School

Arizona State University k

Tempe, AZ

Nov 29
Job Description

The Design School at Arizona State University seeks applications for full-time faculty appointment in Industrial Design beginning in August 2022. The candidate selected will also be Head of the Industrial Design program. This position is open at the rank of Associate Professor, Professor or Professor of Practice, depending on experience and qualifications.

The successful candidate will see themselves as a dedicated change agent utilizing their knowledge of the design professions and how design thinking along with lessons from design history can change the world; will challenge traditional design curricula with a vision for the future of design education; and will recognize and communicate a leadership role within the wider context of design management within organizations. The successful candidate will actively participate in the teaching of the Industrial Design Bachelor of Science in Design, Master of Industrial Design and Master of Science in Design degree programs. The candidate will have a research/creative activity portfolio that has gained national or international recognition.

The new Head of Industrial Design will engage allied disciplines across the University, make teaching assignments for the Industrial Design faculty, engage alumni and the local professional community, and mentor junior faculty in their work within and beyond The Design School. The candidate should possess leadership experience in industrial design institutions or organizations, and demonstrate the potential to transform curriculum and faculty in an innovative academic environment.

Our top ranked industrial design program maintains a tradition of academic excellence and has become a leader in transdisciplinary teaching, processes of innovation and design research. Faculty in Industrial Design have established research and design projects with corporations such as Herman Miller, Intel Corporation, Motorola, Procter & Gamble, General Electric, Disney Consumer Product, LG Electronics, and Samsung America. Program faculty have expertise in many areas of industrial design including human factors and ergonomics, furniture design, consumer electronics, branding, universal design, social sustainability, design education, digital visualization, rapid prototyping, innovation studies, and UI / UX.

The Industrial Design Program at ASU focuses on a new model of transdisciplinary product development called Integrated Innovation. The primary goal of Integrated Innovation is to produce transdisciplinary design solutions that:
• Meet people’s needs in unexpected ways;
• Create value in the marketplace; and
• Improve society and the environment.

Students graduating from the program possess the skills and knowledge to be able to use design towards the social, economic and environmental challenges facing the twenty-first century. Graduates from the Bachelor of Science in Design (BSD), Master of Industrial Design (MID), and Master of Science in Design (MSD) programs have found employment in design consultancies, manufacturing corporations and universities and some have embarked on entrepreneurial careers. Industrial design graduates work at companies such as IDEO, Ammunition, Lunar Design, Smart Design, Whipsaw, Frog Design, Teague, Pinterest, Amazon, Wilson Sports, BOSE, Medtronic, Google, Honeywell, AXON, Apple, LG, 3M, Kohler and Ping. The program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

For information about the industrial design program, click here

Required Qualifications:
The successful candidate is required to possess:
• An accredited graduate professional degree in industrial design, or an equivalent graduate professional degree by another name with a focus on object or interface design.
• Demonstrated excellence in teaching industrial design at the university level
• Demonstrated excellence in academic research, or academic creative activity, or professional industrial design practice
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
• Demonstrated supervisory leadership
• A compelling vision for the future of Industrial Design

Desired Qualifications:
• Demonstrated excellence and innovative teaching in both in-person and online formats
• Views and values aligned with our mission to be the most diverse and equitable design and arts school in the nation
• Ability to engage research and/or creative work across disciplines, either within the Institute or across campus or both
• Ability to obtain and attract funding to support their research or creative work
• Experience building and sustaining community partnerships in equitable, ethical, and sustainable ways
• A PhD in industrial design or a related field
• Demonstrated excellence leading industrial design institutions or organizations with strategic initiatives and/or creative activities
• Commitment to exploring the current and future role of industrial design in environmentally and socially responsible design practices;
• Experience commensurate with potential appointment as a sustainability scholar with ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability.

Instructions to Apply:
Please submit the following information:
• A letter of interest outlining qualifications for the position, research interests, teaching experience and experience in professional practice;
• A curriculum vitae;
• A statement about diversity, equity and inclusion as it relates to your teaching and research endeavors;
• Contact information for three references (educational and/or professional) including name, e-mail address and telephone number; and,
• A portfolio of personal creative work, including examples of work by students the candidate has taught. The committee will only review electronic submissions totaling 2GB or less in file size. Please note that website links to materials will not be accepted; all materials must be in PDF format.

All applications must be submitted electronically via

Application Deadline:
Application deadline is January 15, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

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Arizona State University

About ASU
Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application, blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. Built on a unique combination of disciplines, the Herberger Institute comprises the Schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school through developing and scaling ideas that strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture, increasing the capacity of designers and artists to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit

About The Design School
The Design School is committed to creating inclusive spaces that welcome and celebrate cultural diversity and decolonizing design education. In the next several years, we are conducting faculty searches to help us achieve this goal. We seek colleagues that can contribute, within their design field, to justice, health, and sustainability, and work across our school’s disciplines to support ASU’s design aspirations and mission of inclusion.

The Design School in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University is the largest and most comprehensive school for design education, with programs ranked top 20 in the nation. From programs in architecture, landscape architecture and industrial design to interior design, urban design and visual communication, our students master the skills and research techniques needed for their future design professions through innovative, transdisciplinary methods. Our mission is to educate future designers to shape collaborations, synthesize complexity and catalyze transformation for public good. By engaging in dynamic and ongoing discourse about the future of design education, we aim to create a school that is more relevant, collaborative and equitable. Join us at Arizona State University and be part of creating the next generation of design. For more information on The Design School, visit