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Non-Tenure Track Faculty

Rochester Institute of Technology k

Rochester, NY

Dec 7
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Non-Tenure Track Faculty


College of Art and Design

CAD School of Design

Faculty Type (Tenure Status): Non-Tenure-Track Lecturer

Faculty Discipline: Industrial Design

Faculty Rank: Lecturer

Employment Category: Fulltime

Anticipated Start Date:

Detailed Job Description

The School of Design in the College of Art and Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology invites individuals to apply for a non-tenure track Lecturer position to teach in the Industrial Design (ID) program. The Industrial Design program focuses on developing strong conceptual and formal design skills. Students are engaged in the theory, process, and practice of design throughout the undergraduate and graduate curriculums. The Industrial Design program is consistently ranked amongst the top programs in the nation for undergraduate and graduate study.

Faculty Position: Industrial Design
We are seeking candidates who are well-rounded designers and educators with significant teaching and professional experience. Demonstrated technical skills such as visualization, communication, modeling and prototyping common in design practice in both professional and student work is important. Candidates should be qualified to teach throughout the Industrial Design curriculum. Expectations include teaching graduate and/or undergraduate studio and lecture courses; teaching a full load of four courses per term; participating in innovative teaching and curriculum development; rendering service to the program and school; career advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students; and participating in professional organizations important to the field of industrial design.

We are seeking an individual to live our values, embrace diverse perspectives, and nurture the RIT community to remain a great place to work for all; who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness; cross disciplinary opportunities; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. Select to view links to RIT's,, and

Department/College Description

The School of Design is comprised of five undergraduate programs, two graduate programs, and the Vignelli Center for Design Studies. University Archives, the Vignelli Center, and the Cary Graphics Arts Collection house a world-renowned collection of design artifacts that are core to research and primary resource educational treasures. The undergraduate programs include: 3D Digital Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and New Media Design. The graduate programs are: Visual Communication Design and Industrial Design. Approximately 800 undergraduate and 100 graduate students are enrolled in the School of Design. SoD provides a creative community where students have the opportunity to discover their unique talents and expressive potential, while at the same time developing the skills needed to fulfill any creative or technical role in the expansive fields of design. Our faculty are recognized scholars and practitioners in the fields of design and our alumni are leaders at the most dynamic and recognized design-related companies, as well as being recognized with prestigious awards from Adobe, AIGA, GDUSA, IDSA, Paperboard Packaging Alliance, and Society of Typographic Arts. To learn more about the programs in the School of Design, please visit

RIT's College of Art and Design is the university's creative hub where art, design, science, and technology intersect in our 200,000+ sq. ft. facility. We are a dynamic and professional arts and design community comprised of 1,900 students (UG and Grad), nearly 140 full-time faculty, 60 creative staff, and a number of professional part-time faculty, all of whom contribute to our College’s ecosystem. The College’s four schools offer programs in Art, Design, Crafts, Film and Animation, Photography and Photographic Sciences. The range of innovative programs offers students a panoramic perspective from creating fine art using centuries-old methods to pushing the boundaries of digital creativity. The College of Art and Design also takes full advantage of RIT’s opportunities in technology, STEM, engineering, sustainability, and entrepreneurism programs, as well as our global campuses,

Required Minimum Qualifications

• A terminal degree in Industrial Design, Product Design, Interaction Design (MFA, MID, PhD) or a related field of study.
• Minimum of two years professional experience or extensive consulting in a relevant field.
• Three years or equivalent experience teaching both lecture and/or studio courses in a relevant field at the university level.
• Demonstrated knowledge and proficiency in one or more of the following: product design, user experience and interaction design, service design, sustainability design, materials design, design and technology, emerging industrial design practices, design theory, design history, design methodology.
• Demonstrated technical skills such as visualization, communication, modeling and prototyping common in design practice in both professional and student work.
• Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college's continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.

Required Minimum Education Level

Masters-Other, MFA, PhD

Required Application Documents

Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, List of References, Portfolio of Students' Work, Portfolio of Work, Sample Syllabus, Statement of Diversity Contribution, Statement of Teaching Philosophy

How To Apply

Apply online at; search openings, then Keyword Search 7540BR. Please submit your application, curriculum vitae, cover letter addressing the listed qualifications and upload the following attachments:

• A brief teaching philosophy
• The names, addresses and phone numbers for three references
• s/Diversity_Statement_Guide_for_candidates_4-12.docx that addresses the applicant’s applied approach to diversity in both teaching and professional design environments
• Course syllabi with at least three assignments Max size 3MB)
• 15-20 page PDF or a link to a website presenting examples of professional work (max size 3MB)
• 15-20 page PDF or a link to a website presenting examples of students’ work, including examples that demonstrate process (max size 3MB)

You may contact the search committee with questions on the position at: Melissa Dawson and/or Alex Lobos, School of Design, Rochester Institute of Technology via email at and/or

To receive full consideration, all application materials should be received by January 31, 2023. The position will remain open until an acceptable candidate is found.

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Additional Details

RIT does not discriminate. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion. For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov.

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