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Product Design Adjunct Faculty

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University k

Grand Rapids, MI

Nov 22
Job Description

Product Design Faculty - Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) in Grand Rapids, MI is currently accepting applications for Product Design adjunct faculty. KCAD prepares artists and designers to have impact through practice. Responsibilities for a KCAD adjunct faculty member include syllabus and class preparation, instruction during scheduled course time, providing reasonable availability to students for consultation and assistance with respect to assigned course(s), and evaluation of student performance.

The Product Design program blends faculty with diverse backgrounds in industrial design, product design, furniture design, metals/jewelry design, design research, design management, marketing and entrepreneurship. Product Design faculty focus on teaching students how to manage a human-centered design process, develop unique product solutions and apply their technical skills to craft a compelling visual story about their ideas.

The teaching assignment targeted for the Spring 2023 semester is a Visual Presentation course to be taught in person on KCAD’s campus in Grand Rapids. The coursework teaches students how to apply advanced digital sketching and rendering techniques to visualize product form, design details and aesthetic theme. This position is currently posted at

Additional teaching assignments within the program areas may become available for Spring 2023 and future semesters. Current and future postings are available at

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Prepare syllabus and class according to college standards and distribute syllabi.
Teach appropriate course as assigned.
Assess and evaluate student learning and provide formative feedback throughout the course.
Provide reasonable availability to students for consultation and assistance with respect to assigned course(s).
Demonstrate an understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion, especially in working relationships with students, faculty, staff and community members.
Evaluate student performance.
Contribute to the college’s continuous improvement.
Maintain effective communication with students and colleagues.
Work collaboratively with faculty, students and staff throughout the college.
Any other duties assigned within the position classification area.

Required Education:
Master’s degree in a related field to content being taught
Master’s degree in unrelated field and additional minimum of 18 graduate credits in a field related to the content being taught
A bachelor’s degree in a related field to content being taught, a minimum of six years of experience working in the field of industry of the content area being taught, and a combination of:
Evidence of recognized accomplishment in area being taught, including awards, bibliography of publication referencing design or art work or scholarship or;
Evidence of scholarly/creative accomplishment in terms of completed design work, patents, exhibitions, presentations, publication, and juried recognition at the regional, national and international level or;
Evidence of service to the field in terms of memberships on committees or boards of professional organizations and other contributions to the field

Required Work Experience:
Minimum of 3 years of relevant professional experience in corporate design studio or product design consultancy.
Evidence of professional experience creating digital product sketches and renderings.
Experience with digital sketching tools and techniques using Adobe Photoshop (or equivalent digital sketching software).
Experience developing product form and aesthetic theme.
Experience applying color and material finish for product designs.
Experience illustrating product details, use case, user interaction and contextual details.
Experience working with a digital sketching tablets (Example: Wacom Cintique, Apple iPad).

Required Skills and Abilities
Proficiency with digital sketching software (Adobe Photoshop, ProCreate, etc.) and hardware (Wacom Cintiq, Apple iPad, etc.) in the application of designing products.
Demonstrated commitment, experience and understanding for diversity, equity and inclusion.

Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community. Ferris offers employment opportunities to qualified candidates seeking careers in a student-focused environment that values opportunity, collaboration, diversity and educational excellence. Learn more about the Ferris Mission and community at The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups. For more information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit: Ferris Non-Discrimination Statement.

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Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University

As a college within Ferris State University, Kendall College of Art and Design prepares students for leadership in the visual arts, design, and art history; provides innovative, collaborative education that fosters growth and individual creativity; and promotes the ethical and civic responsibilities of artists and designers, locally and globally.

KCAD was established in 1928 by Helen Miller Kendall, the wife of David Wollcott Kendall, a nationally known furniture designer. KCAD’s more than 500 students are a blend of dynamic personalities that form a vibrant community with a passion for all things creative. The College’s strong alumni network includes a multitude of successful entrepreneurs, professional artists and individuals employed by industry-leading companies and organizations. The College currently offers 17 undergraduate and five graduate programs in specialized and overlapping areas of art and design. Grand Rapids’ Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) merged with KCAD in 2013 and serves as a vital resource for the College as well as continuing in its role as the premier venue for contemporary art in the region.

KCAD is nestled in the heart of the creative community of downtown Grand Rapids, MI. The city is the second largest in Michigan and combines big city amenities with small town charm. Thanks in part to a “culture of collaboration” among the city’s philanthropists, Grand Rapids has cultivated a diverse and thriving arts community. KCAD’s campus is located a mere 40 minutes from the pristine shores of Lake Michigan, and is within walking distance of an advancing medical mile and a unique array of cultural institutions, restaurants, art galleries, and shopping. West Michigan offers the benefits and beauty of the four seasons with a full range of recreational opportunities. For more information about KCAD, please visit