Specialized Faculty, Industrial Design (Open Rank)
School of Art + Design
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites
applications to fill one or more open-rank, non-tenure-track faculty appointments (up
to 100% time for up to 9 months). Responsibilities include teaching under graduate and graduate-level courses in Industrial Design for the School of Art + Design
(on-campus or online), mentor and oversee Graduate Teaching Assistants as
needed, meet with instructors of other sections when appropriate. These
appointments are eligible for renewal at the School’s discretion.
The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that
recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex,
sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status.
For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.
Terminal degree (MFA, MDes, or equivalent) in Industrial Design required.
Demonstrated excellence in teaching Industrial Design with three years of experience
at the undergraduate and/or graduate level is highly desirable; studio teaching
experience is preferred. In addition, the successful candidate will have the following:
Ability to teach CAD modeling software – SolidWorks or equivalent.
Demonstrated experience in product form-giving, utilizing both hand and rapid
Accomplished in design drawing to communicate product design concepts.
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
Possess a working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite.
Minimum of 3-5 years of professional experience (outside of higher education)
designing manufactured consumer products.
The school seeks a forward-thinking individual capable of fostering positive
relationships and inspiring students. Preference will be given to those with
instructional experience beyond a teaching assistant position. The ideal candidate
should possess a demonstrated record of professional accomplishments spanning all
phases of the product design and development process, including concept through
manufacture. Candidates with experience in UI/UX design will warrant special
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and percentage of appointment.
Proposed Starting Dates
9-month appointments: August 16, 2020
Fall-semester appointments: August 16, 2020
Spring-semester appointments: January 1, 2021
Please create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu (Job ID 133840). Only
candidate profiles submitted through the jobs.illinois.edu application portal will be
considered. To be considered complete, your submission must include the following:
1. Cover Letter
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Names and complete contact information for three references
4. Portfolio of professional work (up to 20 images).
Please submit items 1-3 as a single, multi-page, letter-size PDF (NOT an Acrobat
“PDF portfolio”) using the naming convention of “lastname_docs.pdf”. Portfolios
should be submitted as a separate PDF using the naming convention of
For full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by July 23, 2020 for
Fall 2020 or October 1, 2020 for Spring 2021. Interviews may take place and offers
may be made before the closing date, but all applications received by the closing date
will receive full consideration for an open position.
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Situated at one of the world’s premier public research-intensive universities, the
industrial design undergraduate and graduate programs have a distinguished record
preparing graduates as design practitioners in industry and as educators. The
growing industrial design BFA and MFA programs are among the largest and most
highly respected programs in the nation, consistently ranking in the top ten in national
polls. Our research informs and keeps current classroom learning active through
industry sponsorships and faculty research initiatives. Core program strengths
include user-centered product design research and innovative application,
sustainability and manufacturing with emerging strengths in technology application,
and design for disability. The school offers undergraduate and/or graduate degrees in
Art Education, Art History, Crafts, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, New Media,
Painting, Photography, and Sculpture. The future of design at Illinois will also include
the Siebel Center for Design for outreach, education, and experimentation in design
for students in fields within and outside the arts.
University of Illinois
As a part of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at Illinois, the School of Art +
Design offers ready opportunity for collaborations with Krannert Art Museum and
Krannert Center for Performing Arts, and with active departments of Architecture,
Landscape Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, Dance, Theater, and Music.
The University of Illinois is strongly international, and recognized for excellence in the
Sciences, Engineering, Humanities and the Arts. Supported by the nation’s third
largest research library and abundant technological resources, Illinois provides a rich
environment for both disciplinary and interdisciplinary ventures. Champaign-Urbana
is located in East Central Illinois, within short driving distance to Chicago,
Indianapolis, and St. Louis. For more information, please visit: www.illinois.edu for
the University, faa.illinois.edu for the college, and art.illinois.edu for the School.
For additional information regarding the position, please contact:
Professor Suresh Sethi
School of Art + Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
408 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL 61820 USA