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Tenure-track Industrial Design Faculty

Massachusetts College of Art & Design k

Boston, MA

Jan 18
Job Description

MassArt's Industrial Design undergraduate program empowers students to become creative, holistic problem solvers who impact our society through the development of meaningful & relevant designed products & experiences. By employing a user-centered design & iterative approach to exploring ideas, students utilize empathic integration of social & functional needs when considering materials & manufacturing options for concept development. Visual and verbal communication skills are a hallmark of the program, allowing our students to understand & pragmatically convey the value of design to businesses, communities & people.

The program utilizes a hands-on approach to thinking and making with designated resources and studio spaces for students to learn and develop best practices. It is well connected to a vibrant design community, influential alumni, and several universities in Boston, providing students exposure to industry-based projects and opportunities to learn in multidisciplinary design teams. The faculty recognizes and values diverse practices, from client-driven to self-authored and from artifactual to work grounded in process and experiences.

What We Offer as a Department

A traditional two-semester calendar (each semester is approximately 15 weeks, punctuated with winter and summer breaks). Some flexibility to set class schedules (there's complexity and multiple stakeholders, but we'll work with you and your needs).
A diverse, dynamic, and supportive team of full-time, part-time, and adjunct faculty who are highly engaged in the evolving industry. We meet regularly to discuss the students, the curriculum, the college, and near-term and longer-term goals. We're excited to welcome a new member to the team!
Relative autonomy in designing and creating your curriculums (using curriculum standards as a guide). We celebrate trying new ideas to expose students to emerging themes in design and engage students in new ways.
A group of demographically diverse and engaged students who are hungry to graduate and work at industry-leading organizations. A dynamic student-led studio culture focused on personal growth and supporting each other. A growing network of alumni participation and support.
Encouragement to propose new elective classes, cross-disciplinary classes, partnerships with professional organizations, travel-based classes, and explorations to further enrich our students and the program.
Encouragement to pursue interests outside of teaching. Most faculty have design studios and private practices. . Mass Art provides discounts to faculty who want to enrich their education through classes and grants faculty access to office and studio resources.
Professional development budgets and opportunities, a sabbatical program. Competitive benefits, ability to contribute to a Massachusetts State Employees' Retirement System (MSERS) or an Optional Retirement Program (ORP).
Opportunity to develop your academic career and become a leader in the department and college. Opportunity to pursue continued education and professional development
The ideal applicants will be accomplished designers, evidenced by their creative, scholarly, or professional work, who demonstrate teaching and/or mentoring abilities that will engage a diverse body of students to excel.

We seek candidates that are thought leaders with an interdisciplinary approach to their design practice and teaching philosophy. They will have an aesthetic sensibility, strong technical skills, an understanding of contemporary professional practices and methodologies, and a vision of the future regarding the profession and design education.

Faculty in the ID undergraduate program may have an opportunity to teach in the Masters of Design Innovation (MDes) program. The MDes program is a two-year program that integrates design practice and business discipline with an emphasis on leadership. For those who want to lead the design and planning of new products, services, environments, systems, and organizations.

The successful applicant will also demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success.

Summary of Duties

Teach the equivalent of 12 credits per semester, for a total of 24 credits per year.
Hold regular office hours.
Advise, mentor, instruct, evaluate and motivate students.
Participate in college-wide, department, and professional activities including, but not limited to; review boards, governance committee assignments, department committees and initiatives, department chair role, professional outreach and organization of annual student exhibitions.
Work cooperatively with the Industrial Design Department faculty, Studio Manager, Maker Specialist, and the design community to support an innovative and integrated curriculum.
Commit to engaging and supporting a diverse and inclusive community
Actively continue scholarship, research, creative and innovative practices
Participate in interdisciplinary programming opportunities with other departments which fall within the scope of the Strategic Plan.

Salary Information:

Compensation commensurate with full-time teaching experience, in accordance with the Massachusetts State College Association collective bargaining agreement. Full state employee benefits included.

Minimum Qualifications

To contribute to the ongoing vitality of the department and the college's future, applicants are required to:

Be fluent in design discourse and studio practice and in balancing the conceptual, aesthetic, and technical demands of the discipline. These would include design craft, 2D visual communication, 2D/3D form-visualization and/or 3D form-construction, and experience with traditional and digital fabrication

Hold a BS in Industrial Design, a BFA in Industrial or an equivalent degree
Have six-plus years of design industry experience
Evidence of design studio (hands-on) teaching experience and ability commensurate with the rank the applicant is seeking, which may include course assistantships, teaching assistantships, youth programs, or other hands-on teachings at the college or university level in the area of Industrial design or related fields.
Be an individual who is highly motivated and engaged in a creative, research, and/or professional practice
Show evidence of leadership and collaborative work

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Applicants' compatibility with the following will also be considered:

A terminal degree or strong portfolio in product/ industrial design or a related field
Evidence to teach, from a student-centered perspective, at least five of the following subjects; analog and digital drawing, information architecture in static and/or dynamic media, human factors, CAD, design research, softgoods, consumer products, sustainable design practices, light programming, service design, materiality and manufacturing, digital hacking/ prototyping, medical and healthcare design, lighting design, structural packing, system design, entrepreneurship, and emerging technologies/ experiences e.g., AI, IoT, blockchain, AR, VR, etc.
Teaching experience beyond teaching assistantships with the ability to translate professional knowledge of innovative practice into compelling and relevant curriculum for a diverse group of students
Evidence of work that is socially engaged, globally informed, environmentally responsible, and challenges the status quo
Experience in the application of theories and methods of psychology in the field of design and development
Capacity to teach in the Masters of Design Innovation graduate program

Additional Information:
Please note MassArt does not provide:

Employment-based visa sponsorship or non-student exchange visitor visa sponsorship.
Reimbursement for travel.

Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check relative to prior criminal convictions and pending cases, as well as Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) checks relative to prior sexual offenses committed as an adult or juvenile will be conducted on the final candidate prior to an offer of employment. MassArt requires specific written authorization to conduct background checks. Failure to provide such authorization shall preclude your application from receiving further consideration.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to have received the COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of your start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided during the onboarding process.

MassArt provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, genetic information, pregnancy or a pregnancy-related condition, or membership in any other legally protected class. MassArt complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the college operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment

Massachusetts College of Art & Design

About MassArt:
Founded in 1873, MassArt is the first freestanding public college of art and design in the United States. The College excels in the education of professional artists, designers, and art educators and is an integral contributor to the cultural and intellectual life and creative economy of the Greater Boston region, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and beyond. Located in Boston's hub of arts and culture along the Avenue of the Arts, MassArt enrolls 2,000 students and offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in 18 disciplines, as well as continuing education and youth programs.

MassArt strives to be a model of diversity and inclusion; the campus community reflects the layers of cultural and self-identity that proudly make up our region, nation, and world. We respect, value, and celebrate the strengths, characteristics, and perspectives of all and promote an inclusive environment that leverages the unique contributions of each individual, group, and organization into all aspects of our work.

Social inclusion at MassArt honors our commitment to diversity & inclusion by recognizing the integrity, contributions, strengths, and value of different cultural, language, and social groups. Social inclusion includes, but is not limited to, race/ethnicity, physical abilities/qualities, disability, gender, sexual orientation, age, religious beliefs, class, educational background, and employment category.