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Term faculty (non-tenure track) - Industrial Design

DePaul University, Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media, School of Design k

Chicago, IL

Nov 7
Job Description

The School of Design within the Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University invites applicants for a full-time non-tenure-track instructor to begin in September 2024. Job responsibilities include teaching, providing service to the School of Design, and continued professional development. The successful candidate will be appointed as a faculty member in the School of Design and will have teaching responsibilities in the area of Industrial Design.

DePaul University seeks applicants that reflect the diversity of its student body and the city of Chicago. Applicants are encouraged to address in their application materials their experiences fostering inclusive spaces with diverse ranges of faculty, staff, and students. Women and members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Who We Are
Located in the heart of Chicago, the School of Design prides itself on nurturing a diverse body of students to become visionary designers who will become leaders in their fields. The School of Design uniquely comprises a range of design disciplines (industrial, graphic, UX, game) working closely alongside one another. We are interested in applicants with a focus in industrial design who can foster collaborations with students and colleagues across the school. Our faculty builds bridges within and outside DePaul and engages in community outreach that reflects DePaul's Vincentian Mission. DePaul is on the quarter system, and the teaching load is eight courses per year. You can learn more about the School of Design and its various programs here:

Faculty in the School of Design are given many forms of support to develop their careers. Faculty have access to cutting-edge equipment and lab spaces, including two well-equipped makerspaces with facilities for fabricating wood, metal, plastics, soft goods, and electronics; recording, film, stop-motion animation, and motion-capture studios; and several VR and AR production spaces. The position features support for professional development, including participating in workshops and conferences, and exhibiting and presenting work at festivals, galleries, and museums. Colleagues in the School of Design program are dedicated to mutual success and growth, and we are interested in someone who will add new dimensions to our programs.

We are seeking candidates with experience bringing products to market, and expertise in any other areas related to industrial design.

Qualified candidates should be able to teach both theoretical and practical hands-on courses, in both lecture and studio-based formats. Candidates are required to have one of the following credentials: (1) a terminal degree (e.g. MFA, MDes, MID) in industrial design; (2) a graduate degree in a related field (e.g. UI, UX, engineering) and an undergraduate degree in industrial design; or (3) an undergraduate degree in industrial design accompanied by a strong record of extensive professional experience. A commitment to quality teaching at the undergraduate level, an active record of professional creative practice, and evidence of working collaboratively are required.

Preferred candidates will have at least two years of teaching experience at the undergraduate or graduate level; be able to contribute their expertise to shaping DePaul’s design curriculum; have experience in design research; and be motivated to work with faculty and students on building curriculum and leading school-wide initiatives.

We are especially interested in candidates whose work and interests align with DePaul’s Vincentian mission which calls on the university to address the great questions of our day, promoting peaceful, just, and equitable solutions to social and environmental challenges. Specifically, the School of Design is working to develop curricula that address diversity and anti-racism and respond to contemporary industry trends, societal issues, and dynamic, intersecting design disciplines. You can read more about DePaul’s mission here:

Application Instructions
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For priority consideration, apply by December 1, 2023. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

To apply, please submit the following application materials:
• a cover letter describing your experience and interests
• a CV or résumé
• a statement of teaching philosophy that highlights the candidates commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
• a portfolio of creative work with a narrative describing the work
• syllabi from prior courses or a detailed syllabus for a proposed course
• names and contact details of three references who have agreed to provide a reference letter

DePaul University offers equal employment opportunities to all persons in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.