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Assistant or Associate Professor - Industrial Design

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: Architecture & Urban Studies
Department: School of Architecture and Design
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Architecture / Construction / Planning

Job Description

The Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies invites applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor in Industrial Design beginning in Fall 2021 or Spring 2022. Ideal candidates will have the capacity to teach design visualization or other core professional skills; problem solving and integration; ethical and sustainable design practices; and a breadth of topics valuable in an industrial design laboratory course that contribute to the broader conversation of inclusion and equity across international boundaries.

The School is especially eager to attract diverse faculty with a variety of backgrounds and experiences.

As an Assistant/Associate Professor, this tenure track position will require a commitment to teaching, service, and research that develops the school, college, and university expectations and strategic growth areas. Programmatic goals include a focus on sustainability, humanity, and well considered technology. In this search we seek to diversify perspectives on the products, systems, and services that will define our global future and environment.

Applicants must specifically address the ongoing opening up of the definition of industrial design away from a focus purely on the production of objects and towards an understanding of the manner in which its knowledge and skills can contribute to a more sustainable, equitable, and beautiful human-made environment. In particular, faculty needs to expand the program’s ability to embed industrial design both in a wider material and visual culture and to understand the diverse social communities it serves. Successful candidates will have clear positions on the developing nature of design, the way in which we educate designers, and how to professionally manifest compassionate, humble, and effective designs.

The integration of the candidate's work with the School’s experimental tradition in design, cross-disciplinary, and hands-on teaching is essential. This position will require the capacity to work in diverse teaching environments and across domains of design. Faculty on this track will have the opportunity to shape research initiatives that expand the Industrial Design program, influence the profession and university through service, and develop high impact design practices in the classroom that empower the next generation of designers.

Required Qualifications

A terminal degree in Industrial Design or a related field by appointment start date.
Established teaching or professional experience.
A proven ability and achievements in inclusive and sustainable product, system, or service design.

Preferred Qualifications

A record of publication, exhibition, awards, and/or production in the field.
Establishment and documentation of international design work.
Leadership and/or involvement in global networks.

Additional Information

Complete applications will include the following:

1) a cover letter addressing the qualifications required of the position

2) Curriculum Vitae

3) a personal statement of the candidate's approach to teaching, research and service

4) a personal diversity statement addressing how your research, teaching and/or service has prepared you to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education of the profession

5) the names and contact information for three current references as attachments to the online application

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

July 23, 2021

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

Position requires occasional travel to attend conferences and meetings. 

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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