Jobs: More Faculty Positions, starting Fall 2010

(1. Assistant or Associate Professor in Product Design, College of Design – University of Minnesota

The College of Design at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track faculty position in product design and design thinking at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor. The successful candidate will take a leadership role in developing new courses in product design and design thinking as well as participate in planning for a new interdisciplinary product design program with a focus on human health and well-being.

We seek a colleague in product design and design thinking who will focus on human health and well-being in its broadest sense and who will forge further connections with health-related initiatives across campus and with the well-established medical and health businesses in Minnesota. The successful candidate will develop and teach courses in product design and design thinking in the College of Design; collaborate with faculty members across the university to create interdisciplinary courses; establish ties with local, national, and international businesses; create and grow a research program in the field of product design and design thinking; pursue external funding in support of her or his research agenda; and participate in faculty governance at the college and university levels. Candidates must have a clear vision, a commitment to interdisciplinary work, demonstrated or potential leadership skills and a global perspective. Strong collaborative and interpersonal skills are vital.

The position is a 100%-time, nine-month, tenure-track appointment at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor, with the possibility of tenure at the Associate level. The expected start date is August 30, 2010.


  • Commitment to disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching.
  • Commitment to research and creative production.
  • Commitment to outreach and service.
  • Strong collaborative and interpersonal skills, and the ability to forge productive connections with business, related professions, and communities beyond the University.
  • Experience in design or design thinking related to products and systems for human health and well-being.
  • Ability to obtain external funding from industry or government sources.
  • Commitment to cultural diversity in teaching and research.
  • Terminal degree in product design or a related field.
  • In addition to the above essential qualifications, the rank of Associate Professor requires a significant record of distinction in scholarship or creative practice in the fields of product design and design thinking.

To apply:

Visit: (Requisition #163496)

Submit the following materials: a cover letter; curriculum vitae; a statement of vision for research in product design or design thinking; a statement of vision for teaching in product design and design thinking; and contact information for five professional references. A brief (no more than 4 pages) portfolio of original design scholarly work or creative practice should be submitted as PDF attachments in the on-line employment system.

Review of applications will begin December 2009 and continue until the position is filled.

Inquiries about the position may be addressed to the Search Committee Chairs:

Professor William Durfee at

Professor Karen LaBat at

(2. Assistant Professor of Material Culture and Fabrication/ Director of the Donghia Material Library, Parsons The New School for Design

Parsons The New School for Design, a division of The New School, seeks applicants for Assistant Professor of Material Culture and Fabrication / Director of the Donghia Material Library within the School of Constructed Environments (SCE). This is a tenure-track faculty position with administrative and teaching responsibilities.


  • Serve as the director of the Donghia Material Library
  • Work closely with the School’s leadership to refine and implement the Donghia Library’s mission and its integration into the School’s curriculum
  • Organize the existing material library into an educational research and technology transfer hub linking practice and industry on issues related to constructed environments materials, with emphasis upon sustainable materials and manufacturing processes
  • Develop and assist in the implementation of new courses in material science and application, open to all programs in SCE with special focus on the interior.
  • Provide reference assistance to students and faculty
  • Maintain and update the collection and interact with manufacturers, industry and research-lab representatives
  • Maintain and upgrade the library’s organization, including the management of sample lending
  • Monitor and coordinate work study library assistants
  • Work with the SCE dean and program directors in the development of public programs and fundraising

Applicants should demonstrate expertise in the practice, history and theory of constructed environments and product materials while also being able to teach students from a variety of disciplines across Parsons. Candidates must be innovative in their pedagogical approaches to activating students’ interest in the relation between theory and practice, and be forward-thinking about what skills/proficiencies are now required to adeptly respond to complex 21st-century global conditions. The successful candidate will have an earned terminal degree in the design field or equivalent professional standing/experience, will demonstrate potential to be strong in teaching, research, and scholarship, and will have an established record of professional accomplishments.


  • A terminal degree or demonstrated equivalence in the fields of product design, architecture, lighting, or interior design with a focus on material research and sustainable design
  • An understanding of the implications of design and fine arts practice in relationship to broader social, cultural, economic, scientific and technological forces (an engagement with the contemporary art/design of Asia, Africa, Europe or Latin America and/or African Americans, Latinos, or Native Americans is highly desirable.
  • University teaching experience, with preference for experience that includes a combination of studios, seminars and tutorials, coupled with a proven track record of working well with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, professional training and aesthetic sensibilities.
  • Ability to organize and lead research. Interest in developing serious critical, historical, and theoretical discussions around material research and design in the classroom/studio.
  • Ability to develop and nurture individual student’s design abilities and a strong commitment to progressive design education
  • Excellent writing and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to organize, manage and display a collection
  • An interest in working collaboratively within Parsons, the University, and with external partners towards the development of shared projects and initiatives
  • Demonstrated commitment to sustainability, socially responsible methods and ethical practices in design
  • Engagement with the contemporary art/design of Asia, Africa, Europe or Latin America and/or African Americans, Latinos, or Native Americans is highly desirable

A cover letter and curriculum vita must be submitted online at Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Applicants may be contacted at the discretion of the search committee for additional materials, such as digital portfolio/work samples.

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