21 Sep 2015

Faculty positions announcement in Industrial Design

Tenure Track Assistant and Associate Professor | Department of Design | University of California, Davis

Faculty Positions Announcement in Industrial Design


The Department of Design at the University of California, Davis seeks: 



The Department of Design at the University of California, Davis, invites applications for two new faculty positions in industrial design/product design. The appointments will be made at the tenure-track assistant or associate professor level.

Successful candidates will demonstrate a capacity for conducting original creative work and research in industrial design and/or product design. Creative activities and research will emphasize industrial design, pursued through technological innovation, energy/resource efficiency, application of human-centered and universal design principles, and/or the equitable distribution of resources (natural, man-made, and cultural).

Candidates will also demonstrate an interest in the future paradigms of industrial design: moving beyond objects to systems, experience and interaction; including social, environmental and interdisciplinary approaches to design

Additional desirable skills and experience include: 

(i) the ability to generate and develop extramural funding and relationships with industry and/or communities,
(ii) a history of entrepreneurship, especially in the advancement of innovative industrial/product design, and
(iii) the ability to form collaborations and/or partnerships with faculty across campus such as the sciences and engineering.

The appointee will be expected to assume a leadership role at UC Davis in mapping new directions in industrial/product design. In addition to the research/creative agenda described above, the appointee will teach in the undergraduate and graduate programs, and collaboratively participate in the activities, service, and life of the department as well as with other disciplines at the university level, and will establish meaningful connections to broader academic, professional, commercial and/or public communities. PhD, MFA (or other terminal degree) is preferred but a minimum of an MA plus appropriate experience is required.  Teaching experience is required with studio format teaching experience preferred; successful candidates will demonstrate an ability to teach a combination of practice-based studio classes and large lecture courses. An ability to advance the university’s and department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching, and outreach with relevant programs, goals, and activities is also desired. These tenure-track positions expand the disciplinary range of the Department of Design; the appointees will have the opportunity to create and grow the new area of industrial design at UC Davis.

Appointment commences July 1, 2016. 

The UC Davis Dept. of Design, which includes the UC Davis Design Museum and the California Lighting Technology Center, is the only comprehensive academic design unit in the University of California system, one of the world’s leading public universities. The program offers a research-focused curriculum combining theoretical and humanistic study with innovation and practice. New faculty in industrial design will be instrumental in facilitating additional courses to augment the existing curriculum.

Apply now

Candidates begin the application process by registering online at https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF00693.

Please include the following in your submission:

  • letter of interest
  • CV
  • a brief statement of future research plans and a definition of industrial design
  • descriptions of courses taught and/or proposed
  • twenty images of creative works
  • names and contact details for four references

* Candidates may also submit an optional statement of diversity.
Review of applications begins December 16, 2015 and continues until the position is filled.

Questions about the position may be addressed to Prof. Tim McNeil:

The University of California, Davis is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty and staff.