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Assistant Professor, Industrial Design

The Ohio State University
Job Location:
Columbus, Ohio
Industrial Design
The Department of Design at The Ohio State University invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor of Industrial Design starting August 15, 2023.
The successful applicant will possess the promise of or expertise in the principles of Industrial Design practices as they apply to the research and development of products, services, experiences, and networks that anticipate and envision future needs. A commitment to promoting sustainable and socially impactful design practices is preferred. The ideal candidate should have the capacity to engage with technologies, materials and processes as they provide strategic guidance through research, experimentation, and prototyping related to the design process. The Department of Design offers collaborative learning opportunities to students in three undergraduate majors (Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Visual Communication Design) and two master’s degree tracks; the new faculty member should have the potential to leverage transdisciplinary practices as part of their instruction and research approaches. The ideal candidate will have the ability to teach from a student-centered perspective at the undergraduate and graduate levels and support the department’s long-standing commitment to increasing the diversity of the design professions.

We seek a colleague who is interested in exploring topics that are situated beyond traditional areas of industrial design, inviting transdisciplinary and innovative collaboration across the university and within surrounding communities. Research on advanced materials, and new and novel material design will be a plus. As we advocate for the development of socially relevant and sustainably produced products, environments, or services, the successful appointee might contribute to the community-engaged research and creative activity associated with Ohio State’s Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability Lab (DESIS LAB) and the Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME). If appropriate, the successful applicant’s research and creative endeavors may be supported by the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) as well the other centers and institutes across the university.


A terminal degree (MFA or equivalent) in Industrial Design, Product Design, or a related field. PhD by time of appointment preferred. ABDs welcome to apply. Experience as a design educator is desirable. Appointment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check.

Apply to Academic Jobs Online at: A complete application consists of a cover letter (including interest in the position, a description of instructional approach, and a summary of areas of expertise; no longer than 5 pages); a curriculum vitae; a portfolio of professional and/or student work; a diversity statement which articulates the applicant’s commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, mentoring, and/or outreach and engagement; and the names of three professional references (to be contacted later in the search process). Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Sébastien Proulx, (
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