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Assistant Professor or Associate Professor - Industrial Design

Architecture / Construction / Planning, Visual Arts/Design/Creative Technologies


Assistant Professor or Associate Professor - Industrial Design

  • 520986
  • Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
  • School of Architecture
  • Architecture / Construction / Planning
  • Visual Arts/Design/Creative Technologies
  • Teaching & Research Faculty
  • Virginia Tech University

Job Description

The Virginia Tech College of Architecture, Arts, and Design invites applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor(s) in Industrial Design as a part of the School of Design for Fall 2023.

Ideal candidates will have the capacity to teach core professional skills in industrial design; problem solving and integration; ethical and sustainable design practices; and a breadth of topics valuable in an industrial design laboratory course.

As an Assistant or 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.

The School is especially eager to attract diverse faculty with a variety of backgrounds and experiences. We are on a quest to build a program that accelerates university education towards practices accessible to everyone, that proactively makes meaningful impacts and contributions to well-being, and that brings beauty and delight to our everyday lives. As a large program, we have a responsibility and opportunity to make a difference in our profession. People of all backgrounds will be welcomed here.

We are looking for people committed to diversifying the profession, willing to contribute their experiences to enrich the campus community life, and who want to work with us to design an education that prepares our students to be active contributors in making the world better.

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.

A record of publication, exhibition, awards, and/or production in the field.

Materials Submission

Complete applications will include the following:

1) A cover letter addressing the applicants qualifications in teaching, research, and service

2) Curriculum Vitae

3) A design portfolio

4) A one page 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 or 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

December 2, 2022 - review of applications will commence on this date and continue until the position is filled

Additional Information

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

Some travel to conferences and meetings is required. 

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 military 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.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Julie Weaver at juliew19@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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