Assistant Professor of Art, Industrial Design

Job description

Job Title: Assistant Professor of Art, Industrial Design
Job ID: 2019195
Location: Storrs Campus
Full/Part Time:
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Posting

The Department of Art and Art History in the School of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Industrial Design at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will have the experience and ability to envision and create a new design initiative within the department. The program will focus on an aspect of design related to industrial design, in a setting that includes a strong graphic design and sculptural component within a fine arts context. Incumbents with a hands-on, conceptual approach to objects, surfaces, and environments are desired. The anticipated start date is August 23, 2019.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the research and scholarship missions of the department, school, and university. These contributions may include national recognition as measured through peer-reviewed creative projects and exhibitions, grants, and awards. The successful candidate should be prepared to collaborate on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) initiatives with departments in the School of Fine Arts, the School of Engineering, and others. In the area of teaching, the successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, possess experience in the development of innovative courses, and have the ability to mentor students. Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of a variety of learning styles and intellectual interests. Candidates will also be expected to participate in departmental and university service to support curricular and program development and advise undergraduate and graduate students in the department.

The successful candidate will be curious, inquisitive and eager to explore multifaceted collaborations and cooperative conduits between existing disciplines within the Department (Painting/Drawing, Photography/Video, Sculpture/Ceramics, Graphic Design, Illustration/Animation), in the School of Fine Arts (including Digital Media & Design, Dramatic Arts, and Music) as well as within the University at large (Engineering, Sciences, etc.). The incumbent in this position is expected to: be intrigued by potential and able to discover and implement innovative methodologies; be able to identify broad and imaginative solutions; embrace the approach that art and design are evolving modalities in which thinking and making require both mastery and improvisation; be able to demonstrate a vision for structuring industrial design within a fine art and design curriculum that leverages existing facilities and capabilities of the Department, as well as identify strategic areas of expansion and innovation; be able to recognize present structures while creating emergent opportunities; value conceptualization, generation and communication of ideas, formal quality, technical and manual agility, and the analysis (and re-analysis) of design problems from a range of perspectives; possess a fluency in digital and manual skills such as, but not limited to, 3D software, 2D software, woodworking, metalsmithing, ceramics in addition to other forms of fabrication.

Industrial Design in the Department of Art and Art History is a new initiative that will join the existing concentrations of Graphic Design, Illustration/Animation, Painting/Drawing, Photography/Video, Printmaking, and Sculpture/Ceramics. Industrial Design courses may make use of the department's digital output tools, including 3D printing, laser and plasma cutting, and CNC routing, as well as extensive facilities and equipment for creative work in clay, metal, and wood.

The University of Connecticut is experiencing a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut ( and the $1B Bioscience Connecticut ( investments and a bold new Academic Plan: Path to Excellence ( We are pleased to continue these investments by inviting applications for this faculty position in Art & Art History.

The Department of Art & Art History has over 170 undergraduate majors, 15 graduate students, and a full-time faculty of 21, along with a number of specialist adjunct faculty and a committed team of staff. The department is dedicated to the cultivation of artists and scholars with a wide-ranging understanding of the concepts, aesthetics, techniques, and social functions of contemporary art practices within broader historical and cultural contexts. The Department of Art & Art History offers a BA in Art History, a BFA in Studio Art, a newly formed BA in Art and an MFA in Studio Art. The department is also committed to enriching the wider university and regional community through a range of courses for non-majors, minor programs in Studio Art and Art History, and a variety of offerings at UConn's regional campuses across the state, as well as through major public exhibitions and thematic programming in collaboration with other departments and schools across the university. Additional information about the Department of Art & Art History can be found at:

The University of Connecticut is a comprehensive, public, R1 institution. The Storrs campus is located in a beautiful area of New England, with a moderate cost of living and proximity to major cultural, recreational, and urban centers of the Northeast. The University community provides residents with a rich diversity of cultural, artistic, athletic, and historic experiences, and the surrounding area offers affordable quality housing and top schools for faculty and families.


  • Teaching five, three-credit undergraduate or graduate courses per academic year with a 3/2 teaching load, which may include all levels of courses in Industrial Design, a team-taught freshman Foundation course, Independent Studies, and/or supervised internships. Graduate level courses may include studio, thesis, and/or teaching pedagogy seminars.
  • Envision and create an industrial design curriculum that is responsive to student needs, career possibilities, and the particular location of and opportunities associated with the university and regional communities
  • Contribute to the larger curriculum of the department through reevaluating the current curriculum and developing new courses, which may be interdisciplinary within and outside of the department
  • Maintain a personal creative activity/scholarship/research agenda that is attuned to the department's instructional program
  • Participate in the MFA program
  • Advise students
  • Assist with the maintenance of department studios and facilities
  • Contribute to the department's recruitment and outreach activities, and event and visiting artist programs
  • Attend faculty meetings and serve on committees to participate in school and faculty governance
  • Contribute additional service at the department, school, and university levels
  • Other duties as assigned

  • An appropriate terminal degree, which may be a Master's of Fine Arts (MFA) in Art or Design, a Master's of Design (MDes) in Industrial Design
  • 3+ years of teaching experience as an instructor of record, beyond teaching as a graduate student
  • A command of skills necessary for teaching a wide range of design courses
  • A strong working knowledge of the history of design and current theoretical approaches
  • A strong working knowledge of and extensive experience with materials and tools appropriate to the areas of design and sculpture
  • A demonstrated ability to communicate effectively through writing and speaking
  • Prior service as a mentor for undergraduate students
  • A demonstrated commitment to student diversity and program accessibility, consistent with the mission of a public university
  • A significant record of peer-reviewed projects, exhibitions, prizes and/or consultancies relevant to the practice of contemporary design

  • Experience teaching graduate level art and design studio courses, or art and design theory courses
  • Demonstrated experience serving on graduate student committees
  • Experience mentoring/supervising graduate students
  • Experience and interest with interdisciplinary initiatives, both across the disciplines represented in the department, and those located elsewhere in the school and university
  • A proven record of developing successful curricular initiatives
  • Demonstrated strengths that are complementary to those of current art, design, and art history faculty
  • A personal creative practice in design that is appropriate for the department and can be successful within a research university context
  • Experience working within a strong art department situated within a comprehensive liberal arts institution, and a reflection of this in teaching pedagogies


This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2019. The successful candidate's academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus, though faculty members may also be asked to teach at one of UConn's regional campuses or online as part of their ordinary workload. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Select "Apply Now" to be redirected to Academic Jobs Online to complete your application. Please submit the following materials:
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.)
  • Research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.)
  • Commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of different learning styles, etc.)
  • Sample of creative activity and research
  • Three names and contact information of professional references

Review of applications will begin on December 10, 2018, and applications will continue to be reviewed until position is filled. To ensure full consideration, application materials should be submitted no later than December 10. Please contact Charlene Haukom at [email protected], Program Assistant for the Department of Art & Art History, with any questions. For more information regarding the Department of Art & Art History, please visit the department website at

Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search 2019179)

This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at


The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. The diversity of students, faculty, and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University's teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn's ranking as one of the nation's top research universities. UConn's faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural, and diverse community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.





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Posted: 11/14/2018
Application Due: 1/7/2019
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