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Specialized Faculty, Industrial Design (Open Rank)

School of Art + Design

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications to fill one or more open-rank, non-tenure-track faculty appointments (up to 100% time for up to 9 months). Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in Industrial Design for the School of Art + Design (on-campus or online), mentor and oversee Graduate Teaching Assistants as needed, meet with instructors of other sections when appropriate. These appointments are eligible for renewal at the School’s discretion.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit


Terminal degree (MFA, MDes, or equivalent) in Industrial Design required.

Demonstrated excellence in teaching Industrial Design with three years of experience at the undergraduate and/or graduate level is highly desirable; studio teaching experience is preferred. In addition, the successful candidate will have the following:

  • Ability to teach CAD modeling software – SolidWorks or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated experience in product form-giving, utilizing both hand and rapid prototyping methods.
  • Accomplished in design drawing to communicate product design concepts.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Possess a working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of professional experience (outside of higher education) designing manufactured consumer products.

The school seeks a forward-thinking individual capable of fostering positive relationships and inspiring students. Preference will be given to those with instructional experience beyond a teaching assistant position. The ideal candidate should possess a demonstrated record of professional accomplishments spanning all phases of the product design and development process, including concept through manufacture. Candidates with experience in UI/UX design will warrant special attention.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and percentage of appointment.

Proposed Starting Dates

9-month appointments: August 16, 2020

Fall-semester appointments: August 16, 2020

Spring-semester appointments: January 1, 2021


Please create your candidate profile at (Job ID 133840). Only candidate profiles submitted through the application portal will be considered. To be considered complete, your submission must include the following:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Names and complete contact information for three references
  4. Portfolio of professional work (up to 20 images).

Please submit items 1-3 as a single, multi-page, letter-size PDF (NOT an Acrobat “PDF portfolio”) using the naming convention of “lastname_docs.pdf”. Portfolios should be submitted as a separate PDF using the naming convention of “lastname_portfolio.pdf”.

For full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by July 23, 2020 for Fall 2020 or October 1, 2020 for Spring 2021. Interviews may take place and offers may be made before the closing date, but all applications received by the closing date will receive full consideration for an open position.


Situated at one of the world’s premier public research-intensive universities, the industrial design undergraduate and graduate programs have a distinguished record preparing graduates as design practitioners in industry and as educators. The growing industrial design BFA and MFA programs are among the largest and most highly respected programs in the nation, consistently ranking in the top ten in national polls. Our research informs and keeps current classroom learning active through industry sponsorships and faculty research initiatives. Core program strengths include user-centered product design research and innovative application, sustainability and manufacturing with emerging strengths in technology application, and design for disability. The school offers undergraduate and/or graduate degrees in Art Education, Art History, Crafts, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, New Media, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture. The future of design at Illinois will also include the Siebel Center for Design for outreach, education, and experimentation in design for students in fields within and outside the arts.

University of Illinois

As a part of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at Illinois, the School of Art + Design offers ready opportunity for collaborations with Krannert Art Museum and Krannert Center for Performing Arts, and with active departments of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, Dance, Theater, and Music. The University of Illinois is strongly international, and recognized for excellence in the Sciences, Engineering, Humanities and the Arts. Supported by the nation’s third largest research library and abundant technological resources, Illinois provides a rich environment for both disciplinary and interdisciplinary ventures. Champaign-Urbana is located in East Central Illinois, within short driving distance to Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis. For more information, please visit: for the University, for the college, and for the School.

For additional information regarding the position, please contact:

Professor Suresh Sethi

School of Art + Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

408 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL 61820 USA

(217) 300-5551 | [email protected]

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College Name or Administrative Unit:Fine & Applied Arts Category:1-Faculty Title:College of Fine & Applied Arts: Specialized faculty, Industrial Design (Open Rank)—School of Art + Design (133840) Open Date:07/09/2020 Organization Name:Art and Design




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Posted: 7/11/2020
Application Due: 11/30/2020
Work Type: Full Time