Ohio State University, Department of Design

Position ID:OSU-Department of Design-APID [#22598]
Position Title: Assistant Professor, Industrial Design
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Columbus, Ohio 43210, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Design / Industrial Design
Appl Deadline:2022/11/01 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/09/01, finished 2023/07/15)
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Department: Design Position: Industrial Design Rank: Assistant Professor


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.

About Columbus:

This position is located on the Columbus campus of The Ohio State University. Columbus is the capital city of Ohio - the Midwest’s fastest-growing city and the nation’s 14th largest city. Columbus offers a diverse array of welcoming neighborhoods and a vibrant arts and culture scene. Additional information about all that the Columbus area has to offer is available at https://visit.osu.edu/experience.

Application Instructions:

Apply to Academic Jobs Online at: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/22598. 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, (Proulx.12@osu.edu)

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. Over the next few years, The Ohio State University is committed to welcoming 350 new faculty hires, many of which will contribute to growing our role as a premier research university equipped to answer and interrogate the critical domestic and global societal challenges that deter equality and inclusion. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies.

The Ohio State University is committed to enhancing academic excellence. Recruiting, supporting, and retaining faculty of the highest caliber is a core component of this commitment. In support of this, The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) has created the Office of Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation (DCFR) to focus on supporting new and prospective faculty. This support includes dual careers services, consultation and resources related to relocation, as well as identifying opportunities to engage on campus and the surrounding community. While employment opportunities are not guaranteed, resources and consultation are available to support the partners of new and prospective faculty as they are considering The Ohio State University and throughout their transition.

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

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Further Info:
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Department of Design
108 N Oval Mall
100 Hayes Hall
Columbus, Ohio 43210