University of the Arts Seeks Assist./Assoc. Prof. for new Master of Design in Product Design Program

The University of the Arts seeks an Assistant/Associate Professor to lead the new Master of Design in Product Design Program in the College of Art, Media & Design.

With a focus on human-centered design and design for sustainability, the Product Design graduate program at UArts explores the nature of materials, products and manufacturing from both a regional and a global perspective, taking particular advantage of the resurgent Philadelphia metropolitan region as a laboratory and an available set of case studies. New digital fabrication tools and rapid prototyping processes are explored within the cultural, environmental and business contexts that shape these ongoing developments.

Our location within the Philadelphia metro area offers a unique opportunity to look at different strategies and models for material sourcing, manufacturing, distribution, and financing. By networking students with local initiatives, start-ups, manufacturers and businesses, the program is a living laboratory for innovation. Students practice sustainable approaches to production and their relationship to the global flow of resources, capital, labor, and information.

This program is positioned to work synergistically with the undergraduate design program in Industrial Design, as well as with the Design for Social Impact graduate program (with which it shares many courses). The opportunities for robust collaborations between students in these programs, whether in studio, industry partnership projects, or thesis, are built into the very structure of the programs. While the Design for Social Impact program focuses on the early phase of the design process — design research, problem definition, systems analysis, social complexity, and strategic design — the Product Design program specializes in creating refined and complete products which coalesce research and innovation.

This is a full time faculty multi-year, non-tenure track, contract appointment with administrative responsibilities. It is expected that the Program Director will teach in both the graduate program as well as in the undergraduate BS Industrial Design program. The successful candidate is a working Industrial Designer, experienced teacher and administrator and will be able to teach a wide range of Product-related subjects from beginning to advanced levels (in both the undergraduate and graduate programs), possess a deep, current knowledge of industry trends and best practices as well as a strong record of professional achievement. Candidates should have at least five years teaching experience at college level.

Located prominently on the Avenue of the Arts in Center City, Philadelphia, The University of the Arts is one of the oldest and largest comprehensive private institutions of higher education centered in the arts in the United States. Its undergraduate and graduate programs prepare students for more than 150 professional career paths in the visual, performing, media, design and communication arts, and related fields.

In recognition of the University’s Academic and Strategic Plans and the recommendations that support a commitment to the spirit of experimentation and invention in the education of young artists and designers, the new Program Director will be expected to lead academic innovation and change. The hallmarks of the Academic and Strategic Plans include greater opportunity for collaborative learning and encouragement of our faculty and students to question the conventions and boundaries that underpin disciplinary traditions.

An advanced degree in Industrial Design, Product Design or a related field and professional experience in Industrial Design is required. Applicants should provide evidence of both
professional and academic leadership as well as teaching experience that would warrant an appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor.

To Apply
Applicants should submit:
• A letter of application detailing their qualifications and administrative experience
• An up-to-date CV
• Statement of Teaching Philosophy
• A Vision Statement of Product Design in the 21st century
• Sample Syllabi
• A digital portfolio (MAC-readable) of 20 examples of recent work and 20 examples of
work by students
• Contact information for three professional references

Send to:
Program Director Search, MDes Product Design
The University of the Arts
College of Art, Media & Design
Office of the Dean
320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Or via email to: Jessica Kahle at [email protected]
Please ensure job title is in the Subject line.
Screening begins January 20, 2015 and continues until the position is filled.

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