Assistant Professor-DESIGN, Industrial and Interaction Design

New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Dec 18, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
Posting Details

Job # 075513 Job Title Assistant Professor-DESIGN, Industrial and Interaction Design Location Syracuse University Pay Range Commensurate w/ Experience FLSA Status Exempt Hours

determined by department/chair

Job Type Full-time Rank Assistant Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY invites applications to fill one full-time, tenure track Assistant Professor in Industrial and Interaction Design ( IID ) within the School of Design, College of Visual and Performing Arts.
Our five-year program leads to a Bachelor of Industrial Design ( BID ) degree and has consistently been ranked among the best programs nationally. We are seeking a candidate to join a faculty who share a mission to educate a new generation of design professional. We believe graduates must be armed with both a core set of foundational skills as well as a broad understanding of the opportunities and responsibilities afforded by current technological innovations.
With a program of approximately 100 students, we seek to educate those who, upon graduation, will be prepared to join the field in a variety of categories ranging from consultancies, in-house and corporate design, to entrepreneurial start-ups. By offering a curriculum that is built upon an expansive foundation of design expertise, we expect graduates of the University to become leaders who are prepared to shape the future of design. As a top tier research institution, Syracuse University faculty and students are encouraged to interact with the academic core of the University.


The ideal candidate combines a deep core of knowledge within their area of emphasis with the flexibility to engage collaboratively with a diverse set of colleagues within the program and across the School. As a member of the University faculty, you will be expected to maintain a full teaching load while developing a research agenda capable of achieving national and international recognition in the fields of industrial, product, interaction, user experience, or related fields. A terminal degree in Industrial Design or a closely related field is recommended, though applications which demonstrate a combination of education and significant industry experience are equally encouraged. The school seeks candidates whose professional experience, research, and teaching, has also prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education.

Job Specific Qualifications

Persons with a track record in product development including the core skills of materials and manufacturing processes, proficiency in computer modeling such as Solidworks and Alias, and User Interaction development and prototyping are encouraged to apply. Conceptual and design development skills as they pertain to IID in both its traditional form as well as in emerging trends in the sector are desirable. Communication skills and cross-cultural abilities necessary to maximize effectiveness with diverse groups of students, colleagues, and community members highly desirable.


• Teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses each semester as assigned
• Provide academic advising to students in the program, including support of those who are underrepresented in the field.
• Participate in curriculum development and student learning outcomes
• Develop and support relevant programmatic initiatives; exhibitions, field trips, lecture series, and projects that enhance the curriculum
• Contribute to recruiting and admissions activities
• Demonstrate excellence in research and relevant professional activities
• Appropriate service to the program, School, College, and University
• Involvement and interaction with professional organizations and the not-for-profit community

Physical Requirements Tools/Equipment Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please attach:
Curriculum Vitae
Cover Letter
Teaching Philosophy
Portfolio Website URL
Applicants will be instructed to list name and email address of three references. Reference letters will be requested directly from reference providers for finalists only.

About The College of Visual and Performing Arts

The College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University is committed to the education of cultural leaders who will engage and inspire audiences through performance, visual art, design, scholarship, and commentary. We provide the tools for self-discovery and risk-taking in an environment that thrives on critical thought and action. To learn more about the college, our distinguished faculty, and our program, please visit our websites at,

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Quick Link Job Posting Date 12/18/2020 Application Deadline Open Until Filled Yes Priority Consideration 01/10/2021 Job Category Faculty Message to Applicants

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