Assistant Professor in Product Design
Faculty - Tenure Track
DSGN School of Art & Design
January 15, 2024; position open until filled (updated)
Required Application Materials
To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by
January 15, 2024. The position will remain open until filled.
Applications should include a cover letter outlining specific
interests, qualifications, and contributions to diversity, equity,
and inclusion; a statement of research and/or creative practice;
teaching philosophy, objectives, qualification, and experience; a
current curriculum vitae; a portfolio of representative research,
practice, and student work completed under the candidate's
direction; and a list of three references with addresses, telephone
numbers, and email addresses.
The Department of Product Design is dedicated to building a diverse
community that is committed to teaching and working in an inclusive
environment. Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Understanding of inequities in academia and the field of
Product Design faced by historically underrepresented or
- Evidence of initiatives, mentoring, or teaching that aim to
reduce barriers for underrepresented or disadvantaged
- Evidence of creative projects or research interests that
address or incorporate issues that involve or affect diverse
- Examples of how you envision new activities and pedagogical
projects that will support and expand an accessible, diverse, and
inclusive education in Product Design.
The University of Oregon is committed to creating a more inclusive
and diverse institution and seeks candidates with demonstrated
potential to contribute to the achievement of this goal. The
Department of Product Design seeks to further this commitment and
encourages applications from underrepresented groups.
The Department of Product Design at the University of Oregon is
accepting applications for a tenure-track faculty position
(Assistant Professor Rank) with a start date of September 16, 2024.
The position is a 1.0 FTE, 9-month, full-time faculty
Primary teaching responsibilities will be focused on the Sports
Product Design Master's program and 4th year Product Design BFA on
the University of Oregon Portland campus, with additional
interdisciplinary responsibilities, including graduate MS thesis
advising and mentorship, advanced studios, and experimental
courses. The University of Oregon operates on a system of three
10-week quarters with a typical load of five courses per year.
Service responsibilities include committee contributions, advising,
and participation in shared governance. In addition to teaching and
service responsibilities, the successful candidate will be expected
to demonstrate a commitment to a sustained and developing research
and/or creative practice, with an active and ongoing professional
We are interested in candidates with a proven track record of
investigation in apparel and/or footwear and/or equipment design
for athletic performance, with a focus on sustainability,
environmental resilience, enhancing performance and health,
reducing the risk of injury, promoting inclusivity and sports as a
driver for political and social change with strong skills in
prototyping and manufacturing. Interdisciplinary research in human
physiology, biomechanics, and/or psychology is also desirable.
Candidates are expected to build a strong record of research and
creative practice. The University of Oregon is committed to
creating a more inclusive and diverse institution and seeks
candidates with demonstrated potential to contribute positively to
its diverse community.
All faculty in the Department of Product Design report to the
Department Head and Director of the SPD Master's program.
Department or Program Summary
The University of Oregon's strong liberal arts tradition offers a
rich and flexible curriculum that allows undergraduate students to
select from many course offerings in business, anthropology, human
physiology/biomechanics, chemistry, and environmental studies along
with the major requirements. The interdisciplinary nature of
Product Design studies and practice is reflected in the courses
required for the Product Design majors.
The Department of Product Design is within the School of Art and
Design in the College of Design. The Department of Product Design
is one of the fastest-growing departments in the College of Design
at the UO. Since its inception in 2008, the Department has produced
two successful programs - the BFA in Product Design and MS in
Sports Product Design. The first three years of the Product
Design's BFA program are in Eugene, Oregon, and the senior year of
BFA is in Portland, Oregon. The MS in Sports Product Design is
fully based in Portland, Oregon. The SPD program is the only
master's degree of its' kind nationally and internationally.
Founded in 2016, the mission of the SPD program is to develop
graduates proficient in applying science and creative
problem-solving methods to innovate sports products that push
boundaries in society and human performance.
- A Master's or Ph.D. degree in a design-related
- Three years (updated) of practicing professional design in the
Sports Product Design and Product Design industry.
- Two years of college teaching experience in the Product Design
- Established research and creative practice in the Sports
Product Design field.
- Record of innovative and effective pedagogy in the Sports
Product Design field.
About the University
The University of Oregon is the flagship institution of higher
learning in Oregon and enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and
3,600 graduate students. It is an Association of American
Universities member and Tier-One research institution that is
ranked “highest research activity” by the Carnegie Classification
of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO programs in art and
design are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art
The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits
package to eligible employees, including health insurance,
retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about
benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.
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action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance
with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals
to apply and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected
status, including veteran and disability status. The University is
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