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Assistant Professor, Industrial Design (Human Centered Design and Technology)

NCSU College of Design
Raleigh, North Carolina
$75,000 - $78,000
Posted Date
Sep 6, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Design & Graphic Arts, Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Industrial Design Program at NC State College of Design is seeking applicants for two full-time, tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant Professor of Industrial Design. Interested candidates may apply for the Interactive Product Systems and/or Human-Centered Design and Technology positions via the NC State University Job Portal. Both positions will begin August 2024. 


Assistant Professor, Industrial Design (Human Centered Design and Technology)


The Industrial Design Program  in the College of Design at North Carolina State University is seeking applicants for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor of industrial design who has a passion for blending design technology and product development. This position aims to contribute to the department's research and education program pertaining to design methods, emerging technologies and/or sustainable practices.  


The ideal candidate should demonstrate a strong interest in collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams at NCSU, leveraging cutting-edge technologies, and embracing the principles of industrial design to tackle emerging challenges. The ideal candidate will establish a research and education program that explores product design and development with emerging technologies, new materials or processes, and/or sustainable practices. 


The successful candidate will be responsible for establishing a research agenda, actively pursuing interdisciplinary and industry collaborations, generating scholarly work, and demonstrating potential in securing funding for graduate students. The successful candidate will teach and advise undergraduate and graduate students in the Industrial Design Program, encompassing both lecture and studio-based courses. Additional responsibilities include curriculum development, active participation in recruitment efforts, and engagement in service to the program, college, university, community, and profession. This individual is expected to serve on the Ph.D. in Design and/or the Doctor of Design faculty. 


Essential duties for the position include: 


  • Teach 18 credits per year (6-credit studios and 3-credit courses) in the BID and/or MID programs 


    Develop and maintain an active and significant research record 


    Participate in BID and MID admissions 


    Advise BID students 


    Advise MID students as chair or member on final project committees


    Participate in MID reviews 


    Develop curriculum with program faculty 


Other work/responsibilities: 


  • Serve on the program, department, college, and university committees 


    Participate in select outreach activities 


    Participate in open-house events 


    Engage with BID and MID alumni 


Supervisory Duties: None


Work schedule: Monday–Friday, 8:00 am–5:00 pm, evenings/weekends may be needed.


Minimum Education and Experience: 


Terminal degree (MID/MDes/MFA or PhD/DDes) in industrial design or terminal degree in an equivalent field of study (such as experience design, user interaction, human computer interaction, product design engineering) from an accredited university completed by August 15, 2024.


Department Required Skills: 


  • Strong knowledge of emerging technologies. Current with trends, advancements, and best practices in design technology, and show enthusiasm for integrating them into teaching, research, and creative endeavors.


    Expert skills in product design and development, including concept generation, prototyping, manufacturing processes, and human-centered design.


    Able to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, creative, and scholarly activities, teaching, advising and service.


Preferred Qualifications:


  • One–two years of professional design experience.


    One year of teaching experience in Industrial Design, or related field, at the university level (this may include teaching assistantships). Ideally, a combination of practice-based studio and lecture-based course experience in a post-secondary education environment is preferred.


    Record of active participation in professional organizations.


    Skilled as a cross-disciplinary collaborator who can advance and advocate for design across campus.


About NC State Industrial Design: 


Industrial Design is positioned in the Department of Graphic Design and Industrial Design, along with the Graphic and Experience Design undergraduate and graduate programs, within the College of Design. The College of Design additionally offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate study in architecture and media arts; graduate study in landscape architecture and environmental planning; and doctoral study in design. The College of Design employs a selective admissions process, and entering students consistently rank at the top of academic achievement at NC State University, while the College of Design graduation rate is consistently the highest or among the highest at NC State. 


ID faculty meet to coordinate curricula and events, and ID and GXD faculty meet together for departmental coordination.


The Bachelor of Industrial Design (BID) and Master of Industrial Design (MID) programs take a human- centered approach to the design and development of products and systems. They utilize empathetic  research methodologies, employ effective problem-solving methods, utilize visualization strategies, and apply their expertise to tackle challenges in the context of products, systems, services, and experiences. 


Alumni are designers in technology companies and leading design firms such as IBM, Lenovo, Dell Technologies, BCG Platinion, Willowtree, Techtronic Industries, Focused Labs, and Infinity AI. 


Special Applicant Instructions


Applicants are required to submit: (1) a letter of intent describing qualifications and interests; (2) a CV; (3) a digital research and/or professional portfolio (upload under “other document 1”); (4) a research statement that includes a plan for scholarly production; (5) a teaching portfolio (upload under “other document 2”); and (6) contact information for three references. 


Document types on the posting:


  1. Cover Letter of interest/statement of purpose     


    Curriculum Vitae


    Other document 1- Research/professional Portfolio    


    Research Statement


    Other document 2- Teaching Portfolio


    List of references and their contact information


Additional information


Requests for information may be directed to email: Applications review will begin November 20, 2023. For more information about Industrial Design at NC State please visit our website-


Apply for the Professor of Industrial Design (Interactive Product Systems) position via the NC State University Job Portal here:


Apply for the Assistant Professor of Industrial Design (Human-Centered Design and Technology) position via the NC State Job Portal here:


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