Assistant/Associate Professor - Industrial Design (DAAP)

Tenure-track or Qualified faculty appointment

(Rank/Title commensurate w/Education & Experience)


The College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) at the University of Cincinnati invites applications for the Industrial Design faculty position in the top-ranked School of Design (SoD) at the rank of Assistant / Associate Professor.


The College of DAAP has as its primary mission the creation of a better cultural and design environment. The School of Design’s role in advancing that mission is to prepare our approximately 700 undergraduate and graduate students to be responsible professionals and citizens in a complex and evolving world. We achieve this through a distinctive, rigorous, carefully sequenced curriculum that includes a substantial cooperative education program component dating back 100 years. This curricular model, expressed in classrooms, research labs, and professional offices all over the world, integrates practice and theory. It inspires interdisciplinary projects and builds solid corporate partnerships, and contributes to our strength as a leading design institution.


The School of Design aims to prepare its students to be skilled professionals who can ably work in local and global markets while respecting the diversity of the human community. The School of Design is innovative in teaching and in transforming the design disciplines by infusing learning with the newest design thinking methods and technologies. Through inspired interdisciplinary projects and solid corporate partnerships, the School of Design is devoted to furthering its role as a leading design institution.

Our undergraduate and graduate programs empower students in our School of Design with a core of knowledge that provides a solid educational base. Our students are prepared for careers in fashion, communication design, and industrial design by a passionate faculty, rigorous academic endeavors, and a world-class professional practice (co-op) program.


The Industrial Design program is consistently recognized by academic deans and department heads as a top program both nationally and internationally.  Faculty are experienced in progressive design research and methods demonstrated through practice. They translate unique perspectives and experience into the studio classroom to complement the inquisitive problem solving culture of the program. The program is based in a solid technical foundation that includes user-centered design research, conceptual ideation, design communication, and professionalism. Students may choose to focus on product design or transportation design.


Responsibilities for this position include a full-time teaching load, which entails developing and delivering course material in industrial design and instruction in core skills such as creative problem solving, conceptual ideation, design visualization and communication, computer-based design technology, aesthetic execution, and professionalism. Candidates will be expected to conduct and publish research in one’s area of design expertise within the field of industrial design. They will also be expected to provide leadership, and contribute to a teamwork-driven environment A full-time faculty member serves on various School, College, and/or University committees and carries some degree of administrative responsibility for curriculum development.


Minimum Qualifications:  A candidate must hold a Master’s degree in Industrial Design or related field; one-year industry experience, and one academic term of college-level teaching experience.


Position Physical Requirements

Frequent communications, verbal and written

Frequent standing and/or sitting

Conducting presentations to a large audience

Performing technical skill-based demonstrations for the class

Domestic and international travel to attend/participate in academic /professional events

Mobility between classrooms and/or buildings


Required Application Documents

1) CV/Resume

2) Cover Letter

3) Statement of Teaching Philosophy

4) Three References

5) Portfolio or Candidate’s Work (submit as a link or web address)

6) Portfolio of Student Work – if applicable (submit as a link or web address)


Note: Other than the Resume and Cover letter, all other documents should be uploaded under "Additional Documents" on the application.




The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Veteran / Disabled.


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University of Cincinnati
Full time
Cincinnati, Ohio 45201, US