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Job ID: Assistant Professor, Industrial Design, 23.19
School of Design
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Date Posted:
October 3, 2019
Closing Date:
Open until filled
Benefits Link:
Faculty (Unit 3)
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The San Francisco State University School of Design offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Industrial Design beginning August 2020.

We seek a colleague with a strong background in design practice who will enhance the core industrial design classes with impactful teaching and research, drawing from their academic and professional skills. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service, and through diversity, to the excellence of the academic community.

The School of Design undergraduate and graduate programs express a strategic, user-centered design practice that celebrates diversity and community. The school is driven by nationally and internationally acclaimed professionally-active faculty. Design students at all levels are expected to develop professionally competitive skills and are encouraged to engage in user-centered design practices and strategic decision making. Design faculty are committed to high-quality teaching and research, supporting student growth in design practice in a liberal arts context at both undergraduate (BS Industrial Design and BS Visual Communication Design) and graduate (MA Design) levels.

The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:

•Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student population
•Providing a domain-specific, interdisciplinary, liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging
•Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice
•Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio
•Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus
•Fostering a collaborative and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and
•Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.


The candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in industrial design, mentor and advise undergraduate and graduate students, develop an active program of scholarship or creative work in their area of specialty, participate in ongoing committee membership and service assignments, and aid in supervising lab and shop spaces, and build bridges with industry and community partners.

A detailed position description is available at


•Ph.D., M.F.A, or equivalent terminal degree in industrial design, product design, or relevant discipline from an accredited program. Terminal degree must be completed by the first day of employment.
•Record of contributing to supportive and collaborative work environments

•Record of teaching contributions in the areas of industrial design and product design.
•Demonstrated strong abilities in fundamental industrial design processes and skills.
•Active record of scholarship or creative activities with juried review; design awards, peer-reviewed publications, etc.
•Demonstrated ability to incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in teaching, and/or in scholarship/creative works
•Experience teaching and working closely with students from historically under-represented communities
•Knowledge, or background of contemporary professional practices in UX/UI Product Design Applications, interaction design, or digital visualization, would be a beneficial

Rank and salary:

Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.

Application Process:

Letter of intent with a description of relevant experience, including teaching, scholarship and creative work, a current CV., a personal statement that discusses the applicant’s teaching philosophy, scholastic/professional interests, and how these align with the School of Design’s mission to create well-prepared designers and foster an inclusive and diverse academic community, portfolio of academic, professional and/or personal work that indicates the applicant’s accomplishments within the field of industrial design. Please include any publications, writings, personal statements, and notable reviews or articles discussing your work as applicable (website link or PDF ), evidence of teaching effectiveness, including student course evaluations, peer evaluations, syllabi, and examples of student work names and contact information for three professional references. Letters of recommendation upon request at a later date.

Submit all materials to with Subject Line: “Industrial Design Search” by January 10, 2020. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.