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Assistant or Associate Professor of Product Design - Archive
Product Design Program

Posting: 12385
Location: Eugene
Closes: 2013-04-07

Assistant or Associate Professor of Product Design
Designer: Products + Theory and Practice

Position:  University of Oregon’s Product Design Program is accepting applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor beginning fall term 2013, pending available funding.  Salary is commensurate with qualifications.

Qualifications:  We seek applicants who will provide a leadership role in our new Product Design Program.  A master's or PhD in Industrial/Product Design, Art, Engineering or Architecture or other related field is required.  Successful candidates will bring a sophisticated understanding of design aesthetics, a singular perspective on design research and processes of innovation, and 3+ years of experience in professional product design.  We are particularly interested in candidates’ perspectives on the evolution of design pedagogy in the areas of contemporary design theory, including design research, strategy and entrepreneurship; and physical (ie: FDM) and virtual (ie: CAD) tools of development.  Teaching experience as well as experience in professional practice, studio design or research is required.  We seek applicants dedicated to professional growth and teaching, with the ability to work cooperatively with diverse students and faculty.

Position Description:  Faculty in the Product Design Program teach undergraduate courses that integrate an understanding of product design theory and practice.  The typical teaching load is five courses/studios per year (quarter system).  Faculty are expected to have well-defined research or creative practice interests and to engage in sustained inquiry into emerging issues in their area of expertise through the pursuit of funded research, scholarly publication and/or recognized professional practice.  Other responsibilities of program faculty include advising and supervising undergraduate students in the Product Design Program as well as undergraduate students in allied fields, and service on administrative committees.  The Product Design Program is currently an undergraduate program, however, we expect to establish a graduate component within five years.  The Product Design Program currently has 4 faculty members, 150 undergraduate majors, and is rapidly growing.

Product Design and Collaborators: 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, biology, 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 Product Design Program, located within the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, offers a BA/BS in Material and Product Studies and a BFA in Product Design.  The program, and this position, is based in Eugene, OR.  The Product Design Program has additional offerings in Portland.

The Product Design Program provides a thorough grounding in the use, invention, and production of manufactured goods, and is constructed to be agile, shifting and growing to meet the rapid changes of the material world.  Students will study both material and theoretical aspects of product design, including design history, material studies, manufacturing strategies, economic planning, innovation techniques and design research.  On-the-ground internship experience in the Northwest design industry is a key element of the BFA degree.  The Product Design Program merges the breadth of an outstanding liberal arts institution, including the humanities and social sciences, with the focused rigor of product design, interior architecture, art, business, and science curricula.

Eugene/Portland:  Eugene is located at the southern end of the Willamette Valley one hour from the Pacific Ocean on the west and the Cascades to the east, with easy access to a remarkable range of outdoor activities including a comprehensive network of bicycle paths, in-city trails, and excellent restaurants and shopping.  Portland is 110 miles north of Eugene and is a beautiful and rapidly evolving city with a notably vibrant arts and design community.

Applications: Review of applications will begin on December 10, 2012 and the position will remain open until filled.

Applications should include a letter of interest that describes teaching philosophy, objectives and experience; research and/or creative practice interests; a current curriculum vitae; a portfolio of representative research, practice, and student work done under the candidate’s direction; and a list of three references with addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses.

For assistance or answers to questions, please contact Theresa Sterkel, administrative assistant, at tsterkel@uoregon.edu or Kiersten Muenchinger, Director, Product Design Program, at kiersten@uoregon.edu.  Telephone:  541.346.6697 Fax:  541.346.3626.  For more information, consult our web site at http://pd.uoregon.edu.

Applications should be sent electronically to pdinfo@uoregon.edu with the subject line: Product Design Faculty Search.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  We invite candidates with a commitment to working effectively with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.